Sweet recipes of desserts or hot drinks in varying sizes of jars (depending on the recipe), and with a decorative lid and label to fit the occasion.

I love to celebrate Christ’s birth by giving gifts especially at Christmas time!  And our older daughters love to give gifts as well, but we also need to do so frugally.  So one of my favorite things to do is to give an edible treat.  May these 11 sweet treat ideas be my Merry Christmas gift to you this year!  *smile*

To make these gifts look as good as they taste I like to tie the top with a pretty, sheer or wire-edged ribbon, or with raffia.

I put the recipe instructions either on a self-adhesive label attached directly on to the jar, or on a hand-made tag, made with scrapbook paper and attached to the raffia or ribbon.
I Think these drinks and desserts are especially fun for children to help bake, as nearly all the measuring is pre-done for them.  They can “do baking” or make a nice drink for Mom with very little help.  *smile*

Tips:  Use a small spatula to scrape powder down from the sides, then pack down.  Also, a piece of rolled-up paper works nicely if you don’t have a funnel.
 
Idea List:
  • Cocoa Mix
  • Spiced Tea Mix
  • Cafe Au Lait
  • Cafe Vienna
  • Raspberry Cocoa Mix
  • Russian Tea
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies Mix
  • M&M Cookie Mix
  • Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookie Mix
  • Spicy Oatmeal Cookie Mix
  • Chocolate Brownies
  • Additional Ideas
Beverage Recipes:


Cocoa Mix
2 c. Powdered milk
1/4 c. Cocoa
1 c. Powdered sugar
1/3 c. Powdered non-dairy creamer
Dash salt
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  If your powdered sugar and cocoa are lumpy, you may want to sift them into the bowl.  Spoon in to pint-size jars and attach a card that suggests adding five tablespoons to a mug of hot water.
* From MOM Sense Magazine, Dec./Jan. 2000 (through M.O.P.S. – Mothers of Preschoolers)
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Spiced Tea Mix
2 c. Tang brand drink mix
1 c. Instant tea (lemon-flavored, unsweetened)
1/2 c. Sugar
2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Ground cloves
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and spoon in to half pint-size jars.  Attach a card that suggests to add two tablespoons mix (more or less to taste) to a mug of very hot water.
* From MOM Sense Magazine, Dec./Jan. 2000 (through M.O.P.S. – Mothers of Preschoolers)
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Cafe Au Lait
1/2 c. Powdered non-dairy creamer
1/2 c. Butter-flavored hard candies, lightly crushed (like Werther’s Originals)
1/4 c. Powdered sugar (sifted if lumpy)
2 c. Nonfat powdered milk
2/3 c. Instant coffee crystals *
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Spoon into pint-size jars and attach a card that suggests to pour 1/4 cup of mix in to a mug and filling with hot water.  Stir well until candies dissolve.  * Use all of a 2-oz. jar of instant coffee crystals for more robust flavor.
* From MOM Sense Magazine, Dec./Jan. 2000 (through M.O.P.S. – Mothers of Preschoolers)
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Cafe Vienna
1 c. Instant coffee
1-1/3 c. Sugar
1-1/3 c. Nonfat dry milk
1 tsp. Cinnamon
Mix in a food processor or blender until you have a fine powder.  Attach a card that suggests to use 1-2 tsp. to one mug of hot water.
* I don’t remember where I got this recipe, but it’s not my creation.
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Raspberry Cocoa Mix
3 c. Instant hot cocoa powder
1 pkg. unsweetened Raspberry Kool-Aid
Attach a card that suggests to use 2 heaping Tbl. to one mug of hot water.
* I don’t remember where I got this recipe, but it’s not my creation.
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Russian Tea
1 c. Instant tea mix (unsweetened and no lemon)
2 c. Dry Tang powder
1 pkg. lemonade, unsweetened powder
1 c. Sugar
1 Tbl. nutmeg
1 Tbl. Allspice
1 Tbl. Cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container.  Attach a card that suggests to use 1-2 rounded teaspoons of dry mix to 1 mug of hot water.

* I don’t remember where I got this recipe, but it’s not my creation.

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Dessert Recipes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
1 c. Brown sugar
1/2 c. White sugar
1 c. Semisweet chocolate chips
2 c. (scant) All-purpose flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking soda
Mix the salt and baking soda together with the flour.  Layer ingredients into a one-quart wide-mouth jar in the order listed.  Pack each layer down firmly so everything will fit.  Attach ethe following instructions to the jar:
          Sift dry ingredients through a colander to separate the chocolate chips from the other ingredients.  Beat one cup of unsalted butter or margarine in a medium bowl.  Beat sifted ingredients into the butter until blended.  In a small bowl, beat one egg with one tsp., of vanilla.  Mix beaten egg mixture in to the butter mixture until blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Drop teaspoonfuls of better, spaced two inches apart, onto the greased cookie sheet.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for eight minutes or until lightly browned.

* From MOM Sense Magazine, Dec./Jan. 2000 (through M.O.P.S. – Mothers of Preschoolers)

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M&M Cookie Mix
1-1/4 c. White sugar
1 c. M&M’s baking bits
2 c. (scant) All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Baking powder
Mix together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Layer ingredients into a one-quart wide-mouth jar in the order listed.  Pack each layer down firmly so everything will fit.  Attach the following instructions to the jar:
          Empty the jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl.  Use your hands to thoroughly blend the mix.  Add 1/2 c. margarine or butter softened at room temperature.  (Do not use diet margarine.)  Mix in one slightly beaten egg, and one tsp. vanilla.  Mix together until completely blended.  Finish mixing with your hands.  The mixture will be very sticky so grease your hands first.  Use a spoon lightly coated with cooking spray to scoop up the mixture into balls the size of walnuts.  Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet two inches apart.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12-14 min. until the edges are slightly browned.  Cool on a cookie sheet for one min., then set out the paper towels or on a wire rack to finish cooling.

* From MOM Sense Magazine, Dec./Jan. 2000 (through M.O.P.S. – Mothers of Preschoolers) 

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Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookie Mix

3/4 c. Brown sugar
1/2 c. White sugar
3/4 c. Raisins
2 c. Rolled oats
1 c. All-purpose flour
1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ground nutmeg
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
Mix together the flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.  Layer ingredients into a one-quart wide-mouth jar in the order listed.  Pack each layer down firmly so everything will fit.  Attach the following instructions to the jar:
          Empty the jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl.  Use your hands to thoroughly blend the mix.  Add 3/4 cup butter or margarine softened at room temperature.  (Do not use diet margarine.)  Stir  in one slightly beaten egg, then add one teaspoon of vanilla.  ix until completely blended, finishing the mixing with your hands if needed.  Shape in to balls the size of walnuts and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet two inches apart.  Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 11-13 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.  Cool five minutes on the baking sheet and remove the cookies to paper towels to finish cooling. 

* From MOM Sense Magazine, Dec./Jan. 2000 (through M.O.P.S. – Mothers of Preschoolers) 

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Spicy Oatmeal Cookie Mix

1 c. All-purpose flour
1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Ground nutmeg
1/2 c. Packed brown sugar
1/2 c. Sugar
1 c. Old-fashioned oats
1 c. Swirled milk chocolate and caramel chips
1/2 c. Flaked coconut
In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients.  In a 1-quart glass jar, layer the flour mixture, brown sugar, sugar, oats, chips and coconut, packing well between each layer.  Cover and store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.  Yield: 1 batch (4 cups).  Attach the following instructions to the jar:
          In a mixing bowl, beat 1/2 c. softened butter, 1 egg, and 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract.  Add cookie mix and mix well.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.  Yield: about 3 1/2 dozen.
* From Simple & Delicious Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2006  (they have jarred soup recipes, too!)
 
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Vanilla & Chocolate Chip Brownies
1/2 c. + 1/8 c. Flour
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/3 c. Cocoa
1/2 c. Flour
2/3 c. Brown sugar
2/3 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Milk chocolate chips
1/2 c. Vanilla chips
Layer into a quart-size jar ingredients in this order (first ingredient will be at the bottom).  Attach the following instructions to the jar:

          Combine contents with 1 tsp. vanilla , 2/3 c. vegetable oil and 3 eggs.  Pour into greased 9×9 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 27-32 minutes.

For this recipe I can tell you the amount of ingredients you’ll need to make 12 quart-size jars:
– 5 lbs. Flour
– 5 lbs. Sugar
– 50 oz. Brown sugar
– 21 oz. Milk chocolate chips
– 21 oz. Vanilla chips
– 12 oz. Cocoa

* I don’t remember where I got this recipe, but it’s not my creation. 

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Here are some additional ideas for jar gifts!  *smile*  You could use varieties of trail mix; candies; dried fruit; or chocolate-covered items such as coffee beans, peanuts, pretzels, or raisins.

Warm, sweet blessings to your family,
 
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