10 Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

If you’re like me, no December is complete without turning your kitchen into a small factory for making food gifts. Over the years I’ve tackled everything from English toffee to Italian biscotti. I used to make a variety of treats each season, often working late into the night to package things up like a Martha Stewart protégé. These days, I typically opt for one idea and aim to keep the wrapping as simple as the recipe. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together 10 tasty, terrific food gifts, none of which will break the bank, require special ingredients or equipment, or keep you from your holiday season slumber.

Dark Chocolate Almond Bark 1. Dark Chocolate Almond Bark

My personal favorite because it’s so easy to make, so pretty, and darn delicious.

coconut_granola_bark / momskitchenhandbook.com

2. Coconut Granola Bark

This should come with a warning label: highly addictive. It will also make your kitchen smell amazing as it bakes. photo credit: Jennifer Martine

Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

3. Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

Ridiculously easy to make and so good you won’t want to give it away.

Moroccan Spiced Walnuts

4. Moroccan Spiced Walnuts

A little something savory, these walnuts are so full of Moroccan flavors, it’s impossible to eat just one.

Molasses Ginger Cookies

5. Double Ginger Molasses Rye Cookies

Two kinds of ginger and two whole grain flours add up to a flavorful cookie that tastes like a holiday cookie should.

Cranberry Ginger Baked Oatmeal in a Jar / momskitchenhandbook.com

Baked Cranberry Ginger Oatmeal

6. Cranberry Ginger Baked Oatmeal

A baked oatmeal “kit” that involves layering ingredients in a jar along with “how to” instructions. Once assembled, it makes a terrific holiday breakfast for a small crowd.

Cranberry quick bread

Cranberry Cardamom Loaves with Tangerine Glaze

Little quick breads are terrific for wrapping up and giving as gifts. These are a holiday favorite.

Dark Chocolate Muesli

 7. Deep Dark Chocolate Muesli

For your “health nut” friends … but with a decadent touch, this muesli involves toasting oats and nuts and tossing it with chopped dark chocolate. Easy and delicious when served with fresh berries under a pool of cold milk.

Ginger Walnut Date Truffles

8. Ginger Walnut Date Truffles

A healthier, more sustaining spin on chocolate truffles whereby walnuts, crystallized ginger, and dates blend up into a sweet filling that gets dunked in dark chocolate. Yum!

Maple Ginger Pearsauce

9. Maple Ginger Pearsauce

Pears make a tasty swap for apples in this creamy sauce, one that requires refrigeration, so it’s best for local gift giving.
Chocolate Hemp Bars

10. Chocolate Hemp Amazebars

A no-bake bars chock-full of good-for-you ingredients that have just enough decadence to feel like a treat. a


For more homespun gift ideas, check out this recipe feature I wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle that includes

  • Homemade Apple Butter
  • Cranberry Ginger Granola
  • Honey Lacquered Almonds with Rosemary and Black Pepper
  • Cranberry Walnut Bread
  • “Better for You” Peppermint Chocolate Sauce.healthy holiday food gifts


12.07.2015 at4:21 AM #

Jill Castle

YUM, Katie! These all look so beautiful and delicious…and quite simple (a key criteria for me!). Thanks for pulling this list together–I’ll be sure to share!

12.07.2015 at4:21 AM #

Katie Morford

Most appreciated Jill. I’ve learned to keep it simple the hard way. Too many years of doing too much!

12.07.2015 at5:42 AM #

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom

Where to begin? I love them all! OK: I think I’ll stat w/ the cranberry oatmeal. Happy holidays 🙂 Pinning now ….

12.07.2015 at5:42 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks ladies. And yes to the cranberry oatmeal….even just to make if for your own family.

12.07.2015 at8:00 AM #

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Sounds like us over here – we usually pick one or two homemade things and get to work for all my daughter’s teachers, therapists, sitters 🙂 It’s nice that now she can really help make the gifts – loving all of these ideas!

12.07.2015 at8:00 AM #

Katie Morford

It’s a very sweet tradition, Deanna. Sharing love through something hand made is never a bad idea.

12.07.2015 at8:45 AM #


Hi Katie, I’m so grateful – I’ve planned a weekend of baking/gift-making, but hadn’t decided what that would look like. I certainly remember your granola when Rosie gifted it to me a while back. Now, how to decide? Happy Holidays to all of your family!!

12.07.2015 at8:45 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Bliss. That reminded me a recipe feature I developed for the SF Chronicle, including my granola. Just added a link to the bottom of the post in case you are interested. So nice to hear from you.

12.08.2015 at9:41 AM #

EA-The Spicy RD

Officially drooling over EVERYTHING!! I especially think I need that Coconut Granola Bark, and Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread in my life right about now. Can’t wait to get cooking!

12.08.2015 at9:41 AM #

Katie Morford

Oh good. Let me know if you tackle that zucchini bread with GF flour. I’d love to hear how it goes.

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