Vacuum Sealed Baked Goods

|By Kayla Domeyer| Featured, Gifts, Holiday, Misc, Recipes

Canned Baked Goods - Vacuum sealed cookies, brownies and cakes in a jar, good for months! | | #diy #cookies #canning

If you’ve ever read this site before, you know that my BFF moved to Korea in August of this year. Her and her husband have been having a great time teaching over there, but she does miss home. Among the things that she’s craving are: fruit snacks, McDonald’s Holiday Pie, brownies and peanutbutter.

So for Christmas I wanted to give her baked goods. Trouble is, the shipping time can be up to 3 weeks. So, I thought I would make her a cookie mix so she could make them herself. That plan was foiled too since she only has a tiny toaster oven in her apartment.

Then, a bloggy friend suggested maybe canned cake. The basic premise is to make a cake in a canning jar and seal it while hot. The heat causes baked goods vacuum seals as it cools and will last up to 2 months unopened.

I loved the idea, but Amy and I share a general dislike for cake. But what about cookies? Hot cookies in a hot jar with a hot lid should do the same thing- right? Right!

So, I sent Amy brownies, and peanut butter cookies in a jar. Then to satiate her love of the McDonald’s Custard pie (a sugar cookie crust with vanilla custard) I made sugar cookies and sent some vanilla pudding cups.

This method is great for friends and family that live far away, or for loved ones in the military. It would also be a great wedding favor since people could keep them for a while and eat as they like. And it was so easy!

NOTE: It is important to note that while these cookies are stored in a heated canning jar, they are not canned. My goal was to create a shelf stable cookie that would be “fresh” when Amy received them up to a month later. The sealed canning jar keeps air from traveling around the cookies, and prevents them from drying. This is a method to prevent staleness, not to preserve baked goods.

What You Need:

  • Wide mouth canning jars, rings, and lids.
  • Your favorite cookies.
  • Oven.

How To Make It:

The process is really simple. Sterilize your jar, rings and lids as normal.  Heat your jar, lid and rings in the oven as you bake your cookies. Then, once the cookies have cooled enough not to fall apart, just stack them in the jar. I baked my cookies on parchment and stacked them that way too to prevent sticking. Once the jars are cool, the seal button should be down. That means they sealed!

Canned Baked Goods - Vacuum sealed cookies, brownies and cakes in a jar, good for months! | | #diy #cookies #canning
Canned Baked Goods - Vacuum sealed cookies, brownies and cakes in a jar, good for months! | | #diy #cookies #canning
Canned Baked Goods - Vacuum sealed cookies, brownies and cakes in a jar, good for months! | | #diy #cookies #canning
Canned Baked Goods - Vacuum sealed cookies, brownies and cakes in a jar, good for months! | | #diy #cookies #canning



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15 Comments on Vacuum Sealed Baked Goods

  1. Wren
    January 13, 2014 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

    What a clever idea! I love it!

    • Kayla Domeyer
      January 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m glad you think so!!

  2. Vickie
    January 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my, what a great idea! I could send several jars of cookies to my son in college! Of course, I’m sure he would eat them all the same day, but hey – it’s the thought that counts, right??!!
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    • Kayla Domeyer
      January 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Totally! I think Amy’s already eaten all of hers. In theory they should be good for a couple of months in the jars- but no one can wait that long to test!!

    • Kayla Domeyer
      January 15, 2014 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)


      Thanks for the tip! I’ve edited the post to make it more clear this is a method for keeping cookies from going stale in shipping, and not one to preserve them in a sterile environment for eons. The heat is only used for vacuum sealing, and not for sterilization as in traditional canning. Thanks!!

  3. Inda Blackwell
    September 29, 2014 at 10:10 am (1 year ago)

    Love this! Did you bake brownies directly in jar?

    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm (1 year ago)

      I did, but I can’t tell you how they turned out. There are plenty of other tutorials specifically for cakes and brownies.

  4. Patsy
    January 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm (9 months ago)

    I love the idea and the presentation. Going to surprise my mum….thank you.

  5. jaime
    April 19, 2015 at 11:45 pm (6 months ago)

    So dumb question. I’d love to send these in a care package.. but how does sealing them in this way prevent them from molding?? I’ve never canned or anything so this is new.. and my hubby is funny about food so I just want to be able to answer him that they truly are fine, lol Thanks!

    • Kayla Domeyer
      April 21, 2015 at 9:00 am (6 months ago)

      Hey Jaime!

      The method of sealing the cookies in an air tight sterilized container should prevent molding. Mold isn’t something that would typically be on the cookie to begin with, it would be a spore that was introduced and allowed to grow. By minimizing what is introduced, you can hope to minimize mold growth. (That said, this is not a canning method, more of a longer-term-freshness method, so please advise hubby not to eat anything that looks or smells off.)

  6. Ana
    June 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm (4 months ago)

    I would add an oxygen absorber to ensure sealing. I wonder if I could do this in a larger jar with a small loaf of bread.


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