Food Gifts for Christmas
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.
- Recipe: Pecan-Toffee Shortbread
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.
- Recipe: Hot-Spiced Bourbon Balls
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.
- Recipe: Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy
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.
- Recipe: Praline Pecans
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.
- Recipe: Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
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)
- Recipe: Chocolate-Peppermint Bars
- Recipe: Bourbon-Pecan Snowflakes
- Recipe: Cinnamon-Orange Squares
- Recipe: Sweet Potato-Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies
- Recipe: Key Lime Stars
- Recipe: Cherry-Chocolate Thumbprints
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.
- Recipe: Olive-Blue Moons
- Recipe: Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars
- Recipe: Pecan-Rosemary-Cheddar Buttons
- Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Squares
- Recipe: Parmesan-Basil-Cheddar Stars