Layered Gingerbread In A Jar - The Perfect Homemade Christmas Gift PP373

by Joanne James3. December 2017 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! The lovely Laurie is the hostess this week and she has a rather delicious seasonal theme for us to work with:


I'm also linking up with the team over at Stamp Ink Paper this week who are looking at Christmas wrapping and packaging solutions. I love to make gingerbread at this time of year but it's still a little early for me to have baked and wrapped creatively, so instead I decided to share with you a little something that I've been preparing for Ben's school Christmas Fayre the week after next that fits Laurie's theme perfectly. They are having a 'Jam Jar Tombola' stall, so I've been busy making up jars of all kinds for the children to win, including some jars of dry ingredients that they can use for their own festive baking. Here's one of my jars for gingerbread cookies - take a look:


These really are so easy to make: you simply layer the dry ingredients into a kilner jar, then decorate and add a tag with the details of any ingredients you need to add and the method. 

I used the 'December Deliciousness' stamp from the 'My Little Things' stamp set to decorate my jar, using my markers to selectively colour each of the elements in and adding a heat-embossed sentiment banner across the middle to create a decorated top to my jar. I paired it with some retired paper that fits perfectly with my theme for a folded tag that includes the ingredients and recipe, some ribbon and a wooden spoon that I will be tying to the side of the jar too ready for stirring - you could also add a gingerbread cutter if you have one.

I'm a big fan of homemade gifts at Christmas and there is no limit to the things you can put in a jar; with a little decoration this kind of thing can make a thoughtful, presentable gift.

If you would like to make a jar like mine, I've included the details from the inside of my folded tag below:

Easy Gingerbread Biscuits

This jar contains:

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


You will need to add:

  • 150g melted butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 egg yolk



  • 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.


Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


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Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
 Annie Abrahamson
Deanne K
Jan Clothier
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
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I look forward to seeing what you create with this week's theme. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; my Christmas festivities have truly started in earnest this week and I am busier than ever! I am off to run a pre-Christmas Stampin' Up! party for a customer and her friends this afternoon, then will be returning home to put the finishing touches to my class preparations for my Delightful Daises Technique Class tomorrow and complete my 100 card challenge for the Ronald McDonald Christmas Cheer campaign that is happening in the UK this weekend.

I'll be back as soon as time allows with more projects; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (9) -

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
03/12/2017 15:02:48 #

Joanne, what a fantastic idea for a school fair!  I love it!  We never do things like that here.  I bet all the children love it!  Your project is fabulous!  Gingerbread is a favorite of mine and that DSP is perfect to give the recipe!  Wish I could come to the market!  ENJOY your busy week.  Sometimes we just have to breathe.  Lots of hugs!  XX


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
04/12/2017 02:16:48 #

This is adorable!  I had never heard those jars referred to as "Kilner" jars...looked it up and there they were!  So cool, and I love gifts like these, just mix it up and you're good to go!  Super cute and a great idea for both the PP and SIP challenges this week!


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
04/12/2017 18:28:53 #

What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for the recipe. I feel a steal coming on - I'm going to try it out! I'm impressed you've found the time to make such fabulous things for the school fair, along with everything else you do.


LaurieUnited States
05/12/2017 01:38:56 #

What a great idea, so cute too, an a fun gift. Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to give it a try!

Have a great day!


Robin Feicht
Robin FeichtUnited States
06/12/2017 00:10:08 #

What an adorable idea for your easy Gingerbread biscuit!


Annie Abrahamson
Annie AbrahamsonUnited States
06/12/2017 17:56:24 #

How wonderful is this!  Such an adorable project and the DSP is perfect for the tag/instructions.  We would just do cake walks at my son's school for Christmas but I really like the idea of the kids getting to bake their own goodies!  Hope your week isn't too crazy!  Hugs, Annie


Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
08/12/2017 15:56:04 #

What a fabulous gift and so artistically packaged!  Love these rustic colors of brown, kraft and red--perfect for baking essentials.  A lovely gift Joanne!


Deanne @ Three Trees
Deanne @ Three TreesCanada
08/12/2017 18:48:45 #

Such an adorable little set!  I LOVE it!!!!!!!


sandymUnited States
08/12/2017 23:57:34 #

Joanne, wow! What a fabulous gift set, and you totally rocked this challenge with all the fun baking elements!


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