Daily Archives: November 20, 2015

Gingerbread in a Jar Recipe

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone needs a fantastic recipe for the classic gingerbread cookie! Plus it is always helpful to have a couple Gingerbread in a Jar’s ready to gift a host for a holiday dinner.  So many fond memories can be tied to the smell of gingerbread.
DIY Gift of Gingerbread for the Holidays in a Jar

Gingerbread in a Jar Recipe

Growing up we made gingerbread cookies at preschool which was my first real introduction to baking.  Loved when the teacher’s did an adaption of the dough ornaments with the gingerbread.  Smelled divine and we made them into necklaces for our parents!  My mom always had it hanging on her bedroom dresser.

It smelled so good that when we got our chocolate lab, years later, she ate it.

Yes, sweet puppy, gingerbread does smell delicious.

Here is our surefire way to bring in a taste and intoxicating holiday smell into your homes this holiday season:

Gingerbread Cookies

JAR:

1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp  cloves
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar

COOKING: ADD IN

1/2 cup butter & 3/4 cup molasses & 1 egg

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cream together 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup molasses and 1 egg. Blend in the Gingerbread Cookie Mix. Stir until well blended.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Roll out dough to 1/4 on a lightly floured surface. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

The cookies are deliciously simple and you can pack up ten jars for under 4 dollars a jar– ingredients from a big box store, along with the jars!  Add in a simple handmade tag, noting directions, and you have a wonderfully thoughtful handmade gift.

Gifting for our family always consists of a handmade gift-more personal in nature and a fabulous store-bought treasure.  Although the cards are ALWAYS homemade.  Can’t break tradition. My favorite gingerbread finds look as decadent as they smell.  Thymes Holiday Traditions collection blew me out of the water!

Gingerbread in a Jar Recipe

Bottle Up the Holidays

The smell brings me right back to those fond memories, memories I am now sharing with my own children. Baking cookies and making gifts with our own hands is so very special.  Teaching children the gift of giving is invaluable.  You gain so much more when you give.  The light in their eyes is just magical.

I plan on adding in gingerbread candles to our gifts this year.  Although my two little sisters are all grown-up, some memories need to live on. This Gingerbread Reed Diffuser? Sitting on top of our counter.  My nose is thanking me each time I enter the kitchen.

 

What smell reminds you of being home for the holidays?

 

I bet you can find a fabulous Thymes Holiday Traditions Set that makes your holidays just that much memorable!

 

Plus check out my Holiday Gift Basket for Overnight Guests– with a COUPON code for Thymes!

 

You can check out our 5 DIY Holiday Baked Goods in a Jar and make some deliciously awesome treats for family and friends this holiday season.

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