Wednesday, November 6

Day 28 - Baking Mixes

Welcome back, friends! This month we're working on 31 handmade gifts for everyone on your list. You can find links to the full series here.

Today we're back at it with a great gift for neighbors and friends, especially those who enjoy cooking or baking. We're making a couple baking mixes!

We're making two different kinds of mixes so you have a few gift-giving options. The first is a White Chocolate Cranberry Bread mix. It's easy to mix up and pop in the oven, so it's great for a cozy Christmas Eve! To make the mix, just layer the following ingredients in a quart size jar:

  • 1.5 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans

Then just print out my label with instructions for completing the bread and attach it to the jar. You could print on sticker paper, but I like to print on regular paper and cover the whole thing with packing tape to attach it. That way the label doesn't get ruined if it gets wet or dirty. After all, a bread mix isn't very useful if you don't know how to finish it!

Download the White Chocolate Cranberry Bread label here.

Or if you prefer handwritten instructions here's what you need to know:
1. Dump the jar contents into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Then add 1/4 cup melted butter.
2. Beat together 2 eggs, 1/2 c. sour cream, and 1/2 c. milk. Add to the jar contents & butter mixture and stir until just combined.
3. Pour into a greased 9" loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 -50 minutes.
4. Stir together 1/4 c. powdered sugar & 1/2 Tbs. milk. Drizzle over top of baked loaf.

If you enjoy baking yourself, you could even go ahead and bake up a couple loaves for your friends & neighbors. You can get cheap loaf pans at Dollar Tree and wrap them up in cellophane (DT has both full size and mini pans).

Mmmm... cranberry goodness.

Mix #2 is my favorite though. I actually already moved this jar to the pantry to become a kitchen staple! It's a super easy White Whole Wheat Pancake Mix. These would be perfect for a quick hot breakfast on Christmas morning, so you should probably make a batch for everyone! Just whisk together the following ingredients and pour into a quart mason jar:
  • 4 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1 1/4 Tbs. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. salt

Make sure you get this well combined before putting in the jar, because your friends will just be measuring out an amount to use each time (unlike the bread which used the entire contents at once). Then just print out my instruction label and attach it to the jar.

Download the Pancake Mix label here.

And if you're just whipping some up for yourself and don't need a label, here are the directions:

1. Combine 1 cup pancake mix, 1 cup milk, 1 egg, and 2 Tbs. oil. Cook on a hot griddle and serve with your favorite toppings. And a side of bacon. You'll thank me later.

And that's it! These are easy to make and you do it assembly-line-style you can have a bunch ready to go in no time! The labels for both mixes are styled the same so you can even wrap them up as a set if you want.

What's you're favorite mix in a jar?


  1. These look wonderful, I will have to try them. I stumbled across your pretty polka dot bag on Pintrest, and found your 31 day series. How much fun! Thanks

    1. Glad you're enjoying the series! I hope you like the baking mixes. :)