Hey, Holidaytime Hump Day! Today we’ve got a roundup of some really lovely recipes that may come in handy for some homemade gift giving. I’ve waded through a few favorite food blogs for treats that aren’t just the classic cookie - because, well, those will always be perfect go-to classics, and you probably already have perfect go-to favorites. I’m not going to try to compete with those here. This post just gently whispered to me that it “doesn’t want any trouble,” so, respectfully, there it is.
If you can forgive the lack of strong classic cookie presence, here are some sweet alternatives to add a little flavor to your gifted goods repertoire this year. Also, I’ve gone for some less goo-ey, less messy picks, possibly to this list’s detriment, but they’re meant to be easily gift-able. Anyway! Do what you will with them - wrap them in some nice paper; put them in a pretty box; eat them all yourself! Do what you need to do.
1. Let’s start with Lara Ferroni. Lady loves doughnuts, and that’s good for us all. For some sweet little doughnuts, mightn’t I suggest the ricotta drop doughnuts with fresh cherry sauce? Alternatively: beignets with fudgy chicory coffee sauce. OR, most appropriately: holiday doughnuts!
Two other Ferroni offerings:
- Chocolate guinness cakes with whiskey caramel (which make for cute little individual jar gifts).
- Sweet bay bread pudding. Mhmm.
2. Next up: Cookie + Kate with a perfect vegan (and optionally raw) fudge recipe. Super tasty, super gift-able.
3. Can’t go wrong with Seven Spoon’s spicy sweet caramel corn.
4. Pastry Affair: Molasses cookies with ginger cream cheese filling.
5. And a few from the always lovely Farmette:
- Smokey Irish Eggnog. Not my particular style, but if you’ve got an eggnog fan in your life, this looks like a good call.
- Spicy farm fresh donuts!
- Hot cross buns. Hot cross buns.
- A (dairy) rose by any other name would smell as sweet: Milk Jam / Confiture de lait / Dulce de leche. Delicious little gift.
6. And thennnnn: Farmette’s Milk Jam is the perfect segue into Food in Jars, which offers heaps of recipes for lovely, jar-able treats:
- Rosemary lemon / lavender honey syrups.
- Plums in honey. (Would I like this? I’m not sure. But giiiiiirl.)
- Blueberry ginger jam.
- Sugar toffee with chocolate and toasted walnuts.
7. From Bon Appetit:
- Buttery roasted chestnuts. Can’t go wrong.
- Three recipes for jarred DIY holiday kitchen gifts that look preee-ttttty perfect:
( chocolate hazelnut spread / ambrosia sauce / hot and sweet mustard )
8. Another sweet, simple and tidy gift: salted sugar fudge from Honest Cooking.
9. And finally, reeling it all back in with a few of Chasing Delicious’s more holiday-specific recipes:
- Gingerbread snowflake cookies, a beautiful, jazzed-up classic.
- Mini pumpkin whoopie pies, if you are so inclined.
- Peppermint holiday meringues.
- Cinnamon twists. Shut it down! This is all I need.
Oh, also: if you find yourself stuck and in need of some substitutes, Chasing Delicious has put together this super handy guide of ingredient swap outs for flour, dairy, sugar, and other basics (scroll down past the chart for more detail).
There it is, Hump Day! That’s all I’ve got.
Happy Holidays / enjoy!