Add a personal touch by making food gifts for Christmas presents right from your own kitchen.
Rich brownie and cream cheese batter is kicked up a notch with bourbon—great for both chocolate and bourbon lovers!
Shortbread serves as a base for this chocolaty pecan toffee. Pecan-Toffee Shortbread makes excellent food gifts, but make
extra because it'll be hard to give this sweet treat away.
Tired of giving cookies and sweets to your friends this holiday season? Make savory Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers instead.
Try making this Butter-Pecan Granola to give as a gift instead of cookies. It's great with yogurt and fruit or just by itself
as a snack.
Chopped, toasted pecans and crushed vanilla wafers lend an extra layer of flavor and texture to Hot-Spiced Bourbon Balls.
Serve them with coffee, or package them up as take-home gifts at the end of a party.
Ralph Anderson, Charles Walton IV / Styling Mindi Shapiro Levine, Rose Nguyen / Food Styling Marian Cooper Cairns, Angela Sellers
The hardest part about making Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy is waiting for the chocolate to firm up before devouring it.
To get the marbled effect, alternate white and dark chocolate squares on a baking pan. Bake as directed, remove from oven, and immediately swirl the warm chocolate with a wooden pick.
Pralines are best made when the weather is dry--humidity tends to make them grainy. Be sure to use a heavy saucepan, and work
quickly when spooning the pecan mixture onto the wax paper.
Wrap up a Spice Bag by, give it as a gift, and let the recipient choose how to use it. Include our mulling spice recipes with the bag.
Instructions: Place 8 black peppercorns, 6 whole allspice, 6 whole cloves, 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, and 3 (3- x 1-inch) orange rind strips on a 5-inch square of cheesecloth. Gather the edges, and tie securely with kitchen string.
As if milk chocolate morsels and peppermint candies weren't perfect enough a mixture, we added rich cream-and-mint-filled
chocolate sandwich cookies and salty pretzel sticks to our peppermint bark. This recipe is great for giving as gifts, but
be sure to save a few pieces as a holiday treat for yourself.
Great things come in small packages! These pecan pie bites are small but full of flavor and just the right size for pass-along
Make two batches of Velvety Pecan Candy, one each of chocolate and vanilla. Then prepare to see them disappear.
Buttery bites make for well-received packages. We used a 9- × 6-inch box and inserted individual white treat boxes as dividers
($8 for six at kmart.com)
These sweet little gems—our update on the ubiquitous cake ball—fit perfectly in 4-inch square jewelry boxes with mini cupcake
liners (both found at crafts stores)
Wrap these savory bites in a fabric-lined 9- × 4 1/2-inch box. Make dividers out of corrugated paper or lightweight cardboard.