5 DIY Holiday Baked Gifts in a Jar with FREE Printable Recipe Tags

It’s that time of year when we are baking and gift giving. Sometimes you don’t have time to do both, but by making a DIY Holiday Baked Gift in a Jar you are giving the gift of baking without turning your oven on. These make great teacher gifts, hostess gifts, neighbor gifts, hairdresser gifts, babysitter gifts, office colleague gifts–anyone you want to express your appreciation to this Holiday season or throughout the year.

1. Cranberry Winter Cookies in a Jar

 

What you will need for the tags:

What you will need for the jar:

  • 1 quart Mason Jar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (nut-free option: 1/2 cup rolled oats, rice crisp cereal or granola)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together.
  2. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 quart mason jar in the order listed.
  3. Print this FREE DIY Printable PDF file {Cranberry Winter Cookies in a Jar Tags} on card stock and cut out.
  4. Attach recipe tags to front and back of jar with glue dots.
  5. The conversion of 350 degrees fahrenheit to celsius is 177 celsius.
  6. Enjoy!

The original recipe can be found {here} at Recipe Goldmine.

2. Toffee Blondie Bars in a Jar

What you will need for the tags:

What you will need for the jar:

  • 1 quart Mason Jar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Heath Chips
  • 3/4 cup rice crisp cereal

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 quart mason jar in the order listed.
  3. Print this FREE DIY Printable PDF file {Toffee Blondie Bars in a Jar Tags} on card stock and cut out.
  4. Attach recipe tags to front and back of jar with glue dots.
  5. The conversion of 350 degrees fahrenheit to celsius is 177 celsius.
  6. Enjoy!

The original recipe can be found {here} at Baked Bree.

3. Santa’s Cookies in a Jar

What you will need for the tags:

What you will need for the jar:

  • 1 quart Mason Jar
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 – 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (depends on if you have room)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  2. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 quart mason jar in the order listed.
  3. Print this FREE DIY Printable PDF file {Santa’s Cookies in a Jar Tags} on card stock and cut out.
  4. Attach recipe tags to front and back of jar with glue dots.
  5. The conversion of 350 degrees fahrenheit to celsius is 177 celsius.
  6. Enjoy!

The original recipe can be found {here} at Bakerella.

4. Pumpkin Cranberry Bread in a Jar

What you will need for the tags:

What you will need for the jar:

  • 1 quart Mason Jar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  2. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 quart mason jar in the order listed.
  3. Print this FREE DIY Printable PDF file {Pumpkin Cranberry Bread in a Jar Tags} on card stock and cut out.
  4. Attach recipe tags to front and back of jar with glue dots.
  5. The conversion of 350 degrees fahrenheit to celsius is 177 celsius.
  6. Enjoy!

The original recipe can be found {here} at Recipe Goldmine.

5. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in a Jar

What you will need for the tags:

What you will need for the jar:

  • 1 quart Mason Jar
  • 2 1/2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried bananas, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Mix Bisquick, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 quart mason jar in the order listed.
  3. Print this FREE DIY Printable PDF file {Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in a Jar Tags} on card stock and cut out.
  4. Attach recipe tags to front and back of jar with glue dots.
  5. The conversion of 350 degrees fahrenheit to celsius is 177 celsius.
  6. Enjoy!

The original recipe can be found {here} at Recipe Goldmine.

A Few Helpful Tips

1. Cut the bottom off of a plastic cup and use as a funnel.

2. Poor ingredients through funnel into jar. You could use a 1/4 cup dry measuring cup or spoon to help add ingredients to your jars.

3. I used a small gravy ladle to pat down the ingredients in between layers. You could also use the end of a wooden spoon or something similar to level and tap down each layer before adding the next one.

POST UPDATE!!

1. To print, click on the PDF file (#3 under instructions).

2. On the next screen, click on the file below the labels.

3. The printable PDF will be pulled up next. Save this file to your hardrive and print.

How to print pdf file

 

      • Has anyone actually made the Santa Cookies? I did this for all my co-workers without ever trying it out. The baking soda and baking powder quantities look high for such a small batch. Now I’m worried it’s a misprint. The jars looked really cute all made up, now I’m just hoping the cookies were good.

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  2. Thank you so much these look amazing!!!!! Is there anyway we can get printable labels in Celcius instead of Farenheit??? Would love to give these as a gift but ovens in Australia are Celcius lol
    Thank you so much again
    Sarz

  3. thank you so much they look fantastic!!!! I really appreciate you taking the time to help. I cant wait to make these. Thank you thank you thank you xx Sarz

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  9. If I am only just making this for me and not giving it as a gift. Can I use fresh cranberries instead of the dried ones for the pumpkin cranberry bread recipe?

    • Yes, you can make them now! All the ingredients used don’t have to be refrigerated and will be sealed tight in the mason jar with lid. I always make mine early!!! Good luck!

  10. Are there different kinds of dried bananas. The ones I always have seen are really hard. Is that the kind you used for the chocolate chip banana bread? Thank you!

      • Thank you! I do in home daycare so I’m going to give them out to my daycare parents and a few friends. The liquid must soften them up, I hope! LOL! Also do you know an easy way of breaking them up or can you buy them already in pieces? I’m getting ready to head to the store;)Thanks for your reply!

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  12. Hi! I made up a few of the Santa Cookies, and had one left over so I decided to make it. Well the brown sugar was rock solid and I was not able to get to the rest of the ingredients out. Any tips for next time?

    • Oh, no! It sounds like maybe your brown sugar was old or your jar wasn’t sealed tight enough?? The mixes should be stored in a cool, dry place. Maybe it got too warm. I read that these mixes should last up to a year if stored properly, but I use mine right away and haven’t had any problems.

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  14. Hello,
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for these free printable labels. My department wanted to give gift baskets to some people who helped us with a project, and my contribution was the pumpkin cranberry bread mix in a jar. It was such a big hit–mostly because that label is in the colors of my company logo–that my boss asked me to make more for future gifts!

    We owe the pretty gifts to you and your artistic genius ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Holy cow! You made my day!!! So happy I could help the company out. I’ll have to make more printables in your company’s colors nowโ€ฆbut I might have to charge you :).

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  16. These look amazing!! I can’t wait to try them as gifts to give away! I also may try them for a bake sale at my college for my Autism Advocacy Club! Thank you so much!

  17. What do you estimate the cost of each Gift Jar once completed? (I know they will vary, but an idea would be helpful for me). These look great. Especially appreciative that you have printable tags. Thanks!

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  20. Love the idea and the labels are fantastic. My question is can you make several batches at one time. I wonder about the dry ingredients mixing together enough to do several jars at one time.

    • I’m not sure about making one big batch. If you can figure it out then kudos to you, but I’m worried you wouldn’t get the correct amount of dry ingredients in each jar. I made about seven all at once, but mixed each jar separately. It was like an assembly line. Good luck!

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    • I think many of the recipes say up to a year when stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, but personally, I would say 2-3 months tops. Hope this helps! Love the idea of an expiration date!!

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      • I made the whole set of these for my mother for Christmas – huge hit! She won’t stop talking about them and is showing everyone lol…. anyway, I just wanted to say I didn’t use wide mouth jars (didn’t realize I was supposed to) but they still turned out perfect!

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  28. Just made the Cranberry Winter Cookie Jar (yummm!) but had room left over. :/ I did 2 more layers, 1 of cranberries and 1 of the chips to fill it all the way. Any idea what I did wrong? Do you think they will still come out okay? (I packed down the brown sugar, and subbed rice krispies for the pecans… thinking that might be it? It was a 1 qt jar from the Dollar Tree.)

    • Rice krispies do take up more room than pecans…maybe??? Not sure, you just might be really good at packing your layers!!! I’m sure it will turn out wonderful. Great improvising, by the way!!!

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  31. Help, I am in New Zealand and I have no idea what health chips are? Can you help.
    Thanks heaps

    • Don’t worry! I’m here!! Heath chips are milk chocolate toffee bits. Do you have toffee candy bars in New Zealand? If so, just chop one or two up for the recipe…or buy them from Amazon HERE! Hope this helps!!!

  32. The Winter Cranberry Cookies are DIVINE! I made the recipe ahead of time to make sure it was both easy for the recipient to prepare as well as delicious, and I devoured them! It’s a good thing I’m gifting these unmade, because I’m not sure they would make it to their destination baked! Thanks for the great printouts and recipe!

  33. Love these! Hubby & I are going to be making the Santas cookies for some little Xmas gifts this year! Just a quick question (might be obvious!!) but it says 1 1/3 cup of flour in the Santa’s cookies recipe – does that mean just a 1/3 of a cup or 1 cup & another 1/3? Thank you! X

  34. I just made seven “sets” of these to give out as Christmas gifts this year and every single one turned out great! One question: I used 1 quart mason jars, and none have a perfectly smooth side to stick the labels on. How did you get yours to stick? I may end up just tying a ribbon around the neck and turning the labels into gift tags, but your pictures look so pretty with the labels on the jar!

    Thanks for the recipes and the cute label PDFs! I can’t wait for friend and family to open/use these! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  36. I’ve made 2 of your DIY cookies-in-a-jar. Awesome! But I’m unable to download and print the labels. Any suggestions? Thank you:)

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  39. I love this!!! Thank you for all of the cool ideas and for the free printable jar tags. You made my life a lot easier this Christmas. And using the glue dots is a great idea – I used to always tie a ribbon around the top of the jar and attach a tag to the ribbon but I like the glue dots idea much better. I made the Toffee Blondie Bars for Christmas gifts – I can’t wait to try them for myself!

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  42. I received the cranberry winter cookies as a Gift from our daughter-in-law. They were so simple to throw together and I was surprised that the recipe actually gave me the 18 cookies it said it would. These cookies are relish and I will be passing these on in the near future

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  44. hello, for the santa’s cookies…..what kind of oats – instant or regular?

    • You need to either use old fashion (a bit chunkier) or quick cooking oats (a bit finer), NOT instant!! Hope this helps :).

  45. Great idea! How long do these keep for ? Before it starts getting hard and stale? I wanna get an early start for Christmas this year

    • If you seal your mason jars tight and store in a dry, cool place, they should last up to 1 year…however, if you use nuts or dried fruit, you should use within 6 months. But who can wait a year or 6 months!!! I usually make mine a few weeks to 1 month before handing out. Good luck!

  46. Hi! I can’t wait to try these. Do you know if any adjustments need to be made to the recipes if baking in high altitude? Thanks!

  47. Just finished making two of every kind. It was so easy and I still have enough ingredients for about 3 more jars of something. Cost was about 4.90 each. The printable labels made things so easy. Thanks!

  48. Love this idea! Going to do for my son’s preschool teachers. Just wondering when you state the cup measurements, is that from a normal cup size or an actual measuring cup?

  49. Thank you so much for this post & these printables! I’m in charge of crafts for my mom’s group at church. This morning we made the Santa’s Cookies & Cranberry Winter Cookies jars with 40+ women. Everyone loved it!

  50. I want to make either Santa’s cookies or the Toffee blondie bars for the holidays this year! Which one would you recommend? Have a nice Thanksgiving!

    • The Santa’s Cookies are great if you are giving to kids or families. The Toffee Blondies Bars are great too. I can’t decide…make both :)!!

  51. I LOVE YOUR JAR CREATIONS AND WANTED TO COMPLIMENT YOU ON YOUR DETAILING… ESPECIALLY, FOR A SOMEONE JUST STARTING….LOL. IM SICK OF THE SAME OLD THINGS…COOKIES IN MY CASE THAT PWOPLE POST AND I ENJOYED SEEING A VARIATY OF COOKIES…EXAMPLE, CRANBERRY WINYER COOKIES. IM BY NO MEANS A COMPUTER EXPERT AND I WAS HAPPY TO SEE YOU TEACH PEOPLE GIW TO DOWNLOAD THE TAGS AND SUCH…. WELL, OFF TO MY JARS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SITE AS IT IS VERY READER FRIENDLY….. THANK YOU, JAMIE MURDY OF KANSAS.

    • You are so welcome, Jamie. I’m happy to add any details if it helps!! Have a wonderful holiday season and have fun making your jars!!

  52. Love these ideas. Thanks. I am planning to make the Cranberry Winter cookies for my friend who she is gluten free. Can I substitute the flour with Almond meal?

    • You can substitute almond meal for flour. I found an Ingredient Substitution List for Baking on Momables.com. Almond flour: substitute 1:1 with all-purpose (white) flour. Note: Almond flour typically requires more egg or binding agent, so the recipe might need to be altered.

  53. Accidentally bought walnuts instead of pecans for the cranberry winter cookies.. thank they’ll still taste ok or should I go exchange them?

  54. Thank you so much for this! We are going to use your labels and recipes for our annual Girl Scout fundraiser! The girls will love working in an assembly line to put this project together! You are a lifesaver!