For My Fellow Procrastinators: 3 DIY Cookie Mix Kits {and printables}

3 DIY Cookie Mix Kits and free printables from @rachellacy (following in my shoes)I struggled this year planning teacher gift, and (as a natural extension of that fact) I waited to the very. last. minute. to finally make a choice.

Then, my favorite vegetarian, Kiersten from Oh My Veggies, published a MONSTER of a food gift list: 100 DIY Food Gift Ideas.

OF COURSE!!  My lightbulb moment (finally).  I spend all of my time in the kitchen .. I have small children who love helping me in said kitchen … I would make an edible gift!

Since I’m obsessed these days with cake mix cookies (hello!  easy cookies when you have children hanging off of every limb all. day. long.), I decided to use some of the cookie flavors I’ve been playing with and package them for easy teacher gifts.

No — seriously easy teacher gifts.  I think it took less than 3 minutes per jar to package, another minute to add the pre-printed label and tie a bow.  The longest aspect of this project was hand-writing the recipes out on the cards.

And, yup, I have printables for you too (at the bottom of this post) … because I couldn’t find ones that I liked and decided I just HAD to make some of my own.  Then, realized I might as well share them since I went to all the trouble to make them.

See how giving I am??????

As far as these cookies go, everyone in our little family has a favorite.  The Husband’s favorite was far and away the Buttered Toffee Oatmeal Cookies (which taste like Buttered Pecan Ice Cream … without the pecans, of course).  Mr. Boy is in LOVE with the Hot Chocolate Cookies and this Mama can’t get enough of the Fudge Peppermint Crinkle Cookies.

P.S. All of the cookies kits are easy enough for little fingers to help you scoop and package.  Yay for a family project!

EASY cookie mason jar recipes

Hot Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
 
Author:
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 Box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • ⅓ Cup of Oil
  • ½ Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Mini Marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Empty the cake mix into a mixing bowl and add the eggs and oil.*
  3. Stir (or mix with a mixer) until blended.
  4. Add the mini chocolate chips.
  5. Using two small spoons, measure out and shape each cookie into a small ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Add three mini marshmallows to the top of each cookie, pushing them lightly into the raw dough.
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Be careful not to overcook and burn the cookie!
  8. Remove and allow to cool for a minute until removing the cookies to a wire rack to completely cool.
  9. Store in an air-tight container; separate cookie layers with wax paper to avoid sticking.
To Package For a Gift
  1. Pour the cake mix into a clean and dry wide-mouth canning jar, gently packing the mix down.
  2. Next, add the mini chocolate chips in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
  3. Pack the mini marshmallows into a snack-sized ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing the bag.
  4. Fold the bag and add it to the jar.
  5. Seal with the lid.
Notes
* If Making this from a Cookie Mix Jar, combine contents of jar with 2 eggs and ⅓ cup oil, stirring till completely blended. Continue with directions as written

 
Buttered Toffee Oatmeal Cookies
 
Author:
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 Box White or Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ Cup very soft Butter
  • ⅔ Cup Toffee Bits
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
Instructions
  1. Using a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, eggs and butter. *
  2. Gently mix in the toffee bits.
  3. Add the oats and stir slowly to fully incorporate (the dough will be quite thick).
  4. Using two small spoons, measure out and shape each cookie into a ball.
  5. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown.
  6. Remove and cool cookies on a wire rack.
  7. Store in an air-tight container.
To Package For A Gift
  1. Empty cake mix into a clean, wide-mouth canning jar, lightly packing the mix down.
  2. Add the toffee bits in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
  3. Next, carefully add the rolled oats.
  4. Seal with the lid.
Notes
* If Making this from a Cookie Mix Jar, combine contents of jar with 2 eggs and ½ cup of soft butter, stirring till completely blended.
Continue with directions as written

 
Fudge Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
 
Author:
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • ⅓ Cup Oil
  • 1 Cup Crushed Peppermint or Candy Canes
  • 1-2 Cups Powdered Sugar
Instructions
  1. Using a stand mixer (or by hand), mix the cake mix, eggs, and oil.*
  2. Add the crushed peppermint and blend till well mixed.
  3. Using two small spoons, measure and shape each cookie into a ball.
  4. Drop the cookie into bowl of powdered sugar and lightly toss or roll to coat.
  5. Remove and place each cookie on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until wide cracks/ridges form on the top of each cookie.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing the cookies to a wire rack.
  7. Store in an air-tight container.
To Package For a Gift
  1. Pour the cake mix into a clean and dry wide-mouth canning jar, very lightly packing the mix down.
  2. Next, add the crushed peppermint in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
  3. Seal with the lid.
Notes
* If Making this from a Cookie Mix Jar, combine contents of jar with 2 eggs and ⅓ cup oil, stirring till completely blended. Continue with directions as written.

Free Printables for DIY Mason Jar Gifts

Click the images to access the full-sized images; you’ll need to right-click and “save-as” to save them to your computer.

Next, print them yourself on white card-stock OR have them printed at your local printing company (which is what I did).

Cut out and you’re ready to go!

The gift tags can be attached any way you want but they will also fit the top of your wide-mouth jar lid (in between the lid and the ring-seal).

sample gift tags

 

sample recipe cards

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!!!

Comments

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  2. Brisa T says

    hello!
    silly question.. how many jars does the recipe for the hot chocolate cookies fill? 1 recipe=1 jar? I’m doing them in bulk and want to figure out how many cake mixes to buy before going to the store. thank you!

  3. Autumn Rane says

    I have a whole bunch of Starbucks Frappacino bottles in my craft closet.. They’re only 13.7 ounces.. I think the Hot Cocoa Cake looks amazing, wonder if I could half them and give them as gifts do you think they’d still turn out?

  4. Casandra says

    Thanks, these will be a fun afternoon with the Grandkids activity. They are both coming for Turkey day and a few days before. Make great take home for xmas presents to share.

  5. Stacy says

    These cookie jars look awesome !! Thank you for sharing. 😀
    As I was reading over the instructions for the Buttered Toffee Cookies, I noticed the ingredients list called for a half cup of butter if baking at the time, but if packaging it for a gift youre supposed to use oil when baking. If jarred when you bake are you supposed to just add the oil and omit the butter or do you add both oil/butter ?!

  6. Debbie says

    I do not use store bought cake mixes.
    Is there any recipe for making these wonderful ‘ideas’ from scratch?

  7. says

    Thank you for the mention! When I was putting together my post, I was underwhelmed with the cookie options out there–not that they weren’t good, but I thought there would be so many more! So thank you for adding three new (and amazing!) ones to the mix. :) And I love your printables!

  8. Aira says

    So this may be a silly question but I have never made cookies from a cake mix before…I was looking for the temperature for the Fudge Peppermint Crinkle Cookies and didnt see it on the recipie card. Should they be baked at 350 degrees like the Hot Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies?

  9. says

    What a cute idea! I can’t believe it only took 3 minutes. It looks like you put so much work into them! The presentation is amazing. I bet the teachers loved them :-).

  10. says

    I think you’re kind of amazing. A modern-day Wonder woman of sorts. A “Martha Crocker” as I like to say. Thanks for all this yummy deliciousness oozing from your being lately. I’ve been constantly impressed. Okay…now deflate your head. 😉

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