I cannot believe Christmas is almost here. I love the holiday season and spreading cheer to others. One of my favorite traditions is making small gifts to give our neighbors. We live on a small court full of townhomes and we have been so lucky to have awesome neighbors. As we got to know them throughout the year a tradition began where we each go house to house on Christmas Eve handing them small gifts or homemade goodies.
It is a simple, beautiful way of giving from the heart that truly captures the spirit of Christmas to me. Over the years we have also been blessed to receive lovely things from them as well. A delicious meringue-topped Chocolate Pie always finds its way to the door, a beautiful handmade glass ornament, homemade preserves, cookies and more.
Typically I make candies or some other type of edible treat. This year I wanted to share with you what I will be making them (sorry neighbors, the element of surprise is gone!). There is no cooking or baking required, it is inexpensive and can be done relatively quickly. You can also make them now because they can be stored over a month in the fridge.
If you want to get even more creative I have added the PDF attachment so you can print cute labels for the jars. With each butter jar I included a bag of corn muffin mix. I love Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and it is a staple in my pantry. I was so excited when I realized you can remove the box and inside is a cute little bag, ready to be labeled! You may notice in the pictures there is a typo in the last instruction. I realized this during photo editing and remade the label PDF after slapping myself on the head.
Let’s get to this butter – it is awesome! It is similar to Texas Roadhouse butter but with a citrus zing. Below I listed the supplies and suggestions on where to buy them. This recipe makes twelve 4 ounce jars of butter.
Cinnamon Citrus Honey Butter
2 c butter, at room temperature
1 c honey
2 c powdered sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ c orange zest (from two oranges)
- In a large bowl, whip butter with an electric mixer for 1 minute.
- Add honey, powdered sugar, cinnamon and orange zest. Whip for 5 minutes.
- To fill mason jelly jars spoon butter into each or pipe for a prettier look using a piping bag and large star tip.
- Store at room temperature for one week or in the fridge for several weeks.
Supplies I used to make gift bags:
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix (available at any grocery store in the baking aisle typically near muffin mix)
Washi Tape I used this across the top to give it a finished, festive look. It is available at any craft store and Target has a small selection as well. You can also use twine or ribbon to decorate the lids.