DIY Holiday Mason Jar Cookie Mix

The holidays are right around the corner, and we’ve got a great gift idea to share: our DIY Holiday Mason Jar Cookie Mix! If you’re in a pinch and don’t want to run the store, you most likely have everything you need around the house. Not to mention, it makes a delicious treat!
I’m sharing one of my favorite cookies recipes as well, with a special favorite ingredient. But first, what you need to start with is an empty quart mason jar.
Here’s all but one ingredient you’ll need to make your jars. I definitely wasn’t kidding when I said you most likely have most of these things around the house! (Also pardon my completely unintentional, but blatant, product placement.)
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The great part about making a Mason Jar Cookie Mix to gift is that only has the dry ingredients. As long as the jar is kept in a cool, dry place it won’t need to be refridgerated or frozen and will keep for many months! Today I’m sharing one of my favorite chocolate cookies recipes. I’ll show you step by step how to build your mason jar, and give the complete recipe at the end of the post.
When making the layers of your mason jar cookie mix, always start with the heaviest, most dense ingredient. For this cookie mix, it is my brown sugar! Delicious, golden, melt in your mouth brown sugar.
Next you’ll sift your flour, sift your cocoa powder, add your baking powder and baking soda, and mix it together in a large bowl until combined. After that’s done, add about a 1/2 cup of the chocolate-flour mixture to the mason jar.
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Next, add your granulated sugar to make another layer. After that, add your remaining chocolate-flour mixture.
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Finally, you’ll add this delicious, amazing, super special ingredient that will make these chocolate cookies TO DIE FOR. Are you ready? Here it is: Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips. Seriously, when I discovered these, my world changed. I’m a tad bit obsessed with mint/chocolate, having already created “Minty S’mores” (yes, that is an Andes Mint inside a s’more instead of Hershey’s. You’re welcome.)
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Once you’ve added enough Andes baking chips to fill the jar, push down lightly, and add some more. Maybe push down again and add even more. When you finally cannot fill it any more, close your jar, and wrap the festive ribbon of your choice around the neck of the jar, and you’re done!
And just in case you’re wondering what these delicious cookies look like after they’re done, take a peek!
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When gifting your Mason Jar Cookie Mix, be sure to include the printed recipe! :)

Rochelle’s Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
Mason Jar Ingredients
1/2 cup packed brown sugar, light or dark
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients
1/4 cup softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

To Make Your Cookies:
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer until fully incorporated. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract until combined. Carefully pour the entire contents of your mason jar into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and fold continuously with a spatula. You may need to use your hands to continue “kneading” or folding the dough until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated with the wet. Resist the urge to add any liquid; the dough will come together!
Drop dough by large rounded balls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 – 13 minutes. Cookies will appear to be underdone, but they are not. Do NOT overcook these cookies! They will burn easily. Let them rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a metal cooling rack. Once cooled, enjoy these delicious pillows of chocolatey-minty goodness.

Happy Holidays!

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