Scrambling for a last minute gift? We’ve got you covered! Head to the kitchen and you’ll have swoon-worthy, delicious gifts ready in no time.
‘Tis the season for baking and treats! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and these fun, festive recipes make it even sweeter. This guide includes delightful options for everyone that are simple to make but have the recipient saying you should be on the Great British Bake Off!
Despite its sophisticated appearance, chocolate bark is actually pretty easy to make, especially with kids. It also makes such a sweet gift (pun intended). You can tweak the basic recipe all you want: add nuts, dried fruit, marshmallows, candy, or swap ingredients. A sweeter way to ring in the holidays and New Year!
Photo and recipe: Cyd / The Sweetest Occasion
Everything looks much jollier with some baker’s twine added, don’t you think? Brownies are amazing by themselves, but brownie mix layered in a cute jar? Stunning. Spreading the holiday cheer with these will be a piece of (brownie) cake.
Photo and recipe: Evermine
Delicious and healthy Christmas treat? Yes, please! Basically, you just mix cranberry, orange, spices, oats, and nuts, and voila! It’s a ridiculously easy recipe to cook and looks gorgeous in a mason jar with a cute tag and some ribbon. On the way to healthier 2021!
Photo and recipe: Samira / Alphafoodie
Butter cookies in a cute tin are an oh-so-good Christmas essential. Thankfully, there’s a vegan option that tastes and looks just like the original! You can store these in a tightly closed container for up to a month, so they’re a gift that keeps on giving. Feeling all the cozy vibes with these!
Photo and recipe: Aimee / Wallflower Kitchen
If you’re on TikTok, chances are your FYP consists of cocoa bombs almost entirely right now, so bookmark this recipe and try to make these beauties at least once this holiday season. We guarantee that your kids would be amazed by mini marshmallows suddenly bursting out, but not gonna lie, the adults enjoy this fun part too. Feel free to share them as gifts because everyone loves a cozy evening with a cup of hot cocoa.
Photo and recipe: Liz / Owlbbaking
Look no further for a yummy and fun snack your little picky eater will love! It’s also way tastier than your usual muddy buddies and can be customized in many ways. Busy pre-Christmas days will be so much easier now when nobody cries out “I’m starving!” every five minutes.
Photo and recipe: Sara / Dinner at the Zoo
Giving your friends edible holiday gifts? Cool! Giving them edible gifts in edible boxes? Absolutely mind-blowing! Even though the ingredients are simple and inexpensive, the end (adorable) result looks extraordinary. Create a real fairytale Christmas for your loved ones – it’s so worth the effort!
Photo and recipe: Taste.com.au
This traditional Italian recipe has a twist! The flavors totally hit the spot – think rich, bittersweet chocolate with hints of amaretto and orange zest, plus bits of pistachios, almonds, and cookies… Sounds amazing, tastes even better! Roll it in confectionery sugar and wrap it in parchment paper, so this luscious treat won’t leave anyone cold. Happy salami making!
Photo and recipe: Aube Giroux / PBS
Is your mouth watering yet?!
We hope you found some cooking inspiration and are ready to spread joy and surprise your loved ones. But that’s not all yet: stay tuned for the second part of our guide, where we will focus on spicier, savory treats. Let’s make the (long-awaited) holidays merry and bright!