DIY Cookies in a Jar: the Perfect Homemade Gift


My mother used to make these amazing teddy bear breads that she would give to my teachers for the holidays. But now that I’m a parent, I’m amazed that she found the time, patience and energy to bake bread, any kind of bread, for my teachers.

Giving a holiday gift to your teacher in France (or at least in Lille) is just as important as it was back in New Jersey. But after 2 years of baking cookies for 2 people at school plus the 10 people at my son’s crêche (about 4 dozen each of chocolate chip and spice crinkles), I needed to find an easier and less time consuming gift that still retained the personal, American touch.


Enter “the cookie jar”:  the perfect homemade, easy, very American gift for teachers. You need only a few minutes, no major materials and it’s inexpensive.  But,  there are two problems with the recipes you find on the internet:

1) they are in English with American measurements and 2) they don’t take into account the differences in American French products like creamier butter or the difference in flour which can cause flat cookies. (I usually do  a  mix of T110 and 65T) .

All you need is a 1 liter glass Mason jar (like these from Ikea for a couple of euros), some pretty ribbon, recipe cards printed from the internet and the ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup (270g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3g) salt
  • 9 oz (250g) chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (95g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 ½ cup (160g) butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup oatmeal

I’ve done all the extra work for you as well as added my own touch (the cinnamon and oatmeal can be omitted). If you do use the original recipe (original Tollhouse recipe or chocolate chip oatmeal cookies),  remember to add 2 extra tablespoons of flour to the mix to balance out the fat content of the French butter.

To make the cookie mix in a jar, layer the ingredients in the following order. Use the back of a spoon to flatten the layers out as much as possible before adding a new one.

  1. flour, baking soda, salt, vanilla sugar and cinnamon mixed well
  2. chocolate chips (or equal amount of chocolate pieces)
  3. brown sugar
  4. white sugar

You can use my recipe card (below) to attach to your jar or create your own with these instructions:

And remember that in French, the plural cookies is always used even for a single cookie, attesting to the fact that you can’t eat just one.

The cookies-in-a-jar concept can be used with almost any kind of cookies, here are a few pictures ideas for you:


Chocolate Chip Cookies



M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – Cookies aux M&M’s et Pépites de Chocolat





Caramel, Nuts & Chocolate Chip Cookies – Cookies au Caramel, Noix & Pépites de Chocolat




Cranberry & Chocolate Chip Cookies – Cookies aux Canneberge & Chocolat




Oatmeal Cookies – Cookies aux Céréales




Monkey Munchies Cookies




Oatmeal and M&M’s Easter Cookies – Cookies de Pâques aux Céréales et M&M’s



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    This cookies look like a fantastic gift for my friend alongside some new baking accessories. I note that the recipe says to drop spoonfuls of the mix onto the baking sheets but I was wondering if the consistency of the mix would allow for rolling and cutting with cookie cutters?

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      Hi Hannah, I understand wanting to bring out the cookie cutters for every baking project! However, the cookie recipes in this article won’t work for rolled, cut-out cookies– you need a recipe with a stiffer dough (less liquid, more flour) for that. These cookie recipes would leave you with a rolling pin covered in cookie dough 🙂

      If you find a good rolled sugar cookie recipe, don’t forget to let us know! In the meantime, try our delicious drop-cookie recipes. Happy baking!


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