This year, skip the store bought gifts for gifts made from your kitchen. Everyone loves food — and everyone loves homemade food as gifts! You can save money, time and stress by making one of these delicious food gifts that will make everyone on your list love you.
Chocolate Sea Salt Toffee
You can't beat a food gift that requires only four ingredients. Your active time to make this toffee is only about 20 minutes — you can decorate the tree while you wait for the toffee and chocolate layers to cool. Use Christmas candy boxes and ribbon to package the toffee up to make it feel extra special.
Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
When it's crunch time during the holidays, it's no time to get involved in a difficult recipe. Instead, grab a bag of white chocolate chips, your favorite peanut butter and some maple syrup to make this fudge in 15 minutes or less.
If you have someone on your list you need to impress, this is the food gift you have to make. Homemade macarons seem difficult but they are much easier to make than you think! You can even turn your holiday baking party into a macaron baking party this year — pre-make the cookies and have your guests fill in their own macarons.
Marbled Chocolate Bark
For the chocolate lover in your life, gift this marbled chocolate bark that includes four (yes, four!) different types of chocolate. This stays good in an airtight container for up to three weeks so keep a batch on hand if you have unexpected gifts after the holidays.
S'mores Cake Ball Truffles
Cake balls are possibly the most fun baked good to make because you don't have to worry if your cake comes out cracked or crumbly! Your loved ones will remember summer (and warmer days!) with this campfire favorite-inspired treat. Use holiday-themed swizzle sticks to make these easy to eat.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate and peanut butter were made for each other. If you're tired of baking this holiday season, skip turning on the oven and make these no-bake cookies instead. Add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt to make these feel extra fancy.
Three-Ingredient Salted Chocolate Matzos
Matzo gets a bad rap for being bland but really, being bland is great because it means you have a blank slate to work with. If you have extra matzo left over from Hanukkah celebrations, dip it in melted chocolate and sprinkle sea salt on top to make these irresistible treats. For an extra seasonal touch, use Andes Mints in place of the bittersweet chocolate.
This recipe for turkish delight is almost too simple to make. This soft, pillow-y rose and pistachio-flavored candy is a holiday speciality. Wrap these in a pretty glass bowl so the receiver can share with their houseguests (which will include you after giving such a delicious gift).
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cups
Chocolate chip cookies are a dime a dozen this time of year. Even if they are everyone's favorite cookie, you don't want your gift to end up in the back of the freezer. Gift these peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel cups instead! Be sure to line your muffin tin with pretty holiday cupcake liners for easy gifting.
Chocolate Stout Fudge Sauce
Move beyond baked goods and give a bottle of this chocolate stout fudge sauce. They'll think of you fondly as they pour it on ice cream sundaes, fresh fruit or special desserts all year long. Tip: Save your extra glass beer bottles throughout the season so you can easily wash and pour the fudge sauce inside for festive packaging.
Holiday Yule Log
If you have people on your gift list you need to impress (maybe your in-laws?), spend an afternoon making this show-stopping yule log. A light chocolate sponge cake is moistened with Kahlua, filled with tiramisu filling and then thickly frosted with a rich dark chocolate ganache. Top with pistachios and powdered sugar to finish it off.