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Cinnamon, Oat & Raisin Cookie Jar

Posted by on November 15, 2011

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I love to give homemade gifts for birthdays & Christmas. Something that you put some thought & effort into that you hope will be well received.

I made some layered cookie ingredients jars a few years back & they were really popular.  So I thought I’d make them again this year.

Also really handy to have in the cupboard to whip up a quick batch of biscuits without too much worry about what you have in!

I like to use the Bonne Maman jars, not only is it a great way to recycle but they hold a good amount of ingredients, so work well. The size of the jar is 370g so any jar that size will be fine. Make sure they are sterilised & dried before using.

I will list the ingredients in the order I usually place them in the jar. It’s nice to separate the colours to give a pretty look to the finished jar. You will also need to press down firmly to get it all in and if it’s nice & tight it’s less likely to move and get messy.

This is one jars worth and makes about 8 decent size cookies.

Oat, Raisin & Cinnamon Jar Mix

45g soft light brown sugarcinnamon stick

75g self raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

25g soft dark brown sugar

15g oats

60g raisins

1/2 tsp cinnamon


To the jar you will need to attach a label or card with the instructions. I normally add a brown parcel label with a sticky address label on with the info. Here is a link to the label I use

Alternatively design your own here’s the info you will need:

Cinnamon, Raisin & Oat Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4 / 180°C/ 350°F
  2. Grease & line a baking tray
  3. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and add ½ a beaten egg (approx 3 desert spoons) & 55g of softened butter or margarine
  4. Mix well with a wooden spoon
  5. Divide mixture into 8 and roll into balls using fingertips (add more flour if too sticky)
  6. Place onto baking tray, spacing well apart. Flatten slightly with palm

Bake for 15-20 minutes until firm & golden. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray then transfer to a cooling rack or enjoy warm!

oatcookie jar


The Bonne Maman jar lids are great but you can also add a circle of fabric held on with a band.

You can also add some extras to go with the jar like nice ribbon/raffia, a wooden spoon even a mixing bowl!



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19 Responses to Cinnamon, Oat & Raisin Cookie Jar

  1. Preeti

    This is such a lovely homemade gift…could you suggest eggless version for friends are vegans..would like to give them this for Christmas!

    • Bev

      I always bake egg free (as my son is allergic) the best egg replacement I can suggest is 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (linseed) mixed with 3 tbsp warm water, leave to thicken for a few mins then add as you would an egg.

      If you want to suggest apple puree it’s; 1 egg- 1/4 cup applesauce PLUS 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder mixed together.


      • Sam

        Awww Bev you’re a star! Thanks for that, I’ve not needed to bake egg free yet so haven’t had the need to substitute. This is helpful for when I do. Cheers :)

  2. Sam

    oooh not something I’ve tried Preeti so at a guess maybe some apple sauce to help bind the ingredients together, give it a try first and see if it works.

  3. Judith

    These look lovely and what a great gift idea. I have one query though. In the recipe above you say to use 1/2 an egg and 55g of butter but on your printed labels in the link it says 1 egg and 110g butter. Which is correct or better? Oooh and I just noticed that the cooking time is longer on the labels than above…

  4. Bev

    This is a fab idea! might make some similar ones up for my son’s school Christmas Market!

  5. Nelja

    Dear Sam,
    Thanks for your recipe. Now I finally found a solution for my growing Bonne Maman jars!! Yesterday and today I made some jars, but 1 question. Your jar example on the photo looks like dark sugar at the bottom and lightbrown sugar more on top (but the recipe says the other way around). What do you think?
    Regards, Nelja

    • Sam

      Hi Nelja, it really doesn’t matter what order the ingredients goes in the jar you could even just mix the lots together if you wanted! I try and seperate the colours out a little (it reminds me of those coloured sand ornaments from holidays!) as I think it looks prettier but it’s totally up to you and what you like the look of best. They make great pressies and are handy to keep in the cupboard for those cookie emergency moments! :)

      • Nelja

        Thanks, but that’s not really what I meant. Your recipe says 45 gr lightbrown sugar/25 darkbrown sugar and it seems (looking at your jar) that you used dark and brown the other way around (with regard to the quantities). But that probably also doesn’t matter. Thanks for your response! Regards, Nelja

  6. Angharad Tan

    Hi Sam. I made these a couple of weeks ago with my nearly 3 year old. They were so easy to make and came out really well. We doubled the recipe but then made a second batch to send to my husband’s work where they disappeared pretty rapidly. Thanks for the recipe :-)

    • Sam

      That’s great Angharad! So glad you enjoyed them, so nice to bake with little ones, messy but fun! x

  7. helen

    thanks for sharing.. they went down a treat as cookies and as presents.

  8. twinkletoes2day

    Many thanks – I was the recipient of a gift and now I’m just making up a jar to give as a gift too :D

  9. helen

    I cant tell you how much success I have had with these.. as gifts and as treats.. thank you x

    • Sam

      That’s great Helen! Thanks so much for letting me know :)

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