This Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar Holiday Gift is perfect for neighbors or family friends. It has everything they need to make two dozen cookies. Once they use up the mix, they can use the jar to store cookies all year round!
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Gifts for neighbors or family friends can be difficult some times. You want to give them something that won’t go to waste but want to make it still meaningful and heartfelt. For the last few years, we’ve always defaulted to something edible.
This year we’re upping the ante with something edible in a container that can be used over and over again. I just love how easy it is to customize gifts with my Cricut Joy!
Let’s get the holiday craft season started!
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Assembling the Jar
Putting together this Gingerbread Cookies In A Jar Holiday Gift is super easy and can be completed 100% on the Cricut Joy. There are three main elements to this gift: the jar, the gift tag, and the greeting card. You can choose whether to include one, two, or all three elements.
To make the reusable cookie jar, you can either use a 1 quart (32 oz) wide mouth mason jar or a glass container like I found at Target. I really liked how it had a blank space perfect for customizing with the minimal “cookie” definition file. I adjusted the file slightly to fit within the glass space.
Since our neighbors have five kids, I actually doubled the recipe and put it in a 2 qt jar. Don’t forget to adjust the recipe card if you decide to do the same!
Using Cricut Smart Vinyl in my Joy meant that I didn’t have to take up more time with a mat.I just inserted the vinyl and the machine was cutting seconds later!
HINT: Take your time when weeding letters this small. It’s easy to lose a period or tittle (the dot in the letter “i”)!
Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar Holiday Gift
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- In a medium bowl, mix 2 cups of flour with baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a separate medium bowl, mix 1 ½ cups of flour with spices. Set aside.
- Begin assembling jar by layering the first flour mixture at the bottom. Use a spatula or large spoon to firmly press. Add the brown sugar as the next layer. Firmly press again. Lastly, layer the second flour mixture and press one more time.
- Add the following directions to a gift tag: Gingerbread Cookies 1. Empty contents of jar into a large mixing bowl and stir together. 2. Mix in 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine, 3/4 cup molasses, and 1 slightly beaten egg. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour. 3. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). 4. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. 5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven. 6. Decorate and enjoy!
Making the Recipe Card
Of course, I just had to make a cute instruction card to go along with this Gingerbread Cookies In A Jar Holiday Gift, right? To make it easier, I used shapes and fonts that were included in my Cricut Access plan.
I used the Cricut Joy to write the instructions on white cardstock and then swapped out the Cricut Joy fine point pen for the knife tool and cut out the tag shape. The Writable Kraft Paper made the perfect gingerbread man border.
Last Minute Holiday Greeting Card
I am the absolute worst at remembering the card when gifting so the Cricut Joy Insert Card option is my favorite thing about this little machine. Lucky for me, they had a sweet card design that coordinates with the gift’s cookie theme!
You may notice that I’m using the same kraft paper for the insert card background. I just applied it to one of the cards included in the set and voila! Perfectly matched!
The Perfectly Sweet Gift
Hope this project comes in handy this year for all your gifting needs! Even if they absolutely hate gingerbread cookies, they can still enjoy the cookie jar. Let me know if you make one on social media. Would love to see your creation!
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