17 Delectable Edible Gifts to Make This Holiday Season
Every year during the holidays, I go a little crazy making edible gifts. I love cooking for people, and it’s even more special to make a batch of ginger-chocolate cookies, stack them high in a clear plastic bag, tie it with velvet ribbon, and deliver it to a friend as a surprise—a little holiday cheer! Sometimes I make a gift with a certain person in mind, like homemade gin for a friend who loves to drink gin and tonics. Other times, I make a versatile gift, such as spiced almonds, and then bring a bag with me wherever I go. I’ll gift the almonds to a friend who is hosting a cocktail party, the corner store owner who is always so nice to me, or my favorite hairstylist. The thing that always remains consistent from year to year is my love of making and giving creative and delicious edible gifts: I’ve made beef jerky, peppermint patties, Nutella, dulce de leche, and chocolate-covered bacon! To inspire you to take up the tradition of gifting handmade food during the holiday season, I’ve found 17 tantalizing edible gift recipes. Grab your apron and start cooking!
Want to impress the carnivore in your life? Make them a jar of this seriously mind-blowing bacon jam. Rendered bacon is combined with shallot, garlic, onion, and plenty of spices like smoked paprika and cinnamon. A healthy splash of bourbon deglazes the mixture and adds a boozy richness. Enjoy it on toast and burgers, or stir it into soup.
The first edible gift I ever made was peppermint bark. The quintessential holiday treat is shockingly easy to put together: You simply melt dark and white chocolate, spread onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, sprinkle with crushed candy canes, and chill. Once it’s cool enough to handle, break into large shards and enjoy!
Who wouldn’t want a jar of amber-hued sweet, sticky caramel sauce? Don’t be intimidated by the candy-making aspect of the recipe. It’s a straightforward method that makes a creamy caramel sauce. If you like salted caramel, add a pinch of chunky salt flakes to the finished product.
Is your holiday schedule jam-packed this December? Make your edible gift in a slow cooker and you won’t have to worry about it for a minute! Simply combine all of the ingredients in your Crock-Pot and let slowly cook for two hours. The resulting sweet and crunchy granola is so good you’ll want to make a double batch so you can keep some for yourself.
The best thing about bark recipes is that they are incredibly adaptable. Not a fan of peppermint? Make this nutty chocolate bark instead of the traditional candy cane flavor. Use whatever nuts and seeds you like! Or leave them out, and top them with candied citrus peels, pretzels, or mini marshmallows.
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What kind of edible gifts are you making this holiday season?