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Guest Blog: Save Money with Edible Gifts!

Truly, giving is better than receiving. Giving gifts to our friends, family, neighbors, teachers and co-workers is one of our favorite parts of the holiday season. So we're embracing it! And this year, we're all about edible gifts like cookies or hot cocoa to help your loved ones welcome the holiday spirit in a delicious way. They will enjoy the treat, without the clutter of one more thing to store in the closet, kitchen or garage. And with ingredients you can find at your local Grocery Outlet, your budget will rejoice too!

Here are simple recipes for edible holiday gifts, developed by food blogger Amy Sherman at Cooking with Amy.

Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 12 ounce package, semi sweet chocolate chips, about 2 cups
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in a 1-quart jar. Layer on the chocolate chips, brown sugar and finally the white sugar on top, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric, ribbon and a recipe tag.

Recipe tag to attach to jar:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Beat 1 stick softened butter or margarine and 1 large egg in large mixer bowl until blended. Fold in the contents of the jar with a wooden spoon. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies. Enjoy with a glass of milk - and don't forget to save one for Santa!


Cookies in a Jar


Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar
4 packets hot cocoa mix
4 teaspoons chocolate chips
1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Open the packets of cocoa mix and pour them into a tall narrow jar. Top with marshmallows and add a layer of chocolate chips on top.  Seal with lid and decorate with fabric, ribbon and a recipe tag.

Recipe tag to attach to jar:
Combine jar contents with 4 cups of hot water and stir until dissolved. Pour into 4 mugs and sip by the glow of the holiday lights. Enjoy!

 



Hot Cocoa in a Jar

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