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    Default Christmas Edible Gift Recipes

    Chocolate Cakes in a Jar recipe
    8 pint-size wide-mouth canning jars
    1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    3 cups granulated sugar, divided
    4 eggs
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    2 cups unsweetened applesauce
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/8 teaspoon salt

    Pre-wash canning jars in hot, soapy water. Rinse well, then dry and
    let them come to room temperature. Grease insides of jars well.

    Beat together butter and half of the sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and
    remaining sugar, vanilla extract and applesauce.

    Sift dry ingredients together and add to the applesauce mixture a
    little at a time, beating well after each addition.

    Pour one cup batter into each jar and carefully remove any batter
    from the rims. Place jars in a preheated 325 degree F oven and bake
    for 40 minutes.

    While cakes are baking, bring a saucepan of water to a boil and
    carefully add jar lids. Remove pan from heat and keep lids hot until
    ready to use. When the cakes have finished baking, remove jars from
    oven. Make sure jar rims are clean. If they are not, jars will not
    seal correctly. Place lids on jars, and screw rings on tightly. Jars
    will seal as they cool. Cakes will slide right out when ready to

    Unsealed jars should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 2
    weeks. Sealed jars may be stored with other canned food or placed in
    a freezer. The cake is safe to eat as long as the jar remains vacuum
    sealed and free from mold. Use all canned cakes within 6 months.
    Christmas Breakfast in a Mug recipe
    Christmas coffee mug
    1 packet hot cocoa mix
    Individually wrapped muffin
    Cellophane-wrapped candy cane

    Place all of the items in the mug for a quick gift breakfast. Place
    in a clear decorative plastic bag and tie with a ribbon.
    Edible Sleighs recipe
    For the sleigh base, wrap your favorite candy bar in aluminum foil.

    For the sleigh's runners, place two candy canes on either side of the
    wrapped candy bar. Secure by tying with a 1/2-inch wide red ribbon
    that forms a bow on top of the sled. Finish by adding miniature
    packages, a small Santa, etc. on top and you have a great little gift
    or decoration!
    White Christmas Bars in a Jar recipe
    1/4 cup white chocolate or vanilla milk chips
    1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted* and cooled
    1/2 cup sweetened dried cherries or cranberries
    1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed**
    1 cup buttermilk biscuit baking mix
    1/2 cup brown sugar, packed**
    1 cup buttermilk biscuit baking mix

    In 1-quart wide-mouth glass jar, gently layer and pack ingredients in

    the order listed, beginning with the white chocolate or vanilla
    chips. If there is any space left after adding the last ingredient,
    add more white chocolate or vanilla chips to fill the jar. Place lid
    on top. Cut an 8-inch circle of fabric to cover lid. Place fabric
    over lid; secure in place with ribbon or raffia. Decorate as desired.

    Make a gift card to attach as follows:

    To make White Christmas Cherry Bars:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Empty contents of jar into medium
    bowl. Stir in:

    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Press into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.
    Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until bars are light golden brown and
    center is almost set. Makes 16 bars.

    * To toast pecans, place in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on
    high for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring every minute.

    ** After measuring the brown sugar, crumble it between your fingers
    for uniform texture. Be sure to pack the brown sugar firmly in the
    jar to prevent the baking mix from sifting down through it.
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    These are really nice gifts that are easy to make for Christmas!!!
    Tragedy, sadness, loneliness and despair taught me that life is really a beautiful thing; if it wasn't I wouldn't be able to recognize that anything was wrong - Lynn in Virginia

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    Those are some really great ideas...I like the sleigh one the best!
    True friends are one's who walk in when the rest of the world walks out.

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    Very nice quick recipes/gifts. Breakfast for the co-workers is really a good idea.
    "Joy is not in things. It is within us"

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    Default Great ideas

    What great and fun recipes. I love the cake in the canning jar one. What a nice addition that would be to a food gift basket!!!

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