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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 • Posted December 14, 2011

Make homemade mixes in a jar! Mixes for soups and cookies are popular gift items that are fairly inexpensive to make. The gift recipient will appreciate the attractive and thoughtful gift and also will value the convenience.

Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookie Mix

1 c. plus 2 Tbsp. fl our

1 c. rolled oats

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

¼ c. brown sugar

¼ c. white sugar

½ c. dried cranberries

½ c. white chocolate chips

Layer the ingredients in a clean, quart-sized jar. Cover the jar tightly with a lid, decorate it and attach a copy of the recipe card.

Recipe Card:

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

1 container Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Additional ingredients: ½ c. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix butter, vanilla and egg together until smooth.

Add cookie mix and mix well. Place by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for eight to 10 minutes until golden brown. For best flavor, use this mix within nine months.

Makes 28 cookies. Each serving has 100 calories, 4.5 g fat, 13 g carbohydrate and 70 mg sodium.

Friendship Soup Mix

½ c. dry split peas

2 Tbsp. beef bouillon granules

¼ c. pearl barley

½ c. dry lentils

¼ c. dry, minced onions

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

½ c. rice

½ c. macaroni noodles

In a clean, quart-sized jar, layer all the ingredients except the macaroni. Place the macaroni in a sandwich bag and place it on top of the other ingredients.

Cover the jar tightly with a lid, decorate it and attach a copy of the recipe card.

Recipe Card:

Friendship Soup

1 container Friendship Soup MixAdditional ingredients: 1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey

3 qt. water

1 (28-oz.) can diced tomatoes

Brown meat and drain. Place in a large pot and add the water and tomatoes. Add soup mix except macaroni. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Add macaroni and continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes (until macaroni is done). For best flavor, use this mix within one year.

Makes 12 servings. Each serving has 150 calories, 4 g fat, 12 g carbohydrate and 390 mg sodium.

Source: North Dakota State University Extension Service

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