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Gingerbread Baked in Jars

Gingerbread Baked in Jars

When I think of gingerbread, I automatically think of Christmas. This is one of the most delicious gift jar food recipes I've come across, and it smells simply divine when it's baking. The whole house smells like Christmas - it really IS a wonderful life!

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees, no higher.
     
  2. Sterilize 5 12-ounce Ball Quilted Crystal (#14400-81400) jam/jelly canning jars, lids and rings by boiling them for 15 minutes.
     
  3. Remove the jars from the water and allow them to air-dry on your counter top; leave the lids and rings in the hot water until you're ready to use them.
     
  4. Once the jars are cool enough to handle, use a pastry brush to grease them with shortening.  DO NOT use butter, margarine, PAM or Baker's Secret); set aside.
     
  5. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
     
  6. Stir in margarine, water and molasses until well blended.
     
  7. Divide batter among the 5 jars (they should be about 1/2 full).
     
  8. Place jars onto a cookie sheet or they'll tip over.
     
  9. Bake in preheated 325F-degree oven for 35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
     
  10. Move the jars around in the oven while they're baking, so they'll bake evenly.
     
  11. Have your HOT lids ready.
     
  12. Using HEAVY-DUTY MITTS (the jars ARE HOT!), take one jar at a time from the oven and place a lid on, then the ring.
     
  13. Tightly screw on lids -- do it fast because the lid gets very hot!
     
  14. Allow jars to cool on your countertop.

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