Tis the season to give gifts–to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers–the list starts close to home and can spread, like ripples on a pond, to the far reaches of your social circle. This year, rather than braving the crowded malls, why not stop at the grocery store for some extra flour, butter, and sugar instead?
Maybe you have a helper or two. Maybe you prefer to put on some Christmas music, pour yourself a glass of wine, and spend some quality time alone in the kitchen. Either way, there is something special about giving food that you made yourself as holiday gifts.
There are lots of good ideas here to choose from, whether you are making a plate of cookies to take to work, or wrapping packages to send across the country. A few of these are my recipes, others are from some wonderful fellow-food bloggers.
1. Rosewater Pistachio Biscotti are easy to make, store well, and ship well. Imagine the happy recipient dunking one into a steaming mug of coffee and thinking of you.
2. Tomato Chutney is a jar of spicy heat in the middle of winter. Even if prime tomato season is past, this is a forgiving recipe and you can still whip up a batch with hothouse tomatoes.
3. Jam–this one admittedly requires some forethought. If you, like me, stored a surplus of jam in your pantry this summer, now is the time to distribute the bounty.
4. Hannah’s spiced curry cocoa mix will put a smile on anyone’s face who is lucky enough to find this in their stocking, and her chocolate bark would be a great treat to take to the office.
5. This Dark Chocolate and Ginger Flatbread from Sprouted Kitchen is a sophisticated variation on classic Christmas flavors. You could build yourself a little gingerbread house from them, or just eat them.
6. Nothing says I love you quite like a package of Chocolate Almond Buttercrunch Toffee at this time of year. Or any time of year.
7. Jenny’s Lovage Salt will satisfy the most discriminating savory tooth on your list. There are so many delicious ways to use this flavored salt.
8. Monet’s Cranberry Poppyseed Bread is the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning. Make a few extra loaves for yourself so that you can part with the ones you plan to give away.
9. Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies I’m pretty sure the name says it all. Crunched-up candycanes=holiday goodness.
10. Amber’s Honey Whole Wheat Microbrew Bread would even make the Grinch smile a little. Less cranky recipients will be thrilled! You get the bonus of a kitchen filled with the incomparable scent of baking bread.