Healthier oat and whole wheat snickerdoodles are a perennial favorite, so package up this snickerdoodle cookie mix in a jar to give away to family and friends! Put it together in 10 minutes, print out the tag and give it for holidays, teacher gifts, hostesses, or just to anyone who could use a cookie!
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I recently asked my email subscribers what their favorite handmade gifts to give and get were and the most consistent response was food gifts.
They mentioned things like how easy and inexpensive they were, but also that it's something consumable and not just another thing that will collect dust or not get used.
Plus, giving food gifts works for almost everyone. Need a hostess gift? Food. How about to thank a teacher? Food again. The family member who has everything? Well, they don't have your fun cookie, bread, or soup mix, do they?
And of course the holidays are prime time for giving gifts of food.
And while I do enjoy giving a bag full of homemade cookies and candies, I also love giving (and getting!) food gifts in jars that can be saved and made when it's most convenient (or needed).
To those I'd like to add this Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix in a Jar which uses my multigrain snickerdoodle recipe to make a mix that you can give and the recipient can make after all the holiday sweets are just a memory.
In other words, just the right time for a simple cookie pick-me-up.
There are a couple things I want to mention about this mix that I think makes it a great gift option:
- It's made with oats (ground) and whole wheat pastry flour, making them slightly healthier than typical snickerdoodles (but just as delicious).
- You need just six basic pantry ingredients to make a jar - no special trips to the store needed.
- Those six pantry basics are also cheap, making this a really inexpensive gift.
- You can put this gift together in about 10 minutes, perfect for any last-minute gifts you forgot about (not that that happens, right?).
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Okay, let's get started - I have some tips to share as well as the free printable tag that you can print, cut out and attach to your jar.
Oat & Whole Wheat Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
- Whole wheat pastry flour (or white whole wheat - regular whole wheat is too heavy and will create a different consistency in your cookie)
- Rolled oats, finely ground (more on this below)
- Sugar (some for recipe and some for topping)
- Baking powder
- Cinnamon (shown with the sugar for topping off to the left above)
The first thing you'll do after gathering your ingredients will be to chop the rolled oats as fine as you can in a blender - almost flour-like, but with cornmeal sized pieces still (you can see the result in the ingredients photo top right).
The next step is to start layering the ingredients as listed: flour, baking powder and salt, oats, and sugar.
TIP 1: Use a large funnel to make adding the ingredients from measuring cups mess free. This is a canning funnel that I obviously use for a lot more than just canning!
Want to get more distinct layers in the jar even with small amounts of ingredients?
TIP 2: Measure out the 2 teaspoons of baking powder in a small bowl, then take a small spoon and spread a little at a time evenly all around the edge of the previous layer, like shown above, leaving the center free of that ingredient. This works great for things like cinnamon, too.
Continue with the layers ending with the 1 cup of sugar.
TIP 3: To make the best layers (and make sure you have enough room), tap the jar on the counter firmly after ever layer. If your counter is hard like quartz, use a cutting board to tap the jar.
Finally, add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and the cinnamon to a small baggie and mix them together to make a cinnamon-sugar topping.
Remove as much air as possible, seal, and push into the top of the jar, adding a lid to hold it in.
Here you can see the layers better - flour, the baking powder-salt layer, ground oats and sugar, ending with the baggie of cinnamon-sugar topping.
Free Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix Jar Tags
When your jar is complete, you can add a bow or simple colorful baker's twine to attach the tag with the directions.
Click on the image of the tags below to open in a new window and download to your computer. (Or click here to open.)
How to Print & Cut Out Tags
- There will be two pages, the cookie name on front and the baking directions on the back - print back to back on a colored printer to get the kraft paper tag color.
- Use a heavyweight paper or light cardstock for best results.
- You may notice that the front and back tags don't match up exactly (a-hem), but it doesn't matter after cutting. Cut from the front side first along the lines and then trim any white you see on the back after cutting out. It all works out!
- Use a hole punch on the white circle for the tag hole - it should match up perfectly.
Cookies In A Jar FAQs
Since the mixes are made with dry pantry ingredients, they will last as long as the ingredients themselves (flour, sugar, etc.). Since baking powder is often the first ingredient to lose it's potency, a rule of thumb is about 6 months stored in a cool, dark place. If there are nuts in the mix they should be used in 3-4 months.
The cost for this snickerdoodle mix is less than $2 because it uses basic, inexpensive pantry staples. Mixes with chocolate chips, nuts, and fruits will be more, though most come in at less than $5 per jar.
This recipe has been tested as written, so I can't say for sure what other sugars and flours would work as well. I believe that substituting brown or coconut sugar would change the consistency of the snickerdoodle. Regular whole wheat would result in a denser cookie, though mixing half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour may work.
Ideas for Packaging
You can always give the jar as-is, but if you'd like to add a few other cookie-related items here are a few ideas:
- Wooden spoon and tea towel.
- 1-inch cookie scoop (the KEY to uniform, round cookies!).
- Box of coffee or tea, depending on what they prefer.
- A bag of freshly made multigrain snickerdoodles so they can "taste test" what their jar will be like.
Oat & Whole Wheat Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
- quart size jar
- large funnel
For Each Jar (layer in order given):
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (or white whole wheat flour)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder (layer around edge of jar to show)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats, ground to flour consistency in a blender
- 1 cup sugar
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping (for baggie in jar):
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
To Add Later:
- 3/4 cup butter (1 ½ sticks), softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Layer Dry Ingredients:
- In a clean, dry quart-size mason jar add the dry ingredients in the order listed (flour, baking powder and salt, oats, sugar) using a large funnel and tapping the jar on the counter between each layer to settle.
- Add the cinnamon-sugar topping and seal: Add the 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon in a small baggie and mix together. Remove air and seal. Fold baggie up to fit in the space left at the top of the jar and seal the jar with a lid.
When Ready to Bake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or line two cookie sheets.
- In the large bowl of a mixer, cream the butter until light and add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined (there may still be lumps, depending on how soft your butter was).
- Add the contents of the snickerdoodle mix jar (set aside the baggie of topping) and beat at low speed until everything is combined into a dough.
- Pour the cinnamon-sugar mix in the baggie into a small bowl. Shape the cookie dough into 1-inch balls, roll in the sugar mix and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before storing in an airtight container (or freezing for longer storage).
- One jar makes 28-30 cookies.