gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix gift jar

Cookie Mix in a Jar

This year, I’m making many of the holiday gifts that I’ll be giving.  One of my favorite things to give, that you might also like to give to your friends and family, is this homemade cookie mix.

This high protein, gluten free cookie mix is quick and easy to make.  Further, you are giving a friend or loved one a very special present –the opportunity to have the smell of fresh baked cookies wafting through their home with minimal effort.  Here’s what you’ll need to make this fun DIY Christmas present.

Cookie Mix in a Jar
Serves: 15
  1. Place dry ingredients in the 16 ounce mason jar
  2. Place chocolate chips on top of dry ingredients in mason jar
  3. Place wet ingredients in the 4 ounce mason jar
  4. Punch a small hole at the top of your tag
  5. Tie larger jar with ribbon and tag
  6. Give the gift of high protein yum to a friend
  7. Give them the link to this post so that they have the directions below

gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix gift jar

Cookie Baking Instructions
  1. Place dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix well to combine
  3. Roll cookies into 1-inch balls
  4. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Press balls to flatten
  6. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes
  7. Let cool for 20 minutes and serve

I’m giving away the cookie mix you see in the photo above, along with a copy of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. To be entered just leave a comment below. This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. I will pick the winner at random. The contest will end at midnight on December 12th, 2010.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. The winner of the cookie mix was Susan. Thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. stephanie williams says

    hi! im gluten free but also allergic to… nuts, buckwheat, soya, quinoa and more, can you sugges another flour to use in place of this?
    i can eat coconut flour, brown rice flour, oat flour and maize flour

    Thanks so much, i struggle quite a bit to bake but would love to make these!


  2. Annie|BestGiftIdea.Net says

    I love that you’ve thought about the wet ingredients too! And I’d love to try these GF cookies (although I’m not gluten intolerant) :)

  3. says

    It’s actually a nice and useful piece of info. I am glad that you simply shared this helpful info with us.
    Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Heather says

    Hi Elana,

    My husband and I are a month into paleo and doing ok but struggling for a sweet treat then I found your pantry. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes they are delicious. It is my husbands 50th birthday today and I am making him your chocolate brownies instead of the usual carb loaded cake , going to need to make quite a few to get 50 candles on top of them ! I am trying to get my children on board with the Paleo lifestyle also so will be adding this wonderful cookie gift to the food baskets I am giving this year to inspire them . I would love a copy of your book to start my Paleo cook book collection.

    best wishes

  5. says

    Great post. I love sweets and cookies seem to be the perfect base for creativity. When you want to add something to cookies you can go sweet, or bitter and still have an incredible feast.

    Nice blog, glad I found it by accident now.

  6. Lois Kaufman says

    Just found your totally fabulous site today ~ I’ve been on Atkins for many years and your almond flour recipes are on my diet AND the BEST!! I’m thrilled I found you ~!

  7. Nancy says

    OH MY WORD! I just made your apple cinnamon muffins–amazing! I can’t stop eating them! Thanks for also helping me see the light and buying almond flour online. Thank you Honeyville–worlds of difference.

  8. Margaret Harris says

    I remember back 30 years when we’d make these cookies in a jar – but NOT so healthy!
    How great to have the GF variety! M

  9. says

    What a find on this crazy Cyber Monday! Thanks for the great recipes, I am newly GF after years of painful hands/joints…so glad I found you!

  10. Sarah says

    Hi, I scanned the comments and couldn’t find the answer, but I’m sorry if I’m asking something that was previously asked: just wondering how long the items will keep in the jars before they have to used? Can I start making my Christmas jars now and save them for the holidays? Thanks!

    • Michelle N says

      I had the same question about storage. If I’m giving as a gift, I’d like to make a note of a “use by” date. Would it safe to tell them to keep in the fridge and use within 6 months?


  11. Sherry says

    Oh my goodness. This I would love to win.. This is a great idea for gift giving and for my own family. I’m diabetic and newly diagonised with Gluten allergies. New to your site and enjoying all the recipes. You are an inspiration to all who must take this journey and it is so wonderful that you share your time and recipes. Thank you, you inspire me, I CAN DO THIS! Have a great day.. Sherry

  12. Stephanie says

    this website is so awesome. its not easy to find good, gluten-free, recipes. now i can bake treats for my cousin and she can have her own without worring about if she will get sick or not

  13. Britt Stetson says

    would these also be considered dairy free if you use high quality dark chocolate without any dairy-derived ingredients?

  14. Sherry says

    I love your website. Your recipes have never let me down! I keep coming back for more. Every time I need a new recipe I count on Elana. Thanks!

  15. Megan Boyeas says

    I have a family at my school whose child is gluten free- I plan on making this for them so their adorable son can enjoy some cookies this Christmas!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Jenn Strilchuk says

    What a wonderful gift idea! Thank you. I would love to win the giveaway. The cookbook looks absolutely devine!

  17. Juli says

    Elana – I have visited your site a few times now, and am always inspired and entertained! I recently discovered that I, like my 9-yr-old daughter, am gluten-intolerant…was bummed at first, and still am occasionally, but i am having fun learning to cook and bake (and think) differently, and of course I’m now enjoying being pain-free after eating a meal sans GLUTEN! Food now for me is requiring research (I love a good mystery!) and i am finding that reading ingredients labels can be very enlightening…and often times quite horrifying!! My family is eating healthier now, and we are finding that we only eat what we really enjoy – no munching on “whatever we find” when we are hungry…and i have even dropped a few pounds!! Thank you SO much for sharing yourself and your family with all of us who so desperately need nutritional help. You are such a blessing! Have a wonderful holiday!! ps – I recently purchased my first bag of almond flour, and will now try out some of your yummy-sounding recipes using this ingredient!! :)

  18. Angela Eck says

    What an awesome gift idea! I love it. I will be trying to make this gift for at least a couple of people on my gift list. Thanks for another chance to win an awesome giveaway!

  19. eryn harding says

    This is an amazing idea! With cash being tight this Christmas I am definitely using this as a gift idea! Thanks Elana!

  20. says

    I’ve given my family homemade feasts before in jars (ketchup, chutney, pickles) and was planning on cookie mixes this Christmas. My only issue was to find a tasty and simple recipe and I think I just did!

  21. Niki Kritikos says

    Just put your cookbook on my Christmas wish list, look forward to trying more of your recipes!

    I am gluten-free although not allergic, but have several friends who will enjoy this, and other, recipes.

  22. Louisa F says

    I would love to win this! I’ve loved the recipes that I’ve made from your website. Also, I may have to buy stock in a company that makes almond flour… ;-) Thanks Elana!

  23. says

    Your recipes and tips i get from your blog are slowly integrating to my lifestyle. the gf cookie idea is a fresh idea to introduce how easy and tasty gf foods can be. i could and would make full use of your cookbook into my lifestyle as well encouraging others, particular parents with young children. as a teacher i could refer to your cookbok to introduce a few starting recipes for dietary changes in their young child.

    thank you for the work that you do. we benefit well – no doubt. :)

  24. Denise says

    This holiday my husband and I are in different places :-( He’s been trying to improve his cooking skills and has been timid about baking, but this would be a GREAT way for him to be able to practice new skills he really wants to learn and be rewarded with sweet treats for his efforts and even be able to show them off to his co-workers.

  25. Bonnie K. Hall says

    Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great cookbook – my daughter and I would love trying these recipes!

  26. says

    My daughter is coming to visit me over the holiday’s and she also is a celiac. This would be a great gift for her since she is very busy
    running her on Jewelry design company. NATANYA ELKA on and
    she loves choc chip cookies.

  27. says

    OOOoooooh, I’m just in time (I think)! Just discovered your website from Edible, in the desperate search for hidden-paleo whole-family-food (or HPWFF) :D

  28. says

    That is a wonderful idea! I’ve been wanting to try agave nectar, and almond flour is something I’ve never heard of! Sounds like a yummy treat Elana! Make one for me ;-)

  29. danae javier says

    hi elana!!
    i just wanted to say thank you very much for your website i stumbled upon, i have recently been dealing with candida and alot of food intolerances. i have been searching and searching for ANY dessert that i could have on my special diet, and to find on one site EVERYTHING i need, the wonderful tried and true recipes, and not just one or two but tons!! the best products to get and where to get them, even how to store the delicate products!! i am so excited! im already sharing recipes with my friend who is gluten, dairy, and wheat intolerant. and now i can help my sister who was just diagnosed with pregnancy diabetes! thank you very much for all your knowledge in helping those of us who are new at this and just learning!

    thank you thank you!! *danae

  30. Viktoria says

    I keep returning to your site for more and more gluten free ideas since first visiting on a recommendation, looking for almond milk info. Thanks for the chance!

  31. Kelli Borel says

    Brillant idea – just one more thoughtful and EASY way to introduce more people to gluten-free cooking. I keep telling people it’s not that hard and it’s not that weird.

  32. says

    A dear friend who doesn’t bake much has found out this summer that she can not have gluten anymore. This is such a great gift idea. Happy I found you on ‘Tasty Kitchen.”

  33. Janel says

    Great idea!! We are making quite a few of our Christmas gifts this year as well since we are on a tight budget this holiday season! Would love to win the book to give as a gift to a friend who wants a copy—-I already own a copy, and the cookie mix would be an awesome treat for me!!!!

  34. Kristen M. says

    My family is not gluten-free (no medical reasons, etc). However, I’ve been trying to incorporate more gluten-free recipes into our meal cycles. I love browsing cookbooks of all kinds and look forward to discovering the Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

  35. Joan Seliger Sidney says

    Hi Elana,
    I just read a very distressing post on a website called “Food-Renegade.” discussing whether agave nectar’s good or bad, concluding it’s higher fructose than high-fructose corn syrup, it’s very processed & very unnatural.
    What’s your information on this?
    Regards, Joan

  36. Anita Runions says

    Dear Elana,

    I recently discovered baking with almond flour due to your website.

    I haven’t yet acquired a copy of “The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.” The recipes sound delicious! Since I was diagnosed with Celiac in 2006, I have not found a great-tasting gluten-free home-baked product.
    I made some muffins using almond flour the other day (using another recipe and some improvisation), and they actually ROSE, and tasted Heavenly.
    Bless you for bringing almond flour’s attention to those of us who have been doing without great-tasting baking due to gluten allergies.
    P.S. As well, I am eagerly awaiting the release of your upcoming “Gluten-Free Cupcakes” cookbook.

    Kind Regards,
    Anita from Alberta, Canada

  37. Nora Elsberry says

    Looks SUPER yummy! Just started cooking a gluten-free, casein-free diet for my youngest with autism. Lots of work, but it’ll be worth it. Would be nice to have some delish cookies to savor the Christmas season with! Best wishes and holiday cheer! Love the website! Nora

  38. Cat says

    Oh, Elana!
    Thanks in large part to you and your wonderful forum here, my family not only survived, but very much enjoyed our first gluten-free Thanksgiving! Now, once again, I’m grateful for your inspirational holiday ideas. Blessings to you and yours the whole year through!

  39. Ellenberry says

    These cookies are great. My son, who has many food allergies, says he has friends that like “his cookies” better than their own. Thank you!

  40. Susan says

    My 6 yr old grand daughter is on a gluten free, vegan and egg free diet. She loves your chocolate chip cookies! Wanted to try your blueberry muffins…have you a suggestion for a substitute for eggs?

    Your book would be great to have!

    Thanks for the help!

  41. Rebekah says

    I’ve always loved the “cookie in a jar” idea and including the wet ingredients in a separate jar is a fantastic idea. Thanks, Elana!

  42. Dianne Boffetti says

    I just found this Web site yesterday and am very excited to try your recipes. I am diabetic and have a sensitivity to gluten, so I am trying to find a way to make delicious food–especially baked goods–for my reluctant husband that will be very tasty and healthy for both of us. Thanks so much for sharing what you’ve learned!

  43. says

    I think sending people a cookie mix in a jar is a great gift, especially for the holidays. Do you have any other cookie recipes that would fit and look nice in a jar or two? I would love to win a copy of your book, too.
    Do you have a favorite ice cream maker? I need to buy one but I don’t want to waste my time or money if there is an exceptional one on the market. I think a scoop of chocolate sorbet would be a nice addition to any meal. If you have time, please post an answer so that I will have time to do a test run before the holidays. I think ice cream should be eaten all year not just in the summer.
    Do you have a great recipe for gelato? There is a gelato machine in the Whole Foods? in Chattanooga. That gelato is to die for. I’m sure it’s gluten-free, too.

  44. Valinda says

    This sounds wonderful. I am going to make these and comment on the results. The idea of high protein is so much better than sugar and high carbs.

  45. Janice A says

    When I discovered your webpage I thanked God for the gift of you. I have struggled with weight issue however I like to bake and that did not help. Thanks to you , I can now engage in healthy baked goods for myself and to share with family. I have alreeady told friends and family about your webpage. This christmas I will be baking some of your recipes and invite family and friends over.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays

  46. Trena Sullivan says

    This is awesome! I have a young nephew that has been newly diagnosed with celiac disease.This will be wonderful for him to know that he can still have sweets and be as normal as possible.

  47. Jon says

    After going paleo, I’ve been looking for gluten free recipes for the times I really want a baked good. Your almond flour cookbook is the best! It is my go to baking book. I’ve made the bread, muffins, multiple batches of the scone recipe (blueberries work great) and even used your pie crust for a pumpkin pie on thanksgiving. I appreciate that your recipes are easy to make and have a few ingredients, rather than the multitude of starches, flours, xanthan gum, etc in other books. I’m a cookie fiend and will try this recipe next.

    Keep up the good work.

  48. Laura C says

    I made these at 6 this morning! They are favorites of my kids and they are so good that even our non-gluten friends like them.

    The only change we make is I add one egg to the recipe. It lightens up the cookies. I was wondering why you chose not to include eggs in the recipe as you do in the scone recipe for example.

    Thanks for the fabulous recipes!

    • says

      Just trying to make the cookies more accessible to more people and allow those with egg allergies to partake. Making a cookie sans eggs is not that much of a challenge :-)

  49. Mary says

    Ooooh I have wanted your book since it came out, and now I want BOTH your books! And the cookie mix!


    I hope I win!

  50. says

    I love this idea Elana. And I love this cookie recipe! I just made some on the weekend and the almond flour wasn’t fine enough. So I added some gf oats and they turned out delicious! It’s a great recipe!

  51. Casey Hughes says

    What a great gift idea! I was looking for something new and different to do this year. Thank you so much for your website. I just love it, and all my friends don’t even know the food is gluten free! They enjoy it so much, they are baking gluten free:)

  52. says

    What a terrific idea! I used almond flour for years while healing from ulcerative colitis and what a special gift that would have been to receive or give.

  53. Amanda says

    What a great idea!!! I was thinking how nice it would be to be able to give cookies or something like this cookie in a jar to friends and co-workers but hadn’t thought of doing it this way! :)

  54. Shannon says

    What a great gift idea. I love the idea of making these cookies for gluten eating kids as the get so much extra protein.

  55. Charlene says

    You’ve done it again! Now I have the perfect gift for my son’s teacher who has a celiac spouse. :-) Thank you Elana!

  56. Kirsta says

    What a wonderful, healthy idea! I can’t wait to give these out! I can make them as simple or pretty as I like. Fantastic!

  57. Dana Goodson says

    What a wonderful idea and a great way to share a healthier alternative! I recently discovered your site and love your recipes and look forward to check your posts! I made the Acorn Squash with apple/cranberry stuffing two days ago and it was an amazing hit!

  58. says

    Very cool! I hadn’t considered also giving the wet ingredients to the person as part of the gift – but it makes perfect sense!

  59. Elizabeth Mullins says

    Thank you for the great gift idea! My daughter (age 6) and I will get to work on it soon, I’m sure.

  60. Kim says

    What a great recipe! We’ll try some at home and share some. We’d love to have your cookbook. 2 of my kids are gluten free, one is doing SCD and you are our “go-to woman” for ideas and recipes! Thanks so much.

  61. says

    I have many gluten free & dairy free friends (and I love to give home-made gifts the most) so I went out & bought a box of each mason jar & I will be giving these to all my GF/DF friends for the holidays! I actually placed the two mason jars one on top of the other & then placed the “set” in a pretty gossmer gift bag with the label on the outside. SUPER GREAT idea Elana, YOU ROCK!!! THANK YOU – Quick, easy & will be SO appreciated! I also varied the reciepe & added 1/8 cup chopped hazelnuts to the mix in some of the jars.

  62. KarenLana says

    Your recipes and especially this cookie recipe are life savers! I love your gift idea – thank you for the wonderful giveaway! =D

  63. Tara says

    Great gift idea, and super easy – and I’m sure all my gluten-free buddies will be happy to remembered in this season of food!

  64. Emily says


    I just wanted to thank you for your awesome cookbook. It has been 3 months since my 2 and 3 year old, along with me, were diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without your blog and book. I have made practically everything in your book. In the meantime, my 30 year battle with asthma….gone. You are a blessing to so many. Thank you.

  65. says

    This is the holiday I convince my mom she doesn’t need to bake the traditional cookies – she can do it in a more healthy way. Wish me luck!

    • says

      For this recipe we use blanched almond flour and it works quite well –feel free to experiment though, and please let us know how it goes :-)

  66. Louise Thomas says

    I’ve just found out that I can’t eat gluten, and am finding it hard to replace all my favorite foods to gluten free, will be deffinatly trying this cookie mix, thank you soooo much for sharing xxx

  67. chrissy ciaccio says

    these cookies are what originally drew me in for a closer look- I’m a sucker for chocolate chip cookies above all other sweet treats. And they are the bomb! almond flour has been a wonderful savior in my GF culinary endeavors (finally!) and I love the added protein to boot, especially for teens who choose a diet that strictly revolves around breads and sweets (guh) – serendipity! And I’m all over the holiday cookie mix giftys… Thanks mama!

  68. Shari F. says

    What a delightful way to share the delicious taste and smells of freshly baked cookies with people who eat gluten-free food! Thank you so much for sharing! This is also a great way to introduce our friends to your website; we have been enjoying your recipes for the last 3 or so years. Thanks for experimenting and sharing your creations, Elana!

  69. Cheri Horning says

    I have made gifts of cookie mixes in jars but having the wet ingredients along with the dry ingredients makes the gift special. I was glad to find your website. It looks like it will be a good source for gluten free recipes.

  70. Abbie H says

    Thank you for this idea! I have a couple of friends who are gluten intolerant and this will be such a great and unique gift. :)

  71. Shelly Thomas says

    I have never thought to include the liquid ingredients when giving a jar of cookie mix. What a treat for the receiver to just mix all the ingredients and pop them in the oven. Talk about fast food!

  72. Jen Ugarte says

    What a lovely idea, it is folks like you who have made my son’s multiple allergies more managable -10 years ago I think we would have been screwed, frankly..

  73. says

    I have this in mind for a while, but never got to try doing it. Now with this recipe I’ll do it for sure.
    Would it make any difference if I swap the agave syrup for honey? Thanks!

  74. says

    What a terrific gift idea! I only just found out that Number Three Son is gluten-sensitive. Finding recipes at this time of year is challenging. He’s also chocolate sensitive, but we can get around that with carob. :)

  75. Vicki Bradley says

    Superb idea. An easy recipe to do with the young grandchildren. And really good ingredients that would be good for everyone (even if not concerned about gluten free baking.

  76. Sally Brown says

    Oh, I’ve wanted your cookbook since you first went to print! And thank you for sharing this gift idea. We used to give these sort of do it yourself gifts, until we had to go gluten free. Now, we can do it again! Thank you!

  77. Kristi Isak says

    Thank you for this wonderful offer. I have made cookie in a jar mix before to give away and it’s always a hit. Great idea to make it a much healthier version!

  78. Kelly J says

    Is there a discernible difference between blanched almond flour and unblanched almond flour? I can much more easily find the unblanched version.

  79. says

    Clever idea! You save them time to measure the ingredients and you give them the opportunity to bake one of the most delicious and healthy cookies! I’ll have them all ready! Ho ho ho!

  80. Elaina Harman says

    What a fantastic idea for those friends who we would like to give something but not spend an arm or leg for a gift.
    Thanks for the great idea.
    Would love to receive this for a special sample of this idea.
    Thanks for all you do.

  81. Sarah L. says

    How long will these keep after they’ve been assembled? Sorry for the second comment, please don’t count in the contest… I just didn’t think to ask at first.

  82. Sarah L. says

    I love this gift idea and I know the perfect person to make it for!

    Would love to win a copy of your cookbook. I just started baking with GF flours about a month ago and am hungry to learn more.

  83. Suzie Carlson says

    I actually have the book, but my daughter wants a copy so badly. I would LOVE to win it and be able to give it to her for Christmas! What a great, healthy present to give!!

  84. Carolyn says

    Great way to show everyone how yummy gluten free treats can be.
    Fun for the kids as they can “do it themselves.”
    sharing food is sharing love

    the cookbook is on my wish list. wonder if my wish will come true?

  85. Heidi says

    My two year old daughter os allergic to wheat, so I cook gluten free. This gift looks like a wonderful idea….especially for my family members who equate gluten-free with taste-free. This is also a gift my two year old can get involved with. Thanks for the recipie.

  86. Elizabeth says

    BETTER gift idea… I win the cookbook, give it to my gluten free friends for Christmas and then they can make cookies AND other fabulous things (seriously, I could live on your chocolate cake. I have to hide it from my brothers.)I mean, hypothetically, of course! =)

  87. Amber says

    What a great idea, and a more creative gift than what you can buy in the store. Would be nice to stock the shelves with a few of these too just for quick and easy preparation, I know my husband would bake cookies if it followed just a few steps of opening two jars, mixing, and baking. :) Thanks.

  88. Bobbi says

    This is a great idea for a friend of mine. For me to make and give to them. Thank you. And the book would be a bonus.

  89. Marjorie Faisst says

    My family is newly committed to a vegan, gluten free diet and I would love to receive your book. I am looking forward to the good health and well-being that this type of eating will bring me and my family. Thank you!

  90. aziza says

    What a great idea!I used to bake your chocolate cookies and give them as gift. Now they can bake them in their home.

    Thanks a lot!!!

  91. Joyce Mosby says

    This looks like a great recipe. I have a student that needs gluten free as well as a young family at church. I have been trying to include a free gluten free items in my cooking curriculum. I love almond and make a nut patty with almond.

  92. Karen H. says

    What a fabulous idea! Oh, and how fun it would be to get such a great gift from you. I was just wondering today if you had any recipes for jar gifts and you posted this. Talk about great timing.

  93. says

    This is such a charming idea. I love it! And if I win I’ll have it sent directly to a gluten-free friend of mine. (If I don’t win I guess I’ll have to make her some myself.)

  94. Bonnie Blomeyer says

    Thank you for sharing this cute idea!!! I love referring to your site. I am gluten free by choice because of how much better I feel while eating this way. I try to sell my friends and family on it also. Although they are a little skeptical, once they try your recipes and other goodies like on my birthday… they change their mind quickly. One good friend said the following day after a huge gluten free cupcake…” I think I want to try going gluten free, I feel FANTASTIC!” The flavors you use in your recipes are BETTER than the gluten FULL stuff you get anywhere:). Have a great week! Thanks for entering my name for the drawing.

  95. Sherry Whittemore says

    This cookie recipe is a God send for my family and a true gift! Thanks to you, my very food allergic 2 year old son can have yummy cookies for Christmas. Would love to win your book to give to a friend!

  96. Judy H. says

    Great idea! I just bought a copy of your book to give to my brother, who went GF a few months ago. Giving him a mix or two will round that out nicely! I’ll have to look for recipes in the book that will work by this method–thanks for rounding out my gift! Hmmm, maybe my dad too…

  97. Rose Sogge says

    Haven’t yet tried the almond flour as the main ingredient, but look forward to winning the book and/or buying another sack.

  98. KellyBelly says

    I love the 2 jar idea, so the receiver doesn’t need anything out of their pantry. The gift of food is great for everyone- no one will return that! Thank you again

  99. says

    Wow – I’ll add my two cents to the line-up here…becuz this is absolutely perfect timing…and…YOUR RECIPES ARE FANTASTIC (but you already knew that;-)
    Can’t wait to share more of your delicious GF goodness with family and friends.

  100. Tina says

    I love your recipes! My inability to consume gluten or sugar (I substitute pureed dates and water for the agave) has really put a strain on my reign as the “dessert queen” around here. Thank heavens I found your site! I have been slowly working my way through the sweets recipes and every one has been a hit with my teenagers! I must confess. I ran out of your wonderful chocolate cupcakes that I keep stocked in the freezer, and I gave in temptation when my daughter brought home leftover brownies with cream cheese frosting from a Christmas party. Needless to say, I can barely move today and spent the afternoon napping off the side effects. So I had to get back in the kitchen to try your Blueberries and Cream Cupcakes. Awesome! Couldn’t wait for them to cool; we ate them fresh from the oven! Well, the timer is going off now for the chocolate cupcakes in the oven, so I must return to my royal subjects to provide for their sustenance from the bounty of your wonderful recipes. Let them eat Elana’s cupcakes!

  101. MaryBeth Matthews says

    What a wonderful way to introduce someone to the joys of cooking gluten free and with one of Elana’s wonderful recipes!

  102. Cheryl says

    Cannot believe how yummy this recipe is! I am going to try more of your gluten free recipes now that the chocolate chip cookies were better than my mothers!

  103. says

    Pick me! My sister is allergic to wheat, oats, rice, and corn (among many other things) so your almond-flour based recipes are about all she can eat. We would love a copy of your cookbook!

  104. Kathy Warren says

    Elana, just READING your recipes makes me happy! And eating the creations is a enough to cause a happy dance! I can’t believe my good fortune to have found your website. I will be making this and giving it away to some wonderful friends.

  105. Kathy says

    What a great gift idea! I have a lot of friends who would enjoy this healthy treat. Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. Thanks Elana.

  106. stephanie says

    Thank you for such a great idea; I love your site — you make GF and Kosher very simple! I can’t wait to get my hands on your new cookbook!

  107. Ellen says

    i was planning on doing this very thing for a friend of mine that has a very limited diet but doesn’t have time to make herself special treats. you beat me to it!

  108. Charlotte Sanchez says

    Thank you for posting this. This is exactly what I was looking for this year! We have recently gone gluten free as a family. My mom, daughter, cousin, and I cannot tolerate gluten. Your web-site has helped me learn how to do this easy and healthy. Thank you for all you do!

  109. Helen says

    Love you Star Cookie recipe for my Drediel sugar like cookies for Hanukkah. Thanks for all your great recipes and idea.

  110. Tami Jo Eaton says

    What a great idea!! I have never seen someone also do a wet ingredient jar and then it becomes something additional that the receiver has to have on hand. I would love to get your cookbook. Thanks

  111. Christina Cieslik says

    Blessings Elana for your website. Homemade creations are “sweet” treats that say we hold that person dear. I am always touched when someone gifts the gift of their time and talent. Thanks for another yummy recipe.

  112. says

    I love the idea of cookie mixes – I’m going to do something similar for my mom this Christmas – but maybe omitting the wet ingredients – her biggest issue is the different flours

  113. Gail says

    Elana, what a great gift idea and another awesome giveaway. I am giving my family members a gift to a charitable organization of their choice in their name, and this would be the perfect complement to go along with a card acknowledging their donation.

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!

  114. Stephanie says

    For the holidays I usually gift baked goodies or hand crafted items. The cookie mix in a jar along with the recipe is a great alternative and worthy of consideration.

    I tried your pumpkin muffins and now won’t use any other recipe. My Thanksgiving guests devoured them. Your Almond Flour Cookbook is on my wish list.

  115. Rebecca says

    My husband made these cookies for me last week and I nearly ate them ALL for dinner. An instant new favorite! And maybe by giving GF mixes to family and friends, they won’t be so intimidated to cook for us gluten free-ers!

  116. Leah says

    This is exactly what I needed! I’ve been sending so many people to your website lately. More and more people are becoming gluten free and trying to reduce carbs. People are much more motivated when they try the things I make from your recipes! I have several people in mind for the cookie jar gift!

  117. Melody says

    Love it! I’m going to run stir this up right now! I’ll give several away tonight to some ladies at our home school meeting! Thanks so much! … And thanks for the chance to win these items! Blessings!

  118. Kathleen says

    WOW, great idea! As a gift for celiac kids, this is better than making the cookies for them – the kids can make the cookies themselves. Thanks, Elana!

  119. Ariel Laman says

    Hi Elana,

    I have using your recipes for the past 6 months, and have found them to be delicious. I have been looking for recipes for gluten breads and cookies and have tried a few I have found in the store. I love the aroma of fresh baked bread, and have tried Bob’s Red Mill pizza mix. I’m hoping to have better recipes for breads and cookies.

    Thank you for your true dedication to providing all of us with the best, tried & tested recipes you provide reguarly.

    Ariel Laman

  120. Kelly Penland says

    I found this while looking for something to make for the Christmas Party at my Crossfit club, Graham Crossfit. We call it the BOX. This will be a perfect treat to bring for everyone to try and I’m going to make copies of the recipe for guests as well. When we all get together sharing recipes and Paleo Ideas is a big Highlight! Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    P.S. Crossfit and paleo has changed my life….

  121. says

    What a WONDERFUL idea. So practical and straight from the heart. Just what I’d like to receive as a gift for the holidays.
    Thank you for your lovely idea.
    Lisa Marie

  122. anastasia says

    What I love about this is that all the ingredients are included. So often, they are not, which is not quite a thoughtful, and often requires shopping by the recipient before they can use it. Instant gratification makes this gift a winner!

  123. Frances Brooks says

    I keep coming back to your site for inspiration. I recently started on the entrees and can’t get enough of the chicken with prunes and olives. So good. Would love to win the book!

  124. Lynette says

    Thanks Elana!
    My roomate introduced me to your site (and uses your recipes often) and I have been following ever since. Thanks for the great idea!

  125. Kelly says

    I really like your website. You’re very passionated about food, and it’s very inspiring. Keep up the good work. Nice holidays!

  126. Vee says

    I made these cookies a few days ago. Great cookies!! I will definitely share the recipe with my cousins wife who has celiac’s
    Yum Yum!!

  127. Karin says

    I am new to GF baking and your blog has been very inspiring. This is an excellent gift idea – great for my friends who are dabbling with GF baking too. Thanks!!

  128. Megan Lieder says

    Never commented but would love a chance to win. My husband, four kids and I live in Germany and use only almond flour, which is easy to find and not too expensive. I LOVE your blog and your recipes and use them almost exclusively. Thank you for what you do! :) Blessings, Megan

  129. Kaitlin Ganoung says

    Thank you Elana! You have changed our lives!
    4 Months ago my husband and I decided to go on the phase 1 diet for weight loss and health reasons. The first few weeks were a difficult adjustment, but after a friend passed onto me your web site, our food lives became ever more so exciting. I think I use a new recipe twice a week from your page. Our health has improved and my husband has lost over 15 pounds!
    We love your quick bread, your pancakes are a regular on our table, sometimes with bananas! Everyone that comes over raids our granola bucket, and request your apple rosemary chicken.
    I don’t necessarily need to win anything, but sure would love it!

    Again thank you for the culinary enlightenment!

    The Ganoung Family

  130. Jessica K says

    I’d love to have your cook book! Any suggestion on how long the cookie mix will last? Bake it right away? Keep for a couple weeks?

  131. JQBancroft says

    I love the idea of giving baked goods away, but it can be hard when family is far away. Making a mix is the perfect solution. And a grain-free one is perfect for my low carb family members and my sister who is allergic to wheat!

  132. Vanesza says

    This is such a great idea! I love homemade gifts. Winning your book would be so sweet! Oh, and I have been a little too addicted to your chocolate chip cookie recipe, good thing I love to workout! :)

  133. Rita Eakes says

    This is the best idea for celiac patients who work and have children and just don’t have the time to bake something homemade and delicious. I have recently gone gluten free and it has made a world of difference in my digestion. Wheat, over the years, has cause me to be near osteoporosis level so I have no choice but to be gluten free, however, it has been a godsend to have your recipes so I can enjoy homemade cookies and brownies for a treat. Thank you for your wonderful recipes. They have been a lifesaver.

  134. jessica says

    I have already baked these cookies twice! used the butter version instead of grapeseed oil and they are SOOO yummy . i feel much better devouring 3 or 4 knowing it’s a far healthier version than traditional choc chip cookies. thanks Elana for providing your recipes on your site you are so generous :)

  135. Donna Grady says

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing all of your creative ideas with us. My gluten free girls and I would love to win this. :)

    • Donna Grady says

      BTW…my three year old loves to go on your Amazon page and watch your demonstration video. She knows how to go to it on her own and watch it over and over again. :)

  136. Tracy says

    What a great idea for a gift- it also helps to show people who don’t have to eat gluten-free just how tasty gluten free goodies can be!

  137. says

    This is such a great idea! I am a Private Chef that cooks only Gluten Free and Paleo, this will be a great gift for some of the people I cook for!

    Thanks as always for your wonderful ideas!
    Halie Casey

  138. says

    I love your cookbook and it would make such a great gift this Christmas! I don’t know anyone who eats gluten-free, but even swapping out some almond flour baked goods for regular ones is a good change.

  139. Jo Stanley says


    I have really enjoyed your blog. I self diaganosed myself almost 2 years ago. I have nver felt better then now. I have learned so much about Gluteen free items from your website. Thanks for such a good job.


  140. Lisa says

    This is a great idea. What I love the most is that it makes GF baking stress-free for the recipient. They don’t have to stress themselves to hunt and find the “exotic” ingredients. Well these ingredients are ordinary in my kitchen, but my mother-in-law wouldn’t know where to begin looking for them in any store.

  141. says

    I absolutely love this idea Elana! I think I will try this! I think that even my non-gluten-free friends will appreciate this. Would this work with any other cookie recipe? I’m thinking of a cashew butter choc chip cookie…would it work? It does have 2 eggs though, which maybe they could just add the the batter.


  142. Jennifer Warnick says

    I never thought of including the wet ingredients when I gift a jar for baking. This is even better because it is gluten free!

  143. says

    That looks wonderful! I’m going to do this. I have some relatives and myself that are gluten free. I have other allergies as well and love your blog because I don’t seem to be able to eat much of anything without feeling sick and your website has given me so many more options. Thank you so much for doing this.


  144. Theresa Picoriello says

    Love the idea and the cookies too delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and your right making chocolate chip cookies have never been easier. plus all the way around. love the giveaway too. Happy Holidays

  145. says

    Hi Elana,
    When my son was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I searched for the best diet for people with MS. The Gluten/Dairy free seemed to make a lot of sense. In order to get him to try the diet I decided to bake some “goodies” to prove to him that going gluten free was going to be horrible. I found your site and now our entire family loves gluten free. I list your website on our “supplement” list on our web site as the place to go for great recipes.
    Thanks so much for all your information.
    By the way, after being gluten free for 2 months my son was tested with my husbands fMRI machine and we noticed the sluggish brain venous flow had improved. Diet is going to be part of the answer to MS.
    Happy Holidays,

  146. Anina says

    Dear Elana, thank you so much for all the amazing recipes, advice and inspiration. I wish you and your family a lovely festive season. I made your truffles a few times as gifts, it is so special to receive something homemade.

  147. barbara says

    Wonderful idea! What a way to share our passion with loved ones. Thank you so much. I’m off to buy mason jars.

  148. Seana says

    Awesome idea, Elana! I was just looking with regret at a “Gift in a Cup” cookbook that my kids got me before we knew we were gluten and dairy sensitive and wishing that I could make the recipes work for us. You’ve done it for me! Thanks!

  149. BETSY BROCK says

    I have friends that can hardly believe that gluten free cookies are so good!!! I may even do the chocolate/cherry cookies too. thank you for all your work and testing.

  150. Anna Fargo says

    What a great cookie idea. I love the fact that the wet ingredients are included. This will be great to try on my non-GF friends and family as well as those that are GF.

  151. Kristine says

    I’m not waiting to win to make these cookies! These cookies look great. I have 2 boys, one is gluten/soy free and the other is not, I believe that both boys will LOVE these. And I love that they come together in a SNAP. I sure would like to win the book. Thanks for a great giveaway. And thanks for sharing all your hard work with us. It sure makes it easier for those of us who have to learn how to cook all over again — AND make it taste good!

  152. Gina says

    I have so many gf friends who would love to get this as a gift! You have inspired me :) I’m gonna do it! Thanks for helping us all to live and love healthier…..

  153. says

    great idea! thanks, i am going to make some of these with my daughter this weekend. she is getting into playing in the kitchen more and more these days. what a great way to teach healthy habits!

  154. Eileen says

    After years of eating flour in various foods, my husband and I suddenly became intolerant of gluten. Your website has been a tremendous help to me in preparing gluten free foods. Thank you so much!!

  155. Lori says

    My daughter, who is 10, is now gluten free and your cookbook would be an immense help in my finding recipes that she’ll love. Thanks for the opportunity!

  156. Faye Gannon says

    What a tasty gift! In today’s economy – it’s a perfect gift! And the instructions could be on the backside of the gift card in case someone does not have a computer.

  157. Julie says

    Another great recipe! I love checking out your recipes daily, I am not gluten free but enjoy cooking gluten free, and vegan options. I like to be creative. And all your recipes are just that, very unique and just delicious when prepared. Thanks for all the tips and recipes. Happy to be a fan :)

  158. Susan M. says

    Mmmm, this recipe sounds sooo yummy! Can’t wait to make them. And, now I know what to give my vegan friend, since these cookies are gluten-free and vegan! Thanks for the great gift idea :)

  159. says

    way to make it easy! your friends and family are very lucky.
    have a beautiful holiday, and thank you for spreading cookies (AKA joy) to so many people.

  160. Elyse Early says

    Such a great idea! Your truffles are so popular with my family that I no longer buy gifts during the holidays–I just restock everyone’s chocolate supply! Even my 18 year old niece, who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, always asks, “When is Aunt Lyse going to bring us more truffles?” The cookies are also in big demand, so this is a perfect way to supply them! In only two years, your recipes have become my family’s holiday tradition.

  161. Gail Radke says

    Please enter me in the drawing of the giving away of the cookie mix you see in the photo above, along with a copy of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

    My brother just married and his wife has to eat gluten and dairy free recipes. I’m thankful I found your website and look forward to your emails. I have much to learn and you are helping me understand how to cook and bake with her in mind. Again, I say thank you.

  162. Beth says

    As the world becomes more gluten-free friendly, I have found more and more fun recipes. Elana, this is a GREAT idea and a wonderful gift! Thanks for your site!

  163. Stephanie says

    Your chocolate chip cookies are the best Elana! I am gluten free and only bake gluten free. My college age kids only eat gluten free at home because they have to :) My oldest is a weight lifter and doesn’t eat sweets, etc. but he will eat your cookies, because they are high in protein and sugar free (except for the choc chips). I made them last week and put them in care packages that I sent to both boys for exam study week. As always, thanks for the great recipes and great ideas!

  164. Ruth says

    I am excited to make these for Christmas gifts. They are very personal gifts and I like to give thoughtful gifts :) My daughter was diagnosed with candida disease a while back after having stomach problems throughout college, and my daughter in law was very recently diagnosed with gluten intolerances as well, so as you can imagine, it has been tough to cook ANYTHING in my house lately. Your website has been a blessing, and we have tried many of your recipes. They are all good! I know the cookie mix will be something they will appreciate. THANK YOU!

  165. melanie brenner says

    The cookies sound incredible and healthy.. Cant go wrong with that, Cant wait to try these my daughter is going to be sooo excited.

  166. Jen says

    You’ve done it again….bringing cookies in a jar to those of us who are gluten free. Thanks for all the great ideas and this giveaway!
    Take extra good care~

  167. says

    Elana – thanks for sharing such a great idea. We are also making Christmas gifts this year, and I had not thought of sharing in this way. Love it!

  168. Melissa says

    I am planning on having 2 of my grandsons over for a Christmas cookie baking day. This recipe would be perfect for them to do to make cookies. Thanks for posting the recipe. Would love to win your cookbook, so far all of your recipes I have tried have turned out great. Keep up the good work!

  169. says

    My husband and I have Lyme and we came accross your site. The cookbook and web site are a rainbow to our world!!!!! We thank you SO much. One must have something sweet to really have a richer life, you make that possible.

  170. Kathryn says

    Another beautiful idea. I hadn’t thought to do this for my gluten free friends. Heaven knows we don’t receive many food gifts that are safe and wonderful. Your spiced pecans make perfect gifts for everyone on my list – gluten free or not.

  171. says

    I have been giving gifts in a jar for many years, but have never included the wet ingredients…tht realy is more thoughtful, and convenient for the recipient! lol Thanks for this great simple GF, DF recipe!

  172. Marsha says

    What a great idea. I have given gifts of the dry mix with instructions on what to add for the wet ingredients. Never thought to include them in the gift. Thank you for ther chance to win your wonderful cookbook.

  173. Mary Hancock says

    What a fabulous idea! My granddaughter will love making her own cookies herself with this mix. So hard to do things like this when you have to stay gluten free. Also, dairy free if you use dairy free choc chips!!

  174. Terri says

    Can’t wait to give this great idea to my gluten free friends. Every recipe I’ve tried from your site has been wonderful. Would love to get your book.

  175. dana markland says

    Oh my…I’ve been looking for a wonderful gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe and this might be it…gathering up all ingredients today and doing some baking. My daughter will be coming in for xmas and will love these. Thank you for all of your great recipes! Dana

  176. Jessica says

    You are so generous, thank you for the opportunity for your book! I am learning to cook from experimenting with your site. I appreciate your work more and more as I realize that in addition to providing GF, healthy whole food recipes, you give new recipes for side dishes and desserts that are manageable and familiar enough to round out weeknight meals.

  177. says

    I love those baby size mason jars! So cute! And this is such eco-friendly packaging.
    This would make a nice gift anytime…especially for introducing people to almond flour that initially might not be inclined to seek out where to buy almond flour. Once they taste it though, they’ll be hooked! mwhahahah :)

  178. says

    This is so exciting! I’ve been wanting to add your cookbook to my collection ever since I went gluten free 2 months ago!! My brother inspired me to try this new lifestyle and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I feel like a new, happier and healthier me!!

  179. J. Tirin says

    Great idea! I think I will also give one Gluten Free Cookie Mix Gift Jar to myself this year since it is my first holiday with a gluten free diet. I can’t wait to have homemade chocolate chip cookies again!

  180. Keri says

    Last February, a friend told me about your site when our 14 year old son was diagnosed with T1D. Have downloaded and made many of your tasty recipes since then. Thanksgiving was the BEST ever this year! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  181. Trish Williams says

    I haven’t made any but I just love all the receipies on your website and have a collection of them. Happy holidays to you and yours. Trish W. ..

  182. marcia elwood says

    I would love to win the cookbook and the cookie mix. I look forward to your email each day with such wonderful recipes. Thanks

  183. Hazel says

    I can’t wait to give this gift away! I love the idea of sharing your fabulous gf recipes with others. My friends and family are always amazed at how good everything tastes. Thank you for another wonderful idea.

  184. Dawn says

    Thanks again Elana!
    I’ve been making “Gifts in a jar“ for a few years now, but this is the first gluten free one! Thank you!

  185. MIchelle says

    Great idea – perfect host/ess gift for holiday parties! And thanks for the link to Nature’s Agave. I am glad to have access to a product that vouches for its growing and manufacturing process and has its glycemic index count measured by a third party. Thanks again!

  186. says

    Love this idea … My hard to buy for niece is gluten free and you have now solved my dilemma ! Any other gift recipes to pass on?
    Love it!

  187. Lisa Vance says

    Wow! This is the first I’ve seen one of these jar mixes for gluten free and I just love it! What a great gift for a gf friend… or me! :)

  188. Barbara B says

    Our Pastor is gluten intolerant and I usually try to find gifts that reflect that. This recipe will work for my husband, who is also wheat intolerant. Usually, I substitute all or part of the flour w/other gluten-free properties, too. I don’t always have agave on hand. So, my subs for that are maple syrup(which I have tried in my gluten free chocolate chip cookies and my husband REALLY liked them), honey, or brown rice syrup. I stock up on whatever is on sale and the subs so far have worked out great! Also, I have started to use coconut oil almost exclusively in baking. Thanks for the great recipes!

  189. Helen says

    I can’t wait to make these cookies with my granddaughter. I think I’ll use your gift idea and give the ingredients to her and her mother to make at home.

  190. sam says

    I love this! It’s a great way to show people how easy (and tasty!) it can be to eat gluten-free. I’m definitely doing this!

  191. Paige says

    I have several gluten-free friends that will love this gift! And I’m DIY this year, too, so it’s perfect. Thank you for the idea!

  192. Susan says

    Thanks for this idea – it will be a great gift for my gluten free friends who otherwise might miss out of some of the holiday goodies.

  193. Pamela Smith says

    I am so thankful for your website, ideas . I finally feel like I am eating real food!! I thought my only choices were white rice, potato starch and tapioca… Ouch!! I am also looking forward to your next cookbook.

  194. says

    I always sub coconut oil for the grapeseed oil. Anyone have any idea about how that would store with the other wet ingredients?

    This is such a great stocking stuffer for my gluten intolerant family and friends! Thanks!

  195. Stacey says

    This is a wonderful idea. So many people who would like to do some home baking feel intimidated about sources more esoteric ingredients. This takes all the stress out of it, as well as providing a more wholesome alternative to traditional baked goods. I’m impressed!

  196. Debbie says

    Love this idea since it is so popular with sugar cookies this time of year. Anyonewould love the ez pre-packaged food right now! Thanks for the recipe!

  197. julie siegele says

    Because i love encouraging others to eat gluten free, this gift idea is the perfect way for me to put my words into action! Thank you so much for posting this! Julie

  198. Nancy says

    What a great gift idea you created! I have baked several of your online recipes that my family has really enjoyed. I have to avoid grain carbs for my health. Thanks for creating recipes that have health benefits, are a good source of protein, and taste yummy. I have been eyeing your cookbook online for 8 months now and would love to win a copy.

  199. Jackie Davis says

    I love this idea especially to give to those just starting to eat gluten free and are diabetic. Mixing up a batch to give a plateful already baked along with the mix to use when they need more might add a little more to the gift.

  200. says

    Thanks Elana, I am new to your website but just love the beatiful recipes (nice and simple too!), and great photos (so i know what it should look like!), Thankyou!!! Will be checking in regularly and reccommending it to all my friends. J.

  201. Joanne says

    What a fantastic idea — gifting the ingredients for your awesome cc cookies. I’ve already bought 3 of your books to give as holiday gifts to friends so this will be a nice addition. Keep the recipes coming Elana — I check daily to see what creations you’ve come up with :-)

  202. Peiwen says

    That’s such a great idea! I have been making the chicken salad with almonds based on your recipe for 4 weeks in a row now! I just can’t get enough! :)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your comment will need to be approved before it will appear on the site. I do not answer substitution questions, the only way to know if something works is to test it!