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.


Jennifer said...

Made these cute little guys in March 2011 for a friend’s bridal shower. Nautical theme so we opted for some jars with blue and others with red M&M’s as well as alternating colored rope and anchor charms to seal the deal. Anyhow, they’re adorable to give, all the gals were impressed and more than happy to receive them and it was brutally easy to make up 24 ina few nights. So easy, that we’re going to do it again in a few months for my son’s 2nd birthday party (Sesame Street theme so we’re using all of the M&M colors). Love your crafty ideas – keep ‘em coming!!

February 26, 2012 11:58 PM
Esther said...

Love the cowgirl cookies. What size jar is it? and where can i find the smooth non embossed ones?

February 28, 2012 01:38 PM
Esther said...

what size jars did you use??

February 29, 2012 02:37 PM
Jess said...

Hey hey – what size Ball Jars did you use? I love this idea.

February 29, 2012 06:14 PM
simone said...

re georgina

March 1, 2012 03:47 PM
Sarah said...

I can’t wait to do this! Christmas presents and shower gifts!!!! Thanks!

March 3, 2012 09:48 PM
Lois said...

these are great!! I’ve made cookies in a jar before, but these are the bomb!!!!! thanks for the instructions to make them.

March 4, 2012 08:05 AM
Sydney said...

Does anyone know how to make the cute pdf labels that are always attached on these cute blogs?

March 4, 2012 09:09 PM
Kristine B said...

Im going to make these for my daughter baby show.

March 7, 2012 12:14 AM
Jennifer said...


March 7, 2012 06:40 PM
Isabel said...

I just made these cookies and they came out great! I baked them for 15 mins. though.

I will give them for my baby shower favors :)

March 8, 2012 10:16 PM
Jodie said...

Hello! What is the font that you used on the cowgirl/cowboy label?Is it free? I’m working on a birthday party thank you (cowgirl theme). Thanks!


March 13, 2012 08:52 AM
Karen said...

Great idea!! Can self rising flour be used instead of all purpose flour and baking powder?

March 13, 2012 12:47 PM
Nydia said...

Thank you very much for sharing, thanks to your web site and
my daughter’s cow girl bday party was a huge success…….
Thank you

March 17, 2012 04:40 PM
Nancy Charpentier said...

“Great, thanks for discussing this article post.Thanks Again. Awesome.”

March 17, 2012 11:36 PM
Stephanie said...

These are soo cute. The shelf life of the baking powder and baking soda is the shelf life of the mix.

March 19, 2012 12:00 PM
Alicia said...

Thanks for the great idea! I used these for a baby shower:
Really fun to put together!

March 19, 2012 04:14 PM
savannah said...

sooo, what are the measurments of the dry ingredeints? How much of flour do you need and so on…?

April 9, 2012 11:43 AM
savannah said...

never mind, i looked at the top of the page :P my mistake

April 9, 2012 11:45 AM
vickie rineer said...

Love it this is adorable..

April 10, 2012 11:50 AM
Erin J said...

I got some of these for my birthday and absolutely loved them! I will say though I ran into a hitch when i opened them and the brown sugar was as hard as a rock. It took some running under hot water and lots of crushing and hand crushing to loosen it, but it got there! They turned out absolutely delicious! My advice would be to check the day before you plan to back them to see if this happens, and if so, just put a piece of bread in replacement of the sugar and pecans ( and keep them in a separate temporary location) over night. It should loosen it right up!

April 13, 2012 11:03 AM
Deby said...


I always in awe with yr works… I love you so much… I hope you’re blessed with so much inspiration day by day. So I can steal the idea… LOVE YOU!!!!!

April 24, 2012 07:35 AM
Bailey Parker said...

OMG, such a cute Idea, I’m doing this for my baby shower. Well I got all my ingredients and jars 2 weeks in advance for my baby shower, but my only problem is m&m’s has discontinued pink m&m’s and/or If I found pink m&m’s or chocolate, people are asking 15.99 lb for them. Can you help me with an alternative, my baby shower is now 9 days away, and I don’t want to waste all my money I’ve spent with the ingredients and jars. PLEASE HELP ME!

April 26, 2012 09:55 PM
Debra Kapellakis said...

Cowboys, Cowgirls, Pink, Cookies all thing I adore! thank you

April 27, 2012 02:55 AM
Josie said...

I just found this cute as idea and was wondering if it still works out ok to make a half batch in a smaller jar?
Thanks for sharing :)

May 3, 2012 02:07 AM
Megan said...

Any way to JUST get the pink labels and not the brown as well? I don’t know much about PDF, tried to delete it somehow and couldn’t figure it out, does anyone know??

May 3, 2012 05:20 PM
Amy said...

THANK YOU!!! You are so awesome for sharing these with everyone. They made great gifts for the teachers as my daughter’s school, their mascot is the COWBOYS! Thank you for including so much detail and a perfect printable. You really know what busy mom’s need!

May 7, 2012 09:01 AM
Amy said...

I think im going to try these as a gift for mothers day !

May 8, 2012 09:36 AM
Jillian said...

As soon as I saw these I knew I found what I want to make to give out as favors at my sister’s bridal shower! I made a batch today and they are delicious! And I love how I can even coordinate the M&M’s with her wedding colors!

May 10, 2012 02:46 PM
Zav said...

These are amazing!!!! Taste good and look great in the jars. Thanks Bakerella :)

May 16, 2012 09:43 PM
Abigail M. said...

Hi!! A question for the oven temperature it says 350 degrees… is it Celsius or Fahrenheit? I am making it as a present and I would need to be specific ^^…

May 20, 2012 11:09 AM
Torrie said...

Where do you get the mason jars, with nothing on them? And cost? Thanks

May 21, 2012 07:40 PM
hope said...

do you have the labels in a word file? i’d love to only print the labels that i need, not all of them. thanks!

May 25, 2012 06:56 PM
Faye Newsome said...

Please make a Pinterest connection so we can pin directly.

Love your site.

May 25, 2012 11:19 PM
lemiurka santana said...

i love !!!!!! thanzs for sharing!!!

June 6, 2012 01:47 PM
April said...

these are cute and i can see them havin a shelf life for about a year….i was going to just not add the mix of flour and baking soda together id do the salt and flour together and just make anit eon the “recipie” card to add the baking soda and powder that way u know its fresh

June 15, 2012 02:13 AM
Amy said...

What a fun first-day-of-summer craft! I switched things up and omitted 3 TBSP of the flour, added 3 TBSP of cocoa powder, and swapped the M&Ms and semi-sweet chocolate chips for white and milk chocolate chips. Triple chocolate TROUBLE cookies! Made three jars for friends’ birthdays and whipped up a batch just to try them out. SO delicious. I can’t stop eating them! Thanks again, Bakerella!

June 28, 2012 12:29 PM
Leigh-Anne said...

I love these! I made a couple different containers; one for the fall (brown/orange M&M’s), one for the summer (red/blue) and the rest were made tonight. I did get rid of the pecans, since some family is allergic. But they were so good! Not too chocolate heavy & I really like that there’s no milk in it haha

July 4, 2012 08:33 PM
William said...

Can you advise what brand paper punch you are using? It’s been quite the task trying to find one that is 1 7/8″. I’ve been to Michael’s and Joann’s and have had no luck. Thanks in advance!

July 7, 2012 01:15 AM
tana said...

I have pink M&Ms but they are the mini ones, will they still work? And will I still use the same amount of 3/4th cup of M&M or would I use less?

July 8, 2012 12:38 PM
Sophie said...

what size do you use for the jars ? they look great !

July 9, 2012 03:59 AM
Dezi said...

Is there a reason you don’t cream the butter and sugar?

July 11, 2012 02:35 AM
Sarah Jane said...

LOVE this!! I was looking for an idea like this as gifts for our little girl’s BaByQ shower

July 12, 2012 04:45 PM
mischmaschquatsch said...

What a cute idea! I linked in my blog.
I’m sorry, but it is written in German.

You can see the Post here:

July 18, 2012 04:53 AM
cindy said...

Great baby shower idea for pass the center piece game.
I did a john deere theme and colors. Thanks

July 18, 2012 01:59 PM
Kim said...

How long is the shelf life for these? These are so adorable!! I’m going to do this for Christmas gifts this year!

July 22, 2012 12:22 PM
katie metzroth said...

THANK YOU for sharing the PDF. I waited til the lat minute to label the jars and this was a lifesaver!!!!

July 26, 2012 10:35 PM
Archana Parikh said...

Please send me the pdf for the cowgirl cookies, i can download it .

Please help,


July 30, 2012 08:00 PM
Lara said...

Can anyone help me work out what quantity of m&ms I need to order for 30 jars?

July 31, 2012 05:39 AM
Inês Félix said...

Can you tell me where in the web can I buy cookie mixes like this?

(Lisbon, Portugal)

August 1, 2012 09:29 AM
Mariam said...

Lara, if you are looking to make 30 jars, you will need about 180 ounces. (3/4 cup= about 6 oz, multiplied by 30 jars=180 ounces.)

What you could do is order 4 of these bags

which would give you 168oz and then buy 1 12 oz bag to give you a total of 180 oz.

The total cost would be roughly $45 before shipping
You could also buy them at the store. I have never made that many, but I hope this helps!

August 5, 2012 01:23 AM
Lar said...

These were a huge hit at my nieces baby shower! Her colors were Lavender and brown.. this favor went with the theme perfectly. I got Lavender and purple M&Ms. Just made the cookies and they are fricken’ gooooood!! Thanks for sharing!!

August 5, 2012 04:43 PM
Michelle said...

I made these as family favored for my sons birthday…so cute. P.s. I Walmart mainstays brand canning jars are smooth sided and WAY cheaper than the ones at hobby lobby.

August 11, 2012 11:28 AM
Frances said...

Make a great party favor, Thanks

August 19, 2012 01:05 AM
Tiffany said...

I am making these (blue and brown) for my sons first birthday. Just a tip, head to vistaprint and you can use the large round stickers and they fit and work perfectly on the mason jars

August 21, 2012 06:13 PM
Camille said...

Could you give an estimated cost to make these?

August 30, 2012 01:35 PM
chewoutloud said...

Oh, my goodness.. TOOO CUTE! Love, love this idea, and already planning when I can use it. Thank youuuu!

September 5, 2012 01:57 AM
Vanessa said...

Where did you get the pink m&ms?

September 5, 2012 12:36 PM
staci said...

i made cowboy cookies but they had raisins not m&m,it was for school..they enjoyed them a lot

September 5, 2012 11:39 PM
Katie said...

Question for the forum, anyone know about how much these cost per jar when all is said and done? Say if you were to do a dozen? Trying to price out favors for a baby shower. Thanks!!!! :)

September 6, 2012 03:54 PM
smita said...

Thank you! I made these as return gifts for my daughter’s birthday. I replaced the pecans with peanuts and the test batch tasted very good! Thanks again

September 8, 2012 01:34 PM
Kimberly said...

I was planning on making these for my baby shower, but I am having a hard time finding the color m&ms for a reasonable price? Any recommendation?

September 17, 2012 01:02 PM
Vanessa said...

Anyone could tell me how long in advance these can be put together? I am planning on giving them as favors this Saturday 9/22 and was thinking I want to make them tonight to sort of get it over with and concentrate in everything else I have to make/do.

September 20, 2012 02:20 PM
Gulsum said...

Hii how many days these jars can kept mixes in fresh?? m in, expiration date

September 21, 2012 06:06 AM
Kayla said...

Hello loved these had them at my daughters birthday. they were a great hit. I have since baked them twice and i would recommend adding 1/2 cup applesauce to them or and extra butter. they need it. if not they stay crunchy little balls and can taste ingredients not combined well. with the apple sauce they came out moist and not like a round ball. other than that they were great.

September 23, 2012 05:41 PM
Kayla said...

I made them a week in advance they were still fresh even after im month but brown sugar gets a little hard so you have to get hands on and break it up

September 23, 2012 05:43 PM
smita said...

I did tell people to mix a little bit of milk to make the dough smoother. It was a tad dry….but once the milk was added they were perfect. Also I baked a batch after it sat on the shelf for 3 weeks and it was just fine

September 24, 2012 06:04 AM
Sue said...

Great idea! I love the use of the pink M & M’s! The labels are so cute! Thank you for this!

September 24, 2012 07:37 AM
gillian said...

These are so adorable!! i’m going to start on these. Even before Christmas comes. :D

September 26, 2012 12:11 PM
yaya said...

they are adoroble

September 26, 2012 01:26 PM
joan wanat said...

IM looking for the labels for the cookies with santa?
cant you email me them if possible


September 26, 2012 05:50 PM
Lesley said...

I was wondering if you can make these without the pecans or if you can substitute or increase other ingredients to make them nut free?

September 27, 2012 07:02 PM
Tammylou Jackson said...

Hi please can you tell me where is Johannesburg I can purchase those jars of the cowboy cookies my kitchen tea is is a months time….

September 28, 2012 04:34 PM
Joyce said...

I’m from Canada, would love to make this recipe up in a jar for Gifts, please tell me what size of jar to use?? Thanks

September 30, 2012 02:49 PM
Lisa said...

These are awesome, but both times I have made them my m&ms color has ran. I used pink and white once and today I used the fall colors. Do you know what could be causing this? They taste great so we still eat them!

September 30, 2012 08:16 PM
me said...

cowgirl cookies

October 6, 2012 06:08 PM
Danielle said...

I made these for my sons 3rd birthday. They turned out GREAT. Everyone loved them! They taste as great as they looked! Here is mine

October 12, 2012 01:10 PM
Aimee said...

I had a quick question… I am going to make these… AWESOME idea. However do you have any ideas on how to seal the jar? I can close it, but it wont be “sealed” like the jars are when canning.

October 15, 2012 12:58 PM
Anonymous said...

Is there a recipe for using pint jars

October 16, 2012 06:35 PM
Anonymous said...

Is there a recipe for using pint jars

October 16, 2012 06:35 PM
Holly Kenlan said...

This idea is so adorable I’m also a Baker and I thought this would be a great homemade Christmas gift for faily and friends. I would use red and green M&M’s and call them Santa cookies.!

October 18, 2012 06:35 PM
PumkinMuffin said...

Hey, how much is that all in grams??

October 19, 2012 06:55 AM
Eva-Maria said...

How large this cup should be?
Sorry if this is a stupid question I just really don’t know. I want to make this to my family member but I’m not very good at baking so this could help me out, but I have no idea what kind of cup should i choose.

October 21, 2012 04:18 PM
Mary said...

Thanks for the inspiration, these are beautiful!

October 25, 2012 11:04 AM
Andrea said...

What size are the jars?

October 26, 2012 10:38 PM
sondra scheel said...

I want the printable version..

October 30, 2012 01:50 PM
Stephanie said...

What size of jar is it that you used?

October 30, 2012 10:59 PM
tracy said...

thank you! you are adorable for sharing the labels too!

October 31, 2012 10:41 AM
Linda said...

What size jars does this recipe require

November 4, 2012 02:26 AM
Teca said...

AMAZING! How much do you think this entire thing costs? I have to have several “inexpensive” gifts and am wondering what you feel this costs per each one. Thanks!

November 5, 2012 06:27 PM
Rita said...

Did you have to vacuum seal these? and how long do they last for before getting stale? I want to make some as Christmas gifts and I’m wondering when I should start putting them together.

November 6, 2012 12:18 PM
Tracey Brock said...

Hi Bakerella,
I love this and would like to do it for Christmas girls for the a large group of teenage girls… encourage them to get into the kitchen :)

Could you or anyone help me with what size jar I would be looking at in mls? hope you answer as I have bought the pink mm’s now just need to buy the jars. Love your work!

November 7, 2012 10:53 AM
Kristi said...

These are so cute! I’m going to make these for the prizes at my baby shower. Instead I’m going to use blue m&ms for boy and the front I’m going to say Thank you.

November 7, 2012 05:55 PM
Kristi said...

For everyone that is asking about the jar size. It says it in the directions. 1 Quart!!

November 7, 2012 06:00 PM
Kelli said...

Hi! I love this idea and bought the stuff to make Christmas jars. I can’t get the PDF file to come up for the lables. If you have a second can you email it to me? Thanks!

November 8, 2012 09:53 AM
Charlemagne Prokopyshyn said...

wow these look amazing! i love them and am going to do xmas ones for my friends. you guys are so lucky you have coloured m&ms sold separately. In Europe we cant get any of the stuff you use to decorate your pops and cookies etc. we have to try to import it from Amazon and that costs a lot! But I’ll try to find something else colourful in place of m&ms that work in cookies! really great idea, i love the jars too…will have to hunt those down too! :D

November 13, 2012 04:47 PM
Danielle said...

These look AMAZING. I linked her from a blog and I cannot wait to make them in a Christmas theme. I am giving them to all of the teachers at my centre (we only have 5) :)
Thank you for sharing!

November 14, 2012 04:20 PM
debby palmer said...

Hi could you please let me know is the gingham fabric on top pink/brown or brown/white as i cant tell.Thanks.Lokoking forward to making these :-)

November 16, 2012 11:05 AM
Lindsey said...

Could you share how you made the PDF file for the labels? My son’s second birthday is coming up and I would love to do these as party favors only I am not sure how to make the document for the “stickers”. Thank you!!

November 16, 2012 12:59 PM
debby palmer said...

They are now selling pink smarties in asda .I got my cousin to keep an eye out and she phoned to tell me :-)

November 17, 2012 09:29 AM
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