Activity: Father’s Day Cookie Mix in a Jar

This post was originally written in 2011, but I thought it might provide you with some inspiration as Fathers’ Day approaches.

This activity was inspired by:

Can We Lick The Spoon Now?

By Carol Goess and Tamsin Ainslie (Working Title Press)

Our background story:

There are so many fun books about dads, but our favourite at the moment is Can We Lick the Spoon Now? We particularly love the quality time the father in this story gives to his children. Not only does he suggest baking a cake as a way to fill the day, but he helps the kids with the process and teaches them patience and resilience.

My daughter does a lot with her dad and just recently they topped their own pizzas together. They had so much fun, and reading this book inspired us to make a gift for Father’s Day that would encourage them to get back into the kitchen together. I’m not sure that my husband has ever made a cake before so we searched for ideas that would make it as easy as possible for him.

I first saw the idea of cookies in a jar here, but also came across some kid friendly options too.  I love the idea of cookies in a jar because half of the work is done for dad. Very little measuring is required and only the wet ingredients need to be added. Best of all, this gift gives children a good reason to spend more time with their dad.

Most of the recipes I’d seen require a one litre jar. My daughter is only two and I didn’t want her making too many cookies, plus I  wanted to limit the ingredients and measuring for her. I fiddled with the recipes by changing ingredients and quantities. I did a test run and this is what worked for me, but feel free to use the original recipes.

You will need:

  • Glass jar or plastic container (600ml) + a funnel if the mouth of the jar is narrow
  • Flour
  • Mini M&Ms and/or choc chips
  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Fabric
  • Elastic band and/or ribbon
  • Label or card

Our approach:

1. Layer/add each of the ingredients at a time. Some of our layers weren’t very defined so  I’d recommend this order for optimal layering:

  • 1 ½ cups of self-raising flour
  • ¾ cup of choc chips and/or M &Ms (You can mix or separate these)
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of white sugar

2. Attach the lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon

3. Attach a card which includes the instructions for making the Fathers’ Day cookies:

  • Rub 2/3 cup of softened butter into the cookie mix until it resembles bread crumbs.
  • Add one beaten egg and 1 tsp of vanilla extract and combine well.
  • Roll the mixture into small balls (makes approx. 12).
  • Place on a greased tray and flatten slightly
  • Bake at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes

Finished product

How did Daddy and Cam go?

Activity: Father’s Day Cookie Mix in a Jar


  1. This is such a great idea. I would share on my page, but I think it would let the cat out of the bag. Thanks for sharing, Ruby and I will be doing this tomorrow

  2. What a fantastic idea for Father’s Day! That’s one way to get Dad in the kitchen! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

  3. Such a brilliant idea. So good I just ordered the book and will buy the ingredients for miss 4 to put together on Saturday to give on Sunday :-0

  4. What a lovely idea! And the mix is all so pretty in the jar :-) We’re lucky that my husband is a much better cook/baker then I am, and loves getting in the kitchen, but I could use this idea for many birthdays!! And thanks for sharing on Happy lil ❤’s are baking (pinned :-))

  5. This is brilliant. I’m sure hubby and kids will enjoy this :) xoxo P

  6. Debs said: On June 11, 2013

    Thanks for linking this to Tuesday Tots. I love this idea! So cute, especially the little “bake with me dad” tag. So sweet. I’ve featured it this week :)

  7. Penni said: On June 14, 2015

    Is the 180 the right temp? I have never baked a cookie that low temp before.

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