It’s the season for giving, and with friends, neighbors, teachers, bus drivers, doctors, postal workers, and more, that’s quite a lot of giving! Why not whip up one (or more) of these edible DIY gifts you can make right in your own kitchen? Not only are they easy to make and affordable, but they’re also delicious!
Classic and Crisp: There are many holiday cookies recipes to be found online and in cookbooks, but there is something special about shortbread. Simple and only slightly sweet, this timeless classic gets a holiday twist with the addition of a tasty assortment glazes in festive colors, such as lemon, almond, or blackberry. Even though traditional shortbread has only a few ingredients, it is notoriously laborious to make. This recipe from Country Living makes things easier with the help of a heavy-duty mixer. When gifting, place your cookies one layer deep in a confection box — with a clear top for extra impact! For full instructions, click here.
Sweet and Salty: This Fig and Ginger Granola recipe from Martha Stewart expertly combines both salty and sweet flavors, with seasonal ingredients like maple syrup, candied ginger, Mission figs, rolled oats, unsweetened coconut, sea salt, brown sugar, olive oil, and a variety of nuts and seeds. While it sounds fancy, it’s actually very easy to make. So go ahead and bake up a big batch to give to everyone of your gift list, neatly packaged in small jars. Click here for the complete recipe.
Savory and Spicy: Surprisingly, some people prefer savory snacks to sweets.
These Buffalo Ranch Pretzels from Hidden Valley® are so yummy; you may end up eating more than you give away. But that’s okay — it’s nice to give and receive! All you need is butter, pretzel sticks, hot sauce, and Ranch seasoning Mix. Best of all, you can make this savory snack up to two weeks in advance, when stored in an airtight container. When you’re ready to gift, simply package your pretzels in holiday-themed goodie bags. For more information, click here.
Festive and Fudgy: Now let’s end on a sweet note. When it comes to chocolate, there’s nothing quite as sweet and decadent as a creamy piece of fudge. This Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge recipe from Good Housekeeping includes the addition a special holiday touch on top – crushed candy canes! With just ten minutes of hands-on prep, you can make quick work of your DIY holiday gifting. Place your finished fudge in mini muffin or candy papers, lined in a small, narrow box. If you can’t find a confection box of suitable size, a small cardboard jewelry box from the dollar store should do — and don’t forget the bow! To learn how to make this holiday fudge recipe and for more topping ideas, click here.
Kitchen designs were made for baking! This holiday season; fill their hearts (and their bellies) with a homemade edible gift. Such a kind gesture will surely be appreciated — because there’s no nicer gift than one made from your heart, right in the heart of the home.
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