White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies in a Jar (plus a Freebie Printable) & my Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

Hey Friends,

Today I’m sharing this easy cookie jar recipe and some of my go-to Christmas cookie recipes!

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This White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies in a Jar recipe is super simple and affordable if you need to make several gifts. I made twelve of these jar recipes this year! I’m usually pretty stressed out about how to give all of Brandon’s extended family meaningful gifts within our budget, but these cookies in a jar have made this year’s gifts stress-free. Also, since I made twelve of these, I figured out the prettiest and easiest way to layer the jars, which I included in the recipe.

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I named these cookies “Comet’s Cookies” because I was looking for a fun twist for Christmas but there’s actually a real story behind the name. This past summer, Brandon was followed by a deer for several days every time we went on walks around our apartment. You read that right – a deer! Someone had hand fed him and so he wasn’t afraid of humans. For some reason he LOVED Brandon and would follow him no matter where he went for hours. Brandon named him Comet, and so here we are with “Comet’s Cookies!”

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How it Works:

If you’ve never made a cookie in a jar recipe before, here’s how it works – you provide all of the dry ingredients in the jar and the recipient of the gift just has to mix in the wet ingredients to have homemade cookies in no time. Be sure you add the tag so the recipient knows how to make the cookies. You can type up the directions yourself (use the pictures as your guide), or you can download the free PDF by subscribing to my newsletter HERE.

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Here’s the Recipe!

Ingredients for the jar:

  • 3/4 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1.5 C Quick 1 Minute Oats
  • 1/2 C Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 C Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 C Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 C White Chocolate Chips

Directions to make the jar:

  1. Grab a clean and dry 32 ounce mason jar, I prefer wide mouth like THESE.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.
  3. Carefully spoon in the flour mixture in the mason jar. Try and level the top so it creates one smooth layer using a spoon.
  4. Next, add the oats to the mason jar. Again, level the top so it creates a smooth layer.
  5. Next, carefully spoon in the brown sugar and gently create a smooth layer. This can be a tricky layer, I suggest adding the brown sugar a little at a time.
  6. Add the granulated sugar and create a smooth layer.
  7. Sprinkle in the dried cranberries.
  8.  Lastly, layer in the white chocolate chips.
  9. Print out the directions and add the tag to the jar. Remember, you can have this free PDF download by subscribing to my newsletter HERE.

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My go-to Christmas Cookies

Typically, I bake a huge spread of Christmas cookies, but this year was a little different. The first two years of medical school, Brandon was still in school studying for tests. So what else was this teacher supposed to do other than bake? I would seriously go crazy and bake round the clock for the family Christmas party. But this year, being Brandon’s third year of medical school, is the first year in two years he doesn’t have to study! I made the decision to scale bake the amount of cookies I bake for the family get together so I could spend more time with Brandon. A part of me is a little sad I didn’t go all out, but I am so grateful for the time Bran and I have spent together these past few days doing “normal” couple things like shop together, watch movies, and go out to eat. I did however bake the best sugar cookies ever, I make these each year and they are a huge hit! If you’re still looking for some easy and delish recipes, these are all amazing Christmas cookie recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction:

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