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
Yield: two dozen cookies

Cowgirl Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1-1/3 cups 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
  • ///////////
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add egg, butter and vanilla
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


To give as gifts, use a 1 quart smooth Ball jar and 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. Uae the pdf linked in the blog post to provide instructions for your recipient.

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.


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983 comments on “Mix things up!”

  1. i made it and it was amazing!!

  2. 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!!!!

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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!

  10. yes yes yes! so adorable!

  11. 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!

  12. 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. :)

  13. 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! :)

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

  15. 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

  16. Thank you so much for this gift idea!

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

  18. 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!!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!


  21. 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!!!

  22. 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

  23. Love this!!! great bday gift idea…

  24. 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…

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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!)

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

  29. 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!)

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

  31. This is an awesome idea! Looks fantastic.

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

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

  34. Beautifully done

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

  36. 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!"

  37. 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!"

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

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

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

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.


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

  46. 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

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

  48. These are delicious!

  49. These are delicious!

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

  51. 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.

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

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

  54. 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!

  55. 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!

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  63. 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

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

  65. 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! :)

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

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

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

  69. 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!

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

  71. 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!!

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

  73. mmmmm everything looks so delicious on this site and cute too

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

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

  76. oh my!!!
    ? Rebecca ?

  77. 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!

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

  79. 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:)

  80. 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?"


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


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

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

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

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  85. 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.

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

  87. I love 'em!

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

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

  90. 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!!

  91. 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!!

  92. I heart bakerella!!

  93. What program do you use to make the labels?

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

  95. 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!

  96. 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!

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

  98. 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!

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

  100. so cute! love the labels too!

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

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

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

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

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

  106. I love love love this gift idea!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for the pdf files too.

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

  116. Cute! I love the pink :)

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

  117. great idea ! love it ! :)

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

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

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

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

    Thank you!

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

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

    But you can also buy them from here:

  124. Thank you!
    You are the best!

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

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

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

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


  130. num, num, num, looks sooo good!

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

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

  133. I LOVE this idea! Thank you!

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

  135. thank you thank you thank you!! they look amazing!!!

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

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

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

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

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

    and excuse my english, i'm german..

  141. Such a great idea,thanks!

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

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

  144. Génial !

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

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


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

  149. Wow! I love this idea!! Great work.

  150. Holy wow! These are fabulous!

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

  152. Love the idea. The colors are so pretty together.

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

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

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

  156. These are going to make some awesome gifts. Thanks!

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

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


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

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

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

    Found this on All Recipes:

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

  160. those look absolutely delicious! mm!

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

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

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

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

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

  165. Your presentation is amazing. These are wonderful, Bakerella!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks so much…

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

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

  174. Darling!!

  175. What a great gift idea!

  176. dear bakerella,

    you are fabulous.

    thank you!

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

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

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

  179. Amy – actually it does keep me up at night

    Susan – Hobby Lobby

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

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

    Sarah d. – a couple dozen

    Ella – I like the name "Emergency Cookies".

    Anonymous Boss Of Everything – mine hate me too

    Missy – leave em out or coconut?

    Snobound – thanks

    Erin – you're welcome. Glad you liked them

    Cyndi – AWESOME

    bforbedlam – thanks

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

    Helena – 1 quart or 32 ounces

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

    Melissa – quick cooking oats.

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

    Purple One – great tips!

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

    MelADramatic Mommy – See you there.

    Anonymous Susie said…

    karen – Adobe Illustrator and yep

    Angela – the mix

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

    carla – glad to see it.

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

    Shannon Leigh Smyth – thanks!

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

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

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

    Love your work as always. xoxo

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

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

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

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

  185. man you always make the cutest crafty things! thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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