Hey ladies! I need some ideas for a good recipe for a baked treat I can give as a gift. I have about 10 families on my in-laws side that we wont be doing a full gift exchange, but we will be seeing on and around the holidays. I'd like to make something like a holiday bread, cookie, pie or cake that I can wrap and drop off with a card to each family. I'm a pretty experienced baker, so I don't mind challenging recipe, but I would like something thats easy to make multiple large batches of since I'm doing so many families. I've got some family favorites of my own, but I'm just not feeling inspired by any of them right now. What are your go to "give as a gift" recipes?
I don't have a specific suggestion. But I'd say something that is good to freeze. Either so you can make a bunch before hand and freeze them, or so when you give it to someone they can freeze it for later use. There tends to be lots of baking/treats around the holidays so sometimes it is nice to put it away for after the holidays are done.
I made Vanilla Peppermint Fudge last year and it was a total hit. Also, I found a recipe for Snickerdoodle Bars which I havent tried but look so delicious!
When I was younger, my mom would always make an assortment of Christmas cookies - like four or five varieties, and package them up nicely to give to family and friends.
I'd probably do something simple, like a cranberry bread.
@Fleur.De.Lis: That peppermint fudge sounds yummy! I might have to give it a try.
@iheartnerds: I've got a great cranberry bread recipe- that might be a really good option too.
I find so much of the baked goods get thrown out each year because so many are baked and given and so many people are perpetually watching their weight.
Maybe try something a bit different and make some flavored oils. Buy those individual bottles of wine to drink for the next few weeks. When the bottles are empty soak and remove the labels.
Then refill with some flavored oil. Lightly heat olive oil with rosemary or garlic etc then decant into the bottle.
Print a label for it and you have some nice dipping or cooking oil.
I would make a recipe that you already know is great.The packaging can make it seasonal.
Have you seen this way to make a plate on Pinterest? I have done this - it works beautifully and they can eat the plate/ tray afterward..
I love to do an assortment of christmas cookies. (I might go a little carzy)
- almond, cranberry biscotti dipped in chocolate
- sugar cookies
- gingerbread cookies
- peppermint bark
- chocolate, chocolate chip cookies
I've always wanted to try a thumbprint jam cookie, but I've never done it.
My mother always makes Tablet (a delicious Scottish Fudge) for gifts and everyone always loves it. I started doing it too last year. I also just got a recipe for Sweet Marie bars from a friend of the family and they are super delicious! Both recipes can be found here.
@julies1949: I saw this too on pintrest! I think I'm gonna have to give it a try, it looks so pretty.
i just searched pinterest in 'boards' for food gifts and heaps came up~!! too many to put here!
I say peppermint bark. It's super fast and everyone loves it. You could also do other types and put them in tins in sections. I've seen pistachio and candied orange peel and a bunch of others that sound great.
You just pipe the chocolate with a wide flat tip on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. It's better than spreading because it's more even and you can get it thinner. If you do two layers (I usually do dark chocolate with white chocolate on top), stick the tray in the freezer for a minute so the chocolate sets before you do the second layer. then throw some stuff on the top, freeze it for a bit so it firms up, and break it apart.
I usually make fudge, toffee, and peanut brittle. I recently found this delicous recipe:
Its for those starbucks cranberry bars. So delcious! Read the comments for some good suggestions
Last year, I made white chocolate covered Oreos and sprinkled them with candy cane pieces. You can even add a stick and and individual wrapper on each as a cookie pop. I found a cute glitter covered chinese food shaped box for $1 a piece at Target and bought a whole bunch to wrap the cookies in. Everyone LOVED them, including myself, I accidently ate a bunch.
Sooo now I'm thinking I just need to make all these yummy things for my house and give the inlaws a card lol. I guess I shouldn't be looking at baking recipes when I'm pregnant/craving sweets/currently hungry lol. Thanks for all the great ideas ladies, I'll post some pictures when I make up my Holiday treats!
I don't have a recipe to share, but I think toffee is a great idea! It keeps longer than cookies and you can have a tiny piece and it would still feel decadent! :)
I did peppermint bark last year - turned out great, but I used fawncy chocolate from the King Arthur Flour catalog, so it was pricey. Worth it, though, I think.
Toffee sounds like a wonderful idea, too!
@julies1949: Oooh, Pinterest...dangit. Like that site doesn't steal enough of my time.
@nikkialys: I just received a little holiday gift of homemade caramel corn and it was delish! It was delivered in a cute little paper box and was very festive. I was told it was SUPER easy to make too - check this recipe out:
Meringues are excellent for people watching their weight!! I made peppermint meringues last year, and they were so cute!!!
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