Just call me Betty Crocker. I'm completely kidding but it sure feels like it these days. There have been so many different occasions requiring homemade treats so I have been trying my hand at a few new and old recipes.
I made (or in some cases tried to make) goodies for work, a cookie exchange (which I ended up missing) and for neighbors. I thought about throwing all the recipes into this post but it started to get forever long so I'm going to try to post one each day this week. There are a few other things I want to share so who knows you may be hearing from me a couple of times in one day! Hope you don't mind!!
I'm a dedicated coffee drinker but lately I've been more interested in hot cocoa or tea. Tis the for peppermint mocha. Anyway, one of my favorite tea drinks is chai tea. I can drink it hot or cold any time of year. I decided I'd try to make some to give to a couple of neighbors with our Christmas cards but it ended up being an after Christmas delivery.
Ingredients (Note: picture above does not include all the ingredients):
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 cup non-dairy powered coffee creamer
- 1 1/2 cups french vanilla non-dairy coffee creamer
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon cardamom (if you don't mind paying the high price)
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon allspice (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Blend 1 cup at a time in a food processor until mixture is the consistency of a fine powder.
- Store in airtight container
- To serve: stir 3 tablespoons of Chai Tea mixture into a cup of hot water. Sometimes, I'll use 2% milk instead of water.
The recipe yields approximately 36 servings. I was able to fill two and a half 16 ounce mason jars.
I tied a Christmas tag with instructions on how to serve the tea. I downloaded the free tag from Jones Design Company. She requires you sign up to receive her emails but she offers some really cool print outs and tutorials so definitely worth it!
Another tip, the spices can get expensive if you don't already have them in stock. If these are spices you think you will use in a few other recipes, check out the kitchen section of TJMaxx, Ross or Marshall's. They have larger jars for less expense than the grocery store.
What is your favorite holiday treat?? Oh and does anyone have a good peanut butter fudge recipe? That is one of my husband's requests this year. I think he is chocolated out.