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Today’s homemade DIY gift idea is a set of three hot drinks and sweet treats, perfectly paired for snuggling up in front of a cozy fire.  These winter treats gift sets are so simple to make (even the marshmallows!), but look impressive and taste great. Enjoy! After blending up the drink mixes and baking up the sweet treats (recipes below), package them up in kraft coffee bags and clear plastic bags from The Container Store.


Print and apply our sweet printable labels and tuck them in to a small basket, filled with excelsior and matching mugs.  For a smaller gift option, give one drink mix and treat, paired with a matching mug – perfect for teachers, coaches, babysitters, etc.

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Drink Mix Recipes

coffee+biscotti“BundleUp Blend” Cinnamon Spice Ground Coffee 

  • 1 pound ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix ingredients, distribute into coffee bags (about 1-2 cups mix per bag).  Brew in coffeemaker as desired.


“CuddleUp Cocoa” Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 8 quart box powdered milk
  • 12 oz jar powdered creamer
  • 8oz cocoa powder (add more for the true chocolate lover)
  • 1lb powdered sugar

Mix ingredients, distribute into coffee bags (about 1-2 cups mix per bag).  Use 1/3 cup mix with 1 cup boiling water.

tea+cookies“Quiet-Time Tea” Instant Chai Tea Mix

  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix ingredients, distribute into coffee bags (about 1-2 cups mix per bag).  Use 2 Tb mix with 1 cup boiling water.

Sweet Treat Recipes
how to make candy cane marshmallows“Candy Cane” Marshmallows 

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • peppermint and red food coloring. (I use Wilton’s candy flavoring set.)
how to make peppermint marshmallows

Mix powdered sugar and cornstarch.  Spray 9×13” pan (glass or metal) with cooking spray, and coat in sugar/cornstarch mixture.  Keep remaining mixture.

Place gelatin into bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of water.  In small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt.  Cover and cook on medium high until mixture reaches 240 degrees (about 10-12 minutes).  Remove from heat and pour into stand mixer bowl.  Whip mixture on high for 15 minutes – should be lukewarm and thick.  Add vanilla and optional flavorings during the last 2 minutes of whipping.

Add red food coloring but do not mix completely.  Instead, swirl color around marshmallows for a marbled effect.

Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Dust top with sugar/cornstarch mixture.  Allow to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours.  Cut using a pizza cutter and dust cubes with powdered sugar before packaging.

tea cookies for christmasWinter Spice Tea Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 325.  Beat butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in egg yolks, vanilla and salt.  Stir in flour and spices.  Shape into 4 logs that are 1 1/2” in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes.  Slice logs into 1/2” slices and place 1” apart on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, until very pale golden brown.

biscotti holiday treatsVanilla-Almond Biscotti

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tb baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

how to make biscottiPreheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease cookie sheets.  Beat together oil, eggs, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts.  Stir in flour and baking powder to form a heavy dough.  Divide dough in half.  Form each piece into a roll as long as the cookie sheet.  Press down to 1/2 inch thickness.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from baking sheet, slice into 1/2 inch slices, place slices cut-side up back onto cookie sheet and bake an additional 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.

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  1. Such great recipes and perfect gifts. Love them all!

  2. great Ideas!!! How long would u say the marshmallows lasted?

    1. Hi Lauren! If you toss the marshmallows in the cornstarch/powdered sugar blend and keep in an airtight container, they should keep for a while without being too sticky or stale. I’d say they’re best within 7-10 days of making them.

  3. Just Curious says:

    How long do all of these last?

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