Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 8/29/2009

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Create a homey hostess gift by covering the top of the jar with gingham fabric, securing it with a length of raffia, add a couple of cookie cutters and recipe card.

  • Servings: Yield up 1 1/2 dozen cookies.
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Dessert

Ingredients

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground allspice

1 c. brown sugar

Directions

For the jar mix:
In a large bowl, mix the first quantity of flour, baking soda and powder. 

In a separate bowl, mix the second quantity of flour with the ginger, cloves, cinnamon and allspice. 

Layer the mixed components in a wide mouth, 1-qt. canning jar by beginning with the flour/baking powder mixture, then the brown sugar and finally the flour/spice mixture.  Pack each layer firmly.

(Instructions for mixing and baking should appear on a recipe card that accompanies the gift jar.)

For mixing and baking the gingerbread cookies:
Empty the contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl.  Mix in 1/2 c. of softened butter, 3/4 c. molasses and 1 slightly beaten egg.  The dough will be very stiff.  (If you want the cookies to be a bit softer add 1 Tbsp. of white vinegar.)

Cover the dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-in. thick.  Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter and bake 2 inches apart on a greased nonstick medium cookie sheet for 10 - 12 minutes. 

Allow to cool and decorate as desired.