Easy Christmas Cookie Gift Idea (With Few Ingredients)

by Charity
1 Mason Jar
20 min

If you’re looking for an easy Christmas gift this holiday season, then be sure to check out this easy mason jar cookie recipe that you could easily use for Christmas presents too. I am all about easy Christmas cookie recipes, since I love to bake during the Christmas season. But, sometimes, I don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen. So I thought I would share this easy Christmas cookie gift idea that uses very few ingredients.

And I’m willing to be that you have all or most of these basic ingredients inside your pantry already! You can easily make these festive treats for yourself, or gift them like I am planning to do.

To gift them, I am using a 32 oz (quart sized) mason jar. If you don’t have any laying around, any kind of airtight container would work too. I pack in all the dry ingredients and then add in some cute details like ribbon and custom stickers. I also make a cute little recipe card to include in the gift as well.

If easy Christmas cookies and gifts are your jam too, then your definitely going to want to check this recipe out. I will share the full recipe below as well as detailed steps into creating the mason jar filled with the simple ingredients as well.

Look at this cute and festive sweet treat here!

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Ingredients Needed for Easy Christmas Cookie Gift Idea:

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup of granulated sugar

1- 1 1/2 cups of Christmas M&M’s (or Christmas sprinkles, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, etc.)

You can see just how few ingredients you need to create this Easy Christmas Cookie Gift Idea here.

How to Assemble the Mason Jar:

First, you need to mix together the flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl until it is well combined. Then, you’re going to want to pour this mixture into the mason jar. You may want to use a funnel for this process. I didn’t and things got a little messy!

You can see just how much room the flour takes up before packing it down.

You will notice once you add the flour in, it takes up most of the mason jar. So, you need to use the back of a spoon and press down firmly until you have compacted it thoroughly. Also, try to create nice clean lines and scrape down any excess flour along the sides.You want each single layer to be nice and defined in the jar.

After packing the flour down, you have much more room to add in the other simple ingredients as well.

Next up, is the brown sugar. Again, use the spoon to firmly press down the brown sugar into a clean, even line.

Before packing the brown sugar in.
After packing the brown sugar in.

Top with the granulated sugar. And then add in the Christmas M&M’s (or whatever mix-in you are using) on top.

Added the granulated sugar here.

Seal the lid and add in a bow to make it festive! These would be so cute for a Christmas party or cookie exchange as a sweet little hostess gift too!

Almost done with this easy Christmas cookie gift idea now!

I even took it a step further and created a custom sticker on top of the mason jar lid too. Using my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, I just searched for Christmas cookie labels in Cricut design space. Once I found one I liked, I changed it to red (again, to make it more festive!) and then printed it out Cricut sticker paper.

I stuck it on the lid before screwing the top on, and it fit just like a glove! You could totally customize them too and make them say whatever you wanted.

You may remember I created a very similar lid sticker when I made my homemade elderberry syrup recipe too!

Creating the Recipe Card:

Now that you have your easy Christmas cookie gift idea ready to go, now we need to create the recipe card! Because, how is the gift recipient going to know how to bake them without an easy holiday cookie recipe attached?!

All the materials you need to create these cute recipe cards.

The person you are gifting this to will need to add in a few things of course. Especially since we can’t add in the butter already to the mason jar too. So they will need to add in: 12 tablespoons unsalted butter- melted and cooled to room temperature, 1 large egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

I stuck the sticker instructions on the card stock paper first and then cut them out.

Which, if you wanted to go all out for a Christmas cookie gift, you could totally make your own vanilla extract too. I shared that great recipe last year and it was a huge hit too! It would be a good idea to gift them together along with a cute cookie cutter too!

Finished recipe cards to go along with the Christmas cookie gifts.

To create the recipe card, I again used Cricut sticker paper and typed it out in Cricut design space before printing. Here are the typed instructions I used for the card:

Other Ingredients to be Added:

12 T Unsalted butter, melted

1 Large Egg

1 t Vanilla Extract

Instructions for Baking:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Add cooled butter, egg, and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl and stir.

Then, add all the ingredients from the jar and mix well!

Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake cookies for 9-11 minutes. Cool and enjoy the cookies!

After printing out the instructions on the sticker paper, I then attached them to pretty Christmas card stock. I will then add the recipe card in with the mason jar full of cookie mix when I am ready to gift them.

Gifting Your Easy Cookie Recipes

I am sure whoever you gift this to will love these easy cookies and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind it. I always love when I receive homemade cookies as a gift and this is a great way to do it without actually having to bake anything.

Plus, these cute and festive jars will definitely put you in the holiday spirit for sure! You could also make these for chocolate chip cookies, cake mix cookies, soft molasses cookies, or the classic sugar cookie too. Basically the possibilities are endless and you could make whatever you favorite Christmas cookie recipes are.

Pin for Later!

And since you can easily change the recipe card to go along with this easy Christmas cookie gift idea, that makes it totally customizable. I tried to share one that had fewer ingredients to it, that way you didn’t have to put as much into the mason jar. I also tried to keep it easy with the simple steps and instructions too.

But, if you wanted to go all out, feel free to do so! Any kind of cookie is perfect for a holiday party in my opinion. Or it’s perfect for a fun, family night in too. I think one of the best things about actually baking cookies is sneaking a few bites of cookie dough out before actually baking them. But, don’t tell anyone that!

And if you’re looking for easy gingerbread cookies or the perfect sugar cookie, then be sure to check out my other post on the best Christmas cookies that I bake every single year! If you can’t already tell, we make lots of cookies around here during this time of year. I hope you all enjoyed this and have a very Merry Christmas my friends!

Easy Christmas Cookie Gift Idea (With Few Ingredients)
Recipe details
  • 1  Mason Jar
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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For the Mason Jar Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour plus the 2 tablespoons below as well
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups Christmas M&M's or Christmas sprinkles, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, etc.
To Be Added By The Gift Recipient:
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Mason Jars:
First, you need to mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl until it is well combined. Then, you're going to want to pour this mixture into the mason jar.
Press the flour down firmly into the jar using the back of a spoon. Try to create a nice clean and even line here.
Add in the cup of brown sugar and again press down firmly into jar.
Top with granulated sugar and then the Christmas M&M's.
Seal up jar and create the recipe card for the gift recipient.
Instructions For Gift Recipient:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the butter and let cool until it is room temperature.
Stir together melted butter, egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then, add the mixture from the mason jar. Mix until throughly combined.
Drop 1 1/2 tablespoon sized rounds onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes and enjoy!
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