White Chocolate Spice Cookies Mix {and Pick Your Plum Giveaway}

Before we get to today’s goody, I have something super awesome to offer one of you: the totally awesome gang over at Pick Your Plum are giving you all a chance to win a $50Plum Box full of swank crafting, fashion, baking, and home decor swag!

If you don’t know about Pick Your Plum, you have got to go check ’em out.  They offer the coolest stuff at crazy good deals, and I pretty much want it all.  Stuff like this:

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Be sure to Like Pick Your Plum on Facebook and sign up for their news letter. They post deals on their FB page before they send out the email, so it’s a good way to get the awesome deal before your neighbor!

Good Luck!!

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Okie doke, on to today’s holiday goody–something you can throw together super quick if you need a last minute gift idea (which I often do).

I’ve never really been a gift in a jar type of person.  But then I found Shaina Olamanson’s Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine, and I kind of changed  my mind.  If you haven’t seen her book, it’s full of desserts you serve in jars (!) and it pretty much rocks.

Even though I’m a planner by nature, the holidays always tend to sneak up on me, and then I’m left scrambling for ideas at the last minute.  My husband’s family likes to exchange homemade gifts, and this year I needed something quick and easy to assemble.

Especially since the flu hit our house this week.  But even with that unexpected kink in my plans, I still had time to throw together some of these spice cookie mixes.

Only a few ingredients, some jars, and five minutes, and I had perfect little homemade gifts.  Even better, I have them ready two weeks before Christmas.  Score!

And, as a bonus, Shaina has free printable gift tags with instructions for topping your cookie mix jars on her Desserts in Jars site.  I love this book.*

White Chocolate Spice Cookies Mix
makes 18 to 24 cookies
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
To make cookies:
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons butter), softened
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Place in a 1-quart jar. Top with brown sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together granulated sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean powder. Add the sugar mixture to the jar and top with white chocolate chips. Seal, and attach a label with the following instructions:
To make the cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325. Mix butter and molasses in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. Beat in the egg. Add the contents of the jar and mix until incorporated. Roll into 1-inch balls, roll the balls in sugar, an placed them on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tops are cracked and the edges have started to brown. Cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

I had a great time participating in Brenda’s 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats this year.  Thanks so much for hosting, Brenda!

I’m partying here!

*I was in no way compensated for this post. I just really like this book. 🙂



  1. Sarah C.

    I love to give any dessert that I have baked for my blog. People get to taste test and I get feedback.
    Sarah C. recently posted..Pear Pecan GaletteMy Profile

  2. Terri

    My favorite thing to give is a tray of homemade cookies!

  3. amy @ fearless homemaker

    What a wonderful gift! I wouldn’t mind receiving one of these, hint, hint. =) My favorite thing to give? It’s hard to choose just one – fudge, cookies, brownies, or caramels!
    amy @ fearless homemaker recently posted..Soft Molasses Crinkle CookiesMy Profile

  4. MANDA

    I like to give homemade candy!

  5. maureen

    At this time of the year the gift I give the most of is eggnog bread.

  6. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Um, what a genius gift! I always think that actually making cookies is what I need to do, but it’s so much easier and honestly, better, to give them a homemade mix! That way, they can make it and enjoy it on their own terms and it looks adorable! This spice cookie is calling my name QUITE loudly!
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..Chocolate Mint Seven Layer BarsMy Profile

  7. Heather

    Who doesn’t like desserts in jars? So fun! I love making any kind of popcorn treat.


    I love giving paintings!

  9. Yenny

    I love making my friends letters in bottles.

  10. Amy

    I love making baked goods and treats for holiday treats

  11. Megan Parsons

    I love baking cakes for other people as gifts!

  12. Shanda J

    I make a cream cheese pound cake that everyone loves and I give that as a holiday gift.

  13. Terri Herman

    We like to make homemade pimento cheese. Couple it with crackers and it makes a great gift!

  14. Christine Waddell

    i love to give away homemade fudge, candy and party mix.

  15. alena svetelska

    i like to make home made brownies

  16. jorie rogers

    I love giving away baking mixes in a jar. They are easy to prepare ahead of time and then save for gift giving occassions.

  17. Victoria carlson

    I love giving away homemade fudge 🙂

  18. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    I love giving away all different kinds of Christmas cookies in a decorative tin. Great giveaway, Ashley! Thanks for sharing.

  19. grace

    We give our annual home-made banana cake 🙂

  20. Nataly Carbonell

    Pies (Pecan Pies) or bracelets



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