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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Method
  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!

XOXO, Ashley

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