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Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

posted by Melissa Huggins December 15, 2016 15 Comments
Need an easy, last minute, but thoughtful gift? Look no further, because these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun, festive, thoughtful and are so simple to make.

Need an easy, last-minute, but thoughtful gift? Look no further, because these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun, festive, thoughtful and are so simple to make.

Need an easy, last minute, but thoughtful gift? Look no further, because these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun, festive, thoughtful and are so simple to make.
Alright, I’m back again with a another DIY gift idea for your friends and family. Just yesterday, I posted these Buttery Soft Jam Thumbprint Cookies and today I’m presenting, these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar! It may be a tongue twister of a title, but they are so easy to make & ridiculously delicious!

With the holidays just around the corner, finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list can become overwhelming & stressful. You’ll be asking yourself “will they like it?“, “will they use it?“, “can I afford this?” and that can take the joy right out of gift giving season. Not to mention the ginormous crowd of people at the store on the same mission. Bah humbug!

For the holiday time, I enjoy giving handmade items and my friends & family look forward to them every year. They are unique, fun and bring tons of smiles. This year I’ll be handing out these Snowmen Meringue Cookies, my super hydrating Body Butter and this Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub and of course these gorgeous & tasty, Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar.

Why is DIY the way to go?

DIY gifts are becoming increasingly popular over the years, because they save time, money and are extremely thoughtful & fun to give. The other big reason…. is because of Pinterest. There are so many eye-catching, creative ideas on there, and the photos make us feel like DIY super stars, until the finished product doesn’t quite look the same 😉 I couldn’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. I’m crafty, but I’m no Martha and perfection isn’t my forte.

So, with that said, I promise this isn’t some Pinterest fail setup. What you see, is what you get and it’s so darn easy for you, and for the gift recipient. So, you can put the fun back into gift giving with these adorable cookies in a jar. It’s creative, unique, edible & tasty! It’s the perfect DIY gift for the cookie lover in your life, or the cookie lover in you. Yep, you can gift these to yourself, because…why the heck not?

Need an easy, last minute, but thoughtful gift? Look no further, because these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun, festive, thoughtful and are so simple to make.
This is what you’ll need:

Just a few common baking ingredients, a sealable jar, your best decorating skills, and some holiday spirit!

You can find a jar at Target, grocery stores, hardware stores, dollar stores or just use a clean sauce jar. It all works! Jars are great because they can be reused over & over until they are eventually recycled. I love when gifts are eco-friendly, too.

For the jar contents, you’ll need all-purpose flour, baking soda, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, rolled oats, dried cranberries and vegan chocolate chips. You might have everything in your pantry already, but if not, you will most likely find it all at your local grocer.

For the decoration, you can use festive ribbon & bakers twine to attach name tags, small ornaments, cinnamon sticks, candy canes or anything that strikes your fancy.

Can you believe it? That’s all you’ll need to make a festive, fun and gorgeous gift!

Need an easy, last minute, but thoughtful gift? Look no further, because these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun, festive, thoughtful and are so simple to make.
It’s so easy to assemble – almost as simple as just adding water!

1- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together. Add contents carefully to bottom of jar (a funnel can be used for easy pouring). Pack down each layer gently with the back of a spoon.

2- Gently pour the white sugar on top as evenly as possible.

3- Add brown sugar and cinnamon on top.

4- Pour rolled oats on top.

5- Pour a layer or cranberries and then the chocolate chips.

6- Close jar and dress up with some ribbon. Tie on a name tag and write the baking ingredients & instructions on back.

*Note: if you have terrible handwriting like me, you can print out the recipe on paper & attach it to the back of the name tag, or make a mini scroll and tie it on. There’s also free printable tags online, but I’m too lazy for that. They are super cute though!

If you’d like to add a fun fact to the recipe card, you can write that the cookie dough is completely edible in the raw! This will amaze your non-vegan gift recipients and maybe plant a little seed 😉

Let’s talk more about the end result. How do these cookies taste?

These Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar have a classic taste and texture that we all love. They are lightly crisp on the outside, and soft & chewy on the inside. They are sweet, chocolatey, oat-y & have a slight zing from the dried cranberries (I highly recommend them). They are hearty enough for dunking, and soft enough for that classic melt-in-your-mouth feeling!

Alright, let’s get cracking on one of the easiest gifts you’ll find and give this season!

Serves 20-30

Cookies in a Jar

Need an easy, last minute, but thoughtful gift? Look no further, because these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun, festive, thoughtful and are so simple to make.

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

Ingredients For Jar:
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Items Needed:
1 liter jar (or 1 quart)
Ingredients For Gift Recipient
3/4 softened vegan butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup plant-based milk (or water)

Instructions

    Instructions For Gift Giver:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together. Add contents carefully to bottom of jar (a funnel can be used for easy pouring). Pack down each layer gently with the back of a spoon.
  2. Gently pour the white sugar on top as evenly as possible.
  3. Add brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
  4. Pour rolled oats on top.
  5. Pour a layer or cranberries and then the chocolate chips.
  6. Close jar and dress up with some ribbon. Tie on a name tag and write the baking ingredients & instructions on back.
  7. Instructions For Gift Recipient:
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Pour the jar contents into a large bowl and combine well. Set aside
  11. In a medium bowl, cream the butter, vanilla and milk together until smooth.
  12. Add the butter mixture to the large bowl and combine until a dough is formed. Dough will be slightly sticky & slightly crumbly. If dough is too crumbly, add 1-2 teaspoons of milk & combine.
  13. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place onto baking sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until edges are light golden brown. Don't over cook. They will look slightly undercooked on top & that's normal. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy right away or store in air tight container.

Notes

Makes about 25-30 cookies

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Need an easy, last minute, but thoughtful gift? Look no further, because these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun, festive, thoughtful and are so simple to make.Looking for a recipe for your holiday morning? You might be interested in these Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Muffins. They are easy, delicious and will feed a whole herd of house guests.

If you make these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me, Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs.

 *Pin for later 🙂

Need an easy, last minute, but thoughtful gift? Look no further, because these Cranberry-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar are fun, festive, thoughtful and are so simple to make.

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15 Comments

Dianne's Vegan Kitchen December 16, 2016 at 7:58 pm

This is such a cute gift idea!

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Thank you, Dianne 🙂

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Jenn December 17, 2016 at 7:30 am

Ok, I just woke up, I’m hungry and now all I want are these delicious looking cookies!! I love the layers in the jar – so pretty – and would make a perfect gift!

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Sarah December 17, 2016 at 4:43 pm

I love making DIY gifts! They’re lots of fun, and you can personalize them too! These cookies in a jar are so cute!

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Thank you, Sarah! DIY gifts never get boring, I love them 🙂

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Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day December 17, 2016 at 10:31 pm

What a beautiful gift! I know I would love to receive this cookie mix. And the cookies look so delicious!

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Thank you, Amy! I saved one for myself this year 😉

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Cadry December 18, 2016 at 8:07 am

So fun, Melissa! The wonderful thing about homemade gifts is that you don’t have to worry about if the recipient already has it or if it will fit. Plus, it shows a lot of heart to give DIY presents.

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Thank you, Cadry! DIY gifts are much less stressful 🙂

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Becky Striepe December 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

What a beautiful gift idea!

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Thank you, Becky 🙂

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Ginny McMeans December 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Love the colors. I think I want to give myself 5 jars 🙂

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

Thank you, Ginny! I saved a jar for myself this year. 😉

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Mel | avirtualvegan.com December 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

This is such a great gift idea Melissa. I would love to receive this jar on Christmas morning and it looks so festive!

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm

Thank you, Melanie! I love giving them out every year. So much fun 🙂

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