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! 

glass jar with ingredients for cookies in visible layers.

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

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

ingredients for cookies in a jar

Ingredients

Flour  When I bake with all-purpose flour I opt for the unbleached version. Bleached flour is very white, but it’s also treated with bleaching agents that I don’t really need in my food. 

Sugar — Use your favorite brand of granulated cane sugar. I prefer organic.

Brown sugar — The rich molasses flavor of brown sugar is delicious in this dessert. Use light or brown sugar, as you like.

White chocolate chips — Technically, these sweet chocolate chips are not chocolate. They tend to be sweeter than actual chocolate chips. Feel free to substitute milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips in this recipe.

Dried cranberries — With their trademark sweet and tangy flavor, dried cranberries offer a counter to the sweetness of the white chocolate.

Leavening —  This recipe calls for baking soda, which I bet you have on hand!

Filling the Jars

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. 

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!

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!)

hand in a glass jar, pressing cookie ingredients

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 in the combined flour, salt, and baking soda. Shake the jars a bit to level the dry 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! Cookies in a jar ready for giving. 

Click here to download free printable labels for gift giving.

label to put on cookies in a jar, with instructions for baking.

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. To make the cookies, your gift recipient just needs to add butter, egg, and vanilla and then bake them up.

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

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

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glass jar with ingredients for cookies in visible layers.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Gift in a Jar

Yield: 1 jar
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

To make the cookies you will also need:

  • ½ cup butter, (1 cube)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, 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.
  3. Seal and attach gift tag.

To make the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat butter until fluffy; add egg and vanilla and stir to combine.
  3. Add the contents of the jar and stir to combine.
  4. Form cookie balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  5. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer cookies to a wire rack.




Notes

  • You'll need a 1 quart (32 ounce) jar with lid to assemble this recipe.
  • Baked, this recipe yields about 20 cookies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

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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
  • Judy Dastrup Dec 2, 2023 @ 8:50

    I’ll try them tonight! They look yummy! Fun gift idea.

    • AttainableSustainable Dec 7, 2023 @ 7:05

      These turn out delicious and make a great gift!

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