M&M’s® Red Velvet Cookies in a Jar

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions, photos, and ridiculous love of M&M’s® cookies are mine, plus my poor judgement in letting the girls eat these cookies before lunch. Take a guess who ate basically no lunch at our house. #RedVelvetLove #CollectiveBias

There were many many great things about living in London, but one thing that was really difficult for Ella was having basically no friends. (There was one little girl we saw about once a week or so at the park and library, and Ella LIVED for seeing her. She kept saying, “It’s just so sad that I have no friends”). 
Now that we’re back, Ella is in heaven going to friends’ houses and having all sorts of social events that involve scores of children (also, I’m not complaining about being back where we have free dinner at Duke every Friday night. I don’t even care how mediocre the food is). 
Obviously, doing something for her friends for Valentine’s Day is a high priority for her. 
When we were making one of our ten thousand runs to Wal-Mart over the last two weeks to pick up all the little necessities for a new house, Ella and I wandered down the seasonal aisle (all things pink and red right now!) and picked up a bag of M&M’s® Red Velvet
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but M&M’s® cookies are my #1 favorite cookie in the world (just ahead of chocolate chip cookies), and so I loved the idea of using these in a spin on my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe
I also wanted a treat that didn’t require it be eaten right away, since Valentine’s Day is so sugar-heavy anyway, so I opted to make little jars with all the dry ingredients so people could make a fresh batch of cookies when they were ready (whether that is on Valentine’s Day or a few weeks later when everyone has recovered from the sugar rush). 

This was a super easy and quick little project and it looked so festive. Plus when we mixed up the cookies, they were ridiculously delicious.

If you want to make your own, you’ll need

  • 1 8-ounce mason jar
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar 
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 10 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • About 40 M&M’s® Red Velvet
  • A small bag for the M&M’s®
  • Paper or cardstock
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbon

Pour the granulated sugar into the bottom of the jar. Press the brown sugar on top of it as firmly as possible.
Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda, then pour it over the top of the sugar. It’ll barely fit – you want it full up the brim! 
Screw the lid on tightly, then write the following directions on a piece of paper or cardstock:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat together 2 Tablespoons butter and 2 Tablespoons shortening.
Pour the flour mixture at the top of the jar into a bowl and set aside.
Add the sugars to the butter mixture and beat until smooth. Add 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Add the flour mixture and beat just until combined.
Scoop into balls on a cookie sheet and press 4-5 M&M’s® Red Velvet over the top of each ball.
Bake for 10-11 minutes or until the edges are set. 

Put the M&M’s® Red Velvet in the little bag and then punch a hole through both the recipe card and the bag and string the ribbon through them both.

Tie the ribbon around the jar and take it to some lucky friends!

They’ll get to have warm cookies whenever they’re ready, and I bet they won’t have any trouble figuring out what to do with those cookies (my girls definitely didn’t. And, frankly, neither did I). 
See more great M&M’s® Red Velvet recipes and party ideas at where you can also download a coupon to save on your M&M’s® purchase (and who has ever said no to a coupon?).

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  • Reply Elaine January 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Such a cute idea! Obviously, Valentine's Day will be very exciting at your house this year!

  • Reply Laura {a spoonful of joy} January 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    very cute idea for valentine's day & i especially like the "eat it later" part!

  • Reply Rachel January 16, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Ever since reading this post this morning I've been dying to get my hands on some red velvet m&ms, but our grocery store didn't have any!! Grrr

  • Reply Jodi January 16, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    That is a cute idea. The Valentine's thing occurred to me now that my child is getting older- not that I have to do anything yet but it is nearing. Gifts are really so not my thing- my laziness really kicks in at Christmas and now I'm like oh great- eventually I have to start making valentines for all of my children's friends, mercy. I'm so lame.

  • Reply Jessica Pieper January 17, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Can I just say that the last picture of Ella is gorgeous? What a stunning, smart little girl you have.

  • Reply Paige Flamm January 17, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    This is such a fun and cute idea! I always love getting cookie mixes in jars as gifts!


  • Reply Daveana January 17, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    This is incredibly cute! I love the Valentine's Day twist to it!

  • Reply Shelly January 19, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I bought some of these M&M's with the idea in mind that we would try these cookies, they didn't make it into the cookies. I dare say these are better than regular M&M's.

  • Reply Janet Krugel January 20, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    What a fun idea for a Valentine's treat for good friends. And you're right, they look delicious. #client

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