Great Gift Recipes

Great Gift Recipes

475 Gift Basket Ideas Ebook

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Great Gift Recipe - Candy Basket for Car Lovers!

Give Them A Pink Cadillac

Give Them a Pink Cadillac!



1) Basket - Pink Cadillac or other favorite toy car
2) One piece of flower arranging Styrofoam  to fit in the bottom of the car
and reaching up a few inches above the car body
3) Plenty of stiff, green wire used in flower arranging
4) Green flower tape or other color to match color of the car
5) 2-1/2 inch green wood sticks, pointed on one end, blunt on the other
6) Thin wire
7) Variety of wrapped hard candies, preferably with colorful wrappers
8) A few large candy bars
8) A good amount of bright, colorful cellophane sheets (pink and white, or other colors to match the color of your car)

Many of these supplies can be found at craft stores or flower arranging supply stores.


Begin with the candy flowers. Cut the stiff green wire into 8 inch lengths. Make around 15 for a decent size car basket. Now, sort your candies by wrapper color. You'll need 5 or 6 candies per wire. Take one of the candies and hold one twisted end of the wrapper against the end of the wire. Now, wrap the green floral tape tightly around the wrapper and wire a few times. Don't tear the tape; once the candy is firmly attached to the wire, continue the tape down the wire and wrap another candy around 1 to 1 1/2 inches below the first, depending on how many candies you'll put on the wire.

Continue this down the wire. When you've wrapped 5 or 6 of the same candies on the top half of the wire, trail your tape off another inch or two on the wire. You've just made your first candy flower! Set that one aside and start on the next one. Try to have at least 4 different types of candies, so all the flowers won't be the same color. You can also use large candy bars such big Tootsie Rolls or Butterfingers. Attach the candy bars to colorful pipe cleaners using the floral tape and insert into the Styrofoam.

2 1/4 c Flour (all-purpose)
3/4 c Sugar
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Ginger (ground)
1 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
1/2 tsp Cloves (ground)
3/4 c Margarine (softened)
3/4 c Water
1/2 c Molasses

Preheat oven to 325-degrees (NO higher). Sterilize 5 (12 oz) Ball Quilted Crystal (#14400-81400) jam/jelly canning jars, lids and rings by boiling them for 15 minutes. Remove the jars from the water and allow them to air-dry on your counter top; leave the lids and rings in the hot water until you’re ready  to use them.

Once the jars are cool enough to handle, use a pastry brush to grease them with shortening (DO NOT use butter, margarine, PAM or Baker’s Secret); set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

Stir in margarine, water and molasses until well blended. Divide batter
among the 5 jars (they should be about 1/2 full). Place jars onto a
cookie sheet or they’ll tip over. Bake in preheated 325-degree oven for
35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
Move the jars around in the oven while they’re baking, so they’ll bake
evenly. Have your HOT lids ready. Using HEAVY-DUTY MITTS (the jars
ARE HOT!) Take one jar at a time from the oven and place a lid on,
then the ring. Tightly screw on lids--do it FAST because the lid gets
REAL hot! Allow jars to cool on your countertop. Once the jars are
cool, decorate with round pieces of cloth. Unscrew the ring (the lid
should be sealed by now) and place a few cotton balls or a
wad of batting on top of the lid (makes it poof-y on top), then a piece
of cloth (about 3" larger than the lid) on top and screw the ring back

   Christmas Gift Bucket Of Goodies  

Fill a decorative Christmas box or tin with:
assorted home-baked cookies
assorted chocolates
Christmas ornaments (better if you made them yourself)
pre-recorded Christmas music
tuck in some candy canes or foil wrapped chocolate Santa's and arrange cookies & candy in colorful cupcake liners for a finishing touch




Popcorn Christmas Cake

4 Qt. popped corn
1/2 lb Red & Green Gum drops
1/2 lb Peanuts
1 lb Marshmallows
1/2 c Melted butter
1/2 c Corn oil

Melt marshmallows, margarine, and corn oil. Pour over
popcorn, nuts and gum drips. Mix together and pat in a
bunt cake pan or angel food cake pan. Cool.

Popcorn Snowmen

4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
4 cups Mini marshmallows
9 cups Popped popcorn
1/2 cup Confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon Milk
Gumdrops, cinnamon candies, fruit leather, jelly,
pretzels --for garnish.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add
the marshmallows and cook, stirring often, until melted
and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Place the popped popcorn
in a large lightly greased shallow pan. Pour the syrup
over the popcorn, tossing to coat evenly.

While still warm, form 6 balls about 5" in diameter from the
coated popcorn for the bottom sections, giving the balls
flat bases so the snowmen will stand. Form 6 balls about
3-1/2" in diameter for the middle sections. Then form 6
balls about 2" in diameter for the top sections.

Stir in the confectioners' sugar and milk together until smooth.
Use the icing to stack three popcorn balls of decreasing
sizes into a snowman, then attach candies to decorate.
(Gumdrops for hats, fruit leather for scarves, etc.)

600 Chocolate Recipes For Chocolate Lovers!

Great Gift Recipe for Candy Cookies in a Jar

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. powdered vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until they are evenly distributed, making sure all brown sugar lumps are crushed. Store in an airtight container.

Attach this to the Jar on a decorative label:

Candy Cookies
Makes 3 dozen cookies

1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 package Candy Cookie Mix
1 cup candy bar chunks (Reese's peanut butter
cups, Butterfinger bars, white or milk chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In the large bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter until it is smooth. Add the egg, and continue beating until the egg is combined. Add the Candy Cookie Mix and candy bar chunks and blend on low just until the cookie mix is incorporated. Form the cookies into 1½ inch balls & place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden on the edges. Remove from oven, and cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes.

Great Gift Recipe for Coffee Mug Cakes (5 Kinds!)
1 cake mix any flavor
1 ( 4 serving size) instant pudding mix (not sugar free), any flavor. Place dry cake mix and dry pudding mix into a large bowl and blend well with a whisk.

This will be about 4 - 4 ½ cups dry mix and will make 8-9 coffee cup cake mixes. Place ½ cup dry mix into a sandwich bag. Place mix into a corner of the bag and tie it there with a twist tie. Continue making packets until all your dry mix is used.

Flavor suggestions:
*Lemon cake mix - lemon pudding
*Yellow cake mix - vanilla pudding
*Devils food cake mix - chocolate pudding
*Pineapple cake mix - coconut pudding
*Butterscotch cake mix - butterscotch pudding

Select a large coffee cup. Check it to be sure it holds 1 ½ cups of water. That way you will be sure you have bought the size the recipe calls for. It can't have any metallic paint on it because it will be used in the microwave.

Decorative cups:

Purchase colorful or decorative cups from a local dollar store. They often have cups available with appropriate designs for special occasions or different holidays such as Christmas, Valentines Day, etc.

Glaze mix
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 ½ tsp dry flavoring ( such as powdered lemonade
mix, powdered orange breakfast drink mix, cocoa
powder) Vanilla powder sold by coffee flavorings
(or use French Vanilla CoffeeMate)

Select the flavoring appropriate to the cake you are making; Example:

For the pineapple coconut cake include flaked coconut in a separate bag with instructions to sprinkle it over the frosted cake. Place the glaze mix ingredients into a sandwich bag and tie into corner of bag. Label this bag "glaze mix" and attach it to the other bag with a twist tie.

Place one baggie cake mix and one baggie glaze mix in each coffee cup. Now attach the following baking instructions to each coffee cup.

Bake a cake in a coffee mug!


Generously spray inside of coffee cup with cooking spray. Empty contents of large packet into cup. Add 1 egg white, 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp water to dry mix. Mix 15 seconds, carefully mixing in all the dry mix.

Microwave on full power 2 minutes.( you may not get satisfactory results in a low wattage small microwave). While cake is cooking, place ingredients from "Glaze Mix" into a very small container and add 1 ½ tsp water. Mix well. When cake is done, pour glaze over cake in cup. Enjoy
while warm.


2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
3 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tbl. cinnamon
3 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped nuts


In a large bowl cream sugar and oil with electric mixer. Add eggs and mix
well. Add water and vanilla and mix well. Place dry ingredients in a separate
large bowl and blend with a whisk. Add creamed ingredients to dry
ingredients and mix with whisk and spoon. Place 1 cup batter each into 6
well-greased 1-pint wide-mouth canning jars. Wipe batter from rim. Place
jars on a baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes, or until
a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Wipe rims. Place hot
sterilized seals and rings on hot jars. Keep in refrigerator for prolonged

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Great Gift Recipe for Gift Baskets to add a personal touch

Great Gift Recipe - Gourmet Coffee and Hot Chocolate Basket

Perk Up Someone's Life With a Gourmet Coffee and Hot Chocolate Gift Basket!

Make your own gift baskets for a truly special gift. You are not limited in your choice of imaginative containers. Here are some examples:

Animal Print Bag
Back Pack
Baskets-wide variety
Ceramic Pots
Colorful Boxes
Hat Boxes
Ice Bucket
Metal or Plastic Bucket
Plastic Bowl
Plastic Bowl

First decide on a theme for your basket. Then choose your container. For example, a Great Gardener's Basket could be created in a metal bucket. Next fill with gardening supply items

Additional items you will require are:

*Decorative items for ribbon
*Gift cards
*Shredded paper for filling
*Tissue paper
*Wooden Skewers

Don't go and spend a fortune getting these items. Most of them you should already have at home.

Add a pleasing touch by filling the bucket with shredded paper or colored or crumpled tissue paper. This will give height to your project. Using shredded paper not only fills the basket but makes the gifts fit snugly in the bucket. It also gives the impression that there are lots of goodies in the bucket.

Once you have added this to the basket organize the goodies on top of the basket filling in an aesthetically pleasing and balanced arrangement. Place the larger items at the back and the smaller ones near the front. This will create a layering concept.

Tip1: Using small amounts of tape to your items will help keep them in place. Or try taping items to Skewers for support.

Tip2: You can create a basket filled with homemade items from jar and gift recipes. Store in air tight canning jars or cookie jar type containers with lids. For example, Make a Coffee N Chocolate Basket filled with some of the following homemade recipes:

Great Gift Recipe for Mochachinio

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and whir until finely ground. Store in an airtight container.

1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1 cup instant chocolate drink mix
2/3 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Mix 3 tbs. into 6oz. boiling water.

Great Gift Recipe for Malted Hot Chocolate

3 1/2 ounces of malted milk powder
5 1/2 ounces of powdered non-dairy
1 pound of powdered dry milk
1 pound of confectionary sugar
14 ounces of instant chocolate drink
mix 8 ounces of mini marshmallows

Stir and store! Use 3 heaping tablespoons of mix to one mug of boiling water.

Great Gift Recipe for Orange Mocha Cafe

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and whir until finely ground. Store in an airtight container.

1/3 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 cup each unsweetened cocoa,
and powdered nondairy creamer
2 tsp. dried orange peel
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix 1 tbs. into 6oz.of boiling water.

Great Gift Recipe for Vienna Cafe

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and whirl until finely ground. Store in an airtight container.

1/2 cup instant coffee granules
2/3 cup each sugar, and powdered
nondairy creamer
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix 2 tsp. per 1 cup of boiling water.

Great gift Recipe for Good Night Cafe

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and whirl until finely ground Store in an airtight container

2/3 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1/3 cup instant coffee granules
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Mix 1 tbs. into 8oz. boiling water.


11 Cups powdered dry milk
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
2 1/2 cups confectionary sugar
1 pound container of instant chocolate drink mix

Simply mix all the ingredients
together and store in an airtight
container! For a great cup of
gourmet hot chocolate, measure
out 3 heaping tablespoons of
mix into your favorite mug, and
add 6-8oz. boiling water!

This recipe makes about 250 servings, and can be cut in half, or doubled to suit your needs. Truly better than store bought!!

GOURMET MUG O' CHOCOLATE MIX (Richer variation of above mix)

11 cups powdered dry milk
1 cup confectionary sugar
11 ounces powdered non-dairy creamer
2 pounds instant chocolate drink mix
4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 small box of instant chocolate pudding mix

Mix and store in an airtight container. Use 3 heaping tablespoons per 6-8 ounces of boiling water. BEWARE: For chocoholics only!!!

Great Gift Recipe for Hot Cocoa Mix

3 cups powdered dry milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, the
better the quality, the better the
cup of cocoa!
3/4 cup sugar
1 dash of salt

Again, it's as easy as stir and store! Use 3 heaping tablespoons per mug of hot water!


* Cocoa-Mocha
- Add 1/2 cup instant coffee to the mix.

* Orange-Cinnamon Sip
- Add 1 tsp. of grated orange peel and 2 tsp. cinnamon

* Scotchy's Cup
- Decrease chocolate chips by 1 cup, and add 1 cup butterscotch chips instead!

* Peanut Butter Cup
- Decrease chocolate chips as above, and add 1 cup peanut butter chips.

* Minty Hot Chocolate
- Decrease chocolate chips as above, and add 1 cup mint- chocolate chips.

* Rasberry-Coco-Loco
- Decrease chocolate chips as above, and add 1 cup of Raspberry-chocolate chips.

* Milk Chocolate Chocolate
- Decrease chocolate chips as above, and add 1 cup of Milk Chocolate chips!

* Malted Milk Chocolate
- Prepare as for Milk Chocolate Chocolate, except substitute 1/2 cup of malted milk powder for 1/2 cup of powdered milk.

Great Gift Recipe for Hot White Chocolate

3 cups powdered dry milk
2 tsp. vanilla powder (This is a product used in place of vanilla
extract. It is available in most gourmet food store, or bakers' supply shops).
2 tsp. grated orange zest
2 cups of white chocolate chips

Whir all ingredients in blender only until finely ground! Again, do it in two
batches, and don't over grind or it will clump up in the blender. Use 3 heaping tablespoons per mug of hot water. This is particularly satisfying with a cinnamon stick as a stirrer.

Great Gift Recipe for Irish Flavored Coffee Creamer

Place all the ingredients into the blender or food processor, and whirl until finely ground. Store in an airtight container.

1 package butter mints, crushed
2 cups instant chocolate malted milk
mix 1/2 cup instant chocolate milk mix
2 cups powdered nondairy creamer

Use as you please to lighten, sweeten, and give your coffee the delicious flavor of Irish Cream!

Great Gift Recipe for Mexican Cocoa Ole'!

1/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
(See recipe for Hot White Chocolate!)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 1/2 cups powdered dry milk

Mix it up and store. When you are ready for a little south of the border, boil 3 cups of water, add the mix, stir it up, and FIESTA!!! Garnish with cinnamon sticks and a dollop of whipped cream!!