I came across this recipe on Pinterest and had saved it, thinking it would make an easy and inexpensive last minute Christmas gift. I’m glad I did, because I decided to give it a go this year. Most of the spices I already had on hand and the ones I didn’t I found in the dollar store. You can follow the link to the recipe, but here are the ingredients and directions:
Here are the 14 spices and seasonings used in this recipe:
- seasoned salt
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- sweet paprika
- smoked paprika
- chili powder (mild, medium, or hot)
- celery salt
- black pepper
NOTE: I did not have allspice or mace so they were not included in my version. They were such small amounts that I did not think it would make too much of a difference. The original recipe even states not to worry too much if you’re missing one of the small quantity ingredients.
There is one additional ingredient – brown sugar – which the above get added to. You should spread it out on a cookie sheet for a few hours to dry it prior to making.
When ready, put all ingredients in a food processor and blend. It’s that easy.
Now……what to put it in?
Purchasing a dozen small mason jars was a just a bit pricey. I had come across several posts where I saw things such as hot cocoa mixes and bath salts packaged in clear, plastic ornaments. I thought…..why not the spice rub?
I purchased 8 of them at Michael’s – regularly $1.99 each marked down to .59 cents. Wow! I got the medium sized ones which had a decent sized opening in order to use a wider funnel. The mix isn’t as fine as salt or sugar – it does have a bit of a consistency due to the brown sugar – so it didn’t pour too well through a narrow funnel.
After I filled them, I tied on snowmen gift tags I got at the Target Dollar Spot (package of 8 for $1) The result:
Aren’t they adorable? 🙂
I then typed the ingredients onto a plain, white mailing label, trimmed around the edges to fit and affixed it to the back of the tag.
Between the ornaments, tags and spices, I spent under $8 for 8 gifts (I already had mailing labels). These make a great gift to give to a hostess, client, teacher, neighbor or even a secret Santa or grab bag gift. Plus, they were really fun to make!