In contrast to many holidays in the past, this year I have spent more time out of the kitchen than in the kitchen. However, I still wanted to give homemade treats to friends and family. Edible gifts will probably be my favorite things to give for as long as I am able, but the lesson I’ve learned over the years is that the gifts do not need to be fancy or time consuming in order to be appreciated.
If you’re looking for a last minute gift idea, I hope that one of these will help you! These recipes are all favorites on the blog and each one requires just a few minutes hands on time. With a quick grocery shopping trip and about an hour in the kitchen, I had enough goodies and treats for over a dozen food gifts.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix or Simple Hot Cocoa Mix – Stir together all the dry ingredients and pour it into a jar. I usually write the directions on the lid, 1/4 mix for every cup of milk. If you are more crafty that I am, a cute tag and ribbon would be great too.
Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge – This is the best peanut butter fudge I’ve ever tasted, and it is beyond simple to make. Made on the stove or in the microwave, this is barely a five minute recipe.
Peppermint Bark – This classic holiday treat is perfect for any occasion and it is one of the easiest chocolate barks to make at home.
Dark Chocolate Almond Fudge – This is a melt in your mouth, smooth and creamy fudge; rich with dark chocolate and almonds. This microwave recipe takes less than five minutes to stir together.
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Toffee – Salty pretzels, buttery toffee and rich chocolate are layered in this easy to make candy. While it technically takes more than 5 minutes on the stove, the hands-on time is far less than that. If you’ve never made candy before, this toffee recipe or Classic Butter Toffee is a great place to start. Combine everything in a pan, simmer without stirring, and then pour it onto a tray. It really is that easy!