Hi Friends,

I enjoy cooking and doing machine embroidery.  It is part of my leisure life that I want to share with you.  Today I am making an Easter Layered Cookies in a Jar recipe.  Then I’m decorating the mason jar with a cute, personal embroidery design.  This is what I’m doing to get ready for Easter by doing a bit of gift-giving preparations for the family.

Before I get going, I’m going to post the YouTube video here so you can see how the layers go together.  This video is published on my personal YouTube channel.

For all who are coming over for our Easter meal they will get a personalized layered cookie mix in a jar.

Below I’ve given all the instructions on how to create these fun gifts.  If you don’t do machine embroidery, just cut a 5 1/2″ circle out of some colorful cotton fabric to decorate the top of the mason jar.

Cookie Mix in a jar

Easter Layered Cookies in a Jar

  • 1 ¼ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans**
  • 1 cup M&M’s (I’ve used the pastel Easter ones here)
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
Additional ingredients:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Layer the ingredients in order listed into a 1 quart wide mouth canning jar starting with the oats.  If you have a canning funnel, that is helpful.  Pack the ingredients as you go.  The top layer will be the sugar.

Place the lid on the jar.  I decorated a piece of cotton fabric with my Easter Mason Jar Alphabet machine embroidery design which you can find here.  As a side note, this design fits in a 4 x 4 hoop and contains all alphabet letters.

After machine embroidering the design, I cut it into a 5 ½” circle using my pinking shears.

To make the cookies:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat together butter, egg and vanilla.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed or mix by hand.
  • Roll into 1” balls and place on a cookie sheet 2” apart.
  • Flatten balls using the bottom of a glass.
  • Bake for 12 to 13 minutes.
  • Let cool for just a minute before removing from the cookie sheet.
  • Enjoy!

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For gift giving:

Include a note with the jar that lists the liquid ingredients that the recipient will need to provide as well as mixing and baking instructions.

When I make mine, I line up the number of canning jars I’m going to create and then make these in assembly line fashion.

They are so much fun to make and it creates the most charming gift.



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