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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Kid-Friendly Recipes for Homemade Gifts 'In a Jar'

With the holiday season upon us, here are a few of our favorite super-easy recipes that make great gifts 'in a jar.' All are incredibly inexpensive and so terrifically simple, your little one(s) can make them themself/themselves! We've included labels that can be printed out on full sheet label paper, which make great sticker-labels for that extra hand-made touch.

Hibiscus-Mint Tea
Half Pint (8 oz) Mason Jar
Disposable paper tea filter bags (available at the hardware store) or a metal tea strainer ball
2/3 Cup hibiscus flowers (available at natural food stores and Latin-American markets)
1/3 Cup dried mint (peppermint, spearmint, etc.)

Mix hibiscus and mint to combine. If using tea filter bags, fill each with a heaping teaspoon of the mixture. If including a metal tea strainer ball, simply fill the jar with the mixture.

For the Label:
This tea is delicious served either hot or iced, with or without a touch of added sweetness and/or lemon or lime juice. Use 1 heaping teaspooon for 8oz boiling water. Steep 5-7 mins for hot tea and up to 20 mins for iced tea.

Citrus-flavored Sugar

Pint (16 oz) Mason Jar
2 cups sugar
Zest of either 2 oranges or 4 lemons or limes

Combine sugar and zest. If you're going for a rustic appearance, simply fill the jar and you're done! If you'd like the gift to be look more refined, let the mixture infuse for a week in an airtight container (tupperware or plastic bag), then use a strainer to sift out the zest. Fill the jar and you're done.

For the Label:
This infused sugar can be used to add an extra zip to tea (both hot and iced), to rim a glass, or to flavor an entire cake or cookie recipe. Simply use it in place of regular sugar in any recipe!

Brownie Mix
Quart (32oz) Mason Jar

2 1/4 cups white sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chopped pecans (if desired)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Pour sugar into a clean and dry one quart jar. Press down firmly.
2. Add cocoa powder and press down firmly. Pour in chopped pecans, making sure pecans are evenly layered in the jar. For a nice presentation, clean up the inside of the jar with a paper towel.
3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Pour into jar. Top with chocolate chips and seal the jar.

For the Label:
Directions: Empty mix into large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Add 3/4 cup of room temperature butter or vegetable oil and 4 slightly beaten eggs. Mix until completely blended. Spread batter into a lightly greased or sprayed 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pan. Cut into 2 inch squares.

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