My discovery this Christmas baking season has been Gingerbread Spice Mix. Ever since making the Gingerbread Oreo Cookie Balls I have a stash of the spice mix in my cupboard.
I realized, that it is so much easier to have a ready-mix than gathering ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves and whichever other spices are needed for any specific Christmas-y baked treat.
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 use).
In the end I made my own creation based on the spices I had at hand. 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.
Now, I use this mix for all my seasonal baking with a gingerbread flair. Instead of using the spices in the recipe, I just add up the total spice amount 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.
Christmas is almost here. But I still have a couple 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 the last today and it’s just waiting to be wrapped. Are you looking for some last-minute ideas? Did you see my list of other homemade food gift ideas?
- 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
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