Sarah Jones started Miss Jones Baking Co. because she loved baking, but didn't always have the time to bake from scratch. There were no organic baking mixes, so Sarah found her niche and Miss Jones Baking Co. was born. I stumbled across Sarah's company on Instagram and I was so pleasantly surprised. I always love to support other organic businesses, so I went online and bought a slew of things from Miss Jones! First, I found her awesome sweatshirts, like the Baker's Gonna Bake one that I'm wearing below (you can find it here). And to be honest, I haven't made dessert from a box since I was like seven years old. So it was nostalgic to see these boxes and jars of baked goods and frosting online just like I saw them on the market shelves as a child. So, I picked out a couple things to try.
Since the holidays are upon us and everyone is going to be crazy busy, I thought this would be the perfect time to share Miss Jones with you. So, if you're too busy to bake something from scratch this holiday season, just know you can pick up a box of Miss Jones Baking Co. and still get the best organic ingredients you would if you were baking at home.
Read my interview with Sarah below and find a slightly dressed up recipe using Miss Jones Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and Frosting that is just perfect for the Holidays.
Mimi: When did Miss Jones begin (unofficially and officially)?
Sarah: Unofficially - 2011. Officially - 2015.
M: Who or what inspired you to create Miss Jones Baking Co.?
S: As I advanced in my career, I had less and less time to bake. I started looking for mixes and frostings to use as shortcuts, but couldn't find anything that was up to my standards in terms of taste or ingredients. This was my "Aha!" moment that a new brand needed to exist.
M: How big is your company (how many employees do you have)?
S: 7 folks!
M: Why is organic important to you?
S: Simply put, organic is important to me because it means there's no funky stuff in a product. It means ingredients weren't grown with pesticides, and are free from artificial ingredients and flavors.
M: What’s an average day like for you?
S: Wake up between 5-6am, chug coffee with homemade almond milk, answer emails until about 8am, and then head into the office. Everyday at the office is really different. Some days I might be baking, other days I'm in meetings all day or mostly at my desk, and then I travel quite a bit for work. This is definitely not a job for someone who likes routines or schedules!
M: Where can people find Miss Jones besides your website?
S: Target, Walmart, Publix, Sprouts, Raley's, certain Whole Foods, Safeway, Albertson's, Vons, and HEB stores, and tons of independent stores.
M: What’s your favorite of your products?
S: Our Brownie Mix or Confetti Pop Cookie Mix.
M: You have pretty standard flavors right now, do you plan to offer more flavors?
S: Yes! We are launching Peppermint Bark Frosting this holiday season at select retailers and online at Amazon.
M: Do you ever bake from scratch anymore now that you have a full line of easy mixes?
S: No, I can't tell you the last time I baked from scratch. I love using our mixes as a shortcut to create new and delicious recipes.
M: Do you eat dessert every day?
S: Yes, usually twice a day (after lunch and after dinner).
M: What do you like to do besides bake?
S: I love to hike and travel. It's nice to get outside, go somewhere different, and clear your head.
M: What do you do to stay fit (because I’m assuming you eat a lot of dessert like me)?
S: Besides the daily double serving of desserts, I eat really healthy during the week. Then I eat what I want on the weekends.
Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 bags Miss Jones Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix (find here)
2 sticks (226 grams) organic salted butter
2 organic large eggs
1 Jar Miss Jones Peppermint Frosting (find here)
Or you can also make your own frosting if you have time! This is what I did because, sorry Sarah, I am allergic to tapioca so I couldn't try your frosting!
Peppermint Frosting Recipe
1 stick (113 grams) organic butter, softened
226 grams (1 1/2 cups + 1 Tablespoon) organic powdered sugar, sifted
1-2 teaspoons organic milk
½ teaspoon organic vanilla extract
½ teaspoon organic peppermint flavor
ColorKitchen Green Dye (find here)
ColorKitchen Pink Dye (find here)
ColorKitchen Orange Dye (find here)
Method Bake the cookies as directed on the back of the bag. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets.
If making your own frosting add the butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and peppermint flavor into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer to up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.
Separate the frosting (either homemade or Miss Jones) into two bowls. In the first bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon green food dye and drop of water. Stir to combine completely.
In the second bowl, add 1 teaspoon pink food dye, 2 teaspoon orange dye, and a drop of water. Stir to combine completely.
Put the green and red frostings in a piping bag with decorating tips. You can use any tips that you like, but I used Ateco #32 for green and #96 for red.
Pipe dollops and swirls onto the cookies.
Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
High Altitude - Bake at 350°F for 8 minutes.