Cowboy Cookies in a Mason Jar

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Mason jar cookie gift

These DIY mason jar cookies make such a cute gift for friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and they’re great for the holidays! Take a look below for the Cowboy Cookies recipe, along with a printable recipe card that can be attached to the mason jar for the perfect gift.

Cowboy Cookies in a Mason Jar


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Cowboy Cookie Mix in a JarPreparation:

Layer the cowboy cookie ingredients in the same order as listed above in a one-quart mason jar.  I found it easiest to use a wide-mouth mason jar since you want the ingredients to spread evenly.

**Important: Press each layer firmly before adding the next layer… I mean REALLY use those muscles!  The mixture is super tight, and you’ll think there’s no way it will fit by the time you get to the flour, but it will — PROMISE!  Just pack everything in there as tightly as you can, and keep pressing.
(PACKING TIP: Press each layer firmly, starting with the brown sugar. Once I add the flour, I enlist the help of my measuring cup. Instead of pressing with my fingers, I place the flat side (bottom of the measuring cup) down on top of the flour, and press down into the cup to push the cookie ingredients down evenly. Again, this works best with a wide-mouth mason jar. I repeat with each subsequent ingredient until the salt is in.)

How to make cookie mix in a jarWrap your Cowboy Cookie Mix jar lid with fabric and a pretty bright ribbon, and include a card with the following instructions, or scroll below for a free printable card that’s already ready to print and go:

How to Make Cowboy Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. (It’s supposed to be thick!)
  4. Shape into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Enjoy!

Free Cowboy Cookie Mason Jar Mix Recipe Card

Print out this free designed recipe tag below and attach it to your cowboy cookie mason jar mix.

Printable Cowboy in a Mason Jar Cookies Gift Tag


Need more baking ideas? Check out the recipes for these other tasty treats:

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35 thoughts on “Cowboy Cookies in a Mason Jar

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  2. Wanda

    My 10 year old granddaughter wanted me to help with a craft at her birthday party. This was the first thing I showed her on Pinterest. Just to be sure everything would go well at the party, I made a batch of cookies from the recipe and made up a jar with the mix. The cookies were perfect and everything fit in the jar. If you pack each layer you can get everything in. We had 12 girls at the party and they loved making the jars and choosing the fabric (from my sewing room scraps) to decorate the top of the jar. Each girl got to take home a jar of cookie mix. It was a big hit with the girls. I wanted to send a picture but I don’t think this message box will allow it. Thanks. I love your site. Lots of good things on here.

    1. the farmer's daughter Post author

      I’m so glad these mason jar cowboy cookies were at hit for you and your granddaughter! Thanks for letting me know! I’m planning on making these for a party coming up in the next couple of weeks and I can’t wait… So yummy!

  3. Pheonix Rain

    I am using this idea as a Gift for friends in Australia. The biggest challenge is finding Mason Jars for the ingredients to go in.
    Thank you so much for sharing. They are a brilliant idea.

  4. Chelsie

    I want to use this system but with different t ingredients. I am worried I will not know how much to add to each jar, along with tailoring my instructions to equivalate the dry and wet ingredients. Please advise on how to customize a Mason Jar Cookie Recipe to any cookie.

  5. Stephanie Schwartz

    I just made a sample of the mason jar Cowboy Cookies for my gift giving this Christmas. All the ingredients fit perfectly in the 1 qt. jar following your instructions to press down each layer. It turned out really cute, and I can’t wait to assemble the rest to give away. I placed the mason jar in a little snowman felt bag (found for $1 at Target), added a mini whisk as decoration (found for 99 cents at Cost Plus World Market), and a small snowman medallion tag (found at Michael’s Crafts). I also did a test run of the cookies and they were “FANTASTIC.” The recipe is perfect. I used real butter, not margarine and melted it easily in the microwave to add to the dry ingredients. The only thing I noticed was missing from the recipe card was the quantity the recipe makes (so I added that to my instructions). I was able to make 2 dozen (all gone in one evening between the family and my husband’s poker buddies who happened to be here). YUM! and thanks.

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  7. Jen

    I just made a test batch of these tonight, subbing butterscotch chips for the chocolate chips as the person they are going to is allergic to chocolate. There were great, however they dough was extremely dry, to the point that it was more like a crumble, I added an extra egg and they were perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  8. Danielle

    I tried the new recipe and works great! I didn’t melt the butter, just creamed it with beaters, and used hands to make cookie balls since the dough was so crumbly. If i had to remove something to fit it in the jar, I would take out a little sugar- I don’t know if it’s because the cane sugar I used is sweeter than average… Also used spelt flour with great results.

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  13. Linda

    HELP!!!!lol Have all my stuff sitting in front of me, all of my cute Christmas material circles cut out and am ready to go! I tried the first one. Packed as hard as I possibly could! Can’t fit it all in!! Now what????:(
    Thanks! I did make the cookies by the way and were perfect! Hubby loved them!

    1. the farmer's daughter Post author

      Hi Linda, I know… it’s tight! If you have to skimp on anything, skimp on the nuts (since you definitely don’t want to lose any of the chocolate!). I’ve also trimmed a little of the oats before. I used some Tollhouse brand chips the other day and they were a little bit bigger than the regular kind, so they took up more space. I used a little less nuts and a tiny bit less oats and was able to squeeze it all in. Good luck!

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  15. the farmer's daughter Post author

    Hi all, this recipe was re-worked on 11/17 since the recipe was coming out too soupy to form the dough balls. All better now! :)

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  19. busy mother of 5

    Followed this recipe to a T, looked great in the jar…decided to dump it out and try to make it before giving any away…and mine were soup! :(

    1. Susie

      Mine too, Busy Mother!…. I thought maybe the flour was omitted from the jar so I added the amount that the recipe called for. The cookies look great but are bland and dry. But it did get my creative juices flowing…will try another “Cookies in a jar” recipe!

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  24. the farmer's daughter Post author

    This recipe is for Cowboy Cookies in a quart-sized mason jar. Enjoy and happy baking!

    1. the farmer's daughter Post author

      Good question, Magaly – this is a quart-sized jar. Hope you enjoy making them as much as I did!

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