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Festive Christmas Cookies in a Jar

A great Christmas gift-giving idea for a friend (or child) that likes baking is to make up a DIY cookie mixture. Basically you layer all the dry ingredients into a pretty glass jar and then make up a gift tag with the instructions. The recipient just needs to empty the jar into a bowl, add the wet ingredients, mix and bake. Ta-dah! Home made cookies.

Festive Christmas Cookies in a Jar

McCormick‘s version of Festive Christmas Cookies in a jar is a delicious and fun cookie mixture that is super easy for kids to make.

Festive Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Festive Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Inside jar:

  • 1 1/3  cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup chocolate buttons/smarties (we used red and green)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips – you could also swap out for nuts or fruit but then you should probably set a short used by date
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp McCormick ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick ground Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp McCormick ground All Spice

To layer the ingredients, add the spices to the brown sugar. Add the salt, baking powder and baking soda to the flour.  And then starting from the bottom, we added:

Flour Mix, Oats, choc chips, chocolate beanies/smarties, brown sugar mix (the packed brown sugar helps keep the smarties and choc chips in place), white sugar.

Instructions on tag:
Mix with 1 egg, ½ cup melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Festive Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Method on tag:

  • Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together.
  • Roll cookie dough into tablespoon size balls, place on baking paper lined trays and bake in preheated oven 180ºC for about 10 minutes.

Makes approx. 24 small cookies.

Festive Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Giveaway! Thanks to McCormick I have 4 x Festive Fairy Dust Prize packs on offer for Australia’s little masterchefs. Each pack includes  McCormick All Spice Ground 30g,  McCormick Cinnamon Ground 32g, McCormick Cinnamon Sugar 60g, McCormick Cloves Whole 25g, McCormick Mixed Spice 30g, McCormick Nutmeg Ground 30g, McCormick Vanillin Sugar 65g, McCormick Ginger Ground 25g, Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter Set and a Christmas Stocking.

McCormick Baking Spice Prize Pack

To win all you have to do is follow the instructions below. Four winners will be randomly selected and notified via email and the prize posted to you. Competition closes midnight Monday 15 December. Good luck!

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Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 29 Comments
  1. So many tempting treats at Christmas, but I can’t go past my Mum’s homemade caramel pie! It’s a family tradition past down from my Nan and is scrumptious. Christmas isn’t Christmas without caramel pie!

  2. I’ve looked for a space to comment on here: but I can’t find the usual ‘Leave a Comment’ box. So as my favourite Christmas treat is gingerbread, it seems kind of appropriate to leave the comment here! And as we are travelling up to Melbourne for a couple of days close to Christmas, the Gingerbread Village looks just the spot for hubby, Miss Eight and I to visit. Thanks! – See more at:

    Posted here now as I can finally comment here!

  3. Choc coated sultanas. I know not everyone likes them but for me it is one of those sweet treats that I only buy at Christmas!

  4. Grans Christmas mince pies. The pastry just melts in your mouth and her home cured brandied sultanas are so sweet and sticky delish

  5. Every year I make an ice cream pudding , so easy
    I just add lots of chopped glace fruit (I enjoy eating some while I’m chopping)
    sultanas soaked in rum for a few days
    slivered almonds
    slightly melt tub of quality ice cream, stir in cream add fruit and refreeze.

    I also love christmas mixture lollies- a pleasant memory of my childhood

  6. Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, made by myself, it’s a family favourite for Christmas, a little goes a long way though because it’s very rich.

  7. Such a choice, but I must say I am looking forward to my wife’s Black Forest Trifle, it is divine, chocolate cake, port wine jelly, cherries, chocolate custard, cream and grated chocolate

  8. NOTHING beats my mother’s ICE CREAM PLUM PUDDINGS for a sweet Christmas treat! And she makes sure there’s always enough for leftovers for the next few days!

  9. The shortbread ‘Santa’ biscuits we make every Christmas Eve with our two daughters. They aren’t ‘gourmet’, but they are made with love and laughter, and covered in Smarties! We always leave a plate for Santa, with some drinking chocolate in a glass and a note to lead him to the fridge (because we don’t want Santa’s drink to get hot!). It’s always the first thing our girls check when they wake up (and Santa loves to leave them one each for a sneaky breakfast treat!)!

  10. Mince Pies and thickened cream! I’ll eat them for weeks before Christmas and then buy up big on Boxing Day so that I can eat them for weeks after Christmas too!

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