Cookie Mix in a Jar: Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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Ingredient List: 

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups dried cherries
1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Other Supplies:
1 wide mouth quart size canning jar per child
Rings and flat lids
Colorful print fabric to cut in 6-inch circles
Dry measuring cups
Paper, pencils, color markers to make labels
Tape or yarn to attach labels

1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda.

2. In a wide mouth quart jar, layer ingredients in order listed. Press after each layer before adding next ingredient.

3. Prepare the label instructions 

Tips for Packing Mix Jars

-Use dry measuring cups and measure accurately

-Do not assume a pasta sauce or mayonnaise jar is a quart.

-Blend the flour, baking powder, soda and salt with a wire whisk

-Pack layers tightly in the order they are listed so all the ingredients will fit and won’t get mixed up

-If you want to keep two layers separate, cut a circle of wax paper and lay between.

-If baking cocoa is in the middle, wipe down the inside of the jar with paper towel to prevent streaking. 

-Place lid on to pack tightly the last layer. 

-Lay fabric ring over lid and screw on the ring portion of the lid. 

Attach ingredient list and directions with tape or punch a hole and tie it on with yarn or ribbon.


You will need to prepare a label with the following information in whatever format you wish.


Chocolate Cherry Cookies - Makes 3 dozen 



1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl.

3. Thoroughly blend the mix ingredients.

4. Add: ¾ cup butter or margarine, softened

1 large egg, slightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

5. Mix until completely blended—it will be a very stiff mix and may require hand mixing.

6. Grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper. 

7. Shape dough in to balls the size of walnuts. Place 2-inches apart on baking sheets. 

8. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on a baking sheet. Remove to racks to finish cooling.

Recipe ingredients: Dried cherries, enriched wheat flour, chocolate chips, butter, granulated and brown sugars, whole egg, cocoa, baking powder, vanilla extract, and baking soda

Nutrition:  One of 36 cookies (1.1 oz each) provides approximately: 131 calories, 1 g protein, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g total fat (2 g saturated), 6 mg cholesterol, 10 mcg folate, 1 g iron, 72 mg sodium.

Source:  Wheat Foods Council