M&M Cookies in a Jar (with Printable Tags)

Need a last minute idea for an Easter (or any other occasion) gift?  How about M&M Cookies in a Jar?  These are going into my kids’ Easter baskets this year.

Easter M&M Cookies in a Jar

Easter M&M Cookies in a Jar

It started with the commitment to eat (mostly) out of my pantry this month.  I had already bought the holiday colored M&M’s so this seemed like a perfect addition.  By adding M&M Cookies in a jar to my healthy gummy candy, peanut butter cups, peeps, and naturally colored eggs, I think we’ll make a go of this.   I’ll post a picture of one of the baskets on Facebook  when Easter comes.

Easter Fabric and Tag Tie (Embroidery Floss)

Easter Fabric and Tag Tie (Embroidery Floss)

The recipe started with my Oatmeal M&M Blondies so I thought this post would be really easy.  Alas I discovered that blondies are too thin to hold a cookie shape and had to make changes.  After a few rounds of tweaking and 2 lb of weight gain, I realized the new version was identical to recipes already out on the web.  I guess I should have tried the internet in the first place!

M&M Cookies in a Jar--Cooling

M&M Cookies in a Jar–Cooling

These gift jars are easy to make and my girls are excited to be getting them since since who knows when you might have a cookie emergency.  You start by filling a one quart jar with:

  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 t baking soda (mix in with the flour)
  • 3/4 c M&Ms (half a package)
  • 1 c oatmeal
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c white sugar

The ingredients can go in in any order (alternating colors), but you should put the M&M’s lower in the jar since they are the cutest part!  You will need to push down on the flour and brown sugar in the jar to make sure everything fits.  If you are shipping and want something unbreakable, a 32 oz (washed) plastic mayonnaise jar also works great. 

To prepare the cookies, add the following to the contents of the jar:

  • 1/2 c butter, very soft/slightly melted
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 beaten eggs

Then you bake 14-16 minutes at 350 on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.  The recipe makes about 24 cookies.  For instruction tags, just print the attachment on cardstock or stiff paper and cut out.

M&M Cookies in a Jar Label

M&M Cookies in a Jar Label

M&M Cookies in a Jar Ready to Bake

M&M Cookies in a Jar Ready to Bake

There was one other interesting thing that I learned.  Ever had a problem with cookies spreading too much?  Well I had some batches that were fine and others spread more than I liked so I did some research.  I learned that some brands of butter may contain more water and I had switched brands midway through.  I went back to the original (Trader Joe’s) and… problem solved!  The other tip I got was to just slightly melt the butter–if you get it really hot, that may increase spread as well.

Happy munching!

M&M Cookies in a Jar, Stacked Up

M&M Cookies in a Jar, Stacked Up


Oatmeal M&M Cookies (in a Jar if you Like)

M&M Cookies in a Jar make a fun and tasty gift for any occasion. Consider matching the M&M color to the holiday--these are for Easter Baskets.
Author: Inger
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Cookies & Candies
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 321 kcal


  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 t baking soda mix in with the flour
  • 6 oz M&M Plain Candies 3/4 c or half a package
  • 1 c oatmeal
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c butter very soft/slightly melted
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs beaten


  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Form into 1 inch balls and place on greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 F for 14-16 minutes, until just slightly golden.
  • Place cookies on rack to cool and eat warm or cool.


Serving: 2 cookiesCalories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 190mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25g
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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14 thoughts on “M&M Cookies in a Jar (with Printable Tags)

  1. Needful Things

    I also learned about the water content of butter the hard way. . I’ve found Kerry Gold is another really good brand of butter to use and try not to use anything else.

    That said, this is a great gift idea. Thank you for sharing it!

    1. Inger Post author

      I like the flavor of Kerry Gold better too! In fact I’ll be mentioning it in a future post on compound butter. Glad to see you back again!

    1. Inger Post author

      The Trader Joe’s was the one that worked. I had problems with my mother’s trusted Christmas butter cookie recipe years ago and just gave up so I’ll have to try it again next Christmas.

  2. Beth

    Beautiful cookies, perfect for Easter and spring. (And I know what you mean about butter’s water content – I’ve learned that the hard way.)

    1. Inger Post author

      I was surprised to learn this but it will sure be helpful since I’ve had this problem with other recipes too.

  3. Louise

    What a wonderful idea, Inger. The kids are going to love these cookies. I know I sure would:) Thanks for sharing, Inger. Wishing you and yours a Joyous and Happy Easter! Louise

    1. Inger Post author

      I think that the cookies in a jar are likely to be put to good use! Hope you & Marion had a great Easter too Louise!

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