As adults, we seem to need less and less ‘stuff’ each year, so making gifts is a great way to show someone you care without having to add one more junky ‘thing’ to the pile. We love both giving and receiving consumables like these- especially as the holiday party season reaches a fever pitch.
Best of all, none of the recipes below will take you much time, giving you more time to enjoy the things that are actually important at this time of year: friends, family and eating to your heart’s content! 😉
Much love and best to everyone this holiday season!
Chelsea & Finn
CHELSEA’S TOP 5:
Homemade Cajeta (Mexican Caramel). This stuff, well, it’s a sinful as it looks. Similar to dulce de leche in texture, this goat milk caramel is divine drizzled over just about anything. Wrap in cute little mason jars for the perfect holiday gift!
Cinnamon Swirl Pecan Loaf. Simply heaven. Like a cinnamon roll in one easy loaf. I suggest making a double batch, because once you smell this coming out of your oven, there’s no way you can give it away without sneaking a
slice loaf for yourself.
Chocolate Orange Biscotti. What could be better than dunking one of these orange-infused biscotti into your holiday hot chocolate?
Lemon Poppyseed Yogurt Loaf. Moist, fluffy, bursting with lemon, with a uniquely-flavoured glaze. This recipe is easy to scale, so make a double (or triple) batch! There’s nothing like a yummy loaf at Christmas time.
Chocolate Cookie Dough Bon Bons. Egg-free, these treats are irresistibly addictive. Just like eating cookie dough, but without the guilt!
FINN’S TOP 5:
Peach Spiced Whiskey. Unlike your average homemade liqueur, this infused boozy treat only takes a scant 24 hours to steep. Pour it into a classy glass bottle, tie with ribbon and you have yourself a perfect last-minute gift!
Alpine Tea. Pick up some bulk dried herbs and whip together a big batch of this soothing loose tea. Excellent for stress, anxiety, sleeplessness or simple overindulgence (*ahem, ahem*), I include a supply of this in everyone’s Christmas stockings year after year (“Back by popular demand…”).
Birdseed Brittle. Chewy, crunchy, crispy, salty, sweet- this easy-to-make brittle is a total crowd pleaser and makes an excellent party snack.
Cheese Crackers. Words can’t even describe how much I love these ridiculously simple savoury cookies. Once, when I was about 4 years old, I took the entire batch with me and hid under the blankets of my bed to munch to my heart’s content. They’re hoarding good. But, you know, ’tis the season of giving and sharing, I guess. Cheesy, crispy, chewy… my mouth is watering just thinking about these.
“Raincoast” Crisps. Ubiquitous on seasonal cheese platters, these tasty crisps usually range around $6-7 a box in shops, but they’re ridiculously easy to make at home and amazingly customizable. WIN!