Gifts from the Kitchen
Handmade gifts from the kitchen are some of the best presents to give—and receive! So this month we're putting together pretty packages of our favourite homemade edibles in this collection of easy-to-make items. Offer everyone on your holiday shopping list the very best of the season, along with something delicious and straight from the heart.
Peppermint Pretzel Sticks
Using only three ingredients, this homemade favourite disappears quickly, so be sure to make plenty—especially for the little kids on your list. Pretzel rods can usually be found in major supermarkets, cake decorating stores and in the baking section of bigger craft supply shops.
Coffee Cream Liqueur
This makes an excellent gift for a hostess, or just a cocktail- or coffee-loving friend. Serve this creamy, decadent liqueur over ice or add a hefty splash to a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Pumpkin and Dried Cranberry Granola
This homemade granola is crunchy, lightly scented with fresh ground spices and toasted oats, and contains about half the fat and sugar of its store-bought counterparts. Bake some for the health-conscious folks in your life, or for anyone who would appreciate a tin of something fresh from your oven.
Apple Cider Jelly
This jelly is an ideal accompaniment to most cheese platters, and would be brilliant packaged up with some gourmet crackers and a small wheel of brie. Or present it on its own with a note to the recipient explaining they can melt it down and brush over roast pork or chicken for a seasonal spin on a favourite meat.
Lemon Garlic Finishing Salt
The simplest seasoning transforms into something truly amazing when you marry it with a combination of citrus zest, fresh herbs and garlic. Packaged in small glass jars and adorned with a sleek label, this homemade spice instantly becomes a special treat worthy of sharing with friends.
Sea Salt Chewy Caramels
This salty sweet candy treat is guaranteed to delight everyone lucky enough to be on your Christmas list this year. While these may sound slightly complicated, in reality they are very simple to make as long as you have the right tools. A candy thermometer is essential, as are a few basics like a spatula, whisk and small baking pan.
Dark Chocolate and Cherry Cookie Dough Balls
These rich, festive cookies can be baked and eaten on the recipient's own time, allowing them to save them for later in the season, or serve to friends who pop by unexpectedly over the winter holidays. This dough comes together quickly in the food processor and is so tasty you just might find it hard to give away.