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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.

Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar

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

For the jar mix:
  1. In a large bowl, mix the first quantity of flour, baking soda and powder.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the second quantity of flour with the ginger, cloves, cinnamon and allspice.
  3. 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.
  4. (Instructions for mixing and baking should appear on a recipe card that accompanies the gift jar.)

For mixing and baking the gingerbread cookies:
  1. 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.)
  2. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  4. 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.
  5. Allow to cool and decorate as desired.