Giving Food For Gifts: 4 Moms Link Up

A special thank you to Alyssa (12) for putting the recipes and  pictures into this post. (Psst, enter to win some Lilla Rose love.)

It’s that time of  year to start earnestly thinking about Christmas gifts. This week the 4 Moms are sharing some of our favorite ideas for food gifts.

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Every December our family dons Santa hats (sorry to those who don’t like Santa, but the children wear Santa hats nearly everywhere we go during the month of December. It makes people smile.) and heads out to Christmas carol to people in our neighborhood and an assortment of friends around the area.

Nick (2) Kaitlin (11) Savannah (5) and Sadie (7) ready to go Christmas caroling

At each house we sing a couple of Christmas carols

Matthew (11) and Alyssa (10) get snowed on while we Christmas carol

and we leave each family a plate with a variety of cookies and holiday treats.

Here are some of the recipes from last year’s plates.

Heath Bars

My little ones love laying out all the saltines for this recipe. It’s fun for little helpers because all the ingredients are snitch-able.


  • 1 sleeve saltines
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 12 oz peanut butter chips (actually the package is 10 oz and that works)
  • 12 oz chocolate chips


  1. Cover the bottom and sides of a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with one sheet of tin foil. Spread saltines in a single layer on top of the foil.
  2. Next, in a saucepan heat butter and brown sugar and boil for 3 minutes. Pour over saltines.
  3. Place tray in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with peanut butter chips. Spread chips into a smooth layer as they melt.
  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and place in oven for 1 minute more and then spread.
  6. Allow to cool and refrigerate until hardened.
  7. Break into pieces and try to only eat one, mmmm.

Chocolate-Peanut Clusters

This super easy crock pot recipe for chocolate-peanut clusters is ideal for last minute.

2 pounds dry roasted peanuts (I used one pound salted and one pound unsalted)

48 oz white bark
4 oz sweet German chocolate
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

Heath Bars, Peppermint Meringues, Homemade Fudge and Peanut Clusters

Dump the peanuts into your crock pot and then add the remaining ingredients (no need to stir). Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Then stir and drop by teaspoon full onto wax paper and allow to cool.

Yes, it really is that easy. One batch yielded over 100 clusters.


Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint meringues are light crispy and peppermint-y wonderful for a plate of treats.

2 egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
2 peppermint candy canes, crushed

Beat egg whites until foamy; add salt and cream of tartar and then beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar while beating until stiff peaks form (about 6-7 minutes).

Drop meringues by teaspoon full onto un-greased foil and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Bake at 225 for 1 1/2 hours. Then turn off heat and slightly open oven door. Leave meringues in oven until cool (1-2 hours).

Makes 3 dozen.

Candy Bar Fudge

  • 6 candy bar of your choice (we used Snickers)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Line a 9 x9 with foil and butter the foil. Cut candy bars into 1/2 inch segments.

In a saucepan bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil. Cook and stir over medium heat until 234 degrees (soft-ball stage), about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips, vanilla and marshmallow creme.

Pour half of mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with candy bar pieces and top with remaining chocolate mixture and spread evenly. Let cool at room temperature, then lift out of pan and remove foil to slice.

We also included some kid-decorated sugar cookies.

Another one of our food gift giving ideas is homemade hot chocolate mix.This mix much better than any pre-made mix that you can buy in the store. (We’re hooked, we never buy store bought mix anymore.)

Hot Chocolate Mix with homemade cinnamon ornament

Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Chocolate makes a beautiful gift just put it in a quart jar with an ornament .

4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups cocoa (the nicer quality cocoa you use, the nicer the hot chocolate will be, but honestly the regular cocoa that you find in the grocery is delicious)
5 cups powderred whole milk (not non-fat) – This is important. We purchase Nido brand.
2 tsp salt (scant)
4 tsp corn starch
2 pinches cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Use 1/4 or 1/3 cup (or to taste) for hot chocolate. We store it in half gallon sized canning jars for home use.

Last year we put the mix in a quart sized jar and added one of our cinnamon ornaments that can double as a gift tag. These sweet canning lid labels would add even more to the packaging.

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11 Responses to Giving Food For Gifts: 4 Moms Link Up
  1. Gena
    November 15, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Mmm–I’m hungry after reading this post! I love the idea of the ornament with the jar of cocoa mix. 🙂


  2. Marilyn
    November 15, 2012 | 9:02 pm

    This is absolutely adorable! I particularly like the crocheted (knitted?) hat on your little guy. We like caroling too — and Santa hats!

    My mom always made these Snickerdoodles:
    2 2/3 C flour
    2 t cream of tartar
    1 t baking soda
    1/2 t salt
    1/4 ground nutmeg
    1C unsalted butter
    1 3/4 C sugar
    1.5 T light corn syrup
    2 large eggs
    2 1/2 t vanilla
    1/4 C sugar combined with 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon

    Oven 375. Rack in top third. Grease several baking sheets.

    Large bowl: Stir together all dry ingredients.
    Another large bowl: Cream together butter, sugar, corn syrup, then add eggs and vanilla until smooth.

    Mix dry mixture into butter mixture slowly until evenly incorporated. Let dough sit 5-10 minutes.

    Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, roll each ball into cinnamon sugar. Place onto baking sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart. Slightly pat the balls so they are flattened.

    Bake 8-11 minus until light golden brown on edges.

    These keep in airtight containers for 10 days — good for gifting!


  3. Christy @ Raising Knights
    November 19, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    We made toffee bars, similar to your Heath bars, last year and I think I ate more than anyone else. I think our base was graham crackers and it didn’t have pb chips. Good stuff but definitely only a special occasion treat. 😉


  4. Becky Mason
    November 19, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    Could you please tell me where you get the powdered milk for the Hot Cocoa Mix? I have been looking at the stores and can’t find it . The Nido Brand or any other. thank you!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Becky,

    The first time I found it at a Hispanic grocery, but then we noticed that our local WalMart carries it. It may be in the ethnic food section.

    We’ve also seen it at Kroger (another local grocery store), but it’s in very small containers.


    Becky Mason Reply:

    Thank you, I will try!


    Becky Mason Reply:

    Found the Nido at Walmart. Our Kroger did not have it! Boy it makes a huge difference! We tried one with and one without (subsituted creamer and non-fat milk). We love it with the Nido and will be sharing with others this Christmas! thanks! My girls are tickled!


  5. Rebecca
    November 27, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    Hi Kimberly,

    I have been following your blog for several years now…I think since you were pregnant with Bella. We lived in Florida at the time but moved to TN about a year ago. Anyway, I have so many questions for you…in time 😉

    I have 6 children ages 10-1. We’re thinking of making these treats early as the thought of making them so close to Christmas overwhelms me. Do you know if any of these will hold up in the freezer?

    Thank you so much for your ministry. It has been a huge encouragement to me!



  6. Kimberly @ Raising Olives
    November 28, 2012 | 7:35 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    We’ve never frozen any of these, but everything except the fudge will keep nicely for a long time.


  7. Rebecca
    November 28, 2012 | 10:50 pm

    Okay, thank you!


  8. Monique
    December 9, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    my thighs thank you 🙂


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