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This is a nice homemade gift mix. Makes a great afternoon project for kids; mixing the dry ingredients and packing the jars, then making and decorating the gift tags. Enlist the assistance of your favorite word processing software and set up the ingredient list and instructions on plain paper, getting about 3 or 4 sets on one sheet depending on the font and typeface size you select. Print and cut out the tags. This leaves the back of the tags free to be decorated before they're tied onto the jars. Alternatively, cut out a piece of pretty paper that is slightly smaller than your tag, line it up with the top of your tag, centered and punch a hole through both pieces of paper before tying the tag on... it's an easy way to pretty up the tag if you don't have little artists willing to decorate the plain paper tags! Recipe is easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled... adjust servings to fit your gift list! Cooking time is for the finished product. No cooking is involved in making the mix.
Dry mix ingredients
- 1 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄2 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated is best
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
Wet mix ingredients
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 egg, beaten
- Prepare the dry mix by combining the flour, sugar, baking powder and spices in a bowl.
- Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
- Place the dry mix into a small jar.
- A single batch yields about 1 1/2 cups of dry mix, so pick an appropriately sized jar.
- Prepare a tag that lists the following ingredients: 1 jar (1 1/2 cups) gingerbread scone mix, then list the wet mix ingredients as noted in the ingredients section.
- Include the following instructions on the tag and attach to your gift jar: In a medium bowl, empty the contents jar of gingerbread scone mix.
- In a separate bowl, combine 2 Tbsp milk, 1 Tbsp molasses and 1 beaten egg.
- Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir to combine.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until the dough is smooth.
- Roll the dough into a 6 inch circle and cut it into 4 wedges.
- Place wedges on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Brush tops with luke warm water and sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven until scones are slightly browned on top.
- Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack.
- Notes: Gift jars can be stored for up to 6 weeks at room temp or up to 6 months if frozen.