Candy Bar Cookies

Few years ago I was scrambling to come up with a gift for not just teachers , but friends and even family. Growing up, my family often gave homemade items. On either side of the family, those homemade gifts went further than anything else, and it was because of the thought and love put into it. While I’m sure my kids teachers would just love a Starbucks card, I also know they’d be getting about thirty of them already, so in search of something that would go to use – happened along some gifts in a jar. Simple concept, most all the ingredients and the recipe came with the jar, all that was needed to create the recipe was wet ingredients. 

They make great gifts!

They make great gifts!

First year I did it, all the people that had been  gifted the jars came back with rave reviews on it, how it had come in handy in a last minute need for cookies or even brownies. Such a simple thing and yet, can really come in handy when needed, so it began a tradition. Each year I go on the hunt for recipes in jars and begin making them the first week of December. From bread, cookies to brownies and even a few pasta meals thrown in, it’s become a really nice way to give to people with what I have on hand. Today’s recipe is Candy Bar Cookies, and let me tell you this- with four kids and an abundance of Halloween candy ( YES, there is still some left) this is a great mix-match recipe to use. Whatever candy bar you have on hand has now a new purpose-> to become a cookie!  

Candy bar Cookies

 I made this one with malted milk balls, my kids had a ton of them and no one was eating them either. This would be great with any chopped up candy bar you have on hand. 

What you need

  • One Quart Size Mason Jar with a wide mouth. 
  • kitchen funnel  or a piece of paper if you’re like me and don’t have a nifty funnel 
Candy Bar Cookies
Yields 36
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
  1. 2 cups flour*
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar*
  3. 1/2 cup sugar*
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda*
  5. 1 cup chopped candy bar *
  6. 3/4 cup butter softened
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven 350F
  2. Cream the butter, eggs and vanilla together in a large bowl until fully mixed. Add in the jar mix and stir till completely blended together. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. The ingredients with a * are the ingredients layered within the jar. This makes up the "Cookie Jar Mix" Layer in the given order.
  2. After each layer pack it down as best you can, use a funnel and or a paper rolled up ( like a funnel) to pour ingredients in. If the ingredients are not packed tight the layers will mix and not look really neat before you even hand it over to the recipient.
  3. When writing this recipe to gift another make sure you specify which ingredients have already been placed within the jar so they don't end up doubling all the dry ingredients! Wouldn't that be a disaster!
  4. Enjoy
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23 thoughts on “Candy Bar Cookies

  1. Daisy

    What a fun idea! I bet that you are right that the teachers receive a ton of Starbucks gift cards that are great, but a homemade gift like this stands out. We bought a pretty jar of cookie mix like thisi for my son’s preschool teachers and she told me how awesome it was because she received a ton of baked cookies and was able to save the jar for later. When we had a bad ice storm and Dallas basically shutdown, she said that she made the cookies and they were awesome!! I bought the jar of cookie mix last time, but I’d love to make this jar with your recipe for this year. It’s such a cute gift!

  2. Amanda Ripsam

    Completely agree with the other ladies when they say they want to make these cookies with the kids. My kids would have so much fun making them but the cookies when we bake here usually don’t last long so we would need to tipple the recipe to make a even larger batch.

  3. Catherine S

    This is such a cute idea. I have a couple friends who would love to receive something like this as a gift.

  4. Jennifer Mercurio

    I’ve actually never gotten a gift like this but always wanted to! Why can’t someone else me cookies in a jar?! lol. This recipe looks especially tasty because you could change it up depending on who loves what type of candy bar.

  5. Rachelle

    Oh my these look perfect for a holiday cookie exchange! I’m going to have to try these out this weekend!

  6. Marielle Altenor

    I’ve been looking for gift ideas for my son’s teacher. I love the idea of giving homemade gifts for Christmas. My only fear is that someone would have allergies so I would save those homemade gifts just for close friends and family.

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