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Make Ahead Recipes

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Have you ever started cooking something and wished you had prepared some of it in advance to save time? Or, have you gone to grab something out of the pantry only to realize you're out of it? Frustrating, right?

That's where these "make ahead" recipes come in handy!

Maybe you forgot to buy heavy cream or onion soup mix at the grocery store. No problem, just make your own. The bonus is, not only will they be healthier since they won't contain preservatives and the additives manufacturers put in to maintain shelf life, but they'll usually taste a heck of a lot better too.

Or, maybe you like the convenience of having baking or biscuit mix on hand so you can whip up a batch of something quick. The mixes in the store can get expensive and often contain extra ingredients you don't need or want. You can make your own at home for pennies compared to what the commercial versions cost. And making up mixes ahead of time can help your family out too. Make it easy for the kids to make some hot cocoa or bake in their Easy Bake Oven by preparing them in advance and keeping them on hand.

Of course, since you can change the serving sizes on our recipes this means you can make as much or as little of the mixes as you want or need. Maybe you want to give away cookie mixes in a jar to all your friends - just scale the recipe up to make as many gifts as you need. Or scale down a make ahead recipe for an emergency ingredient substitute when you don't need a whole recipe.

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Heavy Cream Substitute
This recipe has a 5 star rating23 reviews 12 comments


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Made with milk, butter

 



Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix
This recipe has a 5 star rating3 reviews


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Made with onion powder, onion, instant beef bouillon

 



Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Clone
This recipe has a 5 star rating4 reviews 2 comments


Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Clone

Made with vegetable oil, salt, all-purpose flour, yellow corn meal, sugar, baking powder

 



All-Purpose Biscuit Mix
This recipe has a 5 star rating5 reviews 7 comments


All-Purpose Biscuit Mix

Made with shortening, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt

 



Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
This recipe has a 5 star rating2 reviews


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Made with salt, powdered non-dairy creamer, nonfat dry milk powder, sugar, cocoa powder

 



Light Cream Substitute
This recipe has a 5 star rating3 reviews


Light Cream Substitute

Made with butter or margarine, milk

 



Gourmet Reindeer Poop
This recipe has a 5 star rating2 reviews


My rows of Reindeer Poop.
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Made with nuts, butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, oatmeal

 
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Colored Sugar
This recipe has a 5 star rating2 reviews


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Made with sugar, food coloring

 



Crispy Crunchy Crouton Sticks
This recipe has a 5 star rating2 reviews


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Made with onion salt, garlic powder, fresh basil, butter, French baguette

 
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Homestyle Chicken Soup Mix In A Jar

Homestyle Chicken Soup Mix In A Jar

Made with dried oregano, black pepper, garlic powder, chicken bouillon granules, dried minced onion, shell macaroni pasta, barley, spinach pasta, rice

 



Al Dente Make-Ahead Rice

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Made with water, white rice

 
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Hazelnut Cream Coffee Topping
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Made with powdered sugar, coffee liqueur, heavy whipping cream, hazelnut liqueur

 




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