Easy Devil's Food Chocolate Cookies (Gift Mix in a Jar)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

Gift jar directions at bottom of the recipe - add onto a recipe card and attach to the gift! Or skip the gift making and indulge yourself with this treat!! NOTE: This recipe is to be prepared one QUART size wide mouth canning jar and will yield 3 dozen cookies. ***Edited to add: I added cherry chips to this jar mix for a variation (tastes like a Choc. Covered Cherry cookie) - they were awesome***

Ingredients Nutrition

  • JAR Ingredients

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (to be added by the recipient)

  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream


  1. Creating the Gift in a Jar:.
  2. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar.
  3. Place the cake mix in the jar.
  4. Secure the lid and decorate as desired; attach the instructions for making these cookies found below.
  6. Additional ingredients to be added by the recipient: 1 (8 oz) container sour cream.
  8. Preheat oven to 350.
  9. Place the contents of the jar in a large bowl.
  10. Add the sour cream, using an electric mixer on low speed, combine until well mixed.
  11. Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart.
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are light brown in color.
  13. Allow to cool for 1 minute on the baking sheet, then transfer to wire racks and cool completely.
  14. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Most Helpful

I had some trouble making these cookies this morning. I ended up using 1 1/2 cups sour cream instead of the 8oz it calls for. My hand mixer got all gooey and bound up with the mix. I ended up with chocolate all over. I did feel that they needed a little something extra. So I went ahead and made a quick frosting, butter powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla then topped them off with a few harvest colored sprinkles. Mine turned out on the larger side, they were more like a brownie than a cookie.

Posiespocketbook October 17, 2010

Great and simple idea for gift giving! Thank you so much!

Beachgal83 December 02, 2008

These are good and very easy. They look just like a chocolate cookie should look like - plump with beautiful crackles on top. My honey likes them just like they are and declined an offer to add nuts or cinnamon to them. I thought they could use just a little something but he loves them like they are. Thank you for an easy and good tasting treat!

Morningfeather December 01, 2008