Edible gifts for Christmas is one of the BEST gifts to receive and give. Besides the fact that everyone loves to eat, giving delectable treats will make them remember your gifts long after they’ve finished your gift. I have received compliments about my baked goods more than some of the more expensive gifts I’ve given, and believe me, I am no Bakerella. This year, I’ll be making some of my daughter’s chocolate cookies to give. She’ll be happy we’ll be baking because she IS the bakerella in this family.
Obviously, home made foods are the best but if you are too busy to bake, there are a ton of ways to give great edible gifts without baking them. The latest trend I love in giving edible gifts involves putting all the ingredients from a recipe in jars with instructions on how to make the goodies. It’s like a cake in a box, except, it’s from your kitchen!
1. In a large bowl, mix the contents of this bottle: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, and 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips.
2. In a small bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 2 large eggs, and 1/4 cup melted butter.
3. Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients just until evenly moistened (batter will be lumpy).
4. Scrape into a buttered and floured 9- by 5-inch loaf pan (with a 9-cup capacity), and bake in a 350° oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together. You may even need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.Then roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
More Edible Gift Ideas
If you don’t want to give baked goods, you can give home made granola that only requires roasting the ingredients. I read somewhere that you can even ‘cheat’ a little and buy store bought granola, embellish it by adding some of your favorite ingredients, and package it as yours. Although it sounds like cheating, but hey, it’s better than a fruit cake, in my opinion.
You can also make this sinful “Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Toffee“…I know, it’s a mouthful. Wait until you taste it though. It’s a real mouthfully sinful treat.
Packaging Edible Gifts
You can use any cleaned jars but if you feel skirmish about using used jars, mason jars are really inexpensive on Amazon. And there are so many varieties and sizes. You can tie baker twines or any ribbon remnants to decorate. Delicious treats inside decorate the packages themselves, if you ask me. Check Mason Jars and milk bottles, depending on what you are giving.
Here are some ideas on packaging them. Use Mod Podge to decoupage or wrap decorative fabric with baker’s twine or ribbon.
And if you haven’t figured it out yet, I love receiving edible gifts. Just sayin’….hint, hint…