#2 IN THE SERIES “12 DIY GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS
If you’ve ever thought about making these, I have a few ideas for gifts in a jar that you can make for several people on your list. You are basically giving the recipient most of the ingredients to make something delicious, along with instructions, but you’re leaving the perishable items for them to add when they’re ready.
When I think about giving gifts in a jar, I think of neighbors, teachers, coworkers, and friends. These are really easy to make in bulk, so you could get all of your ingredients lined up and make several at a time.
For each recipe, I am giving your 2 recipe cards. One is for you, to make the mix. One is for you to give WITH the mix, so that your gift recipient can make the recipe.
MALTED MILK CRUNCHIES
The first one I have for you is for cookies. These are called Malted Milk Crunchies and they’re delicious. You can package these in 1-quart mason jars or any other container that would allow for the same amount of ingredients as that mason jar.
The only problem I encountered with these was finding the malted milk powder, but when I couldn’t find it at my grocery store, I went home and ordered it on Amazon and received it the next day. I will be sure to put that link for you below.
To package this, you could absolutely add a small amount of Christmas fabric at the top to cover the lid and then hold it in place with a rubber band. Then finish it off with a ribbon tied in a bow. I just used a ribbon and some little bells. I also made a batch of the cookies and am including a small plate of the cookies to go along with the mix.
fARMHOUSE BUTTERMILK DRESSING
The second jar idea I have for you is a delicious Farmhouse Buttermilk Dressing. It makes a small amount, but each time the recipient makes dressing, they will only need to add a tablespoon of this mixture. You can always double the recipe if you’d like.
The final recipe I’m including for you is a hot drink recipe called the Merry Mochaccino. This drink combines cocoa with a little bit of instant coffee and a few other ingredients and makes a great gift for anyone. You could include a mug or two and this would be perfect for a neighbor or teacher.
I hope you enjoyed these ideas, and I hope you are following along with my series: 12 DIY Gifts of Christmas! You can visit my YouTube Channel to see this gift jar tutorial, and you can also see my video with a tutorial for stamped tea towels. I have inserted these videos for you, below.
Also, for more great gift ideas, go to other blog posts, like this one:
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- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 cups malted milk powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cp mini-chocolate chips
- Pour sugar into a 1-quart jar and smooth over to even out.
- Spoon malted milk powder over sugar and even out. Press down slightly.
- Spoon flour on top of malted milk powder. Press down lightly to even out.
- Pour baking powder and salt over the flour.
- Add chocolate chips on top of flour and press down firmly to fit into jar. Place lid on jar.
- 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Entire jar of cookie mix
- Preheat oven to 350. Empty contents of jar into large bowl.
- Add butter, eggs and vanilla.
- Beat on low speed until dough is thoroughly mixed. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to cooling rack.
- Makes approx 2-1/2 dozen cookies.
- 1-1/2 tbls dried parsley
- 1 tbls salt
- 1-1/2 tsp dried, minced onion
- 1-1/2 tsp oregano
- 1-1/2 tsp dried tarragon
- 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1-1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1-1/2 tsp dried cilantro
- Combine all ingredients well. Store in airtight container. Give with the dressing instructions.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tbls Farmhouse Buttermilk Dressing Mix
- Blend mayonnaise and buttermilk in small bowl. Stir in dressing mix, thoroughly. Chill until ready to use.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbls instant espresso or coffee
- 1/2 cup dry milk
- Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend well. Pack into tins, jars or bags. Mix makes 2-1/4 cups - enough for 10-12 servings
- 3 - 4 tbls mochaccino mix
- 3/4 cup milk
- Combine mochaccino mix with milk in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Whisk and heat until smooth and frothy.