Giving Gifts in a Pan
Many of us have heard of gifts in a jar, right? You know, when you take a mason jar and fill it with dry ingredients needed to make cookies, brownies or soup. How about gifts in a pan? Let me explain:
Planning to give Lou Lou muffins for Christmas? You know the blueberry muffins you make that she enjoys so much? By all means make her the muffins, but give her the muffins and the pan you baked them in! Before you make the muffins in your baking pan, go and buy a new one. Wash it out and use it to make Lou Lou’s muffins. Attach the recipe for her too! This way she can make them whenever she wants to.
How about candy? Buy a sheet of candy molds and make your famous chocolate candies. Give the molds filled with candies to a friend for Christmas. Wrap it with a ribbon and give it away.
You can do this with bar cookies as well. Prepare then in a 8×8 or 9×13 glass dish and give away the dish with the cookie bars.
The possibilities are endless.
Giving the gift of muffins (muffin recipe follows)
Cookies, candy and cakes are all great gifts to give for Christmas. How about a nice array of muffins as a Christmas gift? Muffins can be made in many flavors to suit the recipient. They can also be given in several different yet creative ways.
Muffins in a basket
Line a pretty basket with a new dish towel and place your freshly baked muffins inside. Bring them over to a neighbor or bring this basket to your next Christmas party for the host or hostess.
Muffins in a bowl:
Line a large bowl with a new dish towel or tissue paper. Stack your muffins inside.
Muffins in a box:
Line a round box (plain, colored or stenciled) with Holiday napkins and add your muffins inside. Tie a big red ribbon around the box and give it as a gift.
Muffins in a basket:
Line a pretty basket with Holiday tissue paper and place your muffins inside. Add a pretty bow to the handle before giving away.
- 1 stick of margarine, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- ½ cup milk
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 2 tbsp. baking powder
- 2 cups of your additives
Preheat oven to 400*.
Cream butter and sugar together.
Add eggs, vanilla, milk and additives.
When combined add in flour and powder.
I like to fill up the muffin pans to ¾ full. It makes for big muffins!
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- 3 tbsp. margarine, softened
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
Mix all ingredients until crumbly.
Sprinkle over each muffin and bake.
Here are some additive ideas:
- Fruits: bananas, blueberries, apples
- Apples and cinnamon
- Peanut butter
- Chocolate chips or chunks
- Butterscotch chips
- Cinnamon chips
- Caramel chips
- White chocolate chips
- Candy bars, crumbled
- Spices: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves
- Andes mint candies, crushed
- Cookies, crumbled
You can add one or more of these additives to your muffin mix. I would add 2 cups worth of additives.
Giving the gift of bread (Banana bread recipe follows)
Made from scratch bread is a warm and heart felt gift to give for Christmas. After you make your bread, you can give it away in a new and creative way.
Wrap a loaf in a new dish towel and tie it with a ribbon. You may even want to add the wrapped bread into a red or green basket before giving it away.
Place sliced bread in a cellophane bag and tie it with a red ribbon. Or, you can use a paper bag. On the paper bag, stamp it with stamps to make it say, “Bread” or “Home Made”. You can even stamp it up with Holiday stamps. Tie it with a ribbon before you give it away.
Small bread loaves:
Next time you go through a drive thru to pick up dinner, save your drink box! You can paint it with colored paint and/or rubber stamp it and then use it as a creative way to share your fresh baked bread with a friend. Wrap up your bread in cellophane and add a loaf to each opening that is meant to hold a drink cup.
Another great way to give a loaf of bread is to wrap it in plastic wrap and then wrap a Holiday dish towel around the bottom and up the sides, tying it on top with a pretty ribbon.
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 single serving cup of apple sauce (4 ounces)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- cinnamon sugar
- butter spray
Preheat oven to 350*. Spray 2 loaf pans with butter spray and then lightly coat them with cinnamon sugar. In a bowl add cake, banana, egg, milk, apple sauce and cinnamon. Mix well with wire whisk, removing all lumps. Pour evenly into two pans. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top of each. Bake for 60 minutes.
Tip: add 1 cup of chocolate chips or nuts to make banana chocolate chip bread or banana nut bread.
Give the gift of candy (recipe follows)
Make up a batch of your favorite chocolate candies and wrap them up in cute boxes, plastic containers or in plastic wrap within a mug!
Chocolate Covered Raisins
- 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups raisins
Line 2 cookies sheets with no-stick foil.
Melt chocolate on medium/high heat in a double broiler on the stove.
When melted remove from heat and add raisins.
Scoop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans.
Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes, until hard.
Remove to an air tight container and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
These also freeze well for several months.
- You can always add to or take away from the called amount of raisins.