There’s nothing quite like a present with a personal touch! We’ve pulled together some ideas on how to make Christmas cupcakes to give as a gift, and also neat ideas on how to decorate jars filled with a loved-one’s favourite sweets, or the ingredients to make cookies – an excellent idea to keep kids busy over the Christmas period!

Christmas cupcakes

Our fantastically festive cupcakes will make a lovely Christmas treat for the family! Here’s how to make 24 Christmas cupcakes: Cupcake ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 220g/8oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
  • 220g/8oz caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 220g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

How to make…

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line your muffin tin with paper cases. If your muffin tin holds 12 cases, you’ll need to do two batches 2. Mix together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy 3. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into the bowl with the butter and sugar Add eggs to mixture 4. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl along with the milk and vanilla, and stir well. 5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases 6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, make sure the cupcakes are golden brown on top 7. Cool the cupcakes as they are for 10 minutes, then remove from tin and allow them to cool completely Cupcakes ready for icing

Icing your cupcakes

To make them even more festive, add some icing! Our decorating set is perfect for this. For 24 cupcakes, beat 220g butter until it’s soft, and gradually mix with 220g icing sugar. Choose something to sprinkle on; we love the Dr Oetker soft silver pearls for a bit of festive sparkle! Christmas cupcakes Finish off by adding the toppers from the set! To give them as a gift, why not display them in a glass domed cake plate? Or this cupcake caddy is great for transporting your creations!

Personalised jars with ribbon

You can do so much with a clip top glass jar! One nice gift idea is to fill the glass jar with their favourite sweets, such as jelly babies or a particular pick n’ mix. If you enjoy baking, you could even make fudge or shortbread for the jar! If you decide to give someone a jar of sweet goodies, finish it off by using our festive ribbon. Our red and white striped ribbon will do the job! If the person you’re buying a gift for doesn’t have a sweet tooth, you could always use the ribbon to decorate a plant… just make sure you keep watering it before giving it as a gift!

Cookie kit in a jar

Our final gift idea is to give someone the ingredients to make their own cookies. It’s quicker and easier then you’d think – all you need to do is get hold of the following ingredients:

• 1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup caster sugar
• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda)
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 cup chocolate-covered sweets (such as M&M’s or Smarties)
• 1/2 cup cocoa crisped-rice cereal (such as Coco Pops)

Put the ingredients into a Kilner jar in the above order, and you’ll get a lovely layered appearance. Add some ribbon to the jar to make it festive, and a little tag with a message and the instructions below.

Made for You gift tag

Instructions for your tag:

How to make 48 cookies!
Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 egg in a large bowl.
Step 2: Add the contents of the jar and stir until well blended.
Step 3: Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto a non-stick, or a greased up baking sheet.
Step 4: Bake at 180°/Gas Mark 4 for 10 to 12 minutes

Alternative gift ideas

If the person you’re buying for loves cookies but doesn’t like to bake, you could always just fill a jar with their favourite cookies! Other great ideas include filling a jar with their favourite things, such as make up brushes and accessories, or cooking utensils! Make Your Own Gifts in Jars

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