To decorate the jar you will need:
1 quart mason jar
Bakerís twine or ribbon
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
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 donít tamp each layer the contents will not fit properly in your jar.Place funnel inside the rim of the jar and add your brown sugar. Tamp brown sugar. Add about 1/3 of the flour and spice mixture. Tamp. Add a few more heaping spoonfuls and tamp. Repeat process until all the mixture is in the jar. Add lid. Cut out a 7.5 inch by 7.5 inch square of fabric and your tag.
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.