Cookies/ Recipes/ Seasonal Recipes

homemade snickerdoodle mix

Guess what? I’m back with another super sweet gift idea.

This time, it’s snickerdoodle mix! Because who wouldn’t want to bake up an instant plate of these?

Clearly giving gifts such as this is a sure fire way to become incredibly popular….or increase your jean size.

I love the idea of homemade prepackaged mixes. They’re great budget-friendly gifts and I mean honestly, I would much get this than a sweater set.

You can’t eat sweaters.

Plus, mixes such as this are easy to make in bulk (read: presents for all your friends and family). Just get a bunch of mason jars and measure out the same amount of mix in each before tying with ribbon and writing the recipe on the side.

Different people do this different ways, but I like to separate the ingredients in the jar based on baking procedure. What good is it to mix the sugar in with the flour if the recipe calls for creaming the sugar with the butter? That’s a headache in the making.

So, I separate the dry ingredients from the sugar by sealing the sugar in a little plastic baggie (vanilla sugar would be great!) and then stuffing it in the jar after the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

I added half a vanilla bean to my sugar…it’s like two gifts in one that way!

Then, I filled another little baggie with cinnamon sugar for rolling the cookie dough in and stuffed that one in, too. The cinnamon sugar roll is what puts the snicker in the doodle!

As for the butter and egg—your friends are on their own for that. Just make sure to write the recipe on the side of the jar so they don’t forget!

Snickerdoodles in a Jar

makes about 18 cookies

1 cup + 2 T all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cream of tartar


3/4 cup sugar (in little baggie)


1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon (in another little baggie)


4 oz butter, soft

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract (or vanilla bean in the sugar)

Cream together the butter and first baggie of sugar (3/4 cup). Add the egg and mix well. Add the vanilla extract and continue to beat.

Add the dry ingredients from the jar and stir to make a soft dough. Chill for thirty minutes.

Roll out balls of dough and drop balls in cinnamon sugar baggie. Toss to coat. Place dough balls on a lined baking sheet and gently press down.

Bake for 12 minutes at 350.

You Might Also Like

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    December 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Snickerdoodles are one of the simplest to make… and one of the simplest pleasures in life.

  • blog is the New black
    December 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve never made snickerdoodles before- this weekend for sure!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    December 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I’ve been dying to find a really good snickerdoodle recipe, and I love this idea! When I was young, I would buy boxed brownie mixes and put them in a mason jar as gifts. I felt all crafty and creative, though it was kind of cheating. :p

    I agree that sweaters just don’t taste as good as snickerdoodles. tehe

    • Dynamics
      December 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      That is a fantastic idea!

  • Jennifer @ Jane Deere
    December 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I love snickerdoodles! Great idea with the vanilla bean and sugar!

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life
    December 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    What a cute gift idea! I love how these look in the mason jars! Who wouldn’t want to get this as a gift?

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    December 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    LOVE the idea of this! I saw the suggestion on Oh She Glows for the blondie jars and think I will do this this year!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    December 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for suggesting the idea of separating the ingredients in baggies. I’ve seen people layer the ingredients in jars, which is pretty, but I’ve never understood how the person was supposed to be able to combine their sugar and eggs!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    December 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    such an adorable idea…i love how easy it is too! plus it gives the option to veganize or not, which is great 🙂

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy
    December 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Great idea! I’m planning on baking mini pies in half-pint canning jars, heck– might as well add this, too! 😀

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    December 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    What a fantastic gift idea!! These are truly the best kind of gifts 🙂 Love your presentation too!

  • Dynamics
    December 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Umm, my favorite. Forget the jar, I am making these for myself.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    December 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    great suggestion! And great idea on separating the sugar and cinnamon/sugar into separate baggies. I always wondered how those cookies in a jar gifts worked when all the ingredients were combined.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    December 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I love this idea. The only thing better would be homemade snickerdoodles minus the work. 🙂

  • Mama Pea
    December 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    You can’t eat sweaters?! Please explain this to Pea Kitty. She apparently finds blue cashmere delicious.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    December 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    What a fabulous idea! And then you don’t have to do all the baking either. And they get the pleasure of fresh from the oven doodles.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    December 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Not eating sweaters, check.

    Not receiving anything quite as cute or as lovely as a jar containing everything I’d need to make homemade snickerdoodles. Sadly, check.

    I would LOVE to have a gift like this! Whoever is on your list, better be feelin’ pretty special 🙂 This is suchhhh an awesome gift!

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    December 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Hey this is awesome….I love making cookie mixes for friends and loved ones…but I always wondered about recipes that called for creaming butter with the sugar…Duh! what an easy practical solution…
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun
    December 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Looks like a pretty awesome gift idea! I’ve never eaten snickerdoodles before, but I’m sure I’d like them. I love anything with cinnamon, or any type of cookie for that matter! 😛

  • Kelly
    December 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Super smart about separating everything into the little baggies. That is a great idea! Oh…I couldn’t get the bean recipe from earlier out of my head so I made them for lunch. And they live up to their reputation…that is what I am having for dinner too.

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot)
    December 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Sweet! The mason jar makes it look oh-so-professional, but then the hand written instructions make it so personal.

  • Sandy
    December 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I was waiting for my college daughter to get home to start baking but Snickerdoodles sound so good that I believe I’ll start there tomorrow and have a plate waiting for her when she gets home. 🙂

  • Lauren
    December 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Mason jar gifts are always so cute and yummy! They also put thought into a gift instead of giving a gift card or just money.

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise
    December 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I love gifts like these….always a thoughful idea!

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    December 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    What a fun gift idea, thanks!

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    December 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    looks so yummy!!!

  • Nancy - The Wife of a Dairyman
    December 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    MMmmmm…I love snickerdoodles, they are one of my all time favs:)

  • grocery goddess jen
    December 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    As much as I love this idea, I know what would happen if i did it. I would make all of the cookies and eat them. And no one would get any Christmas presents 🙂

  • laura (Starloz)
    December 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    excellent idea for a gift

  • Steph@stephsbitebybite
    December 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I love this idea!! My only problem would be that I waould have to force myself to give them away, because I would secretly want to kepp them, bake them, and eat them all!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    December 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    This is ridiculously adorable. I wish I had friends that liked to bake so I could give this to them.

  • Detroit Runner
    December 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Yum. My address is ……LOL

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    December 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    This is such a cute gift idea!

    Usually I like to bake for gifts though, because that way I get to sample them first. 😉

  • Moni'sMeals
    December 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    SUPER SMART gift idea. Thanks!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I love premade mixes too! Such a great gift idea.

    • jenna
      December 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      your snickerdoodles looked better than my snickerdoodles! 😉

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    December 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve never had a snickerdoodle before!! They look delicious! Great pressie idea.
    Heidi xo

  • Kelly Michelle
    December 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    haha, well if you can’t drop a pants size the next best thing is to make all your friends go up one I guess!

  • kate
    December 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    i love snickerdoodles and obviously the best gifts are the edible ones.

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby
    December 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    the packaging!!! SO CUTE! so cute it makes me wanna explode.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    December 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I’m pretty sure I have that green striped paper. Is it Kate Spade?

    Do you like how THAT is what I commented on? Who am I?

  • Coops
    December 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I’ve never tried Snicker Doodles before – Never even heard of them.
    But this is positively the best xmas gift idea…
    Thank you 🙂

  • Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds
    December 15, 2010 at 12:14 am

    What a great idea!!! Pre-made cookie mix… so thoughtful and personal. I know I would love a jar of that!!! Snickerdoodle dough balls sound perfect.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    December 15, 2010 at 2:59 am

    I love homemade gifts like this! And it’s an even better treat than baked cookies, because they can be made *after* the holidays when all the “too much leftover” syndrome dies away. Perfect. 😀

    (p.s. the snickerdoodles look delish!)

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    December 15, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Oh, I love the sugar in a baggie idea!! I’ve never done this kind of gift, but it always looks so fun!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    December 15, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Your picture looks just like the one I seen from Martha Stewarts – great minds think alike? 😉

    Please, can you fill me in though, how do you NOT eat while baking/preparing? It’s my biggest problem and actually makes me afraid to bake at times!

  • Maria
    December 15, 2010 at 5:34 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t made snickerdoodles yet! I need to get on it! Love this gift idea!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate
    December 15, 2010 at 5:52 am

    ohhh I love snickerdoodle cookies! Great gift idea, especially for a college student like myself. haha. 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    December 15, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I love your gift ideas! Although honestly…I’m really just planning on gifting them to myself 😉

  • Maria (The Fitted Apron)
    December 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Snickerdoodles are the bomb!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the great idea! 🙂

  • Liz
    December 18, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Love this idea! I’m taking this as a hostess gift tonight for a holiday party! Thought it would be cute to put the recipe on the back of the front of an old Christmas card….I always save them and now I know a way to reuse them!

  • “[We do not get into the kitchen] as much as we used to when we lived in Chicago. But before we came to the White House, that was one of the shifts I’d to make as a busy mother,” Obama explained if she and her daughters, Sasha and Malia,
    February 28, 2013 at 7:39 am

    […] in her effort and in celebration of the wedding of Let us Move, Obama joined forces with magazine publishers Hearst, Meredith, Food Network, Time Inc. and CondA Nast to […]

  • What’s Eatin’? #4 «
    January 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

    […] dinner. Thursday-Saturday – we are out and have date money! Yay! Two things I’m baking: Snickerdoodles for dessert on Tuesday night – part of my ELR14 cooking. And I’ll package some up for […]

  • Katie
    December 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I just made these and they’re so addicting! The best snickerdoodle I’ve ever had. I used half regular sugar and half coconut sugar because that’s what was in my pantry. So yummy!