Beautiful Edible Gifts You Can Make

Make seasonal food gifts, like chocolate bark, pastry straws, brittle and spice rubs, for everyone on your list this year.
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White Chocolate Lollipops

Ina Garten's white chocolate treats take only 15 minutes to make. Melt chocolate, add dried cherries and cashews, bake and voila! You've got a perfectly sized, thoughtful gift to hand out to your book club, neighbors or co-workers.

Get the Recipe: White Chocolate Lollipops

Any Nut Brittle

As the name implies, you can use your favorite nut (any of 'em!) to make this brittle. If you can bear to give it away, present it in holiday gift tins, available at crafts stores.

Get the Recipe: Any Nut Brittle

Fig and Ginger Truffles

Ellie Krieger's truffles are perfect for the sweets lover on your list — they're decadent but not too indulgent. These guilt-free fig treats have a chewy center and a dark chocolate coating on the outside.

Get the Recipe: Fig and Ginger Truffles

Coffee-Cashew Biscotti

This updated biscotti recipe features buttery cashews and a little bit of espresso powder for extra zip. Box them up in a festive tin and pass them out to your friends and family members.

Get the Recipe: Coffee Cashew Biscotti

Homemade Herbed Crackers

Trisha Yearwood's buttery onion crackers make an excellent companion for the soft cheeses, fruit preserves or savory jams that we often find on holiday cheese plates. Package them in pretty bags with festive ribbons for an easy holiday gift that you can make in bulk.

Get the Recipe: Homemade Herbed Crackers

Dark Chocolate Bark

Studded with roasted cashews, dried apricots and cranberries, this rich chocolate bark is almost too pretty to eat (that's Ina for you!). Nevertheless, your holiday host will gladly serve them come dessert time.

Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate Bark

Rosemary-Infused Vinegar

Since rosemary and citrus flavors dominate so many classic holiday dishes, Damaris Phillips' herbaceous vinegar is a home cook's greatest ally. Friends and family can use it throughout the winter months to add flavor to slow-cooked meats, salads and more.

Get the Recipe: Rosemary-Infused Vinegar

Spice Rub

Holiday meal prep tends to deplete our pantries of salt, herbs and spices. Damaris' piquant rub will bring your holiday host one step closer to replenishing his or her supplies. Anyone who's preparing a roast for New Year's Eve will sure be happy to have a bagful on hand. 

Get the Recipe: Spice Rub

Cinnamon-Chocolate Fudge

Get into the spirit of the season with Giada De Laurentiis' fudge. Her secret ingredient, cinnamon, will warm you (and your special someone) up in no time.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon-Chocolate Fudge

Chile-Cinnamon Brittle with Mixed Nuts

Rachael Ray's spicy, barely sweet take on classic peanut brittle features mixed nuts, chili powder, cinnamon, honey and a bit less corn syrup than you'd typically find in a brittle recipe. For added flavor depth, roast the nuts first before you stir them into the hot candy mixture.

Get the Recipe: Chile-Cinnamon Brittle with Mixed Nuts

Sticky Toffee Mini Bundt Cakes

A miniature Bundt cake made with love is the perfect small gift for co-workers, teachers and those overworked delivery people who have spent the month bringing endless packages to your door. Put a single-serving cake in a tiny cake box, or a whole cake in a large one, then tie it up with lush ribbons.

Get the Recipe: Sticky Toffee Mini Bundt Cakes

Baklava Truffles

These no-bake delights are so easy to make that even the kids can get involved. And they come together so quickly that you can make enough to feed the entire neighborhood in no time at all. Place each truffle in a miniature cupcake liner and tuck into a candy box or an antique tin.

Get the Recipe: Baklava Truffles

Cranberry Vinegar

Filled with fresh cranberries, this gift looks like a bottle of delicate ornaments, and it will keep the spirit of the holidays alive well into the new year.

Get the Recipe: Cranberry Vinegar

Everything Bagel Crispbreads

Inspired by every New Yorker's go-to bagel flavor, these crispbreads will make a wonderfully crunchy addition to your holiday host's cheese plate. They can be made up to two weeks ahead of gifting, and they look beautiful in a cellophane bag tied with a big red bow.

Get the Recipe: Everything Bagel Crispbreads

Kumquat Limoncello

For a unique spin on the perennially popular limoncello, replace the lemons with seasonal kumquats, a winter citrus fruit that packs a lot of flavor into a tiny package. For a gorgeous presentation, package it in clear glass bottles so the fruit can shine through.

Get the Recipe: Kumquat Limoncello

Three-Citrus Ponche de Creme (Trinidadian Coquito)

Every island in the West Indies puts its own spin on holiday milk punch. This eggless version of Trinidad's Ponche de Creme uses lemon curd for additional creaminess — and no refrigeration is needed.

Get the Recipe: Three Citrus Ponche de Creme (Trinidadian Coquito)

Za'atar Puff Pastry Straws

Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend that will immediately become one of your favorites after your first taste. Use it for this exciting twist on cheese straws, and gift it with a small Mason jar filled with a little extra homemade za'atar. It's insanely addictive.

Get the Recipe: Za'atar Puff Pastry Straws

Sugarplum Soda Syrup

This festive crimson syrup brings a ton of holiday cheer to a vodka martini. Tie a gift tag with serving instructions around the neck of the bottle, and maybe include another gift tag with a recipe for a grown-up drink.

Get the Recipe: Sugarplum Soda Syrup

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Ina's light-as-air marshmallows are adorned with crisp, sweet flakes of shredded coconut. Your friends and family members will love floating them in their hot cocoa or toasting them up in the middle of winter when summertime nostalgia hits.

Get the Recipe: Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Ricotta Orange Pound Cake

Giada likes to give the gift of a new loaf pan with her favorite ricotta cake baked inside; it's two gifts in one.

Get the Recipe: Ricotta Orange Pound Cake

Bellini Kit

Instead of arriving at a party with the same old bottle of bubbly, Giada suggests showing up with a Bellini kit filled with champagne and fruit purees. "You can really use any fruit — bananas and raspberries are also good," she says.

Get the Recipe: Fruit Purees

Swirled Almond-Apricot Bark

Can't decide between bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate? Swirl the two together and top with slivered almonds, dried apricots and fennel seeds for a fruity-nutty combo.

Get the Recipe: Swirled Almond-Apricot Bark

Curried Lentil Soup in a Jar

Give the gift of hot soup this holiday season. This warmly spiced lentil soup will certainly be welcome during the long winter months.

Get the Recipe: Curried Lentil Soup

Peppermint-Mini Marshmallow Bark

'Tis the season for white chocolate bark. This minty-fresh mix is equal parts texture and flavor, with crunchy peppermint pieces and cloudlike mini marshmallows.

Get the Recipe: Peppermint-Mini Marshmallow Bark

Almond-Rum Chocolate Truffles with Amaretti Cookies

For an indulgent, grownups-only chocolate treat, spike chocolate truffles with rum and roll them in crunchy, almond-flavored amaretti cookies.

Get the Recipe: Almond-Rum Chocolate Truffles With Amaretti Cookies

Pistachio-Cranberry-Candied Orange Bark

Not only do the colors of the cranberries, pistachios and candied orange peel pop against the smooth white-chocolate background, but they taste great, too.

Get the Recipe: Pistachio-Cranberry-Candied Orange Bark

Holiday Panettone in a Jar

Layer dried apricots, raisins and cherries, plus flour and yeast, in a glass jar. Include the baking instructions with this gift and the recipients can bake this iconic Italian holiday bread when they're craving it.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Panettone

Caramel Apple Popcorn Clusters

You can't go wrong with caramel and apple chips. Add popcorn and you've got a modern twist on the classic popcorn ball.

Get the Recipe: Caramel Apple Popcorn Clusters

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate and peanut butter lovers will swoon over this easy-to-make creamy candy.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge

Coconut-Mango-Macadamia Nut Bark

Take a trip to the tropics with this exotic coconut, macadamia nut and dried mango bark.

Get the Recipe: Coconut-Mango-Macadamia Nut Bark

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