Monday, August 24, 2009

Mix things up!

Cookie Stack

Yeehaaa… yum yum… it’s Cowboy Cookies. Or, in this case, Cowgirl Cookies.

A friend introduced these to me and I love them. Especially the name. Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? Well, I took the traditional oats, chocolate chips and pecans this cookie is known for and added some pink m&m’s to make them, well, more girly.

Cookie Ingredients

But why stop there. I also made a few cookie mixes to try out as a test run for a gift idea. You see, I missed said friend’s birthday (sorry friend) and I wanted to make up for it. So, I took her basic recipe and made a few adjustments so I could fit all the ingredients into these jars.

Cowgirl Cookies

They’re smooth Ball jars made especially for crafts. Smooooooth. No embossed logos in the glass. Nice. And with a little fabric, labels and a brown suede bow, they’re perfect little gifts.

Four Jars

But which one should I give her? It actually matters because I made four different variations. If you notice in the photo above, some of them have more oats, more flour or more sugar. I was trying different combinations to get all the ingredients to fit.

Oh and note to self: Use a ruler when attaching labels next time.

Luckily, the first test batch I made, worked. Yes!

So, here’s the recipe:

Cowgirl Cookies

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Cowgirl Cookies


1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together. You may even need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.

Unbanked cookies

Then roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. I got about 26-28 cookies out of these.

Here’s how they came out.

Cowgirl Cookies

Pretty and tasty. But I still want to try the other mixes later, and if one tastes better I’ll make sure and update the recipe. Besides, I want to know how long these will last in jars. Any ideas?

Want to make some cute cookie mix gifts, too? Here’s how.

Cookie Labela

Start with a 1 quart smooth Ball jar. I found these at Hobby Lobby craft store.

Layer the ingredients in like this:

First: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Second: oats
Third: m&ms
Fourth: chocolate chips
Fifth: brown sugar
Sixth: white sugar
Seventh: chopped pecans

Pack each level down really tightly. I mean it. Pack it in. Or else it won’t all fit. Also, I added the chopped pecans last, because if the ingredients were too much or not enough, then I could add more or less pecans to adjust. I’d rather sacrifice nuts than chocolate, you know. The ingredients should be flush to the top of the lid when you seal it up.

Suede Bow

See. There’s some of the pecans peeking out from under the fabric.

To decorate the top of the jars, get a spool of suede cord and some fabric. I really wanted to find some pink western bandana fabric, but this will do.
Anyway, cut the fabric into 6 inch squares and the suede into 25 inch pieces. Place the fabric on top and tie ribbons around the lid to hold it in place.


For the labels, you’ll need some card stock, a paper punch and double-sided tape.

You can use the pink labels I made if you want. DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE.

Cookie Jar Labels

I also included one for the baking instructions and a label for Cowboy Cookies in brown if you want to gift these to boys or girls.

Cowboy Cookies

Note: you can change the color of m&ms and give them as Halloween gifts, or Christmas gifts, too. Check out the seasonal m&ms in the candy aisle. They are usually available in special holiday colors or themes. The pink ones were in the Breast Cancer awareness bag. Also another great gift idea.


cmcilwain said...


August 24, 2009 09:21 PM
nealsnews said...

Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and the wonderful gift idea! Love those labels!

August 24, 2009 09:34 PM
Anonymous said...

Oatmeal chocolate chip = my FAVORITE kind of cookie EVER. YUMMMM.

August 24, 2009 09:39 PM
Anonymous said...

What a wonderful and lovely idea! Thank you for sharing! I will definitelly try it and I will use empty used and cleaned jars! Carla

August 24, 2009 09:44 PM
Linda said...

dearest bakerella!
i am in AWE of you ALWAYS…but this is over the top!! thanks for sharing the PDF for the labels…& as other readers commented – great for breast cancer awareness…on the top of my "to bake" & "to do" list.:)

August 24, 2009 09:50 PM
Seanna Lea said...

These look really good. My local chocolatier (hey, he gives me all the best chocolate) has one of the M&M Works, so I can pick up any color I could set my heart on!

August 24, 2009 09:55 PM
Miss Jen said...

I just made the cookies. I was disappointed that I couldn't find pink m&m's anywhere though. So I used regular ones and picked out the red and yellow ones to make them as girly as possible.
They're cooling now, I can't wait to try them!

August 24, 2009 10:00 PM
Lyzzie said...

Hi, these are adorables and delicious
is a fantastic gif for family and friends congratulations

August 24, 2009 10:16 PM
Hulst mommy said...

Seriously, sometimes I just can't take the cuteness!

August 24, 2009 10:32 PM
Rebecca said...

Thanks so much! You're so creative and generous to share the great idea!!! I love it!

August 24, 2009 10:48 PM
LoriLyn said...

I don't think these could be any cuter!!

August 24, 2009 11:03 PM
Marianne said...

Oh my goodness!! Thank you so much for this awesome idea! I am going to make them them in the jars to say thank you for some people and maybe for Christmas too! You are so clever. I love reading you blog!

August 24, 2009 11:08 PM
Mona Monster said...

i'm making these right now for back to school!

August 24, 2009 11:27 PM
Mike and Mindy Roth said...

This is such a creative and easy gift idea. I can't wait to make some to give out! I LOVE pink, so these will be so fun. But it will be a great gift for friends to do at Christmas (with the different colored M&M's), without breaking the bank.

August 24, 2009 11:34 PM
Lallee said...

Thank you, thank you! I love everything about these. I can't wait to put some together for gifts.

August 24, 2009 11:35 PM
joanh said...

man you always make the cutest crafty things! thanks!

August 24, 2009 11:57 PM
Shannon Leigh Smyth said...

Bakerella, you're so insanely adoreable. It has to be said, you're a little bit of a hero to me. In a world where people rarely even say hello in the street Bakerella is baking the world a better place one cowgirl cookie at a time. You've inspired me to make my new neighbours a big batch of cupcakes. Not because I have to,(I could go years without even saying Hi if I wanted to) but because it's the neighbourly thing to do.

August 25, 2009 12:06 AM
Lola said...

Wow, these are adorable!!! I can't wait to make these for Christmas gifts!!! Thank you for this!!!!!!!!!!!

August 25, 2009 12:07 AM
Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Gosh, I don't know what looks better, the cookies or the lovely jars all made up!

August 25, 2009 12:13 AM
Emily said...

So freakin' adorable! I want to make them (and eat them) all right now!

August 25, 2009 12:15 AM
foxy said...

Love the idea!
These look like they came straight from the gift shop, very professional.

One request that when giving butter amounts that it's in weight form for us international people.
Cause I always seem to have troubles with USA measurement for butter. eg,1/2 a stick? what is stick? Cup – do you melt first then measure? At least with weight it's always going to the same, and I can convert pounds, ounces to metric! Lol!

Love your work as always. xoxo

August 25, 2009 01:22 AM
Bakerella said...

Amy – actually it does keep me up at night

Susan – Hobby Lobby

Carissa Rasmussen – no, but probably because I haven't been looking.

Jennifer – here's something a reader sent me that came out pretty great.

Sarah d. – a couple dozen

Ella – I like the name "Emergency Cookies".

Anonymous Boss Of Everything – mine hate me too

Missy – leave em out or coconut?

Snobound – thanks

Erin – you're welcome. Glad you liked them


bforbedlam – thanks

English rosie lea, one quart is just under a liter I believe. It's 32 ounces, imperial.

Helena – 1 quart or 32 ounces

Anonymous Michelle – they probably dont compare to Liz Lovely's

Melissa – quick cooking oats.

Blogger Fahrenheit 350° – tried the round ones but couldn't get my printer to center the graphics on them. If I had full sheet stickers, definitely would go that direction

Purple One – great tips!

Your jar is adorable! I too make cookies in a jar, and they last a very long time, if they are sealed tight. I keep them on hand for my boys to do. Some of mine are over a year old, and everything is fine. However, we do not mix the baking soda/powder with the flour first. We either seperate it by placing it in a little well in the brown sugar/white sugar, or in a very tiny ziplock bag. You can get 1 and a half ziplocks from the candy center of your craft store.
I love the Pink in your jars!

MelADramatic Mommy – See you there.

Anonymous Susie said…

karen – Adobe Illustrator and yep

Angela – the mix

Anonymous – probably because I don't own any jars to recycle. And also the labels wont stick to the textured jars. But I'm sure people that use these a lot will think of reusing theirs.

carla – glad to see it.

Miss Jen – you can always order them online in any color.

Shannon Leigh Smyth – thanks!

foxy 1/2 stick = 1/4 cup sorry. it's a habit.

August 25, 2009 01:27 AM
TwinMomma said...

love, love, LOVE this idea!!! Super cute, and easy — two of my favorite things!! =)

August 25, 2009 01:48 AM
Jennifer said...

Too cute! I have made cookie mixes in a jar and they do make great gifts. I find that most of my friends don't want to make them though because the jar is so cute!

By the way, your food photos are great! I always enjoy seeing how you display your cute and tasty treats!

August 25, 2009 02:32 AM
for kim said...

dear bakerella,

you are fabulous.

thank you!

August 25, 2009 02:40 AM
Vera said...

What a great gift idea!

August 25, 2009 02:47 AM
Kristy said...


August 25, 2009 02:52 AM
Barbiebaker said...

Hey Bakerella,
I have been making pops for several special occasions and they have been huge hits every since time. I may have bit off more than I can chew. My cousin is getting married in October and want cupcake pops instead of wedding cake. There will be a team of us making the pops, but I'm figuring that we will probably need to make 5 times the recipe to get 300 pops! Do you have any suggestions on how I should stage this? I'm thinking of shaping the pops and freezing them before the wedding, and then dipping them about 2 weeks before the wedding and putting them back in the freezer until the day of the wedding? Any and all tips will be hugely welcomed and appreciated. Sincerely,

August 25, 2009 03:01 AM
Kay said...

Another awesome idea. I'll have to try this some time soon.

August 25, 2009 03:11 AM
Anna said...

I absolutely love them~ For one..I don't have to bake anything
two~ I don't have to come up with the tags
three~I know they are going to be awesome because you made them!

Thanks so much…

August 25, 2009 03:18 AM
Anonymous said...

Holy cuteness. I am a city girl by heart and heels, but these are really cute. Great gift idea for my country girlfriends. Thank you.

August 25, 2009 03:23 AM
Romaine of said...

Love the way the pink background in all your photos ties the whole post together. Very cute idea.

August 25, 2009 03:27 AM
Heidi said...

Cowboy/Cowgirl cookies are my kids' favorite after school snack. Since we recently moved to TX (cowboy country) I think these would be the perfect end of first week teacher gift. Thank you!

August 25, 2009 03:27 AM
Jerri-Lea said...

Lurve it!!! Must pick up some sealer jars this week! One of those "why didn't I think of that!?"

August 25, 2009 03:30 AM
Caryn said...

LOVE IT!!!!! I don't have a Hobby Lobby so that may take some doing but I am SO making these for Christmas!

August 25, 2009 03:43 AM
puglyfeet said...

Your presentation is amazing. These are wonderful, Bakerella!

August 25, 2009 03:47 AM
Anonymous said...

Loving these in Texas!! Thanks for a great gift idea!

August 25, 2009 03:56 AM
Trish said...

Love it…thanks…Just in time for fundraisers at work…

I also made your wonderful banana cupcakes and will be posting them later…with a wee surprise in the middle. I shall of course give you the wonderful credit you deserve… they went like 'hotcakes' at work. You are really helping me impress people there lady!

August 25, 2009 04:17 AM
Melbe7 said...

OMgosh! I was just wondering how I could make my own labels and voila! There's a PDF with them! Yay! Thank you Bakerella! You rock!

August 25, 2009 04:59 AM
Angie said...

I can't decided what looks better – the cookie or the packaging in the jar. If someone gave this to me I'd have a hard time making it…the jar is so cute!

August 25, 2009 11:36 AM
mrs. origami said...

those look absolutely delicious! mm!

August 25, 2009 12:33 PM
Ingrid said...

Looks like ~6 months for the shelf life and ~3 months with nuts.

The baking soda and powder will loose it's potency after 6 months. If you take out the baking soda and baking powder, it could last up to a year.

Found this on All Recipes:

"Many people ask about the shelf-life of these mixes. If stored in a cool, dry and dark place, your gift can last for up to 6 months, as long as all of the ingredients used to make it were fresh. (Make sure your baking powder and baking soda aren't going to expire anytime soon.) If the mix contains nuts, it should be used within 3 months."

August 25, 2009 01:23 PM
Donna said...

You are so generous sharing your ideas with us! And the file to download the tags. Thank you!

August 25, 2009 01:31 PM
Jenniffer said...

OMG Bakerella! You hit another out of the park again!! You always make the best looking goodies, your presentation is professional and classy, and your photography skills are impeccable!

So when are you coming out with a book???


August 25, 2009 02:00 PM
Happy Cottage Quilter said...

These are going to make some awesome gifts. Thanks!

August 25, 2009 02:07 PM
sonia falconer said...

Thought i'd make try baking these before gifting them and WOW your onto a winner here, i gave them to my 5 screaming kids and whilst they was eating them,silence swept through the house…wonderful.
So, thank you for a wicked recipe,best cookies weve tried for years and thank you for the rare moment of silence :)

August 25, 2009 02:10 PM
Camille said...

How cute are these??? Coming from someone with only girls, this will definitely come in handy for gift ideas! :)

August 25, 2009 03:08 PM
Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!!!You have the greatest post. I look everyday to see if there is a new one! I crave more and more. Tina McDaniel

August 25, 2009 03:12 PM
Candes said...

Love the idea. The colors are so pretty together.

August 25, 2009 03:55 PM
Cori said...

How do you seal your jars? I use the jar sealer attachment on my food saver. It makes a huge difference to the shelf life.

August 25, 2009 05:12 PM
DaisyG said...

Holy wow! These are fabulous!

August 25, 2009 05:41 PM
Kris said...

Wow! I love this idea!! Great work.

August 25, 2009 05:53 PM
Donna said...

I love the gift idea. I am always looking for something clever to give and this fits the bill. I don't mean to take up space here but I have to tell you how I found your blog. While I was in line at a JoAnn Fabrics I started chatting with a girl in line with me. I was purchasing the cutest cupcake fabic and somehow in the conversation, she told me about your blog…so here I am. I would love to send you one of my aprons that I made with that fabric, as it makes me think of you everytime I see it. Contact me at my email address and I will make arrangements to send it to you!

August 25, 2009 05:55 PM
rochelle said...


August 25, 2009 06:28 PM
Anonymous said...

You rock Bakerella!! I am visiting family and friends in Germany in 2 weeks and was going crazy trying to find gift ideas that were not too much work, too pricey and "American." This is a great idea!!! I'm going to get started on them this weekend. Thanks so much for such a delicious and great idea!!

August 25, 2009 06:34 PM
Anonymous said...

Awesome! This is what I'm making for Christmas this year and I'm also giving them homemade vanilla which is currently bottled and will be ready to go in December!

August 25, 2009 06:45 PM
Marie Charrier said...

Génial !

August 25, 2009 07:10 PM
Aslaug Marie said...

That is such an amazing idea! Thank you, I now know what to give most people for christmas! :D

August 25, 2009 08:15 PM
Alexis (12 y.o. aspiring baker) said...

AWESOME!!! Tell you the truth, I love 'Cowboy Cookies' too. Or Cowgirl Cookies. I don't care what kind they are. If they taste good, they are gone the moment I touch them!

August 25, 2009 08:30 PM
The Gomes Family said...

Such a great idea,thanks!

August 25, 2009 08:32 PM
sabine said...

what you also can do is, use the glass instead of a pan!
i made some layered cakes in jam glasses last weekend, just fill them 2/3 before putting them into the oven! lock them when still hot and you'll can keep them up to 2 months! :)

and excuse my english, i'm german..

August 25, 2009 08:33 PM
The Leggs said...

These were so amazing. I made them as soon as I saw the recipe. My husband has eaten almost all of them already. Thanks for sharing!

August 25, 2009 08:45 PM
Laia said...

ooohhh, this is very, very yummy :)
I'm going to try to do this!!

August 25, 2009 08:49 PM
Jacqueline said...

Awesome idea and the name is so catchy. I think I will try this for Halloween.

August 25, 2009 09:16 PM
Gail said...

I just love this idea! I've looked for good cookies-in-a-jar recipes, but have never actually tried them. Because I KNOW you're stuff is yummy, I'm definitely gonna be makin' some of these. I'm thinking this would be a fun teacher-gift using school-colored m&ms. Yum!

August 25, 2009 09:43 PM
Jenny said...

thank you thank you thank you!! they look amazing!!!

August 25, 2009 09:56 PM
Tori said...

I've never made cowboy (or girl) cookies, but I love this as a gift idea! I can see so many other cookies that can be done this way, too. Thanks for the idea!

August 25, 2009 10:03 PM
Ashley Landreth said...

I LOVE this idea! Thank you!

August 25, 2009 10:07 PM
Timothy & Kimberly Pettitt said...

Okay friend, I have looked at practically every store around to find the pink breast cancer m & m's and nobody has them…please share where you went to buy them!!!

August 25, 2009 10:59 PM
ohhellocupcake said...

love this! i know what i'm giving my friends/family for the holidays this year!!! so many ideas are swimming in my head right now!!!! yes!!! i'm so excited!!!

August 25, 2009 11:18 PM
Lauren P said...

num, num, num, looks sooo good!

August 25, 2009 11:23 PM
Privatestock said...


August 25, 2009 11:40 PM
Elena said...

I've always wondered how long the mixes in jars last, too. If you find out, please let us readers know!

August 26, 2009 01:04 AM
Amy J said...

Those are the cutest. I love getting these for gifts.

August 26, 2009 02:42 AM
Linda said...

Hey Bakie. These are really cool. It is a present I would love to recieve. Thankyou for continuing to be so generous with your creating. May the blessings return to you.

August 26, 2009 03:10 AM
The Dingbat (Adrienne) said...

Bakerella you are so ingenious! Now I'm going to have to add this to my food storage!

August 26, 2009 03:11 AM
Robyn said...

Thank you!
You are the best!

August 26, 2009 03:31 AM
Bakerella said...

Timothy & Kimberly Pettitt – Wow. I hope they weren't a seasonal item. I'll look next time I'm at the store.

But you can also buy them from here:

August 26, 2009 03:33 AM
Amber said...

They look great and I'm sure they taste great too! I am wondering if you can do a variation without the oats? I'm not a fan of oats in my cookies. How would you alter the recipe to eliminate oats?

August 26, 2009 04:18 AM
Sarah Lynn said...

I love this idea! I am going to use it for a bake sale to raise funds for the Breast Cancer 3 Day!

Thank you!

August 26, 2009 05:53 AM
Sarah Lynn said...

How large the the jars? Can you give the dimensions? Thanks!

August 26, 2009 06:11 AM
Anonymous said...

These look yummy!wiristmas will you be making halloween and christmas cookies and tags? I would love to give these to my kids teachers as gifts!

August 26, 2009 07:49 AM
Helen said...

I love that you do such fun things and show how to do them too. I'm going to make them for gifts for my grandchildren and hopefully teach the joy of baking! Thanks!

August 26, 2009 08:06 AM
Michelle said...

great idea ! love it ! :)

August 26, 2009 08:41 AM
Nikki B said...

Cute! I love the pink :)

Have you heard of Cake In A Jar? It's where you bake a cake in a jar so you can send it to people and stuff. It's great for women who have deployed husbands! Plus you can do many varieties…just make sure you send some frosting, too!

August 26, 2009 09:47 AM
zurin said...

what a wonderful idea! and so pretty too. If only jars like that were available here ..

August 26, 2009 12:17 PM
Disneypal said...

Love them and I also love how you incorporated your scrapbook supplies into the gifts !!

Thanks for the pdf files too.

August 26, 2009 12:56 PM
Three Little Apples said...

So cute! where did you get the paper bunch from? Michaels?

August 26, 2009 01:11 PM
Arien said...

Wow..your cookies looking realy colorfull and yummii..Thank you for the recepy.

August 26, 2009 01:12 PM
youarewhatyoueatorreheat said...

Incredibly adorable! As always. Don't mind if I steal your idea and make these for myself!

August 26, 2009 01:53 PM
Kenzie - Ryan - Livee- Emmeline said...

Every thing that you do is amazing. You do it and it turns to gold. I love everything that I look at on your blog. You are awesome! And the cookies are so fun.

August 26, 2009 02:04 PM
Gina said...

Love them!! these is such a cute idea for gifting!
Thanks again :-)

August 26, 2009 02:52 PM
eclypsechic said...

They are so cute! I just stumbled across your blog and it is just awesome! Can't wait to see what else you make!

August 26, 2009 02:58 PM
luvinthemommyhood said...

Love this! So friggin lovely and delicious! I couldn't resist adding this to our link luv roundup today.

August 26, 2009 02:59 PM
Jaime Leigh said...

I love love love this gift idea!!!

August 26, 2009 03:23 PM
Calli Makes Do said...

these are so wonderful. do you have an idea of what each jar costs for the project all in? also did you just use a fiskars punch for the sticker labels? I am working on gifts for 75 people with a mini budget of $150… these would be so fun.

August 26, 2009 03:25 PM
Margie said...

Such a great idea. Going to pass it on to my Georgeous Gals (local breast cancer survivors).
Also thanks for including nuts. I LOVE nuts in cookies and was begining to think I was a minority.

August 26, 2009 04:11 PM
aofa said...

I just found your site—everything you make looks and sounds so delicious! I can't wait to try out some of your recipes! = )

August 26, 2009 04:55 PM
40isthenew30 said...

Teacher gifts!!! I love them – I have to make a few "test" cookies first. OOOhhh – thank you

August 26, 2009 05:59 PM
Cheryl B. said...

As many of the other commenters said – these are highly adaptable – pink & red M&M's for Valentines, pastels in the spring (Easter), orange & black at halloween, red & green at Easter …besides as door prize gifts at baby showers, etc.. :-}
One of the 'Anonm.'s' commented about using other jars – empty Miracle Whip or peanutbutter jars work great for these type of things!!!! And, their labels peel off with hot soapy water ;-} I also usually run them through the dishwasher before re-using them.

August 26, 2009 06:50 PM
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