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Ten Thousand Villages Gift Ideas and Fair Trade Brownies

We have been enjoying our visits to various Ten Thousand Village stores across Canada since our  new book Celebrations was published in April. (check the link for purchasing online)

Our most recent signing was in Calgary Alberta and we enjoyed seeing all the fair trade Christmas decorations throughout the store.  Besides many gift ideas, the store was loaded with gift wrapping ideas, Christmas cards,  garlands, ornaments and also...
food! I wanted to highlight an idea for you today.
You might want to consider ordering a gift bundle for someone and have it shipped.

Today I am featuring some of their fair trade baking essentials in a recipe.
They had a  beautiful hand made basket with  tea towel and wooden spoon paired  with Organic Cane Sugar and Organic Cocoa Powder.  Attached to the basket was a recipe adapted from our website and so I thought I would share another version of that with you today.

  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Camino Cocoa Powder
  • about 2 tablespoons boiling water (you may need a bit more to make a spreadable icing)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Cream together butter, sugar and cocoa.
  2. Add beaten eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Add flour and fold in nuts.
  3. Bake in a greased 9 X 13 pan for about 35 - 40 minutes. Expect the top to look slightly under-baked.  It will fall in the centre.  The brownies should be moist in the centre.
  4. Beat together icing while the brownies are baking and smooth over brownies as soon as they come out of the oven.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and chocolate chips and return to the oven about one minute or until the chocolate chips begin to melt.
  6. Allow to cool and then refrigerate to help set the brownies for cutting.


  1. I love Ten Thousand Villages Stores. Thank you for promoting their baking products. I am on a very limited budget so when it comes to these things we buy better and use less. Treats are not an everyday thing this way and I feel good about not having others live in misery to satisfy our sweet cravings.

  2. For about 20 years I helped man the Ten Thousand Villages booth at our local MCC sale. It was always so fun to unpack the boxes and see where things came from and wonder about the artisans. We also have a store up in the city about 30 minutes away so I get to pop in there every once in awhile.


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