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.
My personal favorite because it’s so easy to make, so pretty, and darn delicious.
This should come with a warning label: highly addictive. It will also make your kitchen smell amazing as it bakes. photo credit: Jennifer Martine
Ridiculously easy to make and so good you won’t want to give it away.
A little something savory, these walnuts are so full of Moroccan flavors, it’s impossible to eat just one.
Two kinds of ginger and two whole grain flours add up to a flavorful cookie that tastes like a holiday cookie should.
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.
Little quick breads are terrific for wrapping up and giving as gifts. These are a holiday favorite.
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.
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!
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
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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.