Choconut Cookie Mix in Jar Recipe – Easy Holiday DIY Gift

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Choconut Cookie Mix in a Jar DIY Gift Idea

When it comes to celebrating the holidays, there are certain things that always spring to mind first. Food, family and friends are usually at or near the top of the list. Gift giving falls right into line as well. What do you do to try to make your gifts for friends and family extra special? Creating something yourself is a great way to show that you care enough to take time for someone. It’s also a way to give a meaningful present without spending a lot of money!

For many years, my mom and her brothers and sisters have had the tradition that each of them makes something handmade for each other at Christmas. I have to say they are quite the talented group with skills ranging from woodworking to jam making to quilting. I’m always amazed to see the things they create each year. Even if you aren’t so artsy-craftsy or a whiz in the kitchen, there are still many things you can create without any advanced skills. And I’m here to help with one of those!

To get started, I headed to Walmart to pick up some baking supplies from Kraft. I found most of what I needed in the baking aisle and Planters nuts in the snack aisle. I also picked up some canning jars to make the packaging of this gift special.

Kraft Baking at Walmart

This Choconut Cookie Mix in Jar recipe makes a yummy cookie mix that you can give as a hostess gift, holiday gift, or basically anything gift! It’s especially nice during the holidays to receive a food gift you don’t have to eat right away, since we’re often overloaded with treats anyway. Come that second week of January, it’s nice to be able to take out this gift and have a nice, hot batch of cookies!

Choconut Cookies in a Jar Ingredients

Choconut Cookie Mix in Jar Recipe

1 4 oz package BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/3 cup BAKER’S Coconut
1/3 cup Planters Pecans
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

Bakers Chocolate Chopped

Planters Roasted pecans

1.  Coarsely chop both the chocolate and the pecans. Set aside.

Choconut Cookie Mix Jar Process

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and sugars.

Choconut Cookie Mix Filling Jar

3.  Using a spoon, place half of the flour mixture in the bottom of a clean quart size canning jar. Tamp down. Layer in the chocolate, followed by the coconut. Tamp down again and add the pecans. Add remaining flour mixture.

Choconut Cookies Tag

4.  Seal jar and decorate with ribbon. You can also print out these handy dandy Choconut Cookies in a Jar Labels to attach to the front of your jar. I just printed them out on label paper, but you could also print on plain paper and glue to the front.

Choconut Cookies in a Jar

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Do you like to gift DIY or baked gifts during the holidays? What do you make?

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Easy Pumpkin Granola Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Granola Recipe

With fall upon us, it’s time for all things pumpkin! I’m not quite sure why we tend to keep pumpkin flavored foods relegated to the fall. Sure, that is when pumpkin comes into season, but since most of us use canned pumpkin in this day and age, we can really have it ANY time of year. To add to the roster of DELICIOUS pumpkin foods, we have an Easy Pumpkin Granola Recipe.

This Easy Pumpkin Granola Recipe is perfect just as it is for breakfast or for a snack. It’s also great in a yogurt parfait or sprinkled on ice cream. Whip up a batch and put it in Mason jars tied with a pretty ribbon as holiday hostess gifts or as little place setting favors at your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s very versatile!

Easy Pumpkin Granola Recipe Ingredients

Easy Pumpkin Granola Recipe

(Yield 3 cups)

2 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
2 tbsp Pumpkin Puree
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Raisins
1/3 cup Pecans
1/4 cup Almonds

Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix together the oats, maple syrup, pumpkin, oil, spice and salt.
Spread mixture out on a non-stick baking surface in a thin layer. (I like to use a cookie sheet with a silicone liner.)
Bake for 15 minutes.
Break up the oats and bake for another 10 minutes.
Cool completely.
Add raisins and nuts and store in air tight container.

Pumpkin Pie Granola Recipe

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7-Grain Cereal Muffins Recipe

7-Grain Cereal Muffins Recipe

I love whole grain muffins as a grab-and-go breakfast option and this 7-Grain Cereal Muffins Recipe has now moved to the top of the favorites list in our household. It’s not always easy to get my husband to eat things that are healthy. With these muffins made with whole grains and not a lot of fat or sugar, I think we’re on the right track. If you’re not familiar with 7-grain cereal, it is made with whole grain hard red wheat, rye, oats, triticale (wheat), barley, brown rice, oat bran and flaxseed. I personally like the cereal from Bob’s Red Mill.


7-Grain Cereal Muffins Recipe

1 cup 7-Grain cereal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup applesauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup buttermilk (you can easily make your own with vinegar or lemon juice)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmet
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease or line muffin cups with paper liners (16 standard size).  Mix together Cereal, sugar, oil and buttermilk. Let stand for 30 minutes to let cereal absorb the liquid. Add the egg into the cereal mixture. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add cereal mixture to flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake 15-18 minutes or until tops are golden.

7-Grain Cereal Muffin Recipe