Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar Cookies Copycat Recipe

Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar Copycat Recipe

Let’s have a moment of silence for the fact that I made these cookies just because of a viral video I watched about Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar at the Minnesota State Fair….. Shouldn’t I be ashamed? Has anyone else seen this video and felt that, short of taking a trip to Minnesota, making these became a #1 priority? Is it because anything in a bite sized form is just better? Or is it because cookies served up in a bucket just seems to overwhelm me with happiness?

Whatever the reason, I don’t regret this decision. I think these may be the perfect little baby cookie I’ve ever made. They are chewy and soft, but also crispy in some places. It’s like the best of both worlds.

For those of you that are crazy enough to want to double this recipe like I did, it doubles very well. Although, unless you have a very large mixer, you may have a hard time because it’s a ton of dough. I use a professional grade Viking mixer and it was about 75% full with dough. But I needed around 200 cookies since I was making these for my traditional “Cupcake Friday” at work (which has turned into more of a dessert Friday at this point).

It was honestly pretty easy to make this many. I have two baking sheets, so while one sheet was baking in the oven with about ~30-ish cookies on it, I was loading up the other with dough. So I was maybe baking for about an hour.

Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar Cookies Copycat Recipe

I brought in half gallons of chocolate milk and whole milk to go with it. And served the cookies after the milk had been frozen for about 30 minutes. So it was iced cold with little ice chunks. You’re welcome is all that I have to say.  🙂 🙂

Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar Cookies Copycat Recipe

Here is a visual of what the dough should look like when you freeze it and after it’s cut into chunks. It’s hard to explain in a recipe format, but here visual helps a bit.

Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar Cookies Copycat Recipe

Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar Cookies Copycat Recipe

Hopefully you enjoy these as much as everyone here did! They went so fast, I felt like I should have made twice as many. Definitely a winning recipe with a crowd.

Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar Cookies Copycat Recipe

Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar Cookies Copycat Recipe

ServesMakes about 75 mini cookies


  • 2 cups cake flour, minus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 2/3 cup bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark brown sugar works)
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 2 egg yolks, room temp
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • finishing salt
  • ** 2 tablespoon instant espresso powder (optional ingredient - provides a cafe style cookie taste)
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet


In a large bowl, sift/whisk together all of the dry ingredients (this would include the espresso powder if you choose to use it). Be sure to leave the finishing salt out of the dry mixture. This is for use to sprinkle on the cookies after they finish baking.
In a mixing bowl, beat the sugars and softened butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl in between. Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.
On the lowest speed, add the flour mixture slowly and mix until just barely combined. A few streaks of flour are OK.
Add the chocolate chips and mix in by hand with a spatula until they are evenly distributed.
Separate dough into 4 equal parts (just eye-ball it). Place each portion onto it's own piece of plastic wrap. Press the dough into rectangular disks about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap tightly and freeze for 45 minutes. You can also refrigerate the dough for a few hours or overnight. (see photo)
When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350.
While dough is still wrapped, use a rolling pin to create an even surface. Unwrap and using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into 1/2 inch horizontal strips. Cut again, this time vertically into 1/2 inch strips. You should have cookie dough pieces that are about the size of your thumb nail. (see photo)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough pieces on the sheet, leaving about 1 inch of space in between each cookie. Bake for 6-8 minutes, which should allow the cookies to be just a tad under-cooked.
Once you remove from the oven, dust the cookies with a touch of finishing salt. Place onto a cooling rack and serve warm.


Serving options: Serve with ice cold milk, just like Sweet Martha's cookie stand does. Or, pair with vanilla ice cream, create ice cream cookies, or cream pie cookies. You can also dip half of each cookie into melted tempered chocolate.

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    October 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm These look wonderful, and I love the story behind them! I think it's good to be guided by curiosity when it comes to baking - esp when the results are so delicious!
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      October 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm Yes I absolutely agree :) :) thanks for the kind words!
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    October 18, 2017 at 2:03 am I'm excited to try these! My other attempts at mini chocolate chip cookies haven't had as great results. These look excellent. How many cups chocolate chips did you use in the recipe? Regular sized or mini? Thanks!
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      October 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm Me too! Mini cookies in the past have never turned out for me the same way regular ones do. But these will absolutely not let you down, that's a guarantee. People were seriously obsessed. Also, I definitely used mini chocolate chips since these cookies were small. If you decide to make these, please come back and let me know how you liked them.
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    Cathy Calderon
    February 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm I must have missed it. What is the measure of chocolate chips used. I didn't see them on the ingredients list.
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      February 2, 2018 at 3:44 pm Hi Cathy - I am so sorry! Thank you for catching this. I just updated the recipe to reflect the measurement of chocolate chips. I used a whole bag of mini chocolate chips so they are chock-full of chocolate chips. If you want to use less, you can do 2 cups or so. Thank you again! :)
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    September 6, 2019 at 10:51 pm Why bread flour instead of AP flour? Other copy cats I have seen use AP. Yours is the first with bread flour and I am just wondering why.
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      September 8, 2019 at 8:41 pm Hi Angela! Great question. The recipe is intended to use the combination of bread & cake flours to get the perfect soft and chewy texture. The bread flour always requires a bit more moisture, hence the reason for the two egg yolks and brown sugar instead of all granulated white sugar. I experimented with a few different measurements and flour types before I achieved (what seems to me) to be the perfect Sweet Martha's cookie!

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