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A Baker’s Dozen Holiday Food Gifts

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Salted Macadamia Rum Toffee for Holiday Food GiftsHoliday Food Gifts are always welcome and say you thought of someone in a very special way.  My family is dispersed and I don’t always know what to give them…..but I know what food they like so, this year, they are getting their favorite foods.

Each of these Holiday Food Gifts has something noteworthy about it.  Some are really quick and easy, others have unusual flavor combinations but all are worthy of being given as a gift.

I wish you all Happy Holidays spent with those you care about.

Holiday Food Gifts

Chocolate Chocolate Truffles – During the span of my bakery, we made thousands and thousands of these, especially for the holidays.  The centers are very creamy thanks to an easy trick. Chocolate Chocolate TrufflesSalted Macadamia Rum Toffee – Macadamia nuts are my favs and you will see them twice in this listing.  This Toffee is a perfect Holiday Food Gift that says luxury!Salted Macadamia Rum Toffee for Holiday Food Gifts

Hot Peppered Pecans – These are not for the faint of heart but they sure are special.  Less than 30 minutes and you have a great Holiday Food Gift.Hot Peppered PecansTJ’s Cowboy Bark – This is a super quick and fun gift that is within anyone’s reach to make.  Melt some chocolate, embed a bunch of fun ingredients and you’re ready to go.TJ's Cowboy Bark for Holiday Food Gifts

Garlic Oregano Cracker Bread – This is one of my favorite food gifts.  It is unusual and isn’t the normal candy or cookie. Garlic Oregano Cracker BreadSweet and Hot Macadamia Brittle – Macadamias again but any nut can be subbed.  This is absolutely addictive. Macadamia Brittle for Holiday Food GiftsCranberry Strawberry Jam – Perfect for the season and really easy to make.  Sure to be welcome wherever you send it.Cranberry Strawberry Jam

Hot Curried Party Mix – Another really quick and easy party mix based on the Chex theme.  This will disappear fast!Hot Curried Party Mix

Granola – Measure a few ingredients, whisk together the magic sauce, bake, stir, bake and you’re done!GranolaCheddar Pecan Shortbreads –  These last forever in a tin but they go in a hurry when served.Cheddar Pecan Shortbreads for Holiday Food Gifts

Strawberry Balsamic Jam – Strawberries benefit from a touch of balsamic vinegar to sharpen their flavor.  See if you don’t agree.Strawberry Balsamic Jam

Puff Pastry Crackers – Be sure to watch the video at the end of this super easy recipe.  As you’ll see I couldn’t stop laughing – actually, no one in the studio could!Puff Pastry CrackersCandied Orange Peel – An unusual gift for a favorite person.Candied Orange Peel

Cheddar Pecan Shortbreads

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Zippy Cheddar Pecan ShortbreadsWhile shortbreads are usually thought of as sweet, these Cheddar Pecan Shortbreads are definitely on the savory, snacky side. Anything with cheddar cheese, pecans and cayenne pepper is definitely on my must try list. But I must warn you, these are absolutely, positively addictive. There is not way to eat just one – hence the large number it makes!

When I had my take out shop, we sold these Cheddar Pecan Shortbreads and they were always a winner with wine, beer, lemonade or nothing at all.

They are perfect for the holidays as they can be kept in an airtight tin for weeks and in the freezer, unbaked for months. One thing to mention is that they will seem a lot zippier if eaten when just baked. They should be made and stored in a tin for at least a few days to mellow them out – even better for the busy times. Continue reading