homemade christmas food gifts
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
. Is there really anything more salty sweet delicious than chocolate dipped pretzels? Colorful sprinkles complete the look.
Pistachio and Tart Cherry Chocolate Bark
. Make sure to note on the gift tag to keep this tart and nutty chocolate bark refrigerated. It lasts a month, but we re doubtful it will still be around then.
Spicy Cocktail Pecans
. The holiday party season is full of cocktails, so be a good guest and bring along some addictive snacks.
Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
. Planners, take note You can prep and freeze these unbaked straws up to one month ahead and bake them fresh just before giving.
Citrus Marinated Olives
. If you d like to give these marinated olives in cute containers (other than tightly sealed decorative jars), make sure the containers have a moisture proof lining, and drain olives before placing them inside. Or spoon olives into plastic bags tie securely, then place in containers.
Chai Spiced Tea Loaves
. Chai spice tastes great in your tea mug and even better in these moist and tender loaf cakes. Bake these do ahead gifts up to three months ahead just cool them, wrap tightly in foil, and freeze. When ready to share, thaw at room temperature, unwrapped (to prevent condensation from building up inside the foil), and gift wrap as desired.
Fig and Walnut Cheese Balls
. If you want to make these sweet and savory cheese balls up to a week ahead, do not cover with nuts they will become soft and chewy. Wrap balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate, then roll in chopped nuts before gift giving. (They re best if eaten within two days.)
Sweet and Sassy Nuts
. Cumin, cinnamon, and ground chipotle pepper give these easy baked nuts their irresistibly addictive flavor. Give them as gifts or keep around for company during the holiday season.
Curried Lentil Soup
. Dried lentils and seasonings are layered into a beribboned Mason jar to create this inexpensive, one of a kind holiday gift.
. In pursuit of the perfectly easy holiday gift, we dreamed up this rich caramel covered snack of salted peanuts and fresh popped corn. Buy a few pretty tins to serve up this gift in style.
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Triple Nut Biscotti
. This nutty biscotti is the perfect warm weather complement to the season s rich coffees and hot chocolate. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature after baking and cooling.
Lemon Meringue Drops
. These melt in your mouth meringues are both crunchy and cloud light and require only five ingredients.
. Macadamias are the most luxurious of nuts, and they re worth every penny. These rich cookies a perfect special occasion treat your hostess will love. Wrap them well try festive gift wrap up to 3 days.
Malted Milk Bars
. Milkshake fans will adore these superlative bars. The frosting is made with malted milk powder and sprinkled with chopped malted milk balls.
Salted Caramel Bark
. Sweet, salty, and crunchy, you ll want to make this addictive bark in big batches it s sure to go quickly With only 5 ingredients and a quick prep time, this is the perfect gift to make on short notice.
Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies
. Chocolaty, gooey, and accented with the tart taste of cranberry, this cookie is a fun twist on the good ol chocolate chip cookie. Store cookies, layered with waxed paper, in airtight containers (try decorative tins) in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 1 month.
Chocolate Almond Clusters
. This might be one of the easiest dessert recipes out there the prep time is quick and it only requires two ingredients. Refrigerate the chocolate clusters up to 1 month in an airtight container, but don t be surprised if they re gone a lot earlier.
. This cookie is more than just a tasty treat it s also a fun puzzle.
Aunt Marthas Nutmeg Bells
. Not only are these mouthwatering cookies low in calories, but they can also double as ornaments. Just make a hole with a drinking straw at the top of each cookie before baking once they re baked and frosted, thread nylon fishing line through the holes. Don t be surprised if your friends have trouble deciding whether to eat or display these pretty treats.
. Rich with cinnamon flavor, these pretty pinwheels are perfect for a cookie swap with the girls. For a green spiral, follow the pistachio variation of our recipe.
. The hunt for the perfect hostess gift is over Whip up a batch of these simple, sugar coated treats and place a few in a glass bowl. (Shop for one at your local thrift store and give it a good washing.) Your holiday host will love the pretty and delicious centerpiece.
. A popular Hanukkah dessert, Sufganiyot, the Israeli name for jelly doughnut, is a tasty treat everyone will enjoy. Our version calls for red raspberry jelly, but you can tweak the recipe and use your favorite flavor.
. These cookies may look like traditional candy canes, but you won t find any peppermint in this recipe. The main ingredient? Cream cheese Package these treats carefully, as the long sticks are fragile.
Whole Grain Gingersnaps
. Give these cookies guilt free This healthy treat is made with whole wheat flour and trans fat free vegetable oil spread.
. Spread the love this holiday season with these heart shaped cookies. When giving as a gift, include a few tea bags these cookies are made for dipping.
Mini Cheesecakes with Sugared Pecans
. If you want to see someones face light up, hand them a cookie tin thats actually filled with tiny cakes.
Paprika Parmesan Granola Bars
. For the savory food lover, these cheesy nut bars are a welcome change from sweet granola.
Tart Cherry and Dark Chocolate Bars
. Impress your friends and family with homemade chocolate bars. Any dried fruit or chocolate type can be substituted and you can go crazy with nuts or spices to your hearts content.
Lemon Glazed Earl Grey Tea Bread
. Wrapped in parchment with pretty twine, this tea flavored bread makes the perfect gift.
Salted Caramel Cracker Candy
. We love a gift that looks impressive but requires little effort like these no bake candies. Basic Saltines get a face lift with gooey caramel and a chocolate shell.
Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge
. Fudge is old school but that doesn t mean people don t love it. Plus, who doesn t adore a good chocolate peppermint combo?
Cookie Butter Puppy Chow
. The greatest thing you could ever make with Chex Mix just got better thanks to a little something called cookie butter. Drooling.
. Everyone has a hot sauce addict in their life and that person probably goes through a bottle of Sriracha a week. Make that person s year with this homemade version.
. Do you know how easy it is to make Nutella at home? Consider this our gift to you. Now go forth and share the glory with all your friends and family.
. One can never have too many salts and these customized versions are perfect gifts for any home cooks or chefs in your life. Choose from sriracha, bacon, porcini, vanilla, or rosemary lavender.
. Like the salts on the previous slide, sugars are super easy to infuse. Give them to your pastry loving friends along with a recipe for poundcake or sugar cookies.
DIY Coffee Syrups
. For the coffee connoisseur or budding barista, how about a set of homemade simple syrups to flavor their morning brew?
Everything Bagel Cheez Its
. Careful when making these. Nostalgia might get the best of you and cause you to eat them all by yourself before you give any away. We suggest you make a triple batch.