Easy Holiday Food Gifts

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Chocolate Truffles for Holiday Food GiftsFood gifts are always welcome, but even more so during the holiday season.  Every year the holidays arrive faster and faster.  No matter how I try, there is no way to slow them down.  When I was a little girl, time could not go by fast enough.  Now that I am no longer a little girl, it goes all too fast.

Many of us, including me, have people on our gift list that we want to remember. There is no better way to let someone know you appreciate them or what they do than with food gifts you make.  So I drew together a list of quick to make and wonderful to receive gifts that are not cookies.  Don’t get me wrong, I love making and giving cookies, but they can be time-consuming if you work or are just busy.

Among these food gifts are snacks, jams and candy, all easy to make and great to give.

Snacks
Hot Peppered Pecans – five kinds of pepper add to roasted pecans.Hot Peppered Pecans
Cheddar Pecan Shortbreads – Cheddar cheese teams up with toasted pecans in this butter, savory shortbread.  Bet you can’t eat just one.Cheddar Pecan Shortbreads

Hot Curried Party Mix – My version of that perrineal favorite, the Chex Mix.Hot Curried Party Mix

Candy
TJ’s Cowboy Bark – This couldn’t be easier or faster.  A mix of nuts, oreos and pretzels bound with chocolate.  It could hardly be faster.TJ's Cowboy Bark

Chocolate Chocolate Truffles – We sold so many of these around the holidays in our beautifuly gold boxes that we could hardly wait for the holidays to end.  A simple trick ensures a creamy center that is absolutely addictive.Chocolate Truffles for Holiday Food Gifts
Sweet and Hot Macadamia Brittle – I love brittles of all kinds but this one truly is outstanding.  Toasted Macadamia nuts are teamed with black and cayenne pepper in this unusual candy.Sweet and Hot Macadamia Brittle for Holiday Food Gifts
Better Than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – For the smoothest peanut butter cups every, give these with confidence that every kid, young and old will relish these.Better than Reese's Peanut Butter Cup for Holiday Food Gifts

Jams
Strawberry Balsamic Jam – Sweet strawberries with a zing from the Balsamic vinegar and a bit of heat from black pepper is perfect on cream biscuits, toast, scones, wherever.Strawberry Balsamic Jam for Holiday Food Gifts
Cranberry Strawberry Jam – A lively combination particularly suited to the holidays.Cranberry Srawberry Jam for Holiday Food Gifts

Miscellaneous
Granola – Oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, raisins, dates and sesame seed all bound together in a honey glaze.  How good does that sound?Granola for Holiday Food Gifts
Garlic Oregano Cracker Bread – Easy to make and easier to eat, this cracker bread needs to be made ahead for the best flavor.Garlic Oregano Cracker Bread for Holiday Food Gifts

Anyone of these is perfect for the mailman, teacher, doctor, maintenance person or a special friend you want to remember.  Put a pretty bow on a cellophane bag or packed in cute little boxes, these will be welcome no matter how you give them.

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6 thoughts on “Easy Holiday Food Gifts

  1. Martha

    Dear Helen,
    What a perfect list of personal, easy gifts for the holiday season. I need something other than small banana breads to give away. Love the ideas for the crackers, brittle, and shortbread. Thanks again for your terrific baking blog and step -by -step instructions.
    Martha

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  2. Rockyroad

    All great ideas Helen. I guess I better get my rear in gear and start making my Xmas gifts! I have many gluten intolerant friends or some on special diets so its always hard to come up with some nice home made item.
    Thanks.

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    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi M.J. I understand about specialy diets. Our 13 1/2 year old grandson was diagonosed with Type 1 diabetes over the weekend. He’s smart and is already working within the limits. Really proud of him. And your right – get in gear and get some of these made. Your friends and family will love them. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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