Gingerbread House Mason Jar Cookie Gift with Printable Recipe

This gingerbread house mason jar cookie gift is a perfect DIY jar gift idea that you can make in just minutes! And it looks stunning.

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How fun is this easy gingerbread house cookie mix gift in a jar?! I love giving gifts and this one is so perfect!

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore gifting. Receiving is great and all–I love getting fun things I wouldn’t ever get for myself. But what I really love? Giving gifts. I know it’s probably cliche, but I really do love giving. And one of the best ideas I’ve had for this year? This gingerbread house mason jar cookie gift!


It’s such a quick and fun gift idea. It’s an experience of making cookies with the kids. It’s the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven. It’s the cut little luminary they can make from their decoupaged mason jar when they’re done with the cookies. If you’re ready to give a gift that keeps on giving, let’s get started.

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  • First, grab these awesome gingerbread house napkins here to make the jar the world’s cutest mason jar gift idea. I mean, really. Look at that little cookie house!
  • Then you’re going to need the printable you can grab here. It’s really helpful for you to have it when you gift it so your gift recipient knows what in the world to do with all these awesome smelling ingredients!
  • If you decide you want to make this gingerbread cookie recipe for yourself, you can just add the butter, egg and vanilla to the flour, cocoa and baking soda in a large bowl and mix. Roll them out and bake until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack and enjoy. Basically, just follow the instructions on the printable card. Easy enough!
  • Oh, and one other thing, this gift in a jar idea is made using those big 1 1/2 pint-sized jars like these. So, make sure to grab some of those from the craft store or the grocery store. The napkin won’t fit on a regular sized jar.
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I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Gingerbread House Mason Jar Cookie Gift

Gingerbread House Mason Jar Cookie Gift

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I love how easy it is to make DIY jar gift ideas. And this gingerbread house mason jar cookie gift is one of my favorite! Just make a fantastic cookie mix in a jar and you're ready to give!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


For the Jar:

  • 1 1/2 Pint-Sized Mason Jar (with lid)
  • 1 Gingerbread House Napkin
  • Mod Podge
  • Printable Recipe Card
  • Kraft Paper or Brown Cardstock
  • Gingham Fabric (less than ⅛ yd)
  • String or Raffia

For the Cookie Mix:

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Ground Cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Allspice


  • Paintbrush
  • Spoon
  • Hole Punch
  • Glue
  • Funnel, optional


  1. Make your jar first by cutting off 3 of the four sides, leaving just a single front of a gingerbread house.
  2. Cover the jar with a thin layer of mod podge, then immediately (and carefully) place the prepared gingerbread house napkin piece onto the jar. Remember: the napkin is thin and fragile and will tear if you move it after touching the mod podge. Allow the mod podge to dry completely.
  3. Add a second coat of mod podge over the napkin, for extra protection. Allow this second coat of mod podge to dry completely.
  4. Now it's time to fill your jar with the cookie mix. Separate the flour into 3 portions. Then combine all of the darker ingredients in a separate bowl. Then add the darker ingredients between each of the 3 layers made with the flour.
  5. Once filled, secure the lid on the jar tightly.
  6. Cut the gingham fabric to approximately 5-inch by 5-inch square. 
  7. Print the recipe card and cut it to size with a backing piece of kraft paper.
  8. Secure the recipe card to the kraft paper with a very small dot of glue in each corner.
  9. Add a hole in the top of the assembled card and thread the string or raffia to it.
  10. Place the piece of fabric on top of the jar and secure it in place with the string or raffia. photo collage tutorial of how to make a gingerbread house mason jar cookie gift


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