Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Baskets & mason jar gifts

Here are a picture of some os the gift baskets I made for Christmas. I also made mason jar cookies, a Paula Deen recipe. Fun to make & pretty to give! Great for Mother/daughter gifts. The Eggnog bread doesn't look special, but it tasted it! Delicious toasted with a little butter. Mmmm...recipe to follow!

Mason Jar Smores Bars
Cook Time: 15 min

1 ½ cups teddy bear shaped graham cracker cookies
1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
½ cup brown sugar
1 (quart) mason jar

Layer all ingredients in the mason jar and attach an instruction label that reads:

“Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Prepare a 9” square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour contents of the jar along with ½ cup melted butter into the prepared baking dish and press firmly. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut into bars.”

Egg Nog Bread:

1 (16 oz.) package pound cake mix
1/4 cup butter, very soft
1 cup eggnog
1/4 cup gingerbread eggnog
You can use 1 1/4 cup of anytype of eggnog, these were just the types I used.
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat all ingredients together at low speed with an electric mixer until blended. Increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes. Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour (about 25 minutes for mini loaf pans) or until a long wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely.

This recipe is so easy & tastes so "Christmassy!" Double for more loaves! Cut & put on colorful plate to serve or bring to gathering. Mmm!


  1. omg. just looking at all these is making me hungry. and the way you set them all up is so pretty. i'd much rather get these as gifts than random stuff that i will not use.


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