Gingerbread gift jars

Gingerbread gift jars

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins No cook

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 1 x 450g jar

Layer a jar with ingredients for delicious ginger biscuits and present as a thoughtful homemade gift

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Baked gingerbread
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
184
protein
1g
carbs
21g
fat
11g
saturates
7g
fibre
0g
sugar
13g
salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 50g chopped crystallised ginger
  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

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Method

  1. Mix sugar with ginger, allspice and cinnamon. Spoon into a jar and pack down tightly. Add a layer of crystallised ginger. Mix flour with baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and spoon on top of the ginger. Put on the lid, decorate with ribbons and a cookie cutter.
  2. Label with cooking instructions: Mix 150g melted butter with 1 tbsp golden syrup and 1 egg yolk. Add to the dry ingredients, mix well, then knead to a dough. Chill for 15 mins then roll out. Cut into biscuits and bake at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 8-10 mins. Cool on a wire rack.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2012

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cazoo1968's picture

I want to make a cookie in jar gift, but don't want ginger flavour, and it has to be able to roll out and cut with a cutter. Could I use any other flavours in this instead of the ginger? Any one got any suggestions. thanks

catderbyshire's picture

Just made these biscuits as I intend giving the made up jar as presents- I found that 250 gm of flour worked better - used plenty of flour for rolling out & also chilled them again when cut out on the baking tray before cooking- they made a soft type biscuit but very nice

gfnatalie's picture

Hi all. In response to the comments above regarding the amount of flour used in this recipe, our assistant food editor Cassie reviewed the quantity and it has now been changed to 225g. We're really sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope you enjoy the recipe- the amount has been updated on the ingredients list. All the best,

BBC Good Food web team

emmaathome's picture

Have you changed the jar size on the recipe to account for the extra flour? I have just bought ingredients and jars to make 6 of these as teacher gifts and no way is the mixture fitting in the 450g jar specified!

desbralass's picture

I've tried this recipe out now and this is what I did: followed the original recipe and found that I had a batter! After adding another 100gms flour,things went well and the cookies turned out very well.After reading a comment from butterybiscuitbase,I tried following the dry recipe ingredients,but used 50gms melted butter.It was a bit too dry,so I added another 10gms melted butter and all was well.

So perhaps there is a typo in the original recipe.The only downside is that there weren't as many cookies using the 60gms butter method!Thanks to all who commented...I now have another idea for gifts.

nickhaward's picture
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We've just tried this using a jar received as a gift and the instructions attached. The resulting mixture is much too liquid and the biscuits merged into one big accidental tray-bake!

Brief on-line research suggests that using 60g of butter for this amount of flour would give a similar butter:flour ratio to other ginger biscuit recipes.

gandt810's picture

What size jar did everyone go for, is a 500ml jar big enough?

chembabe76's picture
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Use 300g flour, then they work great - can be baked for shorter time if you prefer the softer doughy gingerbread.

julesthenorweegie's picture
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I was the same as some of the other people here. I had to use closer to 250 g of flour. So maybe you could half the butter instead?
I wanted to try this recipe out before optionally giving these jars away, and I'm glad I did! Nont ooonly because there wasn't enough flour in the recipe, but also because once I got the dough all ready, the cookies turned out to be amazing! Crumbling in your mouth, and that lovely soft texture - will definitely make these again!

lizleicester's picture
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Found my jar was too small and had to transfer to a bigger one so it is the reverse of the picture and a bit jumbled in the middle. Millie's comment has worried me. I was going to rely on these ingredients working without testing them but I'll now try out the instructions before I start again...

lizleicester's picture
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Found my jar was too small and had to transfer to a bigger one so it is the reverse of the picture and a bit jumbled in the middle. Millie's comment has worried me. I was going to rely on these ingredients working without testing them but I'll now try out the instructions before I start again...

kimber8uk's picture

There is not enough flour in this recipe. I had to add a huge amount more to get a dough of the right consistency

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