Mix It Up: DIY deliciousness that you can make now and they can enjoy later

Candy Cane Cocoa

Instead of scrambling to bake cookies or make truffles for gifting, make these mixes instead. Layered in a jar like sand art, they’re simple, pretty and very much appreciated once January’s austerity has worn out its welcome.

Candy Cane Cocoa 

Every year, candy canes abound, and by a week before the holiday we’ve usually accumulated at least a few. Their cool flavor is at its best bolstered by bittersweet chocolate. 

 

Gift Mix 

4-6 candy canes, crushed
2 ½ cups cocoa powder
2 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon table salt
Mix all ingredients into jars. 
Include a hand-lettered tag with the  instructions below
for serving.
Instructions:
Thoroughly combine ingredients, then mix one tablespoon with heated milk. 
Stir until dissolved and then enjoy!

 

Peanut & Pretzel Cookie  

Snacking in Philly means pretzels and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews. 
These sweet and salty cookies are inspired by both. 
Approximately 45 cookies

 

Gift Mix 

 

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup pretzel pieces
½ cup peanuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup toffee pieces (Heath Bar)
Mix flour, baking soda and salt, and place at the bottom of one 1.5 liter or two 1 quart jars. Pat flat.
Layer sugars and all other ingredients on top
Include a hand lettered tag with the instructions on the right.
Baking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Sift mix through a fine sieve to separate 
peanuts, pretzels, toffee pieces and chocolate chips, and to fluff flour.
Beat 2 sticks butter (1 cup) until fluffy, and slowly add flour and sugar mixture. Add two 
eggs and mix to combine.
Gently mix in peanuts, pretzels, toffee pieces and chocolate chips. 
Drop walnut-sized balls of dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets and bake until edges are lightly browned and centers still look 
wobbly, 8–12 minutes. Cool. 

 

Story and photos by Emily Teel.

 This story is from page 33 of our Countdown to the Holidays feature in our December 2013 issue.