Christmas Gifts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 20, 2008

Just wanted to share with you all what I did for some of our Christmas gifts this year :)

For the 10 teachers, therapists and bus drivers that we work with each week, I gave them a little package containing my latest discovery and new guilty pleasure…

“Chocolate Mug Cake”

Their gift included a coffee mug, dry ingredients, recipe card and cocoa packets! Michael’s has coffee mugs for $1 each, and the package of Ho-Ho-Ho Recipe cards was also $1 at Michaels. I had all thebaking ingredients on hand…so this proved to be a very frugal gift!!! And delicious too!

Ingredients
4 T flour (wheat or rice)
4 T sugar
2 T cocoa powder
Pinch salt
Pinch baking soda
1 egg
3 T oil
3 T milk
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions
Mix all ingredients in bowl. Grease LARGE coffee mug. Add batter to mug and cook in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let cool (cuz you don’t want to burn your tongue just before eating chocolate cake!). Enjoy your chocolate cake in 5 minutes or less!

I came up with a Gluten Free version (that I actually like better than the wheat version). This is PERFECT because I can have a piece of GF cake ready for the boys in minutes for a birthday party, school party or other event.

For the grandparents, I made these. (No peeking Nana, Gaga or Laddie!)

Heather at Freebies4Mom.com compiled a list of great snack and gift ideas that are sugar-free. You’ll definitely want to check out her Have a Sugar-Free Christmas post!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Noah's Mommy December 20, 2008 at 10:17 am

I love this idea….Great gifts….

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Martha A. December 20, 2008 at 11:46 am

That sounds really good and like a neat gift!! Thanks for sharing it!

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Danielsen5 December 20, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Aren’t these wonderful? We have been making these for a few years now, for the ladies in our bible study class and the nursery workers.

Blessings, Beth Ann

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Anne December 20, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I saved BOTH of these ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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Anne December 20, 2008 at 12:52 pm

One question I have–how large should the mug be? It looks like it might need a 14 or 16 oz mug for the volume of dry ingredients alone, not to mention any rising that might happen. What size have you found works best?

Incidentally, (in case you’re interested) I ran the nutritional information and each cake has over 1000 calories–so it’s definitely one for sharing!

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Heidi December 20, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Holy moly! Add a little chocolate sauce on the top and these are the Betty Crocker Warm Delights that I send my husband to the store for at 11:00 at night!!!! YIPPEE! Not only have you given me a great gift idea, you’ve given me the PERFECT idea for when I’m craving those stupid $3 snacks! :) :) :)

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stewbert December 20, 2008 at 9:43 pm

oooo, what’s the recipe for the gluten free version??

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Betty and Boo's Mommy December 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm

This sounds FANTASTIC! I’m in the middle of baking cookies for my husband’s office, but am seriously considering doing this instead. Great post!

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Laura December 21, 2008 at 7:25 am

I’m a teacher and I think this is an adorable idea. I could envision all of us teachers going into the faculty room…whipping these up, “borrowing” milk from the lunch room and eating them with ZEAL!!!
Great suggestion…and thoughtful too.

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Rona's Home Page December 21, 2008 at 4:40 pm

That’s a great affordable gift idea.

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Frugal Finds December 22, 2008 at 11:25 am

I love this! I have printed it and am saving it to use next year!!
Have a great Holiday!!!

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Becky December 22, 2008 at 12:58 pm

In the ingredients you mention cocoa. Is that cocoa powder or cocoa like the drink mix?

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Melissa December 22, 2008 at 2:07 pm

That is a great idea!

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Jodi December 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I tried this the same day I saw your post! What a great idea for a gift or those monthly chocolate cravings! Definitely get a very large mug–my regular large mug overflowed a bit.Thanks for the idea!

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The Mendon Foodie December 23, 2008 at 8:46 pm

For a different opinion on cupcake in a mug see: http://mendonfoodie.blogspot.com/2008/09/cupcake-in-mug-really.html

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An iMperfect wIfe December 27, 2008 at 12:45 am

These would make a great party favor (in themed mugs) at each person’s dining place at the table as well.

Thank you!

Jenny

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andybaird December 28, 2008 at 12:47 pm

If you’ll forgive a little shameless self-promotion… I found out about this treat quite awhile back, and loved it so much that I put the recipe on a mug! :-)

http://www.cafepress.com/FullTimePress.297684641

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