Skip to main content

Tis the Season

Sometimes times get tough and money gets tight.  Recipes in a jar are a great way to save a little money and gift people something from the heart.  They can also be a great way to prepare some items for yourself and save time :O).  Here are a couple of great recipes that everyone will love.

Hot Chocolate Jar Mix Recipe


Ingredients:
1½ cups skim milk powder
1½ cups white sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
¾ cup non-dairy creamer

To Make this Jar Gift:

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well. For a finer mix, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix well. Store in an air tight container.

Directions:(print these out and use as a tag)
Place 2 or 3 tablespoons in a mug and add boiling water. 



Butterscotch Cookies Recipe


Ingredients:
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup white sugar

To Make the Layered Jar Gift:
Layer ingredients in a one quart mason jar, in the order given. Screw the jar on the lid.


Directions:(Print these out and use as a tag)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Add 1 egg and 3 to 4 tablespoons of water. Add entire jar of butterscotch cookie mix and stir until blended. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookies sheet. Bake for 12 minutes in 350 degree F. oven. Remove from oven and cool.




Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Scone Mix in a Jar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose
flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1cup (4 ounces) dark chocolate, cut into small chunks
1/2 cup dried cherries

Sift flour and baking powder together in mixing
bowl. Add sugar and salt and toss together to blend well. transfer mixture to 1-quart wide-mouth jar.Place chocolate in small plastic zip-type bag and seal. Add to jar. Place cherries in small palstic zip-type bag and seal. Add to jar. Seal jar.

Decorate jar and attach gift tag with the following instructions:


Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Scones:


Makes 8 scones.


1 jar Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Scone Mix

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, chilled
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Egg Wash:

1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick liner.


Add flour mixture from jar mix to work bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Cut butter into pieces and add to bowl. Pulse until butter is cut into tiny pieces. Add
chocolate and cherries from jar and pulse three times.  Mix 2 eggs and 3/4 cup cream together. Add mixture through feed tube with processor running. Process until dough forms ball.  Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface. Pat into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Cut out two 6-inch circles. Cut each circle into quarters. Place scones on baking sheet 2 inches apart. 

      Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons cream together. Brush tops of scones with wash and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 13 to 14 minutes or until light golden. Cool on rack.

Regardless if these are for yourself or for a friend they are sure to always please :O)

Comments

Love these. What great gift ideas!

Popular posts from this blog

Homemade Fly Traps

We all love summer but as the weather gets warmer the flies get worse and worse. We have a bush out front of our house that I swear just attracts every fly in town! I wanted to get rid of them but I didn't want to kill all the wonderful butterflies it also attracts. So I went about finding a new way to kill them all. I had some empty Tazo tea bottles I simply poked a pen sized whole in the top, added 1/2 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 1 tablespoon of syrup.Now I do find that these work better if you place them in the sun :O) If you want to use a bigger container simply multiply the ingredients. Make sure your hole is only about the size of a pen cap! Then they can't seem to get back out.lol

Jello Hard Candy

Most hard candies call for corn syrup, but since I was out and I have 3 children home I decided to experiment and make something fun! Here is what you need:
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Cups of Water
1 Package Sugar Free Jello
A candy Thermometer

Making candy is a pretty tricky process and trust me I messed up a batch or two getting this to work right.lol Put the sugar and water into the pot and turn on medium whisking well till the sugar is dissolved. Stirring pretty regularly to help the sugar from burning. As the sugar begin to boil turn the heat up to high. Watch your thermometer when the candy reaches 230 pour in the jello continuing to mix. Pour this mixture immediately into a cake pan that is lined with parchment paper of you can rub a little veggie oil in it. The candy will continue to cook as it melts anything over 230 you will be left with a burnt candy that tastes like licorice.lol After you candy is cooled completely turn it out onto a cookie sheet and break apart :O) I like to dust mine …

Killing Ants Safely

LOL okay I know the title seems a bit silly. Here is West Texas ants are a BIG problem. Not only do they bite, but well they are really annoying! They sneak into every crack in your house no matter how hard you try. With pets though you are very limited to the products you can safely use to kill ants. As time goes on more and more I am concerned about the products I keep in this house and the effect they have on not only me and my children, but my pets. When looking for ways to rid myself of these pests I found a simple, cheap, and effective means to do so. CORNMEAL! Yep it is very simple, for about $2 a bag I can treat weekly for an entire year! While it doesn't kill them all it has certainly brought down the population so that now it isn't even noticeable. All you do it sprinkle it on top of their mounds and watch the greedy little ants drag it all inside! When eaten it expands and POOF! ;O) You get the picture.