30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts | Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas Week 10

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterThis is the tenth in a series of 12 weeks of roundups for the handmade holidays! I’m sharing 30 delicious recipes for holiday sweets, including cookies and bars, brownies, scones, no-bake treats, and jar mixes to gift. You’re sure to find something to gift, to have ready for snacking, or to serve as dessert for your holiday meal.

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30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts

Roundup by Underground Crafter

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterI don’t know about you, but there’s something about cookies and truffles and other yummy sweets that makes the holidays feel special for me. Whether you love baking from scratch or prefer to add ingredients to a boxed mix, you’ll find some tasty treats in this roundup. I’ve included some vegan and gluten-free options, as well as a doggy safe recipe, to satisfy many dietary preferences.

4 Recipes for Scones and Cakes Recipes

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - scones and cakes collageIf you’re baking for a crowd or just want to take your baking up a notch, try a cake or a scone! Shown clockwise from top left.

13 Recipes for Cookies, Bars, and Brownies

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - cookies, bars, and brownies collageCookies, bars, and brownies can be divided up into individual gifts or left out for munching during the holiday.

Clockwise from top left around border:

6 No-Bake Desserts

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - no-bake treats collageThese no-bake desserts make portable and giftable treats. Shown clockwise from top left.

7 Sweet Jar Mixes

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - jar mix gifts collageIf you’re pressed for time, a jar mix makes a great gift! The recipient can bake on their own schedule and you can keep your kitchen relatively clean. Shown clockwise from top left.

Need more baking inspiration? Follow my Fine, I’ll Have a Food Board, Too Board on Pinterest!

Seventh Blogiversary Celebration Kick Off!

Underground Crafter 7th Anniversary Blogiversary CelebrationIf you subscribe to my weekly newsletter or are a member of the Underground Crafters Facebook group, you know that Tuesday is a big day. The Underground Crafter blog will be celebrating its seventh blogiversary! It’s hard to believe because, as the saying goes, “time flies when you’re having fun!” I asked my newsletter subscribers and group members how they wanted to celebrate, and two ideas rose to the top: seven days of giveaways and a coupon code for the choice of one crochet or knitting pattern from my Ravelry shop. The giveaways will start tomorrow and each will last for 7 days. I’ll be sharing a coupon code in my group on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, and with my newsletter list on Saturday, March 31, 2018. (These will be two different coupon codes, so if you’re a subscriber and a group member, that means two freebies!) I’ll be updating this post throughout the week with a link to each giveaway as it goes live.

  1. Sunday, March 25, 2018: Leisure Arts Adult Coloring Set – enter through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, April 1, 2018
  2. Monday, March 26, 2018: Unicorn Fibre Set – enter through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, April 2, 2018
  3. Tuesday, March 27, 2018: Sixth&Spring Knitting Books – enter through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  4. Wednesday, March 28, 2018: Crochet (or Knitting) Business Kit – enter through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  5. Thursday, March 29, 2018: Red Heart Yarns Bundle – enter through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 5, 2018
  6. Friday, March 30, 2018: Sweet & Tasty Treats Crochet Amigurumi Kit – enter through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Friday, April 6, 2018
  7. Saturday, March 31, 2018: Crochet Guild of America Membership  – enter through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Feel free to share this information with any friends, family, and co-workers who like to crochet, knit, craft, and cook. By the way, if you’re wondering what the collage image includes, it’s 16 of my most popular blog posts. If you missed out on any of these, they are linked up below.

Underground Crafter 7th Anniversary Blogiversary Celebration

Thanks again for your support, and good luck with the giveaways!

 

21 Handmade Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the Winter Holidays

21 Handmade Mason Jar Gift Ideas via Underground Crafter | This roundup includes great ideas for the winter holidays, including jar mix recipes, mason jar decorations, and crochet mason jar cozies!This is the twelfth (and final) post in my series of roundups for handmade gift ideas for the winter holiday season. This roundup includes 21 handmade mason jar gift ideas, including recipes for jar mixes and syrups, and mason jar glue gun decorations and crochet cozies. I’ve also included over 30 ideas for last-minute gifts that you can include inside of a mason jar.

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21 Handmade Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Roundup by Underground Crafter

21 Handmade Mason Jar Gift Ideas via Underground Crafter | This roundup includes great ideas for the winter holidays, including jar mix recipes, mason jar decorations, and crochet mason jar cozies!But first, what should you put inside the mason jar?

Obviously, the recipes call for filling the mason jar with ingredients and some of the decorative patterns and tutorials include suggestions for what to include in the mason jar. But, if you need more gift ideas for what to include inside your mason jar, here are some of my suggestions. Since mason jars come in different sizes, not everything on this list will fit into every mason jar, but it’s a start! The links will take you to Amazon and all of the items I’ve linked are Prime-shipping eligible, so they make great components to last-minute gifts. Prime membership is $99 a year and includes free two-day shipping with no minimum order, a streaming video library, borrowing privileges for Kindle ebooks, and more. I’ve been a member for years and you can get a 30-day free trial here.

Really, anything smallish that can be rolled or stuffed into a jar will do!


12 Mason Jar Decorations

These decorations include hot glue projects that can be put together quickly and crochet cozies that will take a little longer to work up.

21 Handmade Mason Jar Gift Ideas via Underground Crafter | This roundup includes great ideas for the winter holidays, including jar mix recipes, mason jar decorations, and crochet mason jar cozies!Top row, from left to right:

  • Little Santa Mason Jar Cozy by The Stitchin’ Mommy: This crochet Santa suit fits a pint-sized mason jar.
  • Snowman Mason Jar by 30 Minute Crafts: This easy glue gun decoration includes a free printable and a video tutorial.
  • Santa Belt Christmas Jar by Crazy Little Projects: This hot glue project includes a Santa printable and tips for decorating the jar, as well as a list of red gifts to include inside the mason jar.

Second row, from left to right:

Third row, from left to right:

Bottom row, from left to right:

  • Christmas Tree Jar Topper by Stitch11 for Red Heart: This festive crochet jar topper fits a universal-sized mason jar lid.
  • Pin-Cushion Jar Topper by Jessie At Home for Red Heart: This crochet jar topper fits both small and large lids and would make a great gift for your favorite quilter.
  • Wide Mouth Canning Jar Cozy by Moogly: This crochet cozy includes a plain and decorative version for wide mouth mason jars.

9 Mason Jar Food Gifts

These nine recipes include sweet treats with printable labels, recipe cards, or decoration tips.

21 Handmade Mason Jar Gift Ideas via Underground Crafter | This roundup includes great ideas for the winter holidays, including jar mix recipes, mason jar decorations, and crochet mason jar cozies!Top row, from left to right:

  • Banana Dark Chocolate Bread in a Jar by The Country Chic Cottage: This recipe includes a printable label for the top of the jar and one for the recipe.
  • Christmas Cookie Mix in a Jar by Crazy Little Projects: This post includes recipes with printable labels and recipe cards for two cookie mason jar mixes (Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and Double Chocolate & Toffee Cookies).
  • Hot Chocolate Mix by Mad in Crafts: This recipe also includes a short video to show how to put it all together.

Middle row, from left to right:

Bottom row, from left to right:

  • Aloha Cookies by The Country Chic Cottage: These cookies are like a taste of Hawaii in a jar and the recipe includes a printable tag and Hawaiian shirt along with instructions for decorating your jar.
  • Peppermint Brownies in a Jar by Tastefully Frugal: This brownie recipe includes a printable label and recipe card.
  • Cherry Almond Cookie Jar Mix by Underground Crafter: This cookie recipe includes a printable recipe card.

Looking for more handmade gift ideas? Follow my Winter Holiday Crafts and Handmade Gift Ideas Pinterest board!

Gift Guide: 4 Subscriptions for Creative Types

Gift Guide: 4 Subscriptions for Creatives - Subscriptions are fun gifts because they keep on giving throughout the year. Creative types love to make things, so gifts that are filled with creative ideas or supplies will keep them inspired. This roundup includes digital subscriptions and subscription boxes. Includes gift ideas for foodies, crocheters, knitters, sewists and quilters, and crafters of all kinds!I’m sharing a gift guide of four subscriptions for creative types. Subscriptions are fun gifts because they keep on giving throughout the year. Creative types love to make things, so gifts that are filled with creative ideas or supplies will keep them inspired. This roundup includes digital subscriptions and subscription boxes.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. I was provided with products by Darn Good Yarn and Nonna Box for review. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

4 Subscriptions for Creative Types

Gift Guide by Underground Crafter

Gift Guide: 4 Subscriptions for Creatives - Subscriptions are fun gifts because they keep on giving throughout the year. Creative types love to make things, so gifts that are filled with creative ideas or supplies will keep them inspired. This roundup includes digital subscriptions and subscription boxes. Includes gift ideas for foodies, crocheters, knitters, sewists and quilters, and crafters of all kinds!I’m sharing my list in alphabetical order because ranking was just too hard! My four subscription recommendations for creative types are:

CreativeBug

CreativeBug is an online platform with thousands of classes in crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, papercrafts, and more! Classes are available for a variety of skill levels, including beginner, for your creative friends who want to branch out into new crafts. And, CreativeBug donates 5% of every dollar earned to non-profit organizations that support art education.

3-, 6-, and 12-month gift subscriptions are available. If the recipient is already a subscriber, your gift will add more time to their subscription.

Darn Good Yarn Fabric of the Month

Darn Good Yarn is an awesome company that brings ethically sourced, environmentally friendly, and beautiful yarns and other products to crafters all over the world. I first experienced their products when I designed the Silk Elegance Shawl. The Fabric of the Month subscription is just one of Darn Good Yarn’s subscription options and it’s an affordable way to gift gorgeous and unique fabrics from India and Nepal to your favorite sewist or quilter every month.

I’m working on a project with the Fabric of the Month sample I received, but until then, you can see what a typical delivery looks like. It comes wrapped in a beautiful project bag…

…with a note about the subscription, 3 pieces of fabric (each of which is at least the size of a fat quarter), and a sample card of yarn or ribbon.

If you like the story of Darn Good Yarn but your friends and family don’t sew, you can also try their two subscriptions for crocheters and knitters, Yarn of the Month and Premium Yarn of the Month, or their subscription for jewelers and other crafters, Beads of the Month.

Subscriptions are available on a monthly basis and are auto-renewed on the first of each month, so you can create your own gift subscription of your preferred length. To gift a subscription, just enter the recipient’s shipping address at check out.

Nonna Box

Nonna Box is a monthly subscription box perfect for foodies, those with wanderlust, and Italian-Americans hoping to get a taste of the home country every month.

Each box has a regional theme, stories about the region, artisanal treats, and recipes.

I wish I could tell you how good everything tastes, but this box went pretty quickly in my house. I didn’t even eat all of it myself! I loved the corn cookies, which were a treat I had never tried before. The instructions for making the mushroom risotto are very straightforward.

Nonna Box has gift cards that can be used for tasty Italian goods a la carte or so the recipient can order a subscription.

Unwind by Melody’s Makings

Melody is the talented crochet and knitting designer behind Melody’s Makings. She just launched her own subscription box, Unwind. Each box includes yummy treats, inspiration, and yarn, so Unwind is a great gift for crocheters or knitters.

Shipping is free within the U.S. One-time payment gift options are available for 3- and 6-month subscriptions if you’d like to gift a subscription.

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.One of my favorite things about the fall is baking! Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite dessert recipes for the Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars. These are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas, and they are way tastier than any store bought cookies or brownies.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars

Recipe by Underground Crafter

Adapted from Mrs. Fields Best Cookie Book Ever!: 130 Delicious Cookie and Dessert Recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Fields

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. Makes

  • 28-32 brownie-sized bars.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour.
  • 0.5 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened.
  • 1 cup (lightly packed) organic coconut palm sugar, or light brown sugar.
  • 0.5 cup granulated vegan sugar, or white sugar.
  • 1 large egg.
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract, or vanilla extract.
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed.
  • 2 cups (~12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips.
  • 1 cup (~4 ounces) chopped pecans, or other chopped nuts.

Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.

  • In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  • In large bowl, cream butter. Use butter wrapper to lightly grease jelly roll pan.
  • Add sugars and cream into a grainy paste, being sure to scrape down sides of bowl.
  • Add egg, extract, and banana. Mix thoroughly, breaking up banana lumps, until smooth.
  • Add chips, nuts, and flour mixture. Mix until just combined.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.

  • Spread mix evenly onto jelly roll pan, using scraper spatula to smooth.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.

  • Bake 20-28 minutes, or until top is golden brown, edges are crispy, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
  • Transfer to a cool surface. Wait 5 minutes before cutting into bars.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.Variations

  • Use chocolate peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Substitute chopped walnuts or other nuts for the pecans.
  • If you can find banana extract, use that to substitute for almond or vanilla extract.