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3 DIY Baking Mixes Made For Holiday Giving

Holiday gifting got you stumped? Homemade goodies are always a hit—and these clever DIY baking mixes (each of which begins with Martha White flour) are a great way to make the sweetness of the season last a little longer. Best of all, if you have lots of people on your list, the recipes can be easily doubled, tripled—or more! The whole process takes just a few minutes. Fill a mason jar, print out a simple card with the instructions, grab a ribbon to tie it on, and you're all set!

Chewy Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Layer in a 1-quart jar:

 

3 cups Martha White Self-Rising Flour

½ cup light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ cup crushed peppermint candies

 

Instructions: To make the cookies, heat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl. Stir, then add 1 stick of butter, melted, 2 large eggs, and 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract. Stir until just combined. Shape dough into 1 ½-inch rounds and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake until just set, about 7 to 8 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

Layer in a 1-quart jar:

 

1 ¼ cup Martha White Self-Rising Flour

½ teaspoon kosher salt

⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

⅔ cup granulated sugar

⅔ cup brown sugar

⅓ cup white chocolate chips

 

Instructions: To make the brownies, heat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with parchment paper. Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl. Stir, then add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, ⅔ cup vegetable oil, and 3 large eggs. Stir until just combined. Scrape the batter into a greased 8" x 8" baking pan. Bake until set, about 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool before slicing into squares.

Cranberry Pecan Scones

Layer in a 1-quart jar:

 

2 cups Martha White Self-Rising Flour

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup chopped pecans

 

Instructions: To make the scones, heat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and stir. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 ½ cup heavy cream. Fold together until just combined. Divide the dough in half and transfer both pieces to the prepared baking sheet.  Pat each half into a 1"-thick round, then slice each round into 6 wedges, keeping them slightly spaced apart. Bake scones until golden, about 15 minutes.