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

Add

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.

Labeling

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.

Enjoy!

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Meryl said...

I made these for work!! the very first thing i think i have ever made, and they turned out amazing, we sold them at the bake sale and made over 500 dollars for charity amazing! Thanks bakerella!!!!

September 22, 2009 05:58 PM
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Blondi said...

WOW!!! I LOVE this….I’m from England, so what sise jar is this, can any one help? Thanks x
lots of love your blonde from blighty!

September 23, 2009 03:57 PM
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No Name said...

AMAZING! i love it

September 27, 2009 08:57 AM
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bakerella said...

Blondi – 1 quart or 32 ounces.

September 28, 2009 02:16 AM
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Bee said...

Ohhh I love these! Just found them through Tasty Kitchen!!!

I would adore to make these for my relatives at Christmas. I wonder what Christmassy version I could make. Love them, thank you for such great inspiration!!

September 29, 2009 03:42 PM
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Candy said...

These are adorable!!! I am thinking they will make awesome teacher gifts!

September 29, 2009 09:11 PM
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Phyllis said...

Dear Bakerella Godess

You are so incredibly talented, I am so excited to try some of your great ideas. Keep up the good work

September 30, 2009 06:18 PM
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briana said...

Love it, I’m going to use these for christmas. To bad you don’t have premade christmas labels.

October 1, 2009 12:01 AM
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Kim said...

YOU ARE SOOOO CREATIVE WITH SO MANY FABULOUS IDEAS! Love this idea. I just made these cookie jars with Halloween M&M’s and made labels that said, Cow”ghoul” Cookies! They turned out adorable using the colors black, orange, purple, and green. Such a great gift to give to anyone. Thanks for all your amazing ideas!

October 1, 2009 03:45 PM
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olivia mclaughlin said...

HI Bakerella

Can you make labels for Halloween? Christmas? I can’t get enough of you site!!! :)

Olivia

October 1, 2009 03:53 PM
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Shannon L said...

is that amount the amount for one jar? i want to make one or 2 jars to send to my sister who just moved out of state but she doesnt need a lot. im thinking making halloween themed ones

October 1, 2009 07:27 PM
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meowmeowz said...

these are the best cookies i have ever tasted! and cute packaging idea too :D. my family, friends, and coworkers all loved it! thank you for sharing the recipe!

October 1, 2009 08:47 PM
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Jenna said...

My grandma always makes cookies-in-a-jar to go in our family christmas gift baskets, so I was really excited to see this! I’m going to have to show her this recipe soon.

October 3, 2009 05:53 PM
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Misty B. said...

You are so talented and your creations are just brilliant. Thanks for inspiring me to get back in the kitchen!!!!

October 4, 2009 03:23 PM
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Kat said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing :) I tried packing a jar today and had some trouble fitting everything in. Any suggestions/tip/tricks for pushing the flour down?

October 4, 2009 05:19 PM
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Charlotte said...

I love these the most – I am rubbish at baking (I don’t even own a baking tin) but I have some very sweet friends so these are going on my handmade Xmas gifts list for sure

October 6, 2009 01:34 PM
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bakerella said...

Shannon – this is enough for one jar.

Kat – Make sure the jars are the same as I am using here. They have to be packed really tight and if you have to sacrifice a little, then add the nuts last and don’t worry about what doesn’t fit.

October 7, 2009 10:09 PM
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Tatiana said...

The cutest thing ever I looooove this idea!
A couple of years ago my aunt do something similar for teachers’ day presents, only that instead of those lovely jars she bougth some mugs and put all the ingredient in a bag with a step by step tag…so cute but these are wayy better! Love the tag and the jars…just love it! The pink m&ms are just the perfect girly touch!
XOXO
Tatis

October 8, 2009 08:55 PM
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Sophia said...

Please tell me what SIZE of jars do you use for these absolutely cute cookies? I can not wait to make these for christmas. I am totally giving these to everyone I know. Thank you for the amazing idea. Love, Love, Love them!

October 10, 2009 03:18 AM
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Melanie Merrifield said...

Angie, these are so cute! I’m going to let Lydia (my almost-13 year old) make and give them for holiday gifts to all her friends. I know the girls will love ‘em! I so enjoy following your website.

October 11, 2009 08:36 PM
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Sophia Jaramillo said...

I love this idea. Please tell me what size of jar you are using?

October 14, 2009 05:47 AM
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Deann said...

PERFECT idea! Love it! And just in time for Christmas. With a HUGE family homemade is the way to go and seriously, how many snowman candles does one really need? Danke!

October 16, 2009 01:52 PM
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Kat said...

These cookies are wonderful! The only alternation I did was to use dark brown sugar. I chose to use the pink theme in conjuction with breast cancer awareness month. Thank you for sharing your recipe and creativity :). I just posted about them on my blog today.

October 17, 2009 09:06 AM
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bakerella said...

Sophia – it’s stated in the post. 1 quart or 32 ounces.

Melanie – Hey there.

October 18, 2009 05:05 PM
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Angela said...

Love the design&branding of your site!

October 18, 2009 08:10 PM
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ThatsSoYummy said...

I just love this idea, will have to use them… Thanks for sharing again!

October 19, 2009 06:32 AM
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méluse said...

J’adore ce site, les photos sont géniales et donnent vraiment envie de faire ces recettes!
et des cookies girly, yesss!
sorry, I don’t speak english, so just
Waouuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!

October 21, 2009 04:59 AM
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tichat said...

Oh-so-cute!!!
I’m fond of it…Photo,jar,recipe,cookies…How did you get such a f***** nice idea?
Do you think you can do some for me?

October 22, 2009 05:50 AM
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Tammy said...

Why can I not find pink m&m’s ANYWHERE???? I live in Utah and have been looking for two months, both in stores and online, for the regular bags that I see every year and am having no luck! I know I could pay an exorbitant amount for custom m&m’s but can’t justify it. Can anyone help?

October 23, 2009 07:02 PM
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mal cakes said...

i absolutely love this! you are brilliant!

October 24, 2009 07:45 PM
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Calli Makes Do said...

Bakerella, I am thinking of making these for teacher christmas gifts from the PTA… so I will be making around 70 of them. Are they really time consuming? Can I make them without nuts to save a money? Thank you for the very clever idea. Cheers, Calli

October 26, 2009 06:12 PM
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bakerella said...

Calli – 70 would be pretty time consuming. And expensive probably. You could eliminate the nuts and add a few more chocolate chips or m&ms

October 27, 2009 09:08 PM
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Nicole anderson said...

Hi

I just wanted to say thankyou again for putting these up .. I ending up making some for a local spring fair (Australia) .. and although I couldn’t get the right jars here !! I did end up finding some that worked really well .. I also couldn’t get the breast cancer M&M’s – so I had my daughter sort out normal M&M’s into there colours .. would love to do some for Christmas too .
Anyway here is a photo of how they looked

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27794589@N02/4051748726/

thanks again
Nicole xx
in Australia

October 27, 2009 09:20 PM
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Elle said...

Love this idea!! I used it for a silent-auction fundraiser at my daughter’s school. I made a Thanksgiving/Fall themed jar and a Christmas jar. I used a bag of regular M&Ms and sorted them into brown/orange/yellow and red/green. They turned out super cute.
A friend decorated the jars for me. For the Thanksgiving one she used burlap and raffia. I never got to see the Christmas one after it was decorated, but I’m sure it was cute, too. :)
Thank you!!

October 28, 2009 03:41 PM
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Prue Russell said...

HI
I was given a jar with this cookie mix as a gift when I left the pre school where I was a Teacher. I was absolutely delighted with the gift and the effort that had been made by the family who gave it to me. A hand made gift is so personal and very much appreciated I think. I think its a wonderful idea and quite unique here in Tauranga New Zealand. I regularly log into the bakerella website these days!!!

October 31, 2009 06:56 PM
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Brenda said...

Beautiful idea! I’m making these as favors for my daughters cowgirl party. How did you make the labels? I’d like to duplicate the lettering for the invitations. Thank you!

October 31, 2009 11:07 PM
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Christina said...

Hi Bakerella, these jars are amazing! I was just wondering, where do you place the baking instructions and what do you need the double-sided tape for?
Thanks!

November 2, 2009 08:00 PM
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IvyC. said...

So Pretty – Such an eye pleasure!

November 3, 2009 03:25 AM
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Katie said...

Thanks so much for posting this adorable idea! I’ve already gotten some smooth ball jars from Michael’s and I can’t wait to try them for Christmas gifts! Any ideas for a Christmas label?

November 3, 2009 01:04 PM
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bakerella said...

Nicole – love those jars!

Brenda – I used a program called illustrator and printed them on card stock.

Christina – On the bottom. The tape is to stick the label on.

November 4, 2009 09:17 PM
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Rene said...

I don’t know if someone has already mentioned this so I’m sorry if it is a repeat, but you can also buy bags of individual colored m&ms here: http://www.mymms.com/25colors/#
The individual bags are kinda steep though. Each bag is $6.99 and that doesn’t include shipping. For orders under $25 its $9.95. Ouch.

Strangely, I can find all 25 colors at Fry’s for like $4.99 or $5.99. I’ve seen them in Sacramento and the Bay Area so I assume they’re a Fry’s stable near the checkout stands.

November 5, 2009 06:14 AM
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Angela said...

These are awesome! I’m going to give these out as party favors at my daughter’s 5th birthday party. There will be pony rides at it’s at a farm, so it’ll be perfect. I made them to test them out and they’re delicious! Thanks so much.

November 6, 2009 11:31 AM
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Erin said...

LOVE this!!!

November 6, 2009 10:04 PM
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thia said...

i love the idea of giving this to a cancer survivor.
the label can read “hero cookies”
with a simple switch of the color of mms you can rename these cookies to anything. i am planning on making a few of these for christmas gifts!
thanks for sharing all the great info and labels too!

November 8, 2009 10:58 PM
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Lucia said...

Hi Bakerella! Just wondering if you used a regular spoon to pack the jars? Thanks!

November 9, 2009 12:24 AM
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gee said...

nice idea…very sweet and yet elegant…like it

November 9, 2009 06:06 AM
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Flossy said...

Dear Bakerella… Please please could you work out the conversions for me in UK measures which are grams and ounces. I am stuck trying to do them and getting in a mess!

November 9, 2009 01:50 PM
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Robin said...

Just had to say I sent this to my girls and they made them for my pink and brown themed shower. They paired them with cute little heart shaped measuring spoons and put it in kraft paper bags tied with raffia. SWOON!!!!

Thanks for the great idea!

November 11, 2009 04:52 PM
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bakerella said...

Flossy – try this converter

http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/tools.measures/Measures.cfm

Lucia – i used the flat side of a small measuring cup.

November 11, 2009 08:35 PM
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Tracy said...

i love the cowgirl cookies and i plan to give them out as a treat during the hoildays… my question is what size jar is that so i dont estimate. i wont wanna buy jars too big or too small.

November 12, 2009 05:05 AM
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Flossy said...

Thank you for the link, your site is super wonderful and so much fun.

November 12, 2009 09:45 AM
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April said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! We used to make Cowboy Cookies as a family when I was growing up. I just ran out & scored CVS’s last 4 bags of pink M&M’s for only SEVEN DOLLARS after my $4 off coupon & the $5 off with purchase of $15 or more in candy. These will be going home with my kids’ teachers & babysitters for Christmas. Now off to find some jars!

November 13, 2009 03:23 PM
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Lauren said...

I make these each year with my students. They give them to their families for Christmas. Yours are so much prettier, but they love making their jar cookies. I love the idea of making little labels for them.

November 19, 2009 01:38 PM
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Kristin said...

We’re having a cooking themed birthday party for my twin girls soon – I always like to send the people who help out (like my mom, sister, and MIL) home with a little ‘thank you’ gift. I went to a candy store in town and bought pink M&Ms since I can’t find the pre-bagged pink ones anymore. I can not WAIT to see their faces!! Thanks so much for a great idea!!

November 20, 2009 05:33 PM
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Carie said...

The Cowgirl cookies are amazing. They tast realy, realy good. I mean good, Im not joking! My 4-H club are doing the mason jar thing for a fundraiser. I’m hopine it flys.

November 22, 2009 11:19 PM
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Keetie said...

Love these! Just made them for my niece & nephew, but I cou’dn’t find nice jars, so, i threw the veggies that were inside away, and tadaaa.. nice jars :) If you’re curious, i’ve made pics : http://www.flickr.com/photos/keetie-com/

November 25, 2009 12:53 PM
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bakerella said...

Tracy – it’s a quart size jar.

November 25, 2009 06:57 PM
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Lucia said...

Hi Bakerella, sorry to bother you again, could you please tell me what type of oats did you use? old-fashioned, instant, quick-cooking?

Thanks!
Lucia

November 28, 2009 02:28 PM
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Joy said...

can you please tell me the size of the jar that is used?
Thankyou, it will be the perfect gift for the people who have everything, and its home made

November 29, 2009 01:14 AM
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Veronica Miller said...

I made two mixes–one for me to try and the other to add to a friend’s wedding gift (she is baking challenged and thought it would help-lol). I was surprised at how moist they were and they stayed that way for three days (when we polished them off). Thanks for sharing the recipe and the neat idea!

November 30, 2009 08:54 AM
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Linda said...

I LOVE them! Once I manage to dechiffer your mesurements (we use liters and dl and kg here in Norway) I will try them out! This is a perfect Christmasgift! Happy Holidays and keep up the good baking!
Greetings from Norway!

December 1, 2009 02:04 AM
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nova said...

love this idea! i’ve just made a xmas version here-
http://newlymade.blogspot.com/2009/12/last-minute-gifts.html
one thing i learnt too late was to not put the m&m’s in a flat layer, but pack them up around the sides & fill the middle with choc chips! oh well..
and for metric types (like here in NZ), it fits perfectly in a 1 litre jar :)
thanks bakerella!

December 2, 2009 09:10 PM
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Marie said...

Hi !
I wrote your idea in my to-do-list and make it for Xmas for my little mum… just to tell you that I put in my blog (and of course said that the idea is coming from you !). Thanks for your creativity and inspiration ! (NB : I translated the recipe in french … the more difficult is the quantity … we don’t use your cup…! I should buy these little cups !)

December 3, 2009 03:09 PM
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Brittaney said...

I made these for a friends baby shower last weekend – they were such a hit! I wanted everything to be really pink and girlie, these were the perfect touch! Thank you for the great idea!

December 3, 2009 07:29 PM
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UnePune said...

So cute – so fantastic! Tried it out tonight – both to fit it into my jar(about 1 liter) and baking it =) In norway we use different measurement, but I must have gotten it right – because it looked and tasted great. May I post the nowegian receipe on my blog – and of course link to your so inspiring site!!? Next I will try out the cake-on-stick-thing =) Good thing my oldest birthday is soon coming up =P

December 4, 2009 12:27 PM
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Chryslyn said...

Thanks for the great idea!! I am making a dozen jars for xmas gifts. I had to adjust the recipe a bit because I bought slightly smaller jars. They are super delicious and super cute!!

December 4, 2009 03:11 PM
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Jennifer Williams said...

I’m doing these for holiday gifts. Thank you for sharing!

December 8, 2009 11:26 PM
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Damon Crawley said...

My wife made 30 of these for a Christmas party and did them in a Christmas theme.

You’ll have to check out http://thereisnolaughing.blogspot.com/ and http:://damon-crawley.blogspot.com to see the results.

December 9, 2009 03:29 PM
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Aleida said...

HI, I’ll like to know how big are these jars?

thank you

December 9, 2009 05:24 PM
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Alice said...

Those gifts look great! I would like to make some for christmas.
BUT: one big question, because in europe we usually don’t cook with cups.
How big is a cup? Is it more a little english tea cup, or more like a give-me-tons-of-coffein-or-I’m-dying-coffee-cup? So about what size do we talk, when we talk about cups?

December 10, 2009 08:26 AM
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kris said...

I sooooo LOVE this idea of yours!!!!! you have such a creative mind!!!!…

December 10, 2009 09:01 AM
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litekeeper said...

Great Idea! You can make this up to six weeks in advance- Keep containers airtight, well sealed and store in cool dry place. Watch for expiration date on nuts if using in recipe. I would also put baking soda in plastic wrap separate from other dry ingredients.

December 11, 2009 04:42 PM
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Simone said...

I’ve tried the cookies today. They were not as beautiful as yours but they were good. If you want to give a look at them, click on the link

http://sociedadedesocorroonline.blogspot.com/2009/12/e-tambem-temos-cookies.html

I translated your recipe into Portugueses for by blog readers.

thanks for sharing.

December 12, 2009 07:31 PM
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windy gorsi said...

yummy food

December 13, 2009 03:24 AM
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Lashonna said...

Absolultely adorable! I wish I’d run across these sooner so me and my little niece could have made some for birthday favors at her party. But I will certainly try this one out. The cookies sound delicious! I love your site!

December 13, 2009 09:44 PM
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Liza Shamis said...

Hi Bakerella! These are tooo cute — I planned on making them for Christmas gifts for my coworkers when you first put this post up. I know you’re probably swamped, but would you be able to adapt the PDF of the stickers to a red/green theme? Or just leave instructions… I’m software challenged! Thanks, and have a great holiday! :)

December 15, 2009 11:43 AM
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cookiemaker said...

hey there! i am planning to make these for a kids party… so i am using 32 oz. plastic jars (instead of glass- not great for kids i dont think), so there’s a suggestion for some readers out there.
Here is my question- how long can the brown sugar last in there?? i know brown sugar hardens pretty quickly, and these containers aren’t gonna be 100% airtight. Just concerned about that 1 ingredient of the recipe… thinking that you probably want to make these a couple of weeks in advance and also thinking that the recipient may wait a few weeks before actually baking them up?
Just wondering how long you were able to keep this stored in there with the brown sugar staying pretty soft and dry…
thanks!!

December 15, 2009 04:56 PM
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Takevi said...

Does any one know the recipe so the cowboy cookies will fit in a pint size jar. I want to use pint size jars instead of quart size jars as a Christmas gift

December 16, 2009 06:21 PM
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Laura said...

Great idea for Christmas gift! Thanks!
You solved my present problem :)
It`s only hard to find chocolate chips and M&M´s (in pretty colours) here in Finland.
I used Finnish Taloussuklaa instead of chocolate chips and I took only brown, red and orange M&M´s from the bag for this Christmas version.
350 F –> 175 C and the perfect jar for this is 1 liter…

December 17, 2009 02:00 PM
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Arancha Martin said...

Please, could you give me de equivalences in grams of this recipe: http://www.bakerella.com/mix-things-up/ thanks from spain

December 18, 2009 02:17 PM
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Arancha Martin said...

Your idea is wonderful, congratulations

December 18, 2009 02:41 PM
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joyfullytiredmom said...

I made these for teacher gifts for Christmas. Such a cute idea. However, there was absolutely NO WAY all the ingredients fit into the jars. I had to decrease the choc’s to less than 3/4 cup in order to fit in the sugars & pecans. Trust me, I tried LOTs of times to pack, pack, pack it all in.
But your labels are adoreable and I’m glad you passed the idea along so we can pass it along too.
merry christmas!

December 18, 2009 06:31 PM
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jenn perryman said...

I’ve made them twice now and just and love these cookies! Decided to try them as teacher gifts, and they were fun to put together, but I agree with joyfullytiredmom. I tried and tried to pack the ingredients and well- there are no nuts, still flush to the top. Oh well… I guess I can attach an “optional” baggie to each jar, right? Not everyone likes nuts anyway. :)
Thanks for the great recipe!

December 19, 2009 03:59 PM
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christine said...

do you really have to bake the BALLS or should you flatten it before baking ???

December 20, 2009 04:05 AM
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Wendy said...

OMG! What a brilliant idea! Dont mind if I do (use some ideas from this fab site)!!

December 22, 2009 02:35 AM
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Andrea said...

Bakerella, wondering if you would be so kind as to share how you made the PDF for the labels? Absolutely adorable!! You are so amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!

December 23, 2009 12:06 AM
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Desiree Fawn said...

SWOON! Love these <3 Might have to make some tomorrow! Yes!

December 23, 2009 01:11 AM
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Kristin R. in KC said...

So, I made these with red and green M&Ms for Christmas gifts. I used a little holly print fabric with red ribbon, and the instructions are printed on ornament-shaped labels. They look really cute. The only problem I had is that there was NO WAY IN HELL all the ingredients fit in the jar. And yes, I used 1 quart wide mouth Ball jars. You must have modified the recipe after you packed your jars because I packed like crazy and I didn’t even get all the white sugar in, let alone any pecans. I suggest to others, if you want nuts in the jar, leave out some of the chocolate or oats.

December 23, 2009 03:08 AM
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Regina said...

Hello! Greetings from Costa Rica! Ever since I saw these jars on Bakerella´s page, I knew I wanted to make them as Christmas gifts. I didn’t know how easy it was going to be for me to find everything here in Costa Rica. Luckily, I found Ball Jars, however, mine were embossed, couldn’t find the smooth ones. I couldn’t find also the red and green M&Ms, but I asked a friend who went to the States to bring them for me. I packed everything really tight just as Bakerella said, and EVERYTHING fit perfectly, I even used almost ½ cup nuts. What I did was to use a small measuring cup to push everything down just as she mentioned in a comment above. For the decoration I used a “pipe cleaner Santa” that I made from the Martha Stewart page. For the instructions, I didn’t glue them to the jar, since mine were embossed, but I laminated them, and wrote every step on the back, my last step was “for perfect results, bake them with the family”. I hope you enjoy my pictures; sorry for the photo quality, my camera is not the best. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=silmanr&target=ALBUM&id=5418789115935272449&authkey=Gv1sRgCJiouv-Lo9mKqQE&invite=CKma4soF&feat=email

December 24, 2009 08:18 AM
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Antonella said...

Hi, wonderful gift !
No oats though. :-(
How could I change the rest of the ingredients?
Thanks,
Antonella

January 2, 2010 11:54 AM
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Kathleen said...

Hi! Love the recipe! Made for Christmas gifts for teachers and neighbors…I REALLY appreciate the labels!!!!! Thank you!

I have a question…have you tried to make them in the pint size mason jars? I thought it would be cute to make Valentine’s ones for preschool kids but I’m not sure if I can just halve the recipe. Thoughts? Thanks so much!

January 19, 2010 07:37 AM
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Kylie @ All Things Lovely said...

I’ve seen this kind of idea before, but I think all the colours together, along with how you’ve decorated them just make this AMAZING! I’m totally inspired, thankyou!

January 25, 2010 01:40 AM
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suzi humphries said...

the kids made these this weekend and WOW they were amazing so so delicious
would recomend baking these to anyone and also they are a fantasic present
xx Suzi

January 25, 2010 10:47 AM
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charlotte said...

My mum indroduced this site to me, she made this for the grandkids but gave one to us as we have no kids. going to make this for the nephew on other side as they are so yummy, texture with the oats was good and think its an awesome idea for kids to make with an adult.
Brilliant idea

January 30, 2010 01:54 AM
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Love to Bake said...

I just want to say what a GREAT idea. I just made these for my daughters teachers for Valentines Day!! They absolutely loved them. So SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 10, 2010 05:28 PM
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Chelsea said...

Just wanted to say thank you! I made these for my friends at work for Valentine’s Day! They loved them. I knew making more than one would add up so I used coupons from Michaels/Hobby Lobby to slowly collect the jars, fabric, and ribbon for cheaper and then watched the sales at our grocery store to get the ingredients. They were so much fun to make! Thanks for your great ideas and wonderful instructions!!!

February 15, 2010 09:06 AM
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tanya said...

So cute! I will be making these as shower favors for a “cowgirl ” baby shower I’m throwing in a couple of weeks….Thanks for the great idea!

February 18, 2010 04:25 PM
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Nishtha said...

I just made these on Sunday. This has been on my list for sometime, but I finally made them. They are divine.
Just a quick question. I am new at baking, and these cookies were the ones I made. How does one ensure that the cookies don’t get a burnt (or slightly overdone) bottoms?
Cheers,
Nishtha

February 21, 2010 11:24 PM
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jolene said...

Could anyone tell me if it matters whether I use quick cooking oatmeal or old fashioned? I can’t wait to try them!

February 28, 2010 12:42 PM
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jolene said...

sorry. i just found the answer in a recent post ;) quick cooking in case anyone else is wondering.

February 28, 2010 12:44 PM
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