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Spread Cheer with Handcrafted Edible Gifts

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
Spread Cheer with Handcrafted Edible Gifts

It might be the thought that counts, but nothing says "I care" like a handcrafted, delectable, edible gift. This year, skip the crowded stores and the forgettable slippers, socks and sweaters and delight your family and friends with a special jar or package to enjoy right away or later during a quiet moment.

Besides being delicious, homemade edible gifts are as unique as you are and can be an economical approach to bringing a little holiday spirit to everyone you know. Choose recipes that can be made in large batches to keep costs low and make the work easy. Think decadent sauces both sweet and savory, luxurious handmade candies, infused sugars and salts that add sparkle to any dish, and sweet treats to eat right away.

Since we eat with our eyes first, get creative with your packaging. Find vintage jars and bottles, tie up the packages with festive ribbon, and include a card or pretty label with the name of the item and a sweet sentiment.

In Jars

Loved ones will think about you all year when they pull out a jar of spicy muhammara sauce, zesty romesco sauce, herby chimichurri or bright mango rum chutney to elevate the simplest weeknight supper (include a card with ideas for serving). Who wouldn't love sea salt caramel sauce to drizzle over ice cream, fruit or cheesecake later in the season?

In Bottles

Make your own vanilla extract for gifting with Bourbon vanilla beans from Madagascar (just infuse in vodka for a few weeks before giving); make flavored sugars with vanilla, orange peel, star anise or cinnamon; and flavored salts with celery seed, rosemary or Herbes de Provence. Customize a cocoa mix with spicy chipotle or make your own mulling spice for gifting with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, star anise and sweet orange peel.

In Pretty Packages Tied Up with String

It will be visions of your sugarplums dancing in their heads when they unwrap sesame ginger truffles, sea salt caramels, candy cane cookies, chocolate coffee fudge, sweet and salty cracker pretzel bars or candied pretzel trail mix.

Keep in mind: Making the gifts is half the fun! Play some holiday tunes, get festive, and create some memories while you work. You sure can't do that at the mall.

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, culinary instructor and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

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