Get ready for holiday gift-giving this season with homemade mason jar cookie mix! Gluten free cookie mix in a jar is a great gift to give to teachers, friends, and neighbors.

Mason jars filled with layers of ingredients for cookie mix.

(This post has been sponsored by Morton Salt, Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

The holidays are in full swing, and we are in a baking frenzy here in the Fearless Dining household. This year, we are putting the control into our friends’ hands by allowing them to have special baking moments with their families. You may ask how we will do this…homemade mason jar cookie mix gifts! 

My daughter had the idea to put together one of our favorite cookie mixes into mason jars to give as gifts this year. The jars are easy to make, and they look so pretty with all of the ingredients layered in the mason jars. You can find all of your ingredients, including our favorite cookie salt, Morton Fine Sea Salt, at your local Safeway.

Just because someone is gluten free doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy making homemade cookies! This easy recipe makes the best gluten free chocolate chip cookies! Gift-giving has never been easier with these gluten free cookie mix jars! Layer them up, print the recipe out so they can make the cookies, and wrap a bowl in the jar. It is perfect for any cookie lover.

Loved this recipe. My daughter is eating gluten, soy, lactose and sugar free because of health reasons. I baked following recipe.”

Tina, blog comment

You can use my popular Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies recipe included here or any of the gluten free cookie recipes on Fearless Dining to fill your mason jars. You can also gift this delicious Gluten Free Muffin Mix.

Allergen Information:

This cookie jar recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and can be made dairy-free (when making these cookies with dairy-free butter.)

Filled mason jars with gluten free cookie mix.

Are you ready to make these mason jar gifts? I love the flavor mix of cowboy cookies: whole oats, shredded coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips. (The ingredients make such pretty layers in the mason jar!)

A mason jar filled with gluten free flour sitting on the counter.

Flour Blends Tested:

  1. King Arthur Measure for Measure—This blend works really well in my recipes. I don’t have to let the flour blend rest in the batter.
  2. Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Blend—This blend also works well, but this flour blend does benefit from resting the batter for 15 minutes before baking. The rest allows the rice flour in this blend to soften, so you don’t have gritty baked goods.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten-Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with the two flour blends listed above. Other blends should work as well
  • Xanthan Gum – If your blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or another binder, add 3/4 teaspoon to the jar.
  • Shredded Coconut – Use unsweetened coconut.
  • Whole Rolled Oats – Use gluten free rolled oats. It is a MUST for those who are gluten free.
  • Brown Sugar – feel free to substitute coconut sugar if needed.
  • Chocolate Chips- if your friend is dairy-free, use the Enjoy Life brand because those are free of the Top 8 Allergens.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Adding gluten free flour to the mason jars.

Step 1: Add the gluten free flour blend to the bottom of the mason jars. I add flour first so it doesn’t run down through the layers. One thing that makes these cookie mix jars so attractive is the “layered” look. You want to vary your colorful layers with the white layers.

The brown sugar layer in the mason jars.

Step 2: Add the brown sugar and use a spoon to push the layers down.

Pouring Morton Sea Salt into a measuring spoon.

Step 3: Pour 1/4 teaspoon of Morton Sea Salt into the mason jar.

Mason jars layered with cookie mix.

Step 4: Keep layering your ingredients, including baking powder, chocolate chips, and gluten free oats. Pack each layer down as you go.

Pouring in the shredded coconut.

Step 5: Pour in the last layer of unsweetened shredded coconut. Now, you must fill out a recipe card with the instructions and attach it to the mason jar.

Common Questions:

What size mason jars are best for gift jars?

I used quart-sized mason jars to make these cookie mix gift jars.

How long does the cookie mix in a jar last?

If you keep the mason jars sealed, the cookie mix should last up to 10 weeks in your pantry.

What ingredients can I add?

The sky is the limit on what ingredients you can add. Add chocolate candies, different types of nuts, or anything you like!

Looking for more ideas? Why not give a gluten free friend this delicious homemade gluten free chocolate cake mix?

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Gluten Free Cookie Mix In A Jar {Gift Giving!}

Sandi Gaertner
This easy gluten free cookie mix in a jar makes great gifts for the holidays. This cookie mix makes my famous Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies.
4.88 from 8 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 87 kcal


For One Mason Jar:


  • Determine how many mason jars you want to fill.
  • Remove the lids and clean the jars (if they are brand new.) Dry thoroughly.
  • Add the ingredients into the mason jar one at a time to layer the ingredients in this order: gluten free flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt, chocolate chips, gluten free oats, and shredded coconut.

Write out these directions on an index card so the person you give the gift to knows how to make the cookies:

    To make the cookies:

    • 1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
    • 2. Pour the cookie mix into a large bowl.
    • 3. Add 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 11 tablespoons melted butter.
    • 4. Whisk the wet ingredients to mix.
    • 5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated in the cookie dough.
    • 6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    • 7. Use a cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough onto the parchment paper.
    • 8. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool on a rack.


    1. This cookie recipe makes 24 Cowboy Cookies.
    2. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF, Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend, and Authentic Foods Multi Blend in this recipe. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
    3. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 3/4 teaspoon.
    4. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter. Use a dairy free chocolate chip.
    5. It is critical to use certified gluten free oats if you are Celiac. Cross-contamination runs high in regular oats.
    6. These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


    Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


    Serving: 1jarCalories: 87kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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    Nutrition Disclaimer

    Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

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      1. If you are making it without coconut, it would change the amount of liquids in making the cookies. Maybe layer my oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe? Or you can use the amount of liquid and amend the liquid amount on the printable recipe tag.

    1. 5 stars
      Loved this recipe. My daughter is eating gluten, soy, lactose and sugar free because of health reasons. I baked following recipe. I’m going to try with monk fruit sweetener. Have you ever added unsweetened cocoa? I want to try. Maybe 1/4 cup?
      Any thoughts?

      1. I am so glad you loved the recipe! If you add cocoa to this recipe, you probably will need to add sugar to offset the bitterness of the cocoa powder. You can make a mix out of any of my gluten free chocolate cookie recipes on the blog! Just mix up the dry ingredients.

        1. I wanted to make these before giving them as gifts: mine turned out a bit…runny for lack of a better word. Not bad, just a little off. May be the flour I used (Namaste 1-for-1 cup): but if that is so, would I just decrease the butter a bit do you think?
          Also wondering if there’s a substitute for the oats (I know it’s unlikely, but wanted to make them for my sister’s family and one kiddo is gluten free but the other can’t have oats). Thanks for any feedback/advice!

        2. Hi Sarah, I haven’t tested that flour in this recipe, but it is starchy. I would recommend adding more flour. If the batter was runny, you may need 1/4 of additional flour. As for the oats, you can easily omit the oats, you would just need more flour to offset the lack of oats because they absorb a lot of liquid. You may want to make a test batch, write down the ingredients and amounts, then once it works well you can layer the ingredients in a jar. This is a fun oat free version you could try:

        1. Thank you so much for your prompt response!! We are shopping today and purchasing these. I appreciate your help 🙂

    2. I love cookie mixes in a jar. And I am especially glad to know I can trust this one for my many friends who eat gluten free. Great holiday idea!

    3. I love homemade gifts and who doesn’t enjoy baking?! And where did you get those adorable mini mason jar ornaments?! So cute!!!

    4. This is exactly what I needed to see today! I have just found the gift I will be giving my kiddos teachers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!