Cinnamon Rice Pudding Mix

4 cups uncooked medium grain rice divided
2 cups sugar divided
8 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons salt divided
1 teaspoon ground vanilla divided

Place 1 cup rice in each of 4 zip-top plastic bags. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla in each of 4 separate zip-top plastic bags. Makes 4 rice pudding mixes.

Cinnamon Rice Pudding:

1 cup rice
1-3/4 cups water
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
3 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
1 sugar-spice

Mix rice, water and butter in 2- to 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil; stir once or twice. Reduce heat; cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Add milk, butter and sugar-spice mix.

Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy (20 to 25 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat; remove cinnamon sticks. Serve warm or chilled. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and top with whipped cream, if desired. Makes 6 servings.
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