Make a cute gift for friends and neighbors for the holidays with this gingerbread cookie recipe. You can make a gift in a jar!
Gingerbread cookies are a bit nostalgic for me. Growing up, there was an elderly lady, Mrs. Bates, who lived close to our neighborhood and every Christmas she baked fresh gingerbread man cookies. We would knock on her door and she would cheerfully greet us and send us on our way with a fresh cookie.
It was like Halloween at Christmas.
Except with gingerbread.
So every time I make or eat gingerbread cookies, I think of sweet Mrs. Bates.
In honor of my dear neighbor and in the spirit of giving, today I’m sharing a recipe to make and give away.
Gingerbread Cookie Mix goes a little something like this:
In a one-quart mason jar, layer in the ingredients in the following order, packing down each layer:
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
Secure the lid and tie on instructions along with a cookie cutter, if desired.
Cream together 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), 3/4 cup molasses and 1 egg. Blend in the Gingerbread Cookie Mix. Stir until well blended. 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. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
I’ve created a printable which you can find here. The front looks like this:
And the back looks like this:
It’s a two-page printable, so if you want to MAKE the cookies (which is a fun activity to do with kids), you can print the first page and disregard the second page (that has the directions). Hop on over to my blog to get the printable. The recipe, without the layering quantities, is below.
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Gingerbread Cookies Mix
- 1/2 c butter (1 stick) at room temp
- 3/4 c molasses
- 1 egg
- 3 c flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 c brown sugar
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- Cream butter, molasses and egg together.
- Add remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4".
- Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Food photography and styling courtesy of My Name is Snickerdoodle.
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Hello, just double checking – this recipe calls for 3 cups of flour? I saw that it’s the first and last ingredients (both 1 1/2 cup). I’d like to use this for holiday gifts, and want to make sure that it’s correct. The images don’t seem to show the last layer of flour. Thanks!
jodie taylor says
Love your ideas!
Wish I’d seen this a week ago. I’ve already bought all the tuff for another Christmas cookies in a jar gift. I’ll have to save this for next year.
Amy Huntley says
Such a darling gift idea!
Great idea… perfect for the gingerbread lover!!
Rachel of OddModicum says
Darling! Love the attached cookie cutter for adorable gifting, and the two sided tag is perfect! What a lovely inexpensive gift! Pinned to my ‘faux Martha’ board. ;)
Hugs & Hope,
rachel of OddModicum
jen @ Tatertots & Jello says
What a great neighbor gift idea! Thanks Mique!! I pinned it :)
Desiree @ The36thAvenue says