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I know what you’re thinking. A cookie mix in a jar gift for Valentine’s Day? But, really, cookies are one of the best ways to show your love for someone. And giving them a Valentine’s Day cookie mix in a jar to make whenever they want? It might be one of the sweetest ways to say that you care.
The problem with a lot recipes for mason jar cookie mix gifts is that they are very Christmas focused. A quick search on Pinterest and you’ll easily find Reindeer Cookies, gingerbread cookies and ones to specially make for Santa. Valentine’s Day mason jar cookie mixes are a lot harder to find.
But cookie mix in a jar gifts are great for all year round – not just Christmas. Wouldn’t you want one of these showing up at your door on Valentine’s Day?
So, I created my own cookie mix in a jar that could be made for Valentine’s Day. To give the mix and cookies a festive touch, I used Valentine’s Day themed M&Ms and dried cranberries. The reds and pinks made the cookies look wonderfully festive.
And you want to use it for another holiday? Just change out the color of the M&Ms and gift this cookie mix whenever you desire.
You can find the recipe below. I was inspired by the Cowboy Cookies recipe from Bakerella. (If you remember, she is the cake pops queen that I am obsessed over.)
The secret to getting a “pretty” look with your mason jar is careful layering of the ingredients on top of each other. I used a smooth Ball Regular Mouth Quart Jar. You can get from your craft shop or online.
Here are the ingredients you need to put into your jar mix:
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
1/2 cup m&ms
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
Layer the ingredients in the jar like this:
Layer 1 – Flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Layer 2 – Cooking Oats
Layer 3 – Valentine’s Day colored M&Ms
Layer 4 – White Chocolate Chips
Layer 5 – Dried Cranberries
Layer 6 – Brown sugar
Layer 7 – Granulated sugar
Doesn’t that look pretty? I loved all of the red, pink and white in the layers. It’s such a festive Valentine’s Day gift.
Of course, in order to make the cookies from the mix, the recipient will need instructions for baking the cookies. I created a free printable Valentine’s Day cookie mix labels with the extra ingredients needed as well as baking instructions. Print on 8.5″ x 11″ full sheet label paper or medium white cardstock. Cut out and attach to the back of the jar mix.
On the front of your cookies mix in a jar, add our free printable circle label. It says “Valentine’s Day Cookie Mix” so your recipient knows exactly the kind of cookies he or she gets to make. You can use a 2.5″ circle punch for easy cutting or hand cut with scissors.
For the gift tag, I used our Valentine’s Day cookie tag from our shop. If you’re a fan of giving cookies on Valentine’s Day, these tags are perfect for your fresh baked cookies, store bought treats or cookie in a jar mixes.
To make your cookies, pour all of the ingredients from the jar into a large mixing bowl.
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla
In case you don’t want to use this jar mix recipe, but want to try another variety this Valentine’s Day, here are some other favorite cookie mixes that can be made for heart day. They are the perfect way to express your love and care this Valentine’s Day. The best part about these mixes are they don’t have a strong Christmas theme. So you can use them for other holidays or even birthdays too.
Easy Homemade Oatmeal Cookie Mix by Mainly Homemade
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix from Melanie Cooks
Brownie Mix in a Jar by Mainly Homemade
And for when winter is over and the weather finally gets warm, try making our cherry lemonade mix in a mason jar. I love giving these mixes as house warming gifts when we visit friends and family and it’s too hot to bake. Nobody ever says no to lemonade.
Still need cards and tags for your Valentine’s Day celebration? Check out our Valentine’s Day designs in our shop for a wonderful original selection of Valentine’s Day fun!