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
This homemade Gingerbread Spice Blend saves you time during Christmas baking and also makes a great homemade gift idea.
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon star anise
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 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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