Gift in a Jar: White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

When you want to do a little something sweet for someone, why not make them a gift that is delicious AND fun? These white chocolate chip cookies are layered in a jar with cranberries and walnuts for a delicious ready to bake treat! 

Try these white chocolate macadamia cookies in a jar, too!

jar of layered ingredients to make cookies, alongside a printed recipe

Gather up some yummy baking ingredients and pull together this sweet gift in a hurry! 

Making cookies in a jar

The only mixing you’ll need to do for this recipe? Combining the dry ingredients. After that, it’s just a matter of layering in the oats and sugar, along with the walnuts, cranberries, and white chocolate chips. 

ingredients for cookies in a jar

I have some tricks for making this easy gift even easier. Making many at one time means in just a hot minute you’ll have half a dozen (or a dozen) gifts ready for giving. This is a fabulous gift to have kids make!

Filling the jar

Once you’ve got your jar ready, line them up on the counter. A canning funnel makes filling the jars a snap if you have one. Alternatively, you can make a quick paper funnel. Place your funnel in the jar and measure dry ingredients in. Shake the jars a bit to level the ingredients. Now add the remaining ingredients, layer by layer, pressing each down as you go.

When the jar is fully assembled, twist on a lid. Print out labels and tie one on each jar. Tada! Cookie mix in a jar ready for giving. To make the cookies, just add butter, egg, and vanilla. 

Once you have the ingredients out, assembling a number of these cookies in a jar gifts at once won’t take much longer than doing a single one! Might as well do several. (I like to keep a couple of these on hand for unexpected holiday drop ins, too!)

Tucked into a pretty jar, this makes a lovely teacher gift or a little something for the neighbor who watched your cat for you that one time. 

jar of layered ingredients to make cookies, alongside a printed recipe
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jar of layered ingredients to make cookies, alongside a printed recipe

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Gift in a Jar

Yield: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Assembly Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Give a gift of delicious white chocolate cranberry cookies! This pretty jar is great for gifts and can be transformed into warm cookies fresh out of the oven in no time!


  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup roughly chopped walnuts


  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the jar, layer ingredients in this order, pressing each down between additions:
    flour mixture, oats, half the dried cranberries, brown sugar, white sugar, walnuts, remaining cranberries, and white chocolate chips. TIP: A funnel is very helpful when adding the flour. hand in a glass jar, pressing cookie ingredients
  3. Seal and attach gift tag.


  • You'll need a 1 quart (32 ounce) jar with lid to assemble this recipe.
  • Get a printable label/gift tag here.

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About the author: Claudie Evert is passionate about living lightly on the earth. She digs in the garden, cooks food from scratch, and will — someday — master the art of picking out a ripe watermelon.

2 comments… add one
  • J. L. Lathrop Nov 21, 2022 @ 9:27

    baking powder is missing from the ingredient list, but listed in the instructions. I am assuming 1/2 tsp baking powder is to be used.

    • AttainableSustainable Nov 22, 2022 @ 4:37

      Noted, I will fix that. And yes!

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