Hope this gives you some fun and new ideas for holiday gifts. Most are pretty frugal as well.
TUXEDO BOW TIE BROWNIES IN A JAR
1/2 C chopped walnuts (or pecans - whichever you like)
1/2 C white chocolate chips
1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 C brown sugar, packed
1 C PLUS 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/3 C baking cocoa
2/3 C granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
Layer all the ingredients in order listed in a one quart - wide mouth jar, being sure to pack down after each addition. Secure lid and attach baking instructions.
Empty brownie mix into a large bowl. Add 3 eggs, 1/2 C oil and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Mix and pour into a greased 9 x 9 pan. Bake at 350* for 22 - 25 minutes. Cut into squares.
How cute to add a black ribbon around the top and tie as if a 'bow tie'. Add you instructions and you have a yummy gift.
Nice to keep several on hand as well - you will always have brownie "mix" in your pantry for a quick dessert.
PRALINE ICE CREAM SYRUP
2 C corn syrup
1/3 C brown sugar, packed
1/2 C water
1 1/4 C chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 (1 pint) jars and lids - sterilized (OR 8 - 1/2 pint jars)
Combine syrup, sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in pecans and vanilla.
Pour into hot jars, leaving 1/4" space at top of jar. Secure lids, process in hot water bath for 10 minutes. Makes 4 pints
Wouldn't this be a wonderful add to a basket - maybe an ice cream scoop and small bowls and sprinkles. YUM
I think this would also be good to gift with pancake/waffle mix!!!!!
FRIENDSHIP SCONE MIX1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C quick-cooking oats (uncooked)
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1/3 C mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine first 3 ingredients, stir. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Store in an airtight container. It makes 3 1/2 cups - so a quart jar would work.
Place scone mix in a large mixing bowl and cut in 1/2 cup butter until batter resembles coarse crumbles. In a separate bowl whisk a 1/4 cup milk and 1 egg. Add to crumble mixture, stir until moistened. Knead gently on a lightly floured board 8 - 10 times. Pat into an 8 inch circle on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut into 8 wedges, do not separate. Bake 375* for 10-12 minutes. Cut wedges apart and serve warm.
Too yummy, maybe gift in a basket with a nice cup and tea bags or hot chocolate mix.
I hope this gives you a few new ideas and is something you can use.