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12 Delightful Homemade Gifts For the Holidays

Dec 2 2010 - 9:00am

The time has finally come: we're thrilled to announce our third annual 12 Days of Edible Gifts! From spirits to spice rubs, we're giving you 12 scrumptious and creative gourmet food item suggestions. We encourage you to take the time to make these heartfelt and delicious edible treats that will truly be savored by loved ones. To get you excited (and inspired!) for what's to come, here are 2009's fantastic ideas.

Chocolate Truffles

Homemade chocolate truffles are actually incredibly easy to make. This recipe [1] shows you how its done and lets you choose from three different flavors: champagne, bourbon-pecan, and Irish coffee.

Cherry Bounce

For an old-fashioned treat, whip up a batch of cherry bounce [2], a delightful cherry-flavored spirit that was once enjoyed by Martha Washington.

Bacon Jam

Yes, you read that right. I said, bacon jam [3]! This savory porky spread will have bacon lovers weak in the knees.

White Trash Toffee

When you only have 15 minutes to spare, throw together this addictive bark [4]. It combines saltines with dark chocolate and almonds.

Quince Paste

Need a dish that will wow a food snob? Make this quince paste [5], then package with manchego cheese and serrano ham for an impressively gourmet gift.

Date Balls

These divine date balls [6] are coated in chopped walnuts and sweetened coconut flakes. Not only are they an uncomplicated edible gift, but they're also wonderful for a cookie swap.

Limoncello

This recipe for homemade limoncello [7] requires a few days for the lemon zest to infuse the vodka, so get started on it right away.

Smoky and Spicy Almonds

These smoky and spicy almonds [8] are a family favorite. If you're traveling this holiday season make two batches: one to give your hostess upon arrival at your destination and another for you to enjoy en route.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Fans of the classic peppermint bark will love these chocolate peppermint cookies [9]. The center is a mint- and chocolate-flavored chewy cookie, and the outside is a shell of white chocolate.

Thyme Crackers

With the help of a food processor, homemade crackers [10] are quite simple to make. This version is seasoned with thyme and sea salt.

Caramel Sauce

It's thick; it's gooey; it's creamy; it's sweet; it's homemade caramel sauce [11]!

Peanut Butter Cups

If you have a minimuffin tin, you can make peanut butter cups [12]: YUM!


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