6 Frugal Food Gifts To Create And Give

DIY Sugar cookie kits: Bake sugar cookies and place them in a container along with a can of frosting and sprinkles. So, that the receiver can decorate their own holiday cookies. The busy mom will love this gift.

DIY Gingerbread house kits: Place in a fun container or gift bag – Graham crackers, frosting, assorted candies and cardboard squares covered in tin foil. All the supplies needed to make mini gingerbread houses. The receiver can now create their own houses.

Valerie’s CRISPIX Cereal Treat

A perfect treat to place in cellophane bags for simple gift giving.

1 pound butter

3/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 boxes of 14 oz Crispix cereal

Almonds or pecans (optional)

Heat all ingredients until glossy. Pour over 2 boxes of Crispix cereal and nuts. Mix well until coated. Divide in 2-3 pans and bake in oven at 225 degrees for 1 hour mixing every 15 minutes. Spread to dry on wax paper.

Jar Mixes

I found a BIG selection of recipes and ideas over at About.com. These are simple to make and your kiddos can even join in the fun.

Fudge

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Famous Fudge

Ingredients

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Directions

LINE 8-inch-square baking pan with foil.

COMBINE sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

STIR in marshmallows, morsels, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces.

FOR MILK CHOCOLATE FUDGE:

SUBSTITUTE
1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels for Semi-Sweet Morsels.

FOR BUTTERSCOTCH FUDGE:

SUBSTITUTE
1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels for Semi-Sweet Morsels.

FOR PEANUTTY CHOCOLATE FUDGE:

SUBSTITUTE
1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels for Semi-Sweet Morsels and 1/2 cup chopped peanuts for pecans or walnuts.


Holiday Peppermint Bark by Nestle

Ingredients

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Directions

LINE baking sheet with wax paper.

MICROWAVE morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

PLACE peppermint candies in heavy-duty plastic bag. Crush candies using rolling pin or other heavy object. While holding strainer over melted morsels, pour crushed candy into strainer. Shake to release all small candy pieces; reserve larger candy pieces. Stir morsel-peppermint mixture.

SPREAD mixture to desired thickness on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved candy pieces; press in lightly. Let stand for about 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Recipe makes 1 pound of candy. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Creative Containers:

Add fun to your homemade food gifts wit the use of creative containers:

– Chinese Take out containers

– Holiday plates from the dollar stores and dollar bins at Target

– Holiday boxes and cellophane bags

– Cookie jars, purchase these all year long on clearance sales to give filled with goodies.

– Altered Paint cans ( My friend Valerie created the ones in the picture)

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