Hot Cocoa Mix

We love Hot Cocoa and have tried many recipes! Laura, my daughter, has “tweaked” this recipe to become one of our favorite homemade hot cocoa recipes.

Hot-Cocoa-Mix-in-JarIt’s very easy to make at home or share as a gift in a jar for a friend!







California Walnut Breakfast Cookie Gift Jar

Walnuts and cranberries are a wonderful holiday flavor pairing. Give this wholesome cookie jar as a fun (and delicious) gift this season.

California Walnut Breakfast Cookie Gift Jar
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Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Amercian
Serves: 2 dozen
  • Dry ingredients (layer into a glass jar):
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup instant skim milk powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1-3/4 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup California Walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Additional ingredients listed on a gift tag or card:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 can (14 oz.) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 jar of cookie mix
  1. In a glass jar, layer the dry ingredients in the order they are listed. On a gift tag or card, list the additional ingredients and the following instructions.
  2. "In large mixing bowl, with electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy; beat in the vanilla. Next, stir in the crushed pineapple.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together the contents of the cookie mix from the jar until well combined. Add the dry ingredients into the pineapple mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake in 350F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking rack.
  5. Makes about 2 dozen large cookies."
The healthy benefits of walnuts.

walnut cookie jar


REINDEER CUPCAKES…so easy & cute for Christmas! Fun! Fun hunting and eating.

These Reindeer Cupcakes are totally adorable. Rudolph really does have a very shiny red

Reindeer-Cupcakes-2Make these in minutes. Great kids project, snack and family time. The whole family will love making and eating these, get the kids to help dReindeer-Cupcakes-wiht-Pretzel-Antlers-Tutorial--550x458ecorate the nose!

Bunny Biscuits Recipe

Bunny Biscuits Recipe
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This recipe is: Quick Great for Easter treats, Kids Snack, Childcare Ideas, Treats, and Kids Cooking
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 5
  • 1 tube (7-1/2 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 10 raisins
  • 20 slivered almonds
  • 1 tube pink decorating icing
  • 5 red-hot candies or red candied cherries
  1. Gently shape five biscuits into oval shapes; place on a greased baking sheet about 2 in. apart. Cut remaining biscuits in half. Shape biscuit halves to form ears; press firmly to attach to whole biscuits. On each biscuit, press on two raisin eyes and four slivered almond whiskers.
  2. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until biscuits are browned. Cool slightly; use icing to frost ears and attach candy noses.

bunny bisket