If you’re gifting an edible item this holiday season, why not make it homemade? It’ll be that much more special, plus you can usually customize your creation to make it even more unique. Here are a few of our top ideas, fit for nearly anyone on your list.
Be sure to include best-by dates with your gift (especially for the more perishable items!); a little note or card with suggested uses is a nice touch, too.
With this batch of baking mixes, be sure to include copies of the accompanying recipes and mix-in suggestions for the recipient.
Big Batch Cornmeal Dry Mix. Make it into sweet or savory corn bread, muffins or pancakes.
Big Batch Dry Mix. A plain mix (with spelt or whole-wheat flour for substance) that can make muffins, cakes, scones and more.
Big Batch Chocolate Dry Mix. Ideal for chocolate layer cakes, but also muffins, scones or cupcakes.
Dairy-free cheese and butter
Vegan Shaved Parm. Brazil nuts add fattiness, while miso and nutritional yeast provides plenty of umami. It’s nice on pasta or melted over garlic bread.
Vegan White Cheddar Cashew Cheese. It tastes remarkably similar to sharp cheddar, but is creamier and perfect for spreading on crackers or adding to mac and cheese.
Cauliflower Jack Vegan Cheese. A nut-free cheese that is excellent as a spread or melted over bread.
Condiments and spice blends
Garlic Paste (Toum). Do your friends love garlic? They’ll appreciate a jar of this smooth, versatile paste. (It makes a big batch, so you could gift smaller portions to multiple people.)
Rose Petal Harissa. Rich, spicy and addictive. (The rose flavor isn’t overwhelming, in case you’re wondering!)
The Hamilton’s House Mustard. A creamy mustard that’s not too spicy.
Bay Leaf Rub. Great on fish and chicken.
Plus, check out five other spice blends from Lior Lev Sercarz, chef and owner of New York spice store La Boite. (This is also a handy way to rid your cabinet of lesser used spices; it’s like regifting, but in a thoughtful way.)
Fastest Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sauce. An easy sauce to drizzle over ice cream, pound cake or waffles.
Brown Butter Sorghum Caramels. Nutty and tender, with a flavor similar to molasses.
Maple Olive Oil Pecan Granola. Easy to customize!
Earl Grey White Chocolate Truffles. Using a high quality white chocolate is key to these complex little bites. Feel free to use your favorite tea blend.
Fruit and Nut Truffles. This candy is a healthful blend of almonds, dates and cinnamon, with a pretty coating of shredded coconut for extra measure.
For more sweet (and a few savory) ideas, poke through our holiday cookie generator, featuring more than 300 recipes to suit any taste.
Mango Coconut Macadamia Conserve. Chewy, sweet and crunchy. It’s good with yogurt for breakfast or spooned onto vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Blood Orange Curd. You could also make this with lemon, lime or grapefruit.
Quince Jam. No canning required! This keeps refrigerated for several weeks.
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