Good morning everyone, hope you’re doing well! Today is another post on DIY gifting ideas. I’ve already given out quite a few of the Stained Window Biscuits I posted about a couple of days ago (check it out if you’ve missed it), but there are more secret santas and christmas parties coming up, so I decided to make a festive cookie mix. Whenever I see them, I think they look so pretty and I always love getting these, so how hard can it be to make one at home? (Spoiler alert: not hard at all!)
I wanted it to be something festive and since the one friend I had in mind when making this always bakes cookies with her sister the weekend before christmas, I decided on gingerbread cookies. I used a mason jar I bought as part of a pack some time ago, but if you don’t want to buy one, you can always use an old jam jar. Just make sure you clean it thoroughly with hot water. This recipe calls for a 500ml jar, but if you don’t have one that big, you can simply adjust the measurements.
I found making clean layers pretty hard since this was my first try, but I think the contrast still looks really cool, even if the layers aren’t as even as I would have wanted. The order in which you layer your ingredients doesn’t really matter as the recipient will just empty the whole jar when making the cookies. Just layer them in whatever order you think looks nice.
a 500 ml mason jar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
1 tbsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
(or use 2 tbsp store-bought gingerbread spice mix)
tag with recipe on it
a cookie cutter or other decorations
What to do:
Make sure the mason jar is clean and dry. Mix the spices together if you’re not using a ready spice mix and layer alle the ingredients in the jar. I started with half of the flour, then added the spice, the baking powder and salt, the sugar and lastly the rest of the flour. Make sure you press the top of the mixture down with a spoon, so that the layers don’t get destroyed whenever you move the jar.
Write or print a tag with the following instructions for baking the cookies.
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup treacle
Mix together butter, egg and treacle. Then stir in the contents of the jar. Chill the dough for 1 hour. Pre-heat the oven to 175°C. Roll out the dough and cut it into shapes. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!
Tie the tag to the jar with some string or a ribbon and add any decorations you have on hand. A cookie cutter would also be an amazing ornament to add to this gift, I just haven’t found a big one yet that I like.
Who are you making this for? This one will go to a friend of mine, but I think this would also be great for your mum or grandma or as a voucher for spending a day together baking and drinking mulled wine.