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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

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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Published on December 20, 2012

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  1. 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!

  2. 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?

  3. 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:)

    • 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?

  4. 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??)

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. Colleen says

    What a perfect gift for my gluten free health nut of a mother. This is fantastic and I will be making up several jars of this this weekend for friends that I didn’t know were coming over until yesterday. 🙂

  9. Elizabeth says

    Hi Katie! I have a question about your chocolate bar recipe–you say to use either agave or stevia. Can I use non-liquid stevia? I don’t have any Stevia that comes in drops like you mention in your recipe. and I”m kinda in a bind cause I don’t have any agave=P Also, how do I make chips out of them instead of a bar?
    your website is sweet=-D pun intended

  10. Katie P says

    Yes! I love to give home made things as gifts. Every year I give all my co-workers home made things. Usually cookies or similar. This year I made chocolate covered pretzels I made with molds. Took a LOT of time, but everyone comments on how nice they look. Some people thought I bought them and were very suprised when I said that I made them. I love this. Thanks so much for posting!

  11. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur says

    I’ve been wanting to make cookies in a jar as gifts for a while, but I can never seem to get around to it! Maybe I’ll just have to run to the craft store today and get some jars, because yours turned out to be so adorable, and I know several people who would never deny the gift of food!

  12. Trisha says

    I love the idea of giving someone an sweet treat, but one they can make on their own time and it’s healthier. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be doing this for some friends this year 🙂

  13. Bianca-Vegan Crunk says

    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!

  14. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen says

    I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies for weeks! I hope somebody makes me this for Christmas. I also love homemade gifts, and I make them every single year. In fact, I *just finished* making bookmarks and cupcake ornaments for my family!

  15. Verenique B says

    i love homemade gifts!!! i knitted dishcloths, sewed some tote bags, and sewed a pillowcase to give as gifts to people this year! 🙂
    i love this cookie jar idea! 🙂 mabye i’ll do this for next year or for some gifts during the year!

  16. Hannah says

    Love this idea!! I have been seeing similar things on Pinterest and such recently. But, I love your healthy version. This is going to be something I try out for my coworkers 🙂

  17. Sunnie says

    LOVE IT! I was pondering the idea of giving cookies in a jar this year . . . if I get the time, I’ll be making THIS recipe for sure! 😀

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