These were the EASIEST Christmas gifts to make and completely worthy of a blog post in their own right because, well, LOOK at them!
I promise I didn't just make these for the photo opportunity (though following this post I do feel a bit smug at having done so!) I made them because we hosted a home-huddle* this weekend to kick off our festive season proper and to indulge in some speed drinking and scoffing with our friends before everyone departs for a week or so to their festive nests.
Because our party was sans kids this time around (they tend not to enjoy cocktails), I wanted to make sure they didn't feel left out, hence a take-home gift they could easily get stuck into as their parents suffer the after-effects of night of festive cheer.
Inspiration came in the form of the Country Living Christmas calendar freebie swiped from my Mum, with a slight adaptation to create not one but two layers of gingery brown sugary goodness in each jar because I thought they looked better that way.
For the mix, I weighed out 500g plain flour and mixed it with 2 tsp baking powder, spooning half of this mixture into the jar. I then added 185g soft brown sugar on top in two layers, separated by the rest of the flour. Finally, I topped it with 2 tsp ground ginger and a teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground allspice. Enough to make 25-30 cookies when you add 100g butter, 115g golden syrup and one large egg apparently. Oh yes, I am OWNING this Christmas crafting thing...
* I have declared 'home-huddling' to be a thing and bestow upon you all the licence to use it freely when describing a gathering together in your home of your most favourite people for hearty food, full-bodied booze, free-range children and laughter well into the night. It's an autumn/winter thing, for a gathering with those same friends in the spring or summer is something altogether different. Home-huddling is Hygge and candlelight and nineties playlists, it's coats and shoes in a muddy pile at the bottom of the stairs, it's red wine stains on chopping boards but most of all, it's that rosy-cheeked glow you get from spending time at home in the darkest months with the people who make you feel brightest.
And if you're so inclined, you can read more about another recent home-huddle here.