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.


Leslye Helton said...

I love this, I am planning on making them for my daughter’s b-day party next month. do you know how long the mix will last in the jar? I am affraid if I make them now they will be bad by next month.

Thank you

July 9, 2011 10:20 AM
Erica Gilmore said...

I made these for a baby shower and they looked great. The problem for me was that the brown sugar even after a day was rock hard and it was extremely difficult to get out of the jar without a lot of effort. Any tips on avoiding that?

July 13, 2011 02:38 PM
annajulius said...

Whoa! Everything you touch turns to gold. lol. And you’re so generous for sharing this. Thanks!

July 14, 2011 07:24 PM
Francisca said...

I made the cookies last week, they are yuummie!
Filled two jars with the recipe and will give them to my daughters teachers tomorrow, sure they will love it!

July 21, 2011 05:16 AM
Cindy said...

Does your recipe fit exactly into 1 one quart glass jar?

It definitely looks like an amazing craft idea.

August 3, 2011 12:29 AM
Lacey said...

I made these as my bridal shower favor this past November. I was feeling that I needed to do something for the shower and since my bridesmaids wouldn’t let me help with anything, I convinced them to let me do this. They came out wonderful! You really have to pack the jars well to fit everything but it does work! I changed up the name and called them “Love Chunks” on the label. If you will be making lots of these, you might want to recruit some help. It took me & 2 bridesmaids an entire evening to make about 40 fully finished jars. Yummy & Cute…..can’t go wrong! Thanks Bakerella!!

August 17, 2011 04:14 PM
Jamie said...

I have been looking for a recipe like this to give away as gifts for quite a while. I had to make a batch to see if they were good. So I made some before my husband I went on a two night trip together. I came back with hardly any left! They are delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

August 18, 2011 03:22 PM
Anonymous said...

Superbe!!! j’adore

August 24, 2011 05:11 AM
Ashli said...

These cookies were great! I forgot to use parchment paper, or to grease the cookie sheet, and they stuck to the pan! Luckily they were just for me, so I didn’t mind eating them in pieces after I scraped them off!

August 25, 2011 03:57 PM
Sjak said...

Just made these cookies with my 4 year old son and we’re munching on them as we speak. They are really yummie, especially when they’re still a little warm….. I wanted to try out the recipe in order to make gift jars for Christmas (can’t start too early with these things huh?). I think they will be a huge hit! Thank you so much for this and all your other great recipes and ideas.
Love from Holland!

August 31, 2011 08:38 AM
Anna said...

I just made the batter for this, and it’s so wet and gooey that it’s sticking to my hands. I positive I was extremely careful when measuring and did so correctly. Has anyone else run into this problem? If so, is there a way to fix it and salvage the batter?

August 31, 2011 01:00 PM
Sharon Pfrang said...

I made these for my future daughter in law’s bridal shower and everyone loved them!! I changed it up with some craisins and coconut for those who cannot have nuts!! Thanks for such an awesome idea!!

August 31, 2011 02:44 PM
Amanda said...

Those are so cute! Love the colors!

September 4, 2011 05:10 PM
Toni said...

I had a question, If i was making 20 of these, how much stuff would I need to buy?

September 6, 2011 05:50 PM
sarah said...

LOVE this idea!!! Using it for party favors for my daughters’ cowboy/cowgirl themed birthday party!

September 12, 2011 11:05 AM
Ashley crain said...

How do u get e flour packed tightly

September 14, 2011 01:07 PM
Stacey said...

I’m still trying to figure out how you fit all those ingredients into the quart size jar? I made an attempt and followed the recipe above and not all of the ingredients fit….? I thought quart size jars only fit 4 cups and this seems to be over 4 cups. Any tips?

September 21, 2011 12:36 PM
bee said...

omfg its toooo perfect!

September 21, 2011 03:25 PM
SS said...

Oi, miten ihana idea. Tätä täytyy kokeilla!

September 24, 2011 02:52 PM
Andrea Sinclair said...

These are so great! Love them – fantastic idea! Thank you so much… :-)

September 25, 2011 10:01 PM
Ange said...

cookie jar recipe

September 26, 2011 01:03 AM
yadira said...

Omg, a friend of mine reffered me to this website since I love baking and crafting. And I’m getting married in seven months!! (yay!) and turns out I’m having a WESTERN WEDDING! when i saw these my heart stopped!!! lol I just wanted to say thanks for posting this brilliant and beautiful idea these are going to be used as my wedding favors =]

September 27, 2011 08:05 PM
Ellie Rodriguez said...

Do you sell the cowgirl cookie mixes? I think they would make adorable party favors?

If so, for how much,


September 30, 2011 01:17 PM
Jamie B. said...

HI.. I LOVE these cowgirl cookie jars!! I hope you don’t mind I featured them in my hub here:

Love the printable labels too! Thanks So much for sharing :)

Jamie B.

September 30, 2011 08:20 PM
Anni said...

Last week I discovered this entry and loved the idea of a home-made cake mix that I decided to make one for a friend’s birthday. She was so exited about it! Thank you for this wonderful idea :-)

On my blog you can check out what they look like (but it’s in German ;-))


October 6, 2011 02:02 PM
alex said...

Has anyone tried sending these in the mail and had them not break?

October 17, 2011 07:38 PM
Cafe Retro said...

I love these! I am making some to sell at our Breast Cancer Coffee Morning

October 18, 2011 07:21 AM
Rebecca Everett said...

Can you please share the labels in the program you used? I’d love to make the cowgirl labels in red as party favors for my daughter’s birthday party.

Thank you!

October 20, 2011 12:39 PM
Fredda said...

Thanks so much for this cute idea. I made this as Halloween Cookies for my best friend. Hope it was okay to put a “german” version with “Gramm” instead of “cups” on my blog. Next time I will interchange the oats and the brown sugar, cause the sugar rills into the chocolate a bit.
Greets Fredda

October 26, 2011 03:09 PM
Karin said...

Perfect! This is amszing!!!

Which Size did you use for the jars?

I am a big fan from Austria!

October 29, 2011 09:27 AM
Chrissie said...

Really cute! How many oz are the jars you bought to make this?

October 29, 2011 12:41 PM
Donna Oddo said...

When your making the cowgirl cookies are you using the Quaker Oats old fashion or quick 1 minute ?

October 29, 2011 05:35 PM
Laura Cancienne said...

Where can the pink M&M’s be purchased? What is the shelf-life for the cookie mix?

November 1, 2011 08:06 AM
CV Love said...

I love the ideia! =)

November 7, 2011 05:48 AM
kitti said...

its the best gift ever ever…….thanks a lot

November 9, 2011 03:10 AM
Lucinda said...

How do I print out the cowgirl labels all pink and disregard the brown ones??? Anyone know? Please help. Thank you!

November 10, 2011 03:00 PM
Cynthia said...

Love it…How tall are the jars where you did the diferent layers?

November 10, 2011 06:10 PM
Malinda said...

just gorgeous! think i will do these in a xmas theme! thanks!

November 12, 2011 10:32 PM
Kate said...

Made these as Christmas gifts for my neighbors and my son’s teachers last year, using the red and green M&Ms. They were a HUGE hit. Everyone loves cookies. I plan on doing it again this year! Thank you for this idea!

November 14, 2011 11:31 AM
Ashley said...

Has anyone made these in smaller portion jars in 12 ounce jars rather than the large 16 ounce jars? If so, what are the proportion adjustments?

November 14, 2011 09:40 PM
Jodi said...

Just made these cookies for an anniversary gift! You aren’t kidding, that stuff REALLY needs to be packed to fit! Thank you for the idea :)

November 19, 2011 04:44 PM
Madeleine @ NZ Ecochick said...

I love this post. I have featured it on NZ Ecochick. Please view my post on: Feel free to grab my featured on button. Thanks for the yummy idea. I can’t wait to make some.

November 21, 2011 03:12 AM
Desiree said...

Hi there!

I just want to let you know that I featured your project on my blog today… Love it!

November 22, 2011 03:10 PM
Kent said...

Love this! I am doing these for Christmas. Just packed my first jar and almost didn’t have enough room for all the sugar. Any tips on packing? I couldn’t raelly PACK until I got to the brown sugar level, and I smooshed as much as I could with my little spatula!

November 22, 2011 05:13 PM
kate said...

i made some blue ones for my littlebrother
ps.. im 11yrs old and he is 8 thanks 4 the recipe !! : )

November 25, 2011 11:07 PM
Salina Iranon said...

You are amazing! That was great cookies! Thank you for sharing this. May God bless you with new ideas!
Aloha from Hawaii

November 27, 2011 05:23 PM
Chfmrk said...

Another name that could be more generic would be Cowpoke Cookies

November 27, 2011 06:06 PM
Vicki (Nana) Stettler said...

Since my grandchildren live 1000 miles away from me and I can’t be there to bake homemade cookies for them for Christmas I am going to make “Cookies for Santa” jar. I am going to enclose the jar in the box with all of their gifts.Then my granddaughter and her Mommy can make cookies for Santa. I am hoping I am starting a new tradition for them Thank you for sharing!!!

November 28, 2011 09:29 AM
martina said...

Hi! can you give me european ingredients? not cup or teaspoon, but G, HG and KG? thank you <3

November 30, 2011 05:53 AM
Sally said...

This was Soooo fun to make and put together! I used a different color scheme but I loved the recipe! Thanks for sharing!

December 1, 2011 01:46 PM
Mike Brady said...

This is a great idea. I love both parts. The Cowboy Cookies and then putting in the pink M & M’s to make Cowgirl Cookies.
This is grrrreat.

December 2, 2011 03:51 AM
Mike Brady said...

This is a great idea. Especially using the pink M & M’s to make Cowgirl cookies.

December 2, 2011 03:53 AM
alhsjej said...

Definitely going to do some of these!!!
I will link you in if I get round to posting!

December 2, 2011 06:48 AM
Susan Peoples said...

These are so adorable and I would love to do them but I do not have the stuff for labels and this year we have decided not to do gifts but draw names. This would be so cute to give the nieces and nephews but what do you think the cost would be for each one to make?

December 2, 2011 02:41 PM
Karen said...

Thank you! These look so cute and yummy!

December 2, 2011 05:23 PM
sherri said...


December 2, 2011 05:55 PM
becki said...

ok, you are my new favorite person…too cute!!!! love it!!

December 2, 2011 06:58 PM
Jessica said...

lets try again – these look yummy, we could use more chocolate chips instead of so many m&ms and leave the pecans out of Beckys (we might need to get some regular M&Ms and bake us measure them out and bake us a batch as a trial first???

December 3, 2011 06:11 PM
Ciara said...

I love how these look in the jar and want to give these as Christmas gifts this year. I just gave the recipe a test drive and my whole family loves them :)

December 3, 2011 06:59 PM
Aunesty Janssen said...

I changed the pink m&m’s to red and green and made Christmas Cowboy Cookies —

LOVE these!!!

December 7, 2011 01:16 PM
Patricia said...

Those are beautiful to look at and I bet good and fun to eat. You are right, this recipe would be great for any holiday or function by adding different colored M and Ms.

December 9, 2011 05:55 AM
Vicki said...

I’m making the cowgirl cookies. How do I get the master label in Christmas colors? Is there a templet to run off on colored paper or?

Thank you.

December 9, 2011 04:14 PM
Claire said...

I love this idea! What a great gift :) I’m going to make up a few jars to give out to my sisters this year for Christmas. I’ve found some Christmas coloured M&M’s that will be perfect for this.

December 10, 2011 04:44 AM
Hayden said...

I made these for a secret santa gift and she loved them! I replaced the pink m&ms with holiday ones (red and green). I included a handmade apron and cookie cutters and oven mitts to match! My gift was a hit at the party! Everyone wished I had picked their name

December 11, 2011 06:22 PM
Sara B said...

Thank you for the inspiration! After baking a test batch I made 2 jars of ‘Christmasy Cowboy Cookies” for gifts. The test batch was a big hit in our family…delicious! I did have to increase the bake time a bit…but my oven temp may be off. Thank you again!

December 13, 2011 10:29 AM
Rea said...

I love this! I think I will switch it up and use Christmas m&m for Christmas gifts thanks so much.

December 13, 2011 02:16 PM
Allyson said...

these are the best looking cookies i have ever see and i will enjoy making them as christmas gifts. this is all i have to say is YYYYYYYYYYUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!

December 13, 2011 10:42 PM
Melody said...

Are these instant oats? What kind of oats works best?

December 14, 2011 12:34 PM
brandy said...

out of the recipe you gave how many jars can you make out of it..

December 14, 2011 08:47 PM
kk said...

This is a great gift i gave a whole bunch out for the holidays

December 15, 2011 08:43 PM
Shazam said...

Random i know, but was just wondering wont font u used on the cowgirl cookies labels….
Thank you

December 15, 2011 11:45 PM
Penny said...

What a lovely gift idea! Thank you for sharing it.

December 16, 2011 07:33 AM
Elyssa said...

Made several sets of the jarred cookie mixes and will be giving them as gifts to my coworkers this week. Made a batch of the cookies for my family and they were delicious!

December 18, 2011 11:23 AM
Lundi27 said...

Merci beaucoup !!!
Thanks a lot !!! It’s so sweet !

December 19, 2011 05:58 AM
Maureen Price said...

Than k you so much for sharing. We are making these for a fundraiser and I was wondering if I could get you to change the name and send a PDF that says “SURVIVOR” COOKIES. Thanks again, always a pleasure to come and see what fun things you’ve been doing.

December 19, 2011 07:23 PM
Karen said...

I LOVED this idea for XMAS, but it was hard trying to find pink M&Ms in December, so….. I special ordered pink M&Ms and put “Merry XMAS” on them, a snowman, who it was from, but kept them pink because I loved the “cowgirl” idea. They turned out adorable, especially with my personalized M&M greetings.

December 20, 2011 04:38 PM
Krista said...

Hi there,
I have just made a batch of the cowgirl cookies with M&M’s I found them to be great. Although I found that I had way to many chocolate chips…Did anyone else find this? For some reason they wouldnt all stick to the cookie mix..Great XMAS gift…Although I would only add 1/2 cup of Chocolate chips!

December 22, 2011 05:36 PM
Whitney L. said...

I made some of these with the green and red M&Ms for Christmas. Just finished my first jar and it looks really cute! Can’t wait to give them out as gifts this year!

December 22, 2011 06:11 PM
Carissa said...

Love this project! Gifts in jars are so easy to make and are a huge hit among recipients. I featured you on my blog round up of last minute gift ideas here:

Come check out the post and grab a button if you’d like.

Thanks again for sharing your great project.


December 23, 2011 11:10 AM
Jaime said...

According to this, 6 months unless they have nuts- then use in 3 months

December 25, 2011 12:56 AM
Tammy said...

You’re so creative, thanks for sharing! Great blog, so colorful, creative & helpful. Thank you! (:

December 26, 2011 09:51 AM
Carlotta said...

I used this recipe for Santa cookies for my husband’s co-workers. They were awesome. Looked great and the final product was soooo delicious. Thanks for helping me create a homemade Christmas gift that I could be proud of! :)

December 27, 2011 01:21 PM
Tara Philipp said...

Im having my first baby in April and planning my baby shower. We are doing a cupcake theme cause my husband has already nicknamed her his little cupcake. I loveee all of the cute idea’s Thank you so much! :))

December 28, 2011 11:13 PM
Becca said...

I made this mix as a gift last Christmas for a friend. When she made them she said they were the best cookies she’d ever tasted! I’ve come back now to make them again (for myself this time!!) Thanks, great idea

January 1, 2012 07:55 AM
Audrey said...

The moment I saw these, I knew they would be the perfect favor for my girly baby shower!!!! They’re adorable.

January 2, 2012 01:34 AM
Kelli said...

Love this idea!! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much for sharing!

January 12, 2012 12:22 AM
Jennifer said...

thanks for sharing!! I love love love gifts in a jar!! I made these with two kinds of choc chips (semi sweet and white) then called them “Brown N White Cookies”.

January 17, 2012 07:09 PM
Kristina said...

I made one! Thank You Bakerella :)


January 18, 2012 11:33 AM
maribeth said...

I love this.Our wedding colors are pink and brown and both of us are very much country.i think this will be great to have at the wedding as the favor for the guests.

January 25, 2012 04:06 PM
Lauren Row said...

These are too cute! Thanks for sharing these going to make this for a hostess gift for my thirty-one parties :) my hostess’ will love them!

January 25, 2012 06:02 PM
Jessica said...

im super excited to make these for my friends baby shower as favors…… great idea!!

January 25, 2012 07:13 PM
sarah said...

Holy Cow(girl)!!! I just made these this weekend, and I am stunned that something SO easy to make tastes SO delicious!!! These have become my newest and biggest weakness – I don’t know whether to thank you or hate you, lol. I suppose will thank you, because these are absolutely delicious!

January 30, 2012 02:13 PM
Lorene Dunn said...

so cute , I love it…. Have 2 cowgirls that would absolutely love this :)

February 4, 2012 01:32 PM
Gina said...

Love these! I am making them as favors for my daughter’s farmyard birthday party. Can I use Avery labels to print these?

February 6, 2012 01:19 PM
Sara Campbell said...

I would love to make these as gifts. Im already thinking of the different combinations i want to make

February 8, 2012 01:21 AM
lane said...

For some reason the ingrediants are still very dry after adding the egg, butter and vanilla. I’m not sure what else to add to make the mixture wet enough to make the balls. If anyone has a sugestion let me know, SOON!!!

February 12, 2012 09:24 PM
Mindi said...

these look amazing and I am all about pink.. I can’t wait to make them and send them to my girlfriends! thanks for posting!

February 13, 2012 09:46 AM
Anonymous said...

awesome, loved it…got as a gift, baked them then reused the jar for another friend. I also gave her some of mine that were already cooked. I am trying dark chocolate chips next time….

February 13, 2012 06:00 PM
Melissa said...

So dang cute. My grandma use to make desert mixes and give them to the fam at christmas. I was thinking of what a great idea that would be for wedding favors. Our theme is country and I loveeeee this. Cowboy & Cowgirl Cookies. Thanks =)

February 15, 2012 11:28 PM
Cindy said...

These are so adorable! I am going to make them for my dauhters Horse Bowl team!!

February 25, 2012 07:46 AM
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