first up, cocoas...who doesn't love a warm mug of cocoa? it's a hug of warmth and coziness. my daughter was home with me tuesday and was super excited to gt to help with the making of these gifts.
1 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar (will depend on taste :) )
1 cup cocoa, dutch processed cocoa works the best!
1 cup chocolate chips
1/8 tsp salt
-mix all the ingredients but chocolate chips, together with a whisk, we also used a fine sifter to sift he ingredients further to really make sure everything was incorporated perfectly. stir in chocolate chips and using a wide mouth funnel, pour chocolate mix into mason jars.
- include a card with mixing directions: add 4-5 tbsp to a mug and pour 1 cup of hot water over and mix. for creamier cocoa, add 3-4 tbsp of cocoa to a mug and pour 1 cup hot milk over and mix
once you have your cocoa jars, you can package up the cocoa with some mugs, marshmallows, candy canes, etc and you're ready to give baskets filled with warm hugs!
here, simply print on cardstock and cut out :)
We also made coconut walnut & chocolate chip oatmeal cookies in a jar. the ingredients for cookies in a jar always look so pretty layered and there are so many options for recipes online and you can easily turn any of your own cookie recipes into a gift.
if you add more sugar then 1 1/2 cups, the jam will thicken even more once it cools. add less sugar will allow the jam to stay as more of syrup. it will also depend on your sweet tooth...because more or less sugar will change how sweet the jam is. i find the above recipe a great balance...it thickens enough (once cooled) to use for jam on toast and if we reheat it, it's a great syrup for over our pancakes. we haven't made the pancake jars yet, but those are easy! simply mix all your dry ingredients together, pour into a jar and include a card that instructs the recipient on what wet ingredients to add, how much, and how to cook.
now i mentioned this was a freezer jam and no canning required...there is no need to transfer the jam from the mason jars to a plastic bag. you can freeze canning jars...yup! you really can! canning jars have a freeze line on them that sits about a 1/4 inch below the lid lip, check it out!