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.


Susan Crabtree said...

so cute! love the labels too!

August 26, 2009 08:31 PM
Sercan Senay said...

I met your blog and your delicious recipes sometime ago. And I gave you a Creative Blogger awrd on my blog…

August 26, 2009 09:09 PM
Myriam {Entertaining w/Style} said...

So adorable! I have tried to make these baking mix jars before and had trouble getting all the ingredients to actually FIT in the jar. I'll be sure to try again, this is just too cute!

August 26, 2009 09:36 PM
Maryam- IcingDreams said...

Such a beautiful idea, i can see this working great for goody bags for friends. Gorgeous presentation as always !!!!

August 26, 2009 10:05 PM
Spruce Hill said...

What a great idea! And that recipe looks so yummy! We made your chocolate chip cookies last week(the ones with the ice cream in the middle) They were the softest best cookies we have ever made! Can't wait to try these!

August 26, 2009 10:46 PM
This Mama Rocks said...

Cute Cute!! So I have been wanting to ask you if you have ever tried German Chocolate??? It's truely the best! I am stationed in Germany and would love to send you some if you have never tried it. I didn't know what my mouth was missing until I tried it. Now im hooked!

August 26, 2009 10:51 PM
Zu said...

What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

August 26, 2009 11:01 PM
Jenn H said...

What program do you use to make the labels?

August 26, 2009 11:38 PM
Jill said...

I heart bakerella!!

August 26, 2009 11:48 PM
Susan said...

Love the pink and brown! My experience with jar cookies is that they don't stay fresh very long. I have gotten some as gifts and had to literally chisel out the brown sugar! But yours look so cute….i wouldn't want to eat them!!

August 27, 2009 02:09 AM
Sun said...

Oh my gosh, these are so fantastic!! what a good idea, and thanks for sharing the pdf of the labels with us, you think of everything!!

August 27, 2009 02:27 AM
PINK POPPY said...

Just ADORABLE……your talents never cease to amaze me…..sooooooooo yummy, cute & I'm sure dee~licious!!!!!!

August 27, 2009 02:37 AM
My Love is..... said...

mmmmm delicious!! and super easy for the kids to help with!! thanx for sharing this recipe!!

August 27, 2009 03:15 AM
huckleberrystew said...

I love 'em!

August 27, 2009 03:54 AM
Jenn said...

How did you "stick" your labels on the jar? By the way, they look awesome!

August 27, 2009 04:03 AM
kristophine said...

I love this blog. So full of good ideas! Thank you–as a new baker, I get intimidated easily, but I especially love the photo details of the process.

August 27, 2009 04:48 AM
Renee said...

Those cookies look great.. the gift jars are a fantastic idea!!!Thanks for the great idea for Christmas gifts…

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August 27, 2009 05:26 AM
Jen Simms said...

LOVE these! I'm in Texas, so these would work GREAT as Christmas favors and/or gifts!!

August 27, 2009 07:15 AM
Mamalicious said...

thank you for the idea! i always give baked goods as christmas presents…this is a refreshed idea of that! thanks!

August 27, 2009 09:03 AM
Aly said...

What program did you use to make that PDF!? Its ADORABLE! Will you email me at


August 27, 2009 11:12 AM
Ang said...

Okay, I'll admit I didn't read all the comments, but have you ever said where you got your flowered one side and round on the other side cutter "thingy?"


August 27, 2009 12:33 PM
WelfareWisdom said...

Hi, I am not sure if you will get to see my comment since you have more comments then I have visitors to my blog!!! But I wanted to say thanks for sharing your great ideas. I love what you do and I am so happy you freely share your amazing ideas and talents with us all. Its truly inspiring:) Thanks again and I look forward to seeing more of your amazing posts:)

August 27, 2009 01:26 PM
nurseknitsalot said...

o.k…..I keep coming back to your site and I keep seeing the Cowgirl Cookies…my dieting willpower is slowly fading!!!

August 27, 2009 02:02 PM
Lovette said...

I just love you! A friend of mine is having a birthday party this weekend for her son and daughter and guess what….it's a Cowboy/Cowgirl theme! This is definitely going to be part of the gifts! Thank you so much, your ideas are always soooo awesome!

August 27, 2009 02:11 PM
Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

oh my!!!
? Rebecca ?

August 27, 2009 03:37 PM
hsturner said...

Love, Love, Love, LOVE IT! Love your website too! Thanks for all the great ideas, pictures, recipes, etc….

August 27, 2009 04:46 PM
Our Happy Family... said...

Those are the cutest cookies I've seen in ages! I MUST bake them!

August 27, 2009 05:13 PM
PaintTheCityNeon said...

mmmmm everything looks so delicious on this site and cute too

August 27, 2009 06:01 PM
Pnkribbon said...

I think I might do that for x-mas instead of baking all the cookies. Or maybe just bake one batch, lol.

August 27, 2009 07:02 PM
Melissa and Kayla said...

We love everything you do!! Your photos always look amazing,and you inspire us to learn more about baking! you should try the idea we just tried on our blog….only i know you could make it sooo much prettier!!

August 27, 2009 07:33 PM
Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams said...

I love this idea – thank you so much for sharing!

August 27, 2009 08:35 PM
Lisa Smiley said...

Thanks for sharing! love the pink and brown! The cowboy ones would be good with blue M&Ms, huh?

FYI, for those in CA, I got a 12 pack of the jars at WinCo for just over $6!

August 27, 2009 09:59 PM
angela said...

This is amazing. I'm going to make some of these for Christmas gifts. Thanks so much!

August 27, 2009 10:37 PM
Anonymous said...

What program did you use to make the Cowboy Cookie labels?

August 28, 2009 12:43 AM
Anonymous said...

Wow this is amazing! I'm going to make them for gifts!

August 28, 2009 01:23 AM
WishTrish said...

HOLY SMOKE, you have a lot of comments these days! You've been DISCOVERED!!!

I just came by to tell you that I think you would love my latest recipe and wanted to share it. Actually, I think you would like two. :)

Here are the Blackberry Lemon-Lime bars:

And my French Toast rolls:

If you try them, do let me know! Anyhow… I know you're busy… now that you've become FAMOUS! :)

August 28, 2009 02:40 AM
Damita said...

So cute! Love them, I think I make the little jars to give as presents, great idea!

August 28, 2009 10:15 AM
Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

WOWOWOWOWOWOW…ok I think I sound like some pup…love the gift ideas here and as You may have guessed a first timer here ;p

those cookies only for 'us'..:)
Thanks for sharing

August 28, 2009 10:40 AM
Lexi said...

Umm… these look so good! I hope you do not mind that I have posted a link to this recipe on my blog!

August 28, 2009 12:23 PM
Mel said...

Where does one get smooth Mason jars? They look like the big ones, I must shop!

August 28, 2009 02:03 PM
Sarah Q said...

gorrrgeous! TOTALLY stealing this for Christmas ideas :)
I wish I could find more cute ones like this. Is there a website?

August 28, 2009 03:20 PM
joanna of simple blueprint said...

found you via love.obsess.inspire… oh my god! so great!!!!!! love love love.

August 28, 2009 04:01 PM
goodpueblo said...

Ohhh I love your blog!! I added you to my blogroll!

August 28, 2009 05:02 PM
Rachel said...

Okay, I made these two days ago (your exact recipe) AND THEY WERE SOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD!!! Thanks! My only criticism is that I have a hard time keeping from eating the whole batch at once…they're seriously delicious.

August 28, 2009 06:16 PM
Michelle said...

oh how I love cowboy cookies! I made up gift jars like this for my baby shower. Wanted to give everyone a gift that I was pretty sure they wouldn't throw away!

p.s. my dad made me a "jar packer" to help with the 60+ jars we had to make. He took the flat metal part of the jar lid and attached it to a dowel. So we had a tool to pack the ingredients down in the jar!

August 28, 2009 07:20 PM
ceej said...

Thanks bakerella! I've been a long time lurker here, and I just have to send you a message for this one. These would be the perfect gifts for my bridal entourage! I'm so excited :) Thanks again for always sharing your creative ideas. You rock!

August 28, 2009 07:24 PM
momto4angels said...

FYI~anyone who lives near an AC Moore can get the smooth jars there. They are on sale this week for 75 cents until August 29th!

August 28, 2009 08:28 PM
Kristin said...

Love these! I will definitely be making this as a gift.

August 29, 2009 12:04 AM
Accountant By Day said...

yum, i'm pg w/ twins and want to eat these NOW, lol.

August 29, 2009 12:26 AM
The Anknersons said...

how do you get such good photos? What camera are you using and what extra flashes or lenses are you using? Your photos are great, your lighting is fantastic.

August 29, 2009 12:57 AM
ashadeofgray said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I know what my girls are making as holiday gifts now!

August 29, 2009 04:28 AM
Lisa said...

These are delicious!

August 29, 2009 01:32 PM
Lisa said...

These are delicious!

August 29, 2009 01:33 PM
Patti MacLeith said...

SUPER sweet to have the labels available for us! You are too good.

August 29, 2009 03:11 PM
Nicole Anderson said...

Oh these are just gorgeous .. we have our school spring fair coming up and these would be such a cute idea to sell :) .. thanks for such gorgeous inspiration

August 30, 2009 11:46 PM
Nicole Anderson said...

Sorry – could you tell me what size – as in grams is the jar??

August 30, 2009 11:57 PM
A cupcake or two said...

Can I just say that you are absolutely amazing. The ideas you come up with are unbelievable. I love your blog and your creations. I will certainly be using your Cookie idea as a present for my friends. What a great way to get people into baking.


August 31, 2009 03:09 AM
Mandi said...

I have this exact recipe. My mother-in-law made them for her sons WHO LOVE THEM! they are my husband's favorite. I rarely made them because I thought they were boring…..Not anymore! Thanks for idea. I love the gift tags! Sweet. he will be so excited

August 31, 2009 04:09 AM
Irish3 said...

I was inspired to make cowboy cookies for my neighbor to celebrate their new baby. I called them "Happy Baby Boy Cookies" and went with blue m&m's. Thanks so much for sharing such a good idea!!
Here is a picture on my blog of my finished project.

August 31, 2009 04:11 AM
Tanya said...

These are a great ! what a great take home treat for a kids birthday party instead of sweets.
very clever !
Thanks from NZ

August 31, 2009 08:02 AM
Magatha-May said...

I love this idea. I might just have to borrow it as a gift idea. Thanks so much.

August 31, 2009 09:50 AM
mio cupcakes said...

What a great gift idea! It's so stylish and cute !

August 31, 2009 09:57 AM
Anonymous said...

where did you get the paper puncher at? I cant find one that big anywhere!

August 31, 2009 02:47 PM
Jessica said...

Comes out perfectly delicious, thank you! And thanks for giving us the keys to adapt this to any holiday/time of year by switching up the color of the m's and the packaging. My daughter gave some to her kindergarten teacher today (first day!) and said euphorically, "they have chocolate chips AND M&Ms!"

August 31, 2009 05:01 PM
Jessica said...

Comes out perfectly delicious, thank you! And thanks for giving us the keys to adapt this to any holiday/time of year by switching up the color of the m's and the packaging. My daughter gave some to her kindergarten teacher today (first day!) and said euphorically, "they have chocolate chips AND M&Ms!"

August 31, 2009 05:01 PM
Annicedda said...

I made these over the weekend and they turned out great! Everyone loved them. Thanks Bakerella :)

August 31, 2009 07:31 PM
The Persimmon Perch said...

Beautifully done

August 31, 2009 08:12 PM
5orsosullivans said...

love the gift idea, miss b. got here via tiny prints on FB and will be bookmarking you now… :)

August 31, 2009 08:49 PM
Vivian said...

I did these last Christmas and they looked so pretty! I like these pink ones even better! thanks for a great idea!

September 1, 2009 12:53 AM
Bea said...

This is an awesome idea! Looks fantastic.

September 1, 2009 10:59 AM
Susan said...

I love cowboy cookies, and I love these cute little jars. Thank you so much!

September 1, 2009 03:04 PM
beyondthepaleblog said...

What a wonderful blog! I'm going to link to you from mine (I, in turn, found you through Deanna Raybourn's blog, who was raving about yours – now I see why!)

This is an excellent idea for a gift – I shall certainly do this for Christmas, and my mind is quite brimming over with adaptations that would be easy to accomplish.

I am now thinking of making STRUMPET cookies (I make perfumes and one of them is called Strumpet – it's based around cherries & chocolate, so perfect for an edible 'version' too!)

September 1, 2009 06:25 PM
jandjsalmon said...

I ADORE this idea – your labels are super cute too! Thanks for sharing!

September 1, 2009 07:59 PM
Clarissa said...

I don´t know if you will see this post. Probably won't… But I want to congratulate you anyway! I'm from Brazil and always read your blog. All the stuff you put here are gorgeous e tasty, but this time I think you were absolutely fabulous! Your idea was perfect! Really enjoy it! I feel like the gift was for me! hehehe Beijos!('kisses' in portuguese!)

September 1, 2009 08:52 PM
Melissa Hodgen said...

Where in the world did you find the breast cancer M&M's?

I've looked several places and would love to know where you stumbled upon them because I want to make them for a get together this month!

September 2, 2009 01:56 AM
Keri Lyn @ She Saved said...

…just found your site. You SO Rock …how cool!!!

September 2, 2009 03:44 AM
Shal said...

What a fantastic and inventive gift! With everyone so worried about the global financial meltdown, this is one of the few gifts that makes sense – love and happiness in a jar…

September 2, 2009 02:14 PM
Sleepless said...

Love this!!! great bday gift idea…

September 3, 2009 01:17 AM
Cass said...

Awesome idea. We are just about to have a big Pink Ribbon (breast cancer) morning tea at my daughter's school and these would go down a treat, unfortunately we can't get pink M & M's in Australia

September 3, 2009 03:53 AM
creativecowgirl said...

Oh my goodness! Can I please "borrow" this idea? I use that same hat clipart in all my Creative Cowgirl writing! I love the pink!!!

September 3, 2009 05:17 PM
Jenna said...

You know this is the FIRST time I commented {for SHAME!}, but I just HAD to say I'm in so much awe of your blog and you bring so much inspiration to me, so I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing some of your recipes, tags, etc so we can be pretty close to you, weeeeee! TY TY TY, love this one in particular..makes such wonderful gifts!


September 3, 2009 07:12 PM
yeldalynn said...

these are really really wonderful.
and i tried them out today!

i just have a question, maybe you know better.
i had the problem of the sugar going all the other stuff below. like, the bworn sugar filled the little empty spaces between the chocolate chips and m&ms.
do you have an idea how i could pack the ingredients relly really tightly? how did you do it? with a spoon?

best wishes!

September 3, 2009 09:51 PM
yeldalynn said...

oh wait, i guess, i wasn't precise enough.
i mean, you can see the sugar at the edges, instead of the other ingredients, like the mms for example.
my english isnt the best.. i'm sorry.

thank you very much!!

September 3, 2009 10:22 PM
Princess Pookie said...

Well Gitty Up! Smooth ball jars~non-cheesy excellence! THANKS! These are pure pink cuteness!!

September 4, 2009 01:28 AM
Mickee said...

Thank you so much for this gift idea!

September 4, 2009 06:44 PM
Elisabetta said...

Hello from Florence (Italy). I tried "Cowgirl Cookies".
I have used "Smarties" as candy instead of "M&Ms" because I wasn't able to find them
at the local store. After mixing ingredients I left them on the refrigrator for 15 minutes
(just the time to allow the oven to get heat)
When I was ready to put them into the oven, I noticed that the Smarties were starting
to loose colors. After cooking them into the oven for 15 minutes, when cookies were ready,
smarties lost completely their colour and became white. Cookies were wonderful, I was
just wondering why colour was lost. Any suggestion? Thanks in advance

September 4, 2009 09:16 PM
Janet said...

what a great gift idea. thank you so much! i love your blog and drool over your pictures everyday.

September 5, 2009 02:53 PM
Jamieanne said...

Bakerella, these are gorgeous and would make the most perfect gift for anyone! Thank you so much for the idea and also for including the labels – you totally rock! :)

September 5, 2009 03:04 PM
Pink Martini said...

The gosh dang cutest idea this side of the Mississippi! You are a rock star and I have featured this post on my blog giving you all the praise you so richly deserve. :)

September 5, 2009 08:29 PM
bubbledancer said...

Really cute presentation of the mix! Nicely done. I'm a new follower and am enjoying your blog! If you're interested, check out my food blog sometime and let me know what you think. Ciao!

September 6, 2009 02:47 AM
made sweet said...

yes yes yes! so adorable!

September 6, 2009 09:52 PM
Creative Genius? said...

Okdokey – made these and they rocked… then i made them with Milk Chocolate Chips instead – even better… and then I was feeling guilty about making them yet again so I wanted to make them seem healthy… so I did 1 cup of milk chocolate, no M&Ms, 1 cup of flaked coconut and 1 cup of dried cranberries…

YUMMY!!! Thanks for the recipe – and all of them – they rock!

September 7, 2009 01:45 AM
Ms. MO said...

My daughter just won a playday and I wanted to thank the ladies at the barn for all their horsey help. Perfect idea!!!

September 7, 2009 02:44 AM
Mandy said...

These are so cute! They will be perfect for MOPS. We are always looking for crafts and stuff to make and give as gifts. Thanks for the great idea and I think your labels are perfect!

September 8, 2009 12:59 AM
Mandy said...

These are so cute! They will be perfect for MOPS. We are always looking for crafts and stuff to make and give as gifts. Thanks for the great idea and I think your labels are perfect!

September 8, 2009 12:59 AM
Laura said...

I plan to make these for my daughter's teacher, aide, and principal this week to celebrate her school's pep rally theme: "Cowboy Day"! What a great idea! Thanks!

September 8, 2009 02:02 AM
Becky said...

THese are adorable and they would make a great fundraiser for Breast cancer awareness too! I can just see adding a little pink ribbon to the brown tie! Thanks for sharing!

September 8, 2009 03:45 AM
lamerzoid said...

You are not only extremely gifted, but generous too. thanks so much. these are lovely

September 8, 2009 07:03 AM
Senor Pablo said...

I tried this recipe and it’s wonderful. My family love the result. Fantastic. The cookie does not taste dry but soft and melts when you put it in your mouth.

I love Bakerella. Awesome site. Will definitely come back for more inspiration!!!!

September 22, 2009 02:56 AM
mouni said...

i made it and it was amazing!!

September 22, 2009 11:22 AM
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