This time of the year brings joy to many people in different ways. One example of this is traditions, which are important to many families around the holiday season. Traditions are passed down through generations to help keep memories alive and keep loved ones who are no longer here close to our hearts. 

Aside from tree trimming and decking the halls, we love to give family and friends things that send them joy and show how much we love them. One holiday tradition that will forever be part of our own hearts are the gifts that come straight from our own kitchen. Nothing says "Happy Holidays" as much as a homemade gift. 

There are many options for homemade gifts but ones that are enjoyable for friends and family members of all ages are gifts in a mason jar! If you have not had the chance to think about what you’re giving people this holiday season, consider making a gingerbread cookie mix.

Gingerbread Cookie Mix 

Instructions: Layer all ingredients in the order given below into a wide mouth 1-quart canning jar. Pack each layer into place before adding the next ingredient.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp. baking powder 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • 1 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 
  • 2 tsp. ginger 
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp. allspice 

Attach a gift tag with your family's favorite gingerbread recipe and baking instructions. Finally, attach a gingerbread man cookie cutter or gingerbread ornament to the jar to add some holiday cheer. 

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