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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

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The big question is…

cookies in a jar

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?

If they’re chocolate chip cookies, the answer is probably me!

In years past when I’ve made holiday cookies for friends, I’ve always given the already-baked versions. But so many desserts surround us during this holiday season (candy canes, Christmas cookies, party food, eggnog, peppermint bark!) that perhaps receiving more cookies might not be the most-appreciated gift. This year I decided to give a gift that can be enjoyed in February… or June… or whenever a chocolate-chip craving strikes and the holiday cookies are long gone.

I stand 100% behind today’s recipe and can vouch for it being a hit with even people who claim they hate healthy food and have never met a vegetable they didn’t loathe entirely. The recipe is adapted and scaled up from one of the most popular recipes on my blog: healthy chocolate chip cookies.

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Cookie mixes in a jar might just be the perfect gift:

  • Fun to assemble and decorate.
  • Not expensive to make, yet they still show the recipient that you put time and effort into the gift.
  • Who doesn’t love cookies?

No seriously, who? Also be sure to let the recipient know that with these cookies, it’s perfectly acceptable to eat the raw dough!

healthy chocolate chip cookies in a jar

You can find quart-sized mason jars at craft stores, at hardware stores, or even at some grocery stores and dollar stores! (A box of 12 jars only costs about $7.)

Decorate with ribbon and odds-n-ends from a craft store, or use up old scrapbook supplies or kids’ unused school supplies. (I attached the labels to my jars with double-sided mounting squares, available in the scrapbook section of any place like JoAnn or Michaels craft stores.)

Step-by-step: Here is the tried-and-tested foolproof recipe for homemade chocolate chip cookies in a jar.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

(fills a quart-sized mason jar)

  • 3 cups rolled oats (240g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut or brown sugar (90g)
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp xylitol or white sugar or evaporated cane juice (70g)
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (80-95g)

Grind the oats in a blender or food processor until you achieve a powder. Pour into a bowl and stir in all other ingredients except chips. Stir well. Now pour into a mason jar, pat down, then add the chips. Close the lid, and be sure to add a tag to the jar that says something along the lines of the following: To bake these cookies, pour contents of jar into a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 6 tbsp milk of choice, 6 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil, and 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract. Pour wet into dry, stir to form a dough, drop spoonfuls (with a cookie scoop or a regular spoon) onto a greased cookie sheet, then chill at least 30 minutes if you want soft cookies as opposed to crispy ones. Preheat oven to 375 F, and bake 10-12 minutes (depending on desired crispiness). They will look underdone when they come out, but that is OK! It’s important to let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes before removing from the tray, as they continue to cook even after coming out of the oven. (You don’t have to make them all at once: you can freeze some of the cookie dough balls to cook at a later time. When you’re ready, simply pop frozen balls onto a cookie tray and bake.) This recipe yields around 25-30 cookies.

View Chocolate Chip Cookies Nutrition Facts

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Have you ever made or received a meaningful homemade gift?

In past years, I’ve painted picture frames, decorated cupcakes, sent out homemade cards and photo albums, and made coupon books redeemable for favors like babysitting or cleaning. My favorite gifts to receive are homemade ones, as they show someone put time and thought into the gift. In our fast-paced society, time is a very treasured thing!

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. What a perfect last minute gift idea (for people like me totally guilty of waiting to get a few gifts!)

  2. I did cookies in a jar last year! It was cute and easy, I did chocolate chip, but with christmas colored M&Ms instead of chocolate chips.

  3. Alanna says:

    Great gift idea! I’ve seen a bunch of these ideas for ingredients in a jar, but they always call for lots of butter or eggs in the final recipe. 🙁 Baked goods are my go-to gift for coworkers and friends I don’t see often, so this is perfect (especially since I have a few friends who are lactose-intolerent). This year I made candied spiced pecans and chocolate truffles since my boss’s wife has Celiac disease and I wanted her to be able to enjoy as well. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Toni says:

    These are perfect gifts for my college kids and nieces and nephews. The only thing that would be better would be directions for making in a microwave in a dorm room! Anyone have suggestions on how to do that?

  5. Michelle says:

    I need to do this! Looks yummy!

  6. Debbie says:

    Can you sub ground oatmeal for regular flour in all recipes ?

  7. The gifts in jars thing seems to be really taking off this year! This is a super cute idea.

  8. Great idea. Saves ton of time in not having to actually bake the cookies.

    I’m totally doing this!!

  9. Jacquee says:

    What a great recipe to put in a jar! I love receiving cookies and brownies in a jar cause I can make them fresh when I want them.

    My family has a rule that only homemade gifts are exchanged. It makes Christmas so much more fun and meaningful to see how much thought and effort was put into a gift. This year I’m making snowman kits that all they have to do is add snow:)

    1. Jacquee says:

      oh, would it change the cookie too much to only blend half to 3/4 the oats so that the jar had three layers instead of two?

  10. Andie says:

    So cute! If i have time, I am definitely making this for someone!!
    Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes, Katie! I honestly don’t know where I’d be without all your delicious vegan foods….(chocolate fudge pie, anyone??)

  11. Great gift idea Katie!! You are coming to the rescue for the last-minute shoppers among us. Also, I might just have to make an extra so that I can do extensive “testing” in my own kitchen first 😉

  12. I made my husband coasters last christmas with our wedding pictures on them! They turned out beautifully! I also make toffee every year for our friends and family. They love it!

  13. Rebekah says:

    I was thinking of making the pecans balls or something like this for some gifts but I would really like to not use oil. For this recipe, what would you substitute?

  14. kara says:

    i generally make edible gifts at christmas, but one of my all-time favorite homemade gifts was the year i made my parents and brother a mixed cd of the christmas songs we listened to at home growing up. my mom played it every morning before school and whenever possible for the entire month of december, so we had quite a list of standard favorites. i even made each cd case to include a funny/embarrassing (messy hair, pajamas) photo of the recipient from christmases past.

  15. So making these for myself knowing that I can freeze the dough and make a handful of cookies at a time! How long should they be baked after frozen?


  16. Kristina says:

    I literally just made cookies in a jar an hour ago for my Mom’s birthday tomorrow. Wish this had been posted a little earlier, I would have used this recipe instead!

    1. megan100779 says:

      I made them last night for friends at school, i feel yah kristina

  17. Yum! I made all my gifts this year from Vegan Food Gifts, and it has many of these mix in a jar recipes. I love those! And how cool that these are oat-based. Katie, you are awesome!

  18. Lindsey says:

    What a cute gift! I always love the gifts that you can use later in the year when the chocolate urge hits. Thanks Katie and Merry Christmas!

  19. I like to make granola for stocking stuffers!

  20. Maddie says:

    Most of my gifts are homemade this year! 🙂 Including homemade toffee and cookies. 😉 I love your presentation, as always.

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