With this recipe for homemade gingerbread spice mix you can bake amazing holiday cookies and cakes, make desserts or have a DIY gift for Christmas!
I absolutely love gingerbread, and I love giving away homemade spice mixes. They are always such a great hostess or neighbor gift. And they are much less work/less time consuming than baking or cooking a DIY food gift, which makes them perfect for both the last-minuters and the weeks-in-advance-makers ?
Here I’m sharing my favorite Gingerbread spice mix. It’s gingery, full of flavor and will make your cookies, breads, oatmeal, pancakes… taste of Christmas!
Ingredients you’ll need
Here is a visual overview of the ingredients in the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities!
- Ginger: If you want to make your spice mix milder, you can cut the ginger amount in half. You can also make it even more gingery by adding an extra teaspoon or two of ginger, but it already packs a punch as is, so be careful with this.
- Cardamom/coriander: These are completely optional, but they are traditional in especially German gingerbread spice varieties. I think they can add a great depth of flavor, but I frequently make the mix without and it’s still perfectly delicious.
- Nutmeg: Make sure to measure the nutmeg carefully and don’t add too much of it. It really makes the Gingerbread inedible if you overdo it.
- Allspice/cloves: If you are missing one of these, you can just double the amount of the other in its place. If you’re missing both, you can try using pumpkin spice mix if you have that on hand. Else, feel free to leave them out and replace them with more cinnamon – your spice mix will have less flavor though.
- Extras: If you like very traditional/German Gingerbread, feel free to add a few pinches of ground white pepper to the mix.
How to make Gingerbread spice mix
Make sure to have your jars on hand before you start making the mix. It really shouldn’t sit around in the open for too long – spices keep their flavor best when they are in a sealed container. The recipe makes enough for one jar, so make sure to increase the amounts for multiple jars.
I like to use these small Weck jars (affiliate link) for this spice mix – it’s just so pretty for gift giving! These small Ball jars (affiliate link) are also a very pretty option – they are a little smaller than the Weck jars and fit a bit less, but they’re also less pricey.
You can also print the labels right here. I added 9 per page because this way, they fit most small canning jar lids.
Now all you have to do is combining all your spices in a reasonably sized bowl – don’t pick one that’s too small, or you’ll have trouble combining the spices properly.
Then, spoon your mix into the prepared jar (or prepared jars, if you made a larger batch).
Make sure the jar is absolutely dry if you just washed it. Otherwise you’ll get moisture into the spices, which could develop mould.
Attach the label to the lid, seal… And gift away! If you want to be extra cute, tie some yarn around the jar. You could also attach a cute small spoon or a small gingerbread man cookie cutter to your gift.
What to make with Gingerbread spice
Another thing I like to do is to print out a few of my favorite recipes to use the mix in, and give them alongside the spice mix.
You can use the spice mix in even more ways though – try stirring it into your bowl of oatmeal in the morning, or use it in stewed apples (or in any apple dessert, really).
The spice mix should be stored sealed in its jar in a dark, dry space – inside a kitchen cupboard is ideal.
I would generally try to use it up within a year or two. It shouldn’t go bad, but the spices do lose flavor over time – even if they’re sealed. If you notice the spice mix tastes less strong after a few months, you may want to add a touch more to your baked goods.
More homemade spice mixes
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- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons ground ginger
- 1.5 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1.5 teaspoons ground cloves
- ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinches of ground cardamom and coriander optional for more flavor
- Mix all spices together in a small bowl until well combined.
- To give away as a gift fill into small bags or jars and label with the printable gift tag and the recipe for perfect gingerbread cookies!
How to pack the mix up as a giftDownload, print and cut your free printable gift tags. There are 9 per sheet. If you don’t need them all… Well, give them to your kids as cutting practice ? The labels should fit the lid of most small jam jars. Just pop the spice mix into clean, dry jars, seal with the lids and attach the label on top. The recipe makes enough to fill around one 4-6 ounce jar.
Storage tipsThe spice mix should be stored sealed in its jar in a dark, dry space – inside a kitchen cupboard is ideal. I would generally try to use it up within a year or two. It shouldn’t go bad, but the spices do lose flavor over time – even if they’re sealed. If you notice the spice mix tastes less strong after a few months, you may want to add a touch more to your baked goods.
What to do with the spice mix (apart from baking cookies)Honestly, I use gingerbread spice for everything during the holiday season. I love it stirred into oatmeal or yogurt. It’s also pretty amazing in gingerbread pancakes or gingerbread muffins!
More recipe information
Recipe first published on 11/22/2014. Updated with new photos and more helpful text on 12/12/2020.