Homemade Christmas gifts are always special, even more so when they’re edible. It takes very little time and minimal cost to cook up easy and delicious holiday treats that are sure to please foodies and non-foodies alike.
This herb-infused honey is a delightfully tasty gift to give this Christmas season. Follow this simple recipe from Half-baked Baker and with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, you can transform plain honey into golden nectar with a delectable earthy sweetness.
Fill small glass jars with rosemary honey and identify your gift with custom labels featuring cute Christmas or bee designs. Include a reusable wooden dipper and tag recommending ways to enjoy rosemary honey, such as a salad dressing or marinade, or drizzled on fresh fruit, crackers, or cheese.
Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce
This dark, minty concoction is so heavenly and easy to make that giving it away can be heartbreaking. Console yourself with the thought that the lucky recipients will fall madly in love with your exquisite gift.
Try out this recipe from Lauren’s Latest and you’ll have a big batch of fudge in a matter of minutes. Make sure to pour the finished product in small, heat-proof canning jars so they can fit and be reheated safely in the microwave.
December may not be exactly the season for ice cream, but your family and friends will be rushing to the store for a pint or two once they taste the deep chocolate flavor and bright peppermint tang of this sauce.
Chai Tea Latte Mix
Originating from India, traditional chai is made with black tea and a mixture of aromatic herbs and spices, milk and sweetener. Today, many Western coffee and tea houses serve this popular beverage with steamed milk as a latte. The comforting sweet and spicy flavor of chai tea latte makes it a perfect gift for chilly winter days.
This easy-to-follow recipe from The Kitchen is My Playground combines unsweetened instant tea with the essential ingredients of chai, namely ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. Store the finished concoction in an airtight container and share the exotic brew with loved ones.
Many chefs enhance the flavor of their dishes by seasoning it with a touch of flavored salt. Flavored salt is easy to make and you can use a variety of ingredients to suit your taste. For instance, you can make porcini salt by taking 1 teaspoon of dried mushrooms and grating them into 1/4 cup of flaky sea salt. The result is a subtle and elegant seasoning for risottos, pastas, and olive oil dips.
From lavender buds and lemon zest to cumin and dried chilies, the flavoring options are limitless. Get started on your flavored salts by trying the recipes listed here.
This Christmas, add a more personal touch to your gift-giving tradition with easy and delicious presents made in your own kitchen.
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