Need a simple homemade Christmas gift? Use this Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar recipe and your recipient can mix up delicious cookies whenever the mood strikes. This is Cookie in a Jar mix the perfect holiday gift for teachers, neighbors, and Co-workers.
I became really obsessed with homemade gifts last year, at first, it was simply a money-saving endeavor. But as I started crafting different gifts with the kids I realized the time spent together making handcrafted gifts was just as special as the gifts themselves.
This fun gift idea that is a perfect family craft that will entertain the kids on a snowy afternoon and give you’re a head start on holiday gifts. I think Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar is a great gift idea that is just as fun to give as to receive.
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- Cardstock for printing label and instruction tag
- tubes of decorating gel
- baker's twine
- cookie cutter
- 1 quart-sized glass jar with a lid
- In a small bowl, mix together 13/4 cups flour and the ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and nutmeg. Add in an even layer to the jar. Layer the brown sugar, followed by the remaining 13/4 cups flour. Top the jar with the lid, attach directions, and decorate.
Directions to include on gift tag:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup molasses
Mix together butter, eggs and molasses. Stir in the contents of the jar until well combined. Chill the dough for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350º F. Roll out gingerbread dough and cut into shapes and then place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges just start to brown. Allow to cool completely.
Putting together a Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar is really easy and the recipient only needs a few pantry staples (butter, eggs, and molasses) to bake the cookies. I found some really cute cookie cutters at Wegman’s for .69¢ each and bought a bunch to tie onto the jars, but a packet of sprinkles or cinnamon stick would be just as cute.
Making Cookie Mixes in jars is pretty simple, but it can get a little messy, especially if you have little hands helping. If you are a canner and have a canning funnel handy, I found using it makes the process of constructing the gift jars a lot less messy. Adding the layers of ingredients is easier with a funnel, but a flexible cutting board or wax paper are just as good at getting your dry ingredients into to jars.
Now I know handwritten notes are awesome, but I am going to be making a few of these and decided a printable instruction tag was the way to go for me. If you are in the same boat as me I am sharing the gift tags I will be using, these are PDF printables and are perfect for cardstock. Click on the picture or link to get to the printable.
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