Got a Favorite Cookie Jar? Share & Win $10 Gift Card!

03.07.2014cookiejar2Seeing how the deadline for my latest book is coming up fast, I’ve stocked the house with the required elements…including Oreo cookies in my favorite cookie jar. Hmmm, it seems someone (the hubby I’m guessing!) has been digging into my stash, but I digress…

According to Wikipedia, a cookie jar is “a utilitarian or decorative ceramic or glass jar often found in American and Canadian kitchens. In the United Kingdom, they are known as biscuit barrels or biscuit jars. While used to store actual cookies or biscuits, they are sometimes employed to store other edible items like candy or dog treats, or non-edible items like currency (in the manner of a piggy bank)”.

I find it hard to believe that cookie jars are solely in the homes of American, Canadians or the British. Everyone needs a place to store their cookies, right? Be it fancy or plain and no matter what you might be a fan of…Superheroes, animated cartoons, animals, flowers, purses, food, Hollywood…you can be sure there’s a cookie jar out there for you!

This is the cookie jar that has been sitting on my kitchen counter since…oh, gosh, I can’t03.07.2014cookiejar1 remember how long. I’m pretty sure it’s been around since my first marriage (yes, I got possession of all the important stuff twenty years ago!) The bottom is the standard angled clear glass jar (I like seeing what’s inside!) and a wide mouth ensures ease in which to grab three or four with one hand. But what makes this jar so special to me is the three hand-painted covers made by my amazingly artistic aunt that go along with it.

The pretty much year-round cover is one of a pastel, calico cat, which is funny because I never used to even like cats until Shoey came into our family about ten years ago. Maybe my Aunt was trying to tell me something, because I love this cat as much as I love the real one currently curled up in the dog’s bed tucked into the corner of my office that she’s taken over as her own.

I was lucky enough to get my Aunt to make two more covers—one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. Aren’t they beautiful?

03.07.2014cookiejarholidaysI remember at the time hoping to have a whole group of covers for all the major holidays, but as what usually happens, life goes on and my Aunt moved on to other projects (I swear, the woman could do and make anything!) Still, I consider myself lucky to have this daily reminder of what a terrific lady she was as she passed away in 2008. I did purchase a vintage, 1940s ceramic Cowboy Boots cookie jar a few years back for the hubby. It too sat on the kitchen counter but, we never used it because…well, we already had a cookie jar. I’ve since moved those boots, and for the life of me I have no idea where, which is why I don’t have an picture to share!

How about you all? Do you have a special cookie jar that sits on your kitchen counter? Do you store cookies or something else in there? Share and I’ll choose one name to win a $10 or gift card!

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52 Responses to Got a Favorite Cookie Jar? Share & Win $10 Gift Card!

  1. Anita H. says:

    Those are such cute cookie jars! I’m sadly missing one in my life, I just visit my cupboard when I need to snack lol But now I’m thinking I need to find me a cute cookie jar…or at least a cute cover! :)

  2. I love these cookie jar covers – I’m all about holiday decorating. I don’t have a cookie jar – my sister-in-law has an amazing collection that I covet. I’ve been waiting to find ‘the perfect one’. You’ve inspired me to renew my search. Good luck on the book deadline – hope you have a never ending supply of inspiration and Oreos.

    • Oh, a jar collection! There are some amazing ones out there in the internet! And another one without a jar…and here I thought it was normal to have one, but maybe not! Good luck with your search, Michelle!

  3. Sandy Blair says:

    What a cute cookie jar! I agree we all should have one on the kitchen counter. I have two. One for everyday and a special one I made in ceramic class for Christmas. To keep the grandkids happy mine are always full of homemade cookies. :)

    • Oh, homemade cookies! That happens every once in a while (if those store bought chocolate chip cookies that start as squares count) and having a jar you made yourself must be so special!

  4. Tina Beckett says:

    Aww…what cute cookie jar covers, Christyne. Love those! I have a blue and white ceramic jar we bought in Portugal, but I’m really digging the see-through idea. Although, that might be really dangerous for me (i.e. within days there’d be nothing left to see). ;)

  5. Ana E Ross says:

    Those are some awesome covers, Christyne. They make dieting extremely difficult. :-)

  6. I love your cookie jar covers!
    I remember my mother’s cookie jar, and for years I had one in my home, but since my kids have flown the coop I don’t keep a cookie jar around. I’m a cookie monster and having one, especially a clear glass one, with a cute front, would be a disaster. Neither my husband (also a cookie monster) and I need the temptation.
    It’s tough being a grown up!

  7. Christyne, love your cookie jar. And what’s in it. :D Currently, we don’t have a cookie jar on the counter. But I have one that’s glass, clear, octagonal with large mouth and a stainless lid that I haul out when necessary. Lately, I’ve been keeping my Oreos in a pantry drawer in their original wrapper that reseals really well. :D

  8. Amy Laude says:

    I have a few cookie jars. I have the standard square clear glass one with the metal lid that came from my Granny’s house. This is the one we actually use. I also collect Coca-Cola bear items. I have two of those. One is shaped like a Coke can with a polar bear scene on it. The other is actually shaped like the polar bear holding his Coke while he’s leaning against the machine. Those are my pretties just to look at. I love all my cookie jars. :-)

  9. C-Jay M says:

    Those are adorable. I had a jar like yours (sans cute toppers) when the kids were little and ate more cookies. Now, I’ve got a smaller OXO Good Grips Food Storage jar with the sealed pop-up top; it stores less and keeps the cookies crisper than in the old glass jar.

  10. janis says:

    I use a ceramic cookie jar I made with a plastic lid. I want to get a teddy bear one though

  11. Mary Hancock says:

    I have a cute “snowman” cookie jar, that I use in the winter. In Spring I take out this extra-large bean pot with an air tight lid. I use that Spring, Summer, and Fall for cookies and other goodies. I love using a cookie jar, then the kids and grandkids know right where to go for a sweet treat.

  12. Debbie D'Orazio says:

    Great cookie jar lids, Christyne! I don’t have a cookie jar. But I do have a treat jar for my dogs Bosco and Jake. It’s white ceramic with an attached lid that flips up to open. And a raised Chocolate Lab head is displayed on the side of the jar. Both “boys” know exactly where that jar is and sit looking at it longingly many times during the day. Of course, they get their treats, just not too many.

  13. Sandi in OH says:

    Our daughter-in-law gave us her cookie jar. It is a lighthouse cookie jar. It sounds just like a real lighthouse when the lid is lifted. That explains why she gave it to us…it is too noisy for a family of five. My husband loves lighthouses (we’ve climbed Cape Hatteras and Currituck). Our grandchildren love the cookie jar so I try to have it filled when they are here which isn’t very often. They live in NC.

  14. Dyan says:

    My cookies don’t last long enough to make it into a cookie jar! Those lids are super cute, such sweet faces!

  15. Lois J. Bates says:

    I have several, including a cow that moos when you open it, but my favorite cookie jar is my Disney one. It is, of course, the castle!

  16. Joanna Sims says:

    Hi Christyne,

    I don’t have a favorite cookie jar (although I love yours). I do have a favorite cake stand. It was my mother’s and every birthday, before school, she would let me open her Betty Crocker Cook Book and select my cake. After school, I would rush off the bus, and sure enough, my cake would be sitting in that pedestal stand. Great memories.

    All the best,


  17. Jane Squires says:

    I have a house cookie jar – got for my wedding 34 plus years ago.

  18. Ada says:

    Ohh I like the idea of different covers for different seasons! I don’t really have a favorite cookie jar, more like a tupperware tub I throw a package or two of cookies in so when I reach for one, I can choose from the variety depending on my mood :)

    • A variety of cookies in the same tub…interesting! I’m guessing you keep them in the packages otherwise the smells (and tastes?) might mix? And it’s amazing how one’s mood can lead us to certain choices, right? :-)

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  19. Lori says:

    My favorite cookie jar is a full cookie jar. Preferably with something with chocolate, like chocolate chip cookies.

  20. Marcy Shuler says:

    We have my hubby’s grandmother’s cookie jar. It’s a puppy. We don’t really use it for cookies, but it has great sentimental value to my hubby since he lived with his grandmother for quite a few years and helped care for her.

  21. That’s so sweet, Marcy! And its great that you have such a special reminder of her!

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  25. Shannon says:

    We have a couple cute ones like a christmas one and one with our wedding dates on it but usually cookies are eaten too fast in our house to break out a cookie jar to store them in

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