How to make a cookie jar | DIY Gift idea

A cookie jar is the perfect DIY present. It’s affordable, takes 10 minutes to make and looks so impressive. I make these as gifts every year and customise them with different fillings and decorations. Discover how to make them below.

This recipe has been adapted from and you can find the original recipe here. My recipe provides more filling suggestions and easy-to-copy cooking instructions to include with your jar. 

Watch a step-by-step guide to making these cookie jars here 

What you need:

  • 1L glass jar (Kmart and IKEA have great options) 
  • Cookie ingredients 
  • Ribbon or twine 
  • Card to write cooking instructions

Cookie ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (110g) plain flour 
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar 
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar 
  • 3/4 cup (65g) rolled oats 
  • 230g fillings of your choice* 

*Filling suggestions

  • White Christmas: 100g white chocolate chips and 130g dried cranberries  
  • Triple choc: 110g white chocolate chips, 110g milk chocolate chips and 110g dark chocolate chips 
  • Choc nut: 130g roughly-chopped dark chocolate and 100g chopped pecans  
  • White choc macadamia: 115g white chocolate chips and 115g chopped macadamias  
How to make cookie jar:
  1. Spoon flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into jar. Flatten out to make it level.  
  2. Add brown sugar. Pack down and level out. Add caster sugar.  
  3. Top with oats, followed by chosen fillings.  
  4. Seal jar, decorate and write out cooking instructions.  

Cookie cooking instructions:  

It’s important to let your gift recipient know how to make their cookies. I like to include a card with the jar and either write or print out the cooking instructions. You could even make it a sticker – get creative with it! Simply copy and paste the below method:

To make cookies, preheat oven to 190C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Empty jar into a large bowl. Add 125g melted and cooled butter1 lightly beaten egg and 1sp vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. Shape tablespoons of mixture into balls, spacing well apart to allow for spreadingSlightly flatten dough balls, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until light goldenAllow to cool completely on trays before serving. Enjoy!

Have fun making these delicious gifts! I guarantee they will impress every time! Here are some cookie jars I’ve made in the past for some decoration inspiration.  

Hand holding a cookie jar with a card on it saying "To: Danny, How to make"
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