Holiday shopping stresses me. I want my gifts to be more thoughtful than a gift card, but guaranteed to please the recipient. After years of my sister privately asking me for gift receipts, I have finally found the holiday gift that’s a guaranteed hit: Homemade Triple Chip Oatmeal Cookie Mix in a Jar.
A few things I love about Homemade Cookie Mix in a Jar for holiday giving:
- It’s the right size
- It’s the right color
- It’s budget friendly, but still thoughtful
- It can be easily customized to fit taste preferences and dietary needs
I originally set out to make regular (still fabulous) homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix, but then I became distracted by other tasty options winking at me in the pantry. The holidays are no time to be skimpy, so I loaded this homemade cookie mix with a combination of peanut butter, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips.
You could also swap in chopped nuts, dried fruits, and even toasted coconut—just keep the total amount of mix-ins to 1 cup, or you’ll need a second jar.
This Homemade Triple Chip Cookie Mix can also be made completely gluten free. If dietary restrictions are a concern, use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats. As someone who is a bit hesitant to experiment with gluten free baking, these products have been a lifesaver. I simply swapped the gluten free flour for the all purpose flour (same for the oats) in my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, and the results where outstanding.
If dietary restrictions are not a concern, you can use the same amount of regular all-purpose flour (or even white whole wheat flour) and oats in the baking mix.
Once the ingredients are layered, tie the jar up as you please, then attach this handy recipe to the front. (Download a higher resolution version here.)
Now that we have the holiday shopping under control, only one serious cookie mix question remains: exactly how many minutes we after the cookie mix is opened before hinting at “testing” it out? I think 10 seems socially acceptable, don’t you?
Triple Chip Oatmeal Cookie Mix in a Jar
Yield: about 30 cookies
For making the mix:
- 1-1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Mix or All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, light or dark
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter Chips
- 1-1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
For baking the cookies:
- Jar of Cookie Mix
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted Butter
- 1 Egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
To make the mix: Combine the flour (gluten free mix or all-purpose) baking powder, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Place the flour mixture in 1-quart jar. Layer the brown sugar, granulated sugar, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and oats in the order listed, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with ribbon as desired. Attach recipe printable.
To bake the cookies: Place rack in the center of your oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, egg, and vanilla until well blended. Add the cookie mix and mix well, breaking up any clumps.
Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between each ball of dough. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until light golden brown, rotating the pan’s positions halfway through. Remove from the oven, and let cool on a wire rack.
Store leftover cookies in an airtight container.
Wife to a hungry law student, I’m on a mission to cook everything that’s tasty, mostly healthy, and budget friendly—all while Mr. Right is at the library. On my blog, The Law Student’s Wife, I share my recipes for lightened-up comfort foods, healthier baked treats, and seasonal eating. I’m a passionate cook, an awkward dancer, and with enough cheese, chocolate, and my cast-iron skillet, I could take on the world. Keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter.