As you roll into the holiday season, you’re probably wondering what you’ll give as gifts this year. You may also be wondering what to prepare for your holiday celebrations. If you love to cook, you may want to consider gifting some tasty treats for your friends and family—for one thing, that’s a gift that comes from the heart, and for another thing, it’s a great way to get to your loved ones’ hearts: through their stomachs! Check out these great recipes to celebrate the season.
A box of cookies
If you can spare a couple of days to bake, consider compiling boxes of cookies to give as gifts. You may be attending a cookie walk, or you can bake up some cookies to give to your kids’ teachers or the postal workers. A box of cookies is a great edible gift for anyone. Add Mexican Wedding Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms and Peppermint-OREO Cookie Balls to a pretty box for an impressive gift.
Sparkling Tree Cakes
When you’re ready to impress everyone at the get-together, put together these beautiful mini cakes. This recipe makes 16 servings, and you can even enlist the kids to help decorate these impressive holiday desserts. Serve them on a gorgeous festive platter.
Lemon Custard-Cream Puff Tree
Here is a mini-take on a croquembouche, or a pyramid of filled pastry shells. On this impressive holiday dessert, you’ll need fresh raspberries and mint leaves to add a pretty garnish—and to mimic holly on the tree! Consider shopping for a new hand mixer or go big with a stand mixer for all your holiday baking needs.
Spiced Hot Cocoa in a Jar A simple yet stunning edible gift that’s great for the winter months is a kit to make your own hot chocolate. Find an awesome mug that matches your loved one’s personality, then fill it up with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and these Hanging Mug-Spiced Cookies. This is a combination impressive dessert and delicious edible gift!
Sweet Bread Loaves
For some of us, the holiday season is the only time our grandmas would bake their favorite sweet loaves, like date bread and banana bread. If you’d like to share some loaves of sweet breads for an edible gift, wrap them up in a holiday dessert loaf box for a nice presentation.
The classic Fantasy Fudge is always a hit in the holiday edible gift arena. Make this easy fudge recipe and wrap it up in gorgeous cellophane treat bags for a gift that will get gobbled right up!
Chocolate Yule Log Cake
Nothing says “impressive holiday dessert” like a chocolate yule log. The French call it a buche de Noel, but all we can say is, “Delicious!” This beautiful cake roll is decorated like a log straight from a fairytale forest, complete with marshmallow mushrooms. Bake this cake for your holiday gathering and display it on a marble platter for a real show-stopper.
Your holiday season will be full of merriness and cheer when you try these impressive desserts and edible gift recipes. Make a point to explore all the other holiday recipes from Christmas to Hanukkah as well as the great New Year’s Eve ideas we have in store.