Money Saving Monday: Last Minute Gifts

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Can you believe it is only 4 days until Christmas? I know this snowstorm has thrown many of us off…I know I am behind for sure! Since I have not been able to venture out to a store, I have turned to baking and cooking for last minute gifts! I do a fair share of baking anyways each year.

One experiment for me today was making a substitute for corn syrup. Yep, I am out of corn syrup and cannot get to the store. I found a recipe for Light Corn Syrup Substitute and I gave it a whirl. It is much cheaper than buying corn syrup and some say healthier too (if you can say that sugar is healthier!). Anyways, the recipe worked out fine for my English Toffee.

I will also be making a variety of cookies; Russian Tea Cookies, Sugar Cookies and Snickerdoodles. Chocolate Fudge Cake Loaf  is on my list too. I will share my easy recipe with you. It is rich but oh so yummy!

Chocolate Fudge Cake Loaf

1 Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (you can use any chocolate cake mix)
1 box Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 3/4 cup water
2 eggs
12oz bag chocolate chips

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Flour 2 loaf pans and heat your oven to 350 degrees. Divide the batter into the two loaf pans. Bake for about an hour.

Don’t forget about the Chewy Candy Cane Chex Mix recipe I shared yesterday! There are many variations to this recipe and I bet you could use the Light Corn Syrup Substitute as well.

I know it is a bit old fashioned making candy and baked goods as gifts. However, I think people really enjoy these treats. My neighbors, friends and co-workers will all be receiving these homemade goods!

Renae

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