Add a personal touch to this homemade Christmas gingerbread kit that's ideal for a keen baker.


How to make a personalised Christmas gingerbread kitThis Christmas gingerbread kit is the perfect gift to put together if you’re in a rush around the festive period. Simply fill up a jar with the ingredients, bake a batch of your own to personalise the jar with the recipients initials and then decorate with ribbons, twine and pinecones!

For the Christmas gingerbread kit jar

  • 250g (8oz) plain flour, sieved
  • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4tsp ground ginger
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g (4oz) light muscovado sugar
  • Gift jar

Sieve flour into gift jar, add the bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Tip in the sugar and seal the jar.

Makes 8 biscuits.

To personalise your Christmas gingerbread kit

  • Red card, Paperchase
  • Jar, £18, The White Company
  • String trimming, £6.50 for 3m, John Lewis,
  • Silver birch star, £5 a box, Cox & Cox or Paperchase
  •  Silver pine cone: Spray cone with spray paint (see above) and sprinkle with silver glitter.
  • K cutter, £1, Whisk Kitchen Shop
  1. Write out the recipe below on red card and roll up, then write the word ‘recipe’ as shown. Make the initial biscuit and decorate.
  2. Bake a batch of biscuits and stamp out initials to attach to jar, making sure to leave a hole to thread string through.
  3. Tie biscuit and cutter to jar. Roll and tie recipe scroll, then glue on a star and silver-sprayed pine cone.

Christmas gingerbread kit recipe

You will need:

  • 100g (3½oz) butter
  • 4tsp golden syrup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 200g (7oz) royal icing sugar, sieved
  1. Tip contents of jar into a processor or bowl. Rub  in the butter to make crumbs.
  2. Add the golden syrup and the egg. Whizz in a processor, or use your hands to bring dough together. Chill for 30 mins.
  3. Heat oven to 190°C or Gas Mark 5. Roll out gingerbread on baking parchment. Stamp out letters with flour-dipped initial cutter. Bake for 15 mins until biscuits are golden brown.
  4. Add just enough water to the icing sugar to make a firm icing. Pipe on to biscuits to decorate.