In the realm of sweets, the classic sugar cookie holds a special place in our hearts. But what if this timeless treat could be transformed into something even more delightful and convenient? Enter the Sugar Cookie Jar, an innovative twist on such a dependable classic, offering a portable, customizable, and visually stunning way to enjoy sugar cookies. Who doesn’t want to eat sugar cookies from a jar, with a spoon?

a photo of a sugar cookie jar

Why Sugar Cookie Jars are Uniquely Awesome

  • Portable Pleasure: These jars are the perfect solution for sugar cravings, whether you’re on the go or simply enjoying a cozy evening at home.
  • Customizable: The Sugar Cookie Jar allows you to control the ratio of cookie to frosting, tailoring each bite to your personal preference.
  • Visually Appealing: The clear plastic jar showcases the beautiful layers of cookie and frosting, making it a feast for the eyes before it tantalizes your taste buds.
  • Perfect for Giving: These jars are so cute, so delicious and can be customized with the color of frosting or even added sprinkles. Making them the cutest treat to give as a gift.

Crafting Your Sugar Cookie Jar

The creation of a Sugar Cookie Jar is an enjoyable and creative process. It begins with baking the sugar cookie, rich in buttery flavor with a hint of almond. Success is in achieving that perfect crisp on the outside, while remaining soft and dense on the inside. Next is the frosting, a heavenly mixture of butter, cream cheese, and extracts, whipped to fluffy perfection. The final act is the assembly: layers of crumbled cookie interspersed with generous dollops of frosting, artfully arranged in a jar. Because you deserve a beautiful dessert!

How Do You Ensure the Cookies Don’t Get Soggy in the Jar?

The secret lies in letting the cookies cool completely before adding them to the jars, ensuring they maintain their signature crisp alongside the creamy frosting. Work everytime!

Can You Make These in Advance?

Indeed! Prepare your Sugar Cookie Jars a day or two in advance, making them ideal for events, gifts, or simply having a ready-made treat.

What’s the Best Way to Layer the Jars?

Begin with a layer of cookie crumbles, followed by a generous amount of frosting. Repeat the layers, finishing with frosting on top for an aesthetically pleasing presentation.

How Long Do They Last?

When stored in the refrigerator, these jars can last up to a week, although they’re often enjoyed much sooner! You can also freeze them for up to a month. They are already in an airtight container, so just pop them in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat them, bring them out and let them thaw completely before enjoying.

3 Tips for the Perfect Sugar Cookie Jar

  1. Jar Size Matters: Opt for 8 oz. jars for the ideal individual serving.
  2. Consistency is Key: Ensure your frosting is smooth and of a piping consistency for effortless layering.
  3. Keep It Cool: Refrigerate the jars until it’s time to savor them, this keeps the jar fresh. If you prefer your cookie are room temperature, just pull them out of the fridge and wait 15-20 minutes before eating them.
A photo of sugar cookie dough
a photo of rolled out sugar cookie dough

What is in a Sugar Cookie Jar?

Unsalted butter

It is always important to use unsalted butter when baking. If you use salted butter, you have no way of knowing how much salt you are adding to your dough and it will result in an over salted treat.

Butter adds fats to your dough which helps with moistness, flavor & texture. Butter melts at body temperature, which creates a ‘melt in your mouth’ sensation.

When baking with butter the temperature is important. If the butter is too warm your cookies will melt down too fast and spread too much in the oven leaving you with a greasy, flat cookie. If butter is too cold it will have the opposite problem and not melt down enough, leaving your cookies too thick.

Granulated sugar

Adds sweetness, provides a caramelized flavor and crisp texture. Sugar assists with rising when creamed with butter & sugar. It helps add moisture to your cookie and helps it evenly spread as it melts into a liquid in the heat of the oven. Sugar also helps with naturally preserving your baked treat.

Almond extract

This extract adds a unique sweet and nutty flavor to your dough & frosting.

Vanilla extract

When using pure vanilla extract, it will add the deep rich flavor everybody wants in a treat.

Eggs

Adds both protein (egg whites) and fat (egg yolks). The egg whites help with rising because when foamed, little air pockets get trapped inside the mixture. The water content in egg whites encourages steam while baking which helps with gluten formation, resulting in nice and thick cookies. Egg yolks have emulsifying properties that bring batters together and help your dough from collapsing.

Egg yolks

Adding extra egg yolks to your batter will add extra richness and chewiness to your cookie.

Fine sea salt

Enhances flavor, adds balance, masks any bitter flavors. Salt is the most powerful and oldest preservative. Always make sure to use fine sea salt so that it melts down at the right speed in the heat of the oven. If you use larger granule salt it will not melt down fully when baked and will leave salt crystals throughout your cookie, making it crunch like you dropped it into sand.

Baking powder

Puffs up your batter instead of spreading it out. Baking powder contains a little bit of baking soda, an acid & cornstarch. Because of this it only needs a liquid to react and it is double reacting. It reacts as soon as it’s mixed with moisture and then again when it is heated up.

All-purpose flour

Flour builds structure as it absorbs liquids and expands. All-purpose flour falls in the middle of bread flour (high in gluten) and cake flour (low in gluten). It is exactly what it is named, all-purpose, the most universal flour that can be used in most baked goods. 

Cream cheese

The base of the frosting, it adds a creamy, tangy note.

Coconut extract

Adds a sweet tropical flavor to your treats.

Powdered sugar

Powdered sugar is just finely ground granulated sugar. It dissolves easily, ensuring a smooth texture without grittiness. It also stabilizes & thickens the frosting, thanks to its small amount of cornstarch.

8 ounce jars

This size of jar is perfect for a sugar cookie jar.

Equipment Essentials

Recipes You May Enjoy

Sugar Cookie Jar

Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 jars
Take my famous sugar cookies and put them in a jar! This fun twist on how to serve your sugar cookie.

Ingredients 

Cookie

  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar

Assemble

  • 10 8 oz. Jars

Instructions

Cookies

  • Place butter & sugar in a standing mixer. Mix until combined, then whip on high for 1-2 minutes until mixture is lighter in color
  • Add extracts, eggs & egg yolks. Mix until just combined
  • In a separate bowl mix salt, powder & flour
  • Turn standing mixer on low and slowly pour in dry ingredients. Stop mixing as soon as the dough comes together
  • Place dough on parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and roll out
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, up to 3 days
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees **Note: Convection setting is great for cookies**
  • Take out of fridge and cut with cookie cutter (I do plain circles because they will be going into a jar)
  • Place on a light metal pan lined with parchment paper
  • Bake for 9 minutes
  • Take out of the oven and allow to sit on pan for 5-10 minutes. Remove from pan to finish cooling

Frosting

  • In a standing mixer add butter & cream cheese, mix until combined
  • Pour in extracts and sugar, mix until combined
  • Once combined, turn mixer up to high and whip for 1-2 minutes until lighter in color

Assemble

  • Once cookies have cooled break them up into chunks
  • Take a jar and pour in cookie crumbles
  • Pipe on a layer of frosting
  • Repeat twice & close the jar

Nutrition

Calories: 1070kcal Carbohydrates: 137g Protein: 8g Fat: 56g Saturated Fat: 34g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 217mg Sodium: 216mg Potassium: 111mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 102g Vitamin A: 1822IU Calcium: 88mg Iron: 2mg

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