20 Dec 2011
Need a simple and inexpensive gift idea that your family, friends, and coworkers will love? One of my favorite homemade gifts is a baking mix! Simply measure out the dry ingredients for your recipe, put them into a jar or bag, add a bow and attach some baking instructions, and voila! A cute and homemade gift.
Remember my delicious Whole Wheat Peanut Butter & Jelly Cereal Muffins? Here’s how to make them into a homemade muffin mix gift.
Step 1: Prepare Your Package/Jar
Layer the following in a jar or bag (if you use a paper bag as seen above, put the ingredients in a ziplock so it’s airtight): 2 cups Erewhon Rice Twice cereal, 1 & ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour, ½ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda.
Step 2: Prepare Your Label/Instructions
Here are the instructions to print (or hand write) and place on package for recipient:
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter & Jelly Cereal Muffins
Preheat oven to 350.
Additional ingredients needed: 1 cup skim/lowfat milk, 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 egg, 12 teaspoons jam (any flavor).
1) Place dry ingredients from package into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients, except for jelly.
2) Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing lightly until uniform.
3) In a cooking sprayed or greased muffin tin, fill each cup about half way with batter. Place a teaspoon of jam in each cup, then cover it with the second half of the batter.
4) Bake 20 minutes; fork check to make sure they are done. Enjoy!
The beauty of this gift idea is that you can use it for virtually any baked good recipe – for example, homemade cookies or brownies in a jar are also popular. Another idea is to make a huge batch of homemade granola (this recipe looks yummy!) to give out in jars to your friends. The sky is the limit!
Have you ever given a homemade gift? What was it? I always love new homemade gift ideas!
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