Whether you are planning a winter wedding and you’re looking for adorable DIY favors – or you’re looking for the perfect handmade holiday gift, you can’t go wrong with classic gingerbread.

DIY gingerbread cookies in-a-jar are a cinch to make and easy on the pocketbook too! We’ve even included some free printable tags to add even more charm to your handmade gifts. Download tags here.

Gingerbread Cookies-in-a-Jar (Adapted from Allrecipes.com)

To decorate the jar you will need:

  • 1 quart mason jar
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • fabric
  • Scissors
  • hole punch
  • gingerbread man cookie cutter

For jar contents you will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • canning funnel

If you want to give these cookies a trial run before giving them as gifts, you will also need:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine,
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Mix 2 cups of the flour with the baking soda and baking powder in a mixing bowl.

In another bowl, mix the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour with the ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice.

Place your funnel inside your 1 quart canning jar. Add flour and baking powder mixture.

Tamp the mixture (we used the rubber end of a turkey baster. Sometimes you have to get creative!). I cannot emphasize this step enough. If you don’t tamp each layer the contents will not fit properly in your jar.

This is how your first layer should look.

Place funnel inside the rim of the jar and add your brown sugar.

Tamp brown sugar.

This is how it should look.

Add about 1/3 of the flour and spice mixture.


Add a few more heaping spoonfuls and tamp. Repeat process until all the mixture is in the jar.

It will look something like this when it’s ready for the lid:

Add lid. Cut out a 7.5 inch by 7.5 inch square of fabric and your tag.

Tie tag and cookie cutter onto the jar using baker’s twine or ribbon. That’s it!


In case you want to create your own tags, here is what it says:

1. Empty contents of jar into a large mixing bowl. Stir to blend ingredients together. Mix in 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine, 3/4 cup molasses, and one slightly beaten egg. If you prefer your cookies chewy, add one tablespoon vinegar. Dough will be very stiff, so you may need to use your hands. Cover, and refrigerate for one hour. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) 3.  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. 4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven. Decorate as desired.