Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gifts from your Kitchen

    Another wonderful gift from the kitchen is Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar. These delicious cookies are a holiday tradition. No Christmas is complete in my house without cooking up a batch.
    I gifted something similar to this a few years ago, and received nothing but positive reviews. They are simple and affordable to make, and are sure to put a smile on any one's face.

Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar:


1 - 1 liter Mason Jar
1 - standard size ring
1 - standard size lid
Wide mouth funnel
16 inches of hemp twine (or any string you have on hand)
1 - 9"x 9" piece of holiday fabric
2 pieces of card stock, 2 colors matching your chosen fabric (to make the label)
adhesive of your choice
computer printer
8.5 x 11 card stock (extra thick printer paper)
Gingerbread man cookie cutter (optional)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice
1 cup packed brown sugar


1) In a large mixing bowl, sift together 2 cups of the flour, the baking soda and baking powder.
2) In a second mixing bowl, sift together the remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour with the ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice.
3) Begin layering the ingredients into the Mason Jar starting with the flour and baking powder mixture, then the brown sugar, and finally the flour and spice mixture. Pack firmly between layers.  

All 3 layers...

Just enough room...

4) Fit the jar with the ring and the lid.
5) Place the fabric over the ring and secure with the twine.
6) Create Label. The label should read:
Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar:

Additional Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup molasses
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp. vinegar

1) Empty the contents of the jar into a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
2) In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together all additional
 ingredients. Add to flour mixture.
3) Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
4) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (170 degrees C).
5) Roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface.
6) Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
7) Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
8) Bake for 7-8 minutes for soft cookies, and 10-11 for crunchier cookies.
Decorate as desired.

7) From here cut the above instructions and paste them into your personal word processing software. Change the font size, type and color to suit your liking. (I chose size 9 font, Comic Sans, and went with a red and green color scheme.) Print as many as you need.
8) Using a ruler and pencil, carefully trace around the directions. Neatly cut along the pencil line you have created.

9) Glue the directions onto your second piece of card stock. Using your ruler and pencil, carefully trace around the first piece of card stock with the directions on it, leaving a 1/2 inch on all sides.
10) Carefully cut along the pencil line you have created.
11) Punch with a hole and attach to the prepared Mason Jar.

12) Attach gingerbread man cookie cutter.

All finished

*I also came across this web site with a bunch of free printable labels, to add a little something extra.

You may also like:
Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread Pancakes in a Jar

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