This homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix saves you time during Christmas baking and also makes a great homemade gift idea.
My discovery this Christmas baking season has been Gingerbread Spice Mix. Ever since making the Gingerbread Oreo Cookie Balls, I have had a stash of the spice mix in my cupboard.
I realized that it is so much easier to have a ready-made mix than having to gather ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves and whichever other spices are needed to give any Christmas bake treat a warming gingerbread flavor.
I Made My Own Spice Mix with What Was On Hand
Gingerbread spice mix is a pretty flexible combination. I looked up a variety of recipes and usually, the ones called “German Lebkuchen Spice” were most appealing to me (probably because of the spice variety they used).
In the end, I made my own creation based on the spices I had at hand, such as ground ginger, ground cloves, and cinnamon. All of them were already ground, except for the star anise, which I ground with my coffee/spice mill.
Feel free to adapt the spice to what you have on hand and according to your preferences. Cinnamon, ginger and cloves are kind of like a ‘gingerbread standard,’ but the remaining ingredients could be adjusted as needed.
Double the Portion If You Wish, Gift It For Christmas
Now, I use this mix for all my seasonal baking with a gingerbread flair. It would be great in several different dishes such as pancakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, and more. Instead of using the spices in the recipe, I just add up the total amount of ground spices and replace it with my own mix.
In the pictures, you see a double batch of the recipe I posted below. I made this big batch to give to my mom and sister for Christmas. I filled it in this cute little glass spice jar and printed a label to put on. It’s a nice way to give something simple to them, and also something they can use multiple times. After all, I am a baker, so I mean, what do they expect to get from me, power tools?
Christmas is almost here. But I still have a couple of gingerbread-flavored recipes for you in the coming days. Both will use this Gingerbread Spice Mix.
How are you doing with all your Christmas gifts? I finished getting the last of the presents together today and they are just waiting to be wrapped. Are you looking for some last-minute ideas? Did you see my list of other homemade food gift ideas?
Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon star anise
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- Grind any whole spices that aren't pre-ground. A spice mill or a mortar & pestle will work best for this. Measure after grinding.
- Whisk or stir all spices together until evenly combined. Store in a small airtight container.
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A question! I cant stand Anise . Can I leave it out and still get the delicious tasle?
Jennifer @ Leelalicious
Absolutely! All of the other spices taste great on their own so there will be no problem with omitting the anise.
Hi, how much of this gingerbread spice do i need to put in my dough mixture, Is this all to be pour in one baking ? Thank you
Regina | Leelalicious
Use to taste. I make gingerbread cookies that call for 1 tablespoon of the mix. Use about as much as you would cinnamon in other recipes or sprinkle into oatmeal, coffee, tea, to your desired spice flavor level
I can’t find flavored decaf coffee anymore so I made this and added a tablespoon in with my coffee grounds. It made the most beautiful gingerbread coffee! Thank you!!
Jacquee | I Sugar Coat It!
YUM! YUM! YUM! Homemade spices are always the best. This would most certainly be a welcomed gift. Happy Holidays, Regina!
This was the first year I made my own spice mixes. Pumpkin, apple and gingerbread. Time to dabble with the savory??
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It's so much fresher and better than the store bought mix. Thanks for sharing, Regina.
Have a happy holiday season!
I think store-bought gingerbread spice mix is way more common in Germany. I haven't actually seen any in stores here in Canada. One of the reasons I make my own 🙂