Homemade gifts don't have to take much time and are a wonderful expression of your love and creativity. For the "down home" cook, fill a basket with Southern flour or cornbread mixes, stone-ground grits, preserves or syrup and decorate a few wooden spoons tied with a bright Christmas bow. For the gourmet cook, a basket with jars of ripe olives, capers, olive oil, anchovies, and a pound of spaghetti along with an Italian cooking video or cookbook, and a recipe card for an authentic Pasta Puttanesca.
Cookies, candies, and homemade breads are always welcome gifts or prepare and give festive preserves, relishes, or sauces. Baking mixes or assorted beans and seasonings for soup in dressed-up pint or quart canning jars make great gifts for family or coworkers. Give a slow cooker as a gift with a package of 15-bean soup mix and 2 quarts of vegetable stock, along with a recipe.
Below, you'll find several gift recipes, including cookie mixes in jars, easy candy recipes, brownie pie in a jar, and more.
- Blonde Brownies in a Jar
- Brownie Pie in a Jar
- Pistachio Brittle
- Pretzel Toffee
- Blueberry Muffin Mix in a Jar
- Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
- Creamy Pralines With Toasted Pecans
- Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles
- Self-Rising Cornmeal Mix and Cornbread
- Easy Homemade Onion Soup Mix
- Homemade Biscuit Baking Mix
- Kentucky Bourbon Balls
- Taco Seasoning Mix
- Cajun Spice Blend, Salt-Free
- Buttery Cashew Brittle
- Homemade Stuffing Mix