If you are looking for a simple, zero waste, and homemade gift idea, you have come to the right place! This cookie recipe is based off of the Monster Christmas Cookie recipe from Life Made Sweeter, and adjusted to fit into a jar, making the perfect gift for a friend, teacher, or family member!

If you aren’t familiar with layered jar cookies, they contain all the dry ingredients needed to make a cookie recipe, layered by ingredient to make it eye appealing, while the gift recipient adds the wet ingredients themselves and bakes the cookies. Thankfully, you can source all of these dry ingredients in bulk, which makes them all packaging free if you bring your own containers (having them weighed first at the counter), and skip the plastic.


In a clean jar, pour in the following ingredients, using a wide canning funnel if you have one, and levelling out each layer before adding the next:

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 + 1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 heaping cups rolled oats
1/2 cup m&m’s
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 tbsp. m&m’s (for topping the cookies)

You can put the ingredients in any order here, however, I found it helpful to put the oatmeal on top of the flour to prevent other ingredients like the m&m’s from sinking through. I also think it looks more visually appealing to have the most colourful part (aka the m&m’s) close to the middle of the layers. One last note, the 2 tbsp. of extra m&m’s added to top off the jar. These can be used for topping the cookies just before they go in the oven. On the little note or card you may attach to the jar for gift giving, you can add a little instruction to remove the m&m’s in the top of the jar first before mixing ingredients.


When the gift recipient is making the cookies they will mix the following wet ingredients first in a mixer or with a whisk, then add the jar contents and stir until completely combined.

125 ml (1/2 cup) unsalted butter or margarine, melted
95g (1/3 + 1 tbsp.) nut butter
1 egg

Freshly baked cookies!

They’ll spoon the combined mixture onto a pan and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes,letting them cool on the pan a few minutes before removing to a drying rack.

You can dress up the top of your gifting jar with a little fabric to make it more festive, and add a tag with baking instructions. Below is a jar label tag that you are welcome to print and use in your gift giving.

Enjoy the holidays, hand making cookie jars, gift giving, or baking the cookies yourself with a zero waste flair! For the full recipe visit the website linked at the top of this page.

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