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!
Buttery shortbread and sweet toffee and chocolate are a delicious combination in this treat. Package some up in a festive
container for a yummy holiday gift.
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.