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3 Inexpensive Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

If you are looking for an inexpensive gift to give to friends and family this holiday season, then consider making one of these easy gifts you can make yourself in the kitchen. Not only are they easy on the budget, but thoughtful too. Everyone loves to receive something homemade.



Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

This homemade hot fudge sauce is very easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Create an ice cream sundae gift basket complete with hot fudge sauce, ice cream cones or waffle cone bowls, and a variety of ice cream sprinkles and toppings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 c. sugar
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 c. baking cocoa
  • 8 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine
  • 3 c. water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Stir together the dry ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Add the butter and water and stir well. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

cookies in a jarCowboy Cookies in a Jar

Remove the sauce pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. The hot fudge will thicken as it cools.

After the hot fudge cools, pour it into mason jars or other airtight container. This recipe makes 3 pints or about 6 cups of hot fudge sauce.

Note: This recipe cannot be canned. It needs to be placed in the refrigerator and eaten within a month or so. If giving as a gift please pass this information along to the gift recipient.

Cookies in a jar have been around for quite awhile, but people still enjoy getting them as a gift for the holidays. What's easier then dumping the contents of a jar in a bowl and making up a delicious batch of cookies? This recipe for Cowboy Cookies only takes a few minutes to put together.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/3 c. oatmeal
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  • 1 c. chocolate chips

Directions:

Layer all of the above ingredients in a clean quart sized mason jar in the order given, flour first. Make sure every layer is as flat as possible before adding the next layer.

Place lid on jar and decorate with ribbon or twine.

Attach following directions to jar: In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Pour in the entire contents of the jar and mix gently with a spoon to combine. Place walnut-sized balls of cookie dough 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 11 minutes or until lightly browned. One batch makes 3 dozen cookies.

flavored honeyFlavored Honey

If you are looking for a really quick, easy gift to give this holiday season, then consider making flavored honey to give to your friends and family.

Honey is great because it has an indefinite shelf life. It does not have to be refrigerated and does not have to be canned. All you have to do is add the flavoring and re-package it, and it is ready to give as a gift.

To add flavor to honey, you can either add the flavoring directly to the honey in the jar, or you can warm the honey with the flavoring in it and then pour it into mason jars when cool.

Flavorings that you can add to honey include orange zest, lemon zest, cardamom, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. You can remove the vanilla beans or cinnamon sticks before you give the honey as a gift, or you can leave them in the honey for added decoration. The longer the flavors have to combine the better. It is best to let the flavored honey set 2 to 3 weeks to make sure the honey has taken on the new flavor.

These are just a couple of the creative things you can come up with to give to people as a homemade gift this holiday season. Try one or two or these or come up with your own. Whatever you decide your friends and family will truly appreciate your homemade gift from the kitchen.

Copyright 2012, Creative Homemaking, LLC. This article may not be reprinted.

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