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Homemade gifts from the kitchen

Brenda Hyde is a writer, editor and founder of Old Fashioned Living, an online magazine that encourages families to keep the traditions, memories and keepsakes that have been passed down from generations past. She has a degree in Journal...

Christmas gifts for foodies

Make a Christmas gift basket with holiday treats from your kitchen. Here are three recipes for fun food and drink mixes to give this Christmas.

Christmas gifts for foodies

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Makes about 5 batches of cookies

6 cups rolled oats
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pound shortening
2 cups raisins
1-1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

1. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until crumbly.

2. Stir in raisins, coconut, chocolate and pecans.

3. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 10 weeks.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 24 cookies

4 cups Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie Mix
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

1. In a bowl, combine the Oatmeal Cookie Mix with egg, milk and vanilla until dough forms.

2. Shape into 1-1/2-inch balls and place on greased baking sheets. Flatten balls with a fork.

3. Bake in 375 F oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden. Remove to racks and let cool. Makes 24 cookies.

Next: Spicy Mulled Cider Mix

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