Enjoy this easy M&M Cookies in a Jar recipe! It’s a delicious homemade gift for family, teachers or friends for Halloween.

Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar Recipe and Printable gift Tags

Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar

Cookies in a jar are great homemade gifts for teachers and friends! We made these tasty Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar craft many years ago at one of my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meetings and I thought you would enjoy making them!

One of my favorite memories as a kid was making M&M cookies with my Grandma. She always had M&M candy in her house and these were the only cookies I can ever remember her making! So I especially love making these cookies for gifts as it brings back such fond memories.

To make your homemade cookies gift extra cute this Halloween, I designed free printable Happy Halloween circle tags for the jar along with printable instructions for gift giving these cookies. I hope you enjoy this fun food gift!

Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar Recipe and free Printable gift Tags.

How to Make Cookies in a Jar

This M&M cookies recipe is really yummy! This is a fun project to do with kids because the recipe calls for mixing the ingredients with your hands. You of course don’t have to use your hands, but it sure is fun!

We covered our jar lids with purple paper, then after assembling the jars with the cookie ingredients, wrapped a cute polka dot ribbon around the top.

Putting your jars together is super simple! You’ll need a quart jar and fill with these ingredients:

Directions for baking the cookies are included in the printable recipe below. These cookies turn out light, fluffy and delicious!

Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar {Free Printables} LivingLocurto.com


Cookies Recipe & Free Printables

You can download the free printable instructions, ingredient list, 2 directions tags and 2 circle tags here. This cookie recipe is for use with a 1 quart Mason jar.

Cookies in a Jar Recipe


Print the Cookies in a Jar Recipe

Enjoy this delicious cookie gift recipe!

M&M Cookies in a Jar

Easy M&M Cookies in a Jar recipe! A delicious homemade gift for teachers and friends on Halloween.
Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time12 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Yield: 12
Author: Amy Locurto


For 1 Quart Mason Jar:

  • ½ cup of M&M’s save some for top
  • ¾ cup brown sugar not packed
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • Sprinkle more candy on top

For M&M Cookies

  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


1 Quart Mason Jar Directions:

  • Add M&M’s (save some for top)
  • Add brown sugar
  • Add flour
  • Add baking soda
  • Add salt
  • Add white sugar
  • Sprinkle more candy on top

For M&M Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Empty contents of jar into large bowl and thoroughly blend mix.
  • Mix in the butter until well blended.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the egg and vanilla, then add it to the batter. Your dough will be a little crumbly.
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, halloween
Calories: 296kcal


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 394IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Originally published October 20, 2009

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  1. The instructions do not specify what size the jar is! Would like to make these in our After School Program, but need that small detail ??????????

  2. Loved this tutorial!! Thank you for sharing! Visit my website to check out my son helping prepare cookie jars for his teachers 🙂

  3. Adorable! We are getting ready to do these with my MOPs group as well! I may make up something for fall though because we don’t meet again until November 2. I will link this to my blog. Thanks!

  4. Is there any way to change to tag to read “Happy Thanksgiving”? My MOPS group has a make a take meeting planned for Nov 5 and a mason jar mix is one thing we are doing. We don’t meet again in October though!

  5. Most “cookie in a jar” recipes call for quart sized, wide-mouth mason jars. You can find them by the dozen right now at WalMart or most grocery stores in the canning section.

    But my question is… where can you find the Halloween colored M&M’s this year? All I can locate are the “fall” bags, and those colors are way too drab for this cute project. I even looked on the official M&M site and it appears they only have the fall ones. Has anyone seen it around this year??!

  6. Hi, I am an italian girl and I find this site as a link from “shabby chic interiors”. I have a shop and I would like to buy something “shabby” for my customer.

    Compliments for your ideas…great…

    Bye bye


  7. These are nice, but I was curious if you had an alternate like “Happy Harvest” or something for those who have a conscience objection to Halloween? Also, do you have any response cards for parties? Thank you so much for your wonderful gifts either way.

  8. @Carmen,

    Good question… 🙂 I just bought the big ones at Walmart. They only had this size and tiny ones. Not sure of the exact size. Does anyone know? I don’t have a jar handy right now…

  9. Is there any way I could con you into making the cookie printable labels with a Christmas theme? I made a ton of these for Halloween, and I’d love to do it again for Christmas. They were a huge hit, and so, so cute. Pretty please!
    .-= little lizard king´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Day – The Atlanta Way =-.

  10. Thank you for the great idea! We have done these many times during the holidays, but your Halloween cookie in a jar was too cute to pass up. My son made one for his teacher, it was a big hit with all the other Mom’s.
    Your designs are wonderful and I so appreciate you sharing your craft.
    Thank you-
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..H1N1 vs. Lice =-.

  11. Thank you! I have been looking for something special to give to the families we trick-or-treat with and this is perfect.

  12. Thank you for sharing; this is perfect to send to my daughter and roomates at college.

    Please visit me at TesoroFino.blogspot.com. My post about my dad’s fresco paintings in the Cathedrals of Southern Italy are finally posted. You’ll be glad you stopped by.

  13. Amy, I just made up three of these for the ladies I visit. Thanks for the printables and the clever idea. 🙂 I blogged about it and linked to you.

  14. I may use this for Christmas! I need something to make for the women in the family. Last year I did cocoa, but that was expensive and a real pain! Thanks!!!!

  15. I LOOOOVE THIS IDEA!! I’m sooo doing this for my daughters preschool teachers and room moms! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

  16. I have tons of mason jars that I’ve been wanting to do this with but just didn’t know exactly how I wanted to do it… well, thanks for the motivation sista!!! Wes’ bday party is this weekend and I’m thinking this would be a fabulous party favor that kids and moms (or even dads!) can enjoy together!!! THANKS!!!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..October 16th =-.

  17. I just printed these out — making 5 for teacher gifts! What size jar? Thanks so much! They are precious, especially love the OWLS! As a Chi Omega, I love the revival of the OWL!

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