Edible gifting isn't just for kitchen experts, armed with the right recipe and some fun festive touches, it's a doddle
Dangerously moreish, homemade sweet and crunchy candied pecans will go down a treat with any lucky recipient. Check out mbakes’ super-simple recipe for candied Christmas pecans.
This clever idea by utterlyscrummy requires only a few simple ingredients including Christmas cake and chocolate, which are combined and transformed into adorable mini Christmas puddings. See the recipe at utterlyscrummy.blogspot.co.uk.
For the more savoury inclined – utterlyscrummy’s date and walnut log hits the spot and true to form, her recipe is really simple. Wrap up in Christmas paper and ribbon for a festive finish. See recipe at utterlyscrummy.blogspot.co.uk.
They’re fun to make and no cooking is required for icedjem’s mulled wine gift bags which are stuffed with all the flavours of Christmas including cinnamon, ginger nutmeg and cloves, present in a hessian bag together with a nice bottle of red. See the recipe at icedjems.com.
A sure-fire winner of a gift, salted caramel is the ingredient of the moment and aweebitofcake’s recipe is super-easy to make. It also keeps well which makes it great for gifting. Present in a cute jar and resist the temptation to devour. See the recipe at aweebitofcake.blogspot.co.uk.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without chocolate, and this is a fun way to treat friends and family to something homemade. Make a big slab of aweebitofcake’s chocolately deliciousness then break it up into pieces and wrap in brown paper and string. See aweebitofcake’s recipe for chocolate bark.
Continuing the chocolate theme is thecakehunter with her recipe for tasty truffles spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cranberries. See recipe for winter spiced Christmas truffles.
We love Annieko’s edible flat packs. You bake the component parts and the recipient has fun assembling – then devouring – their DIY gingerbread house. Don’t forget to include instructions, of course. See the recipe for DIY gingerbread house kit.
Yourlastmouthful’s brandy bites are so quick and simple to make, why not whip up a big batch and give away little parcels to friends, colleagues and family? They’ll go down a treat. See recipes for brandy-soaked chocolate-coated dates.
Everyone loves a warming mug of hot chocolate so myfussyeater’s clever idea is a winner. Simply layer up the component parts of hot chocolate in a jar and present with a festive ribbon and gift tag. See myfussyeater’s recipe for hot chocolate.
Brandy, tick. Clementines, tick. Festive spices, tick. What could be more Christmassy than these delightful spiced brandy soused clementines? Find out how to make them on lavenderandlovage.com.
Fill the kitchen with the seductive scent of home-baked biscuits with juliesfamilykitchen’s recipe for Christmas cookies. Better hold a few back for yourself before you give them all away! See recipe for cranberry, pistachio and white chocolate cookies.
With all the delicious baked temptations of December, Christmas can be a challenging time for those who are gluten intolerant. Thankfully, glutenfreealchemist’s delicious Christmas spiced stay biscuits sets that right. See recipe for gluten-free Christmas spiced star biscuits.
Marzipan fans won’t be able to get enough of runningcupcake’s simple but tasty marzipan-stuffed chocolate treats and Christmas pudding fudge. Batch them up and present in festive packages for friends and family.
Give the gift of ruby-red gems of deliciousness with agirlworthsaving’s devilishly moreish cherries covered in a thick layer of chocolate. See agirlworthsaving’s recipe for chocolate-covered cherries.
Julieseatsandtreats’s soft, chewy gingersnaps dipped in sweet white chocolate are suitably festive. We love how she’s wrapped in red and white string to make Christmassy parcels. See recipe for white chocolate dipped gingersnaps.
Hellonatural.co’s unique edible gift idea requires just four ingredients to make, and the recipient can use the homemade vanilla syrup in all kinds of ways – in coffee, with soda, drizzled over fruit. See recipe for homemade vanilla syrup.
Soletshangout has cleverly adapted everyone’s favourite chocolate spread to be gluten- and dairy-free. Now everyone can enjoy a spoonful! See recipe for gluten- and dairy-free Nutella.
If you’ve never tried a snickerdoodle before, now’s your chance. Lilluna also includes gorgeously designed print-and-go jar labels to help give your gift a polished touch. See recipe for cake batter snickerdoodles.
Gourmandinthekitchen’s treats are not only very tasty, they’re also gluten-free, raw, vegan and paleo-friendly. That’s quite the line-up... See recipe for chocolate-covered coconut stuffed dates.
Theprettyblog’s flavour-packed herb salt is a great gift for savoury lovers – sprinkle over Christmas roasties or use on meat and fish for delicious added flavour. See recipe for herb salt on Theprettyblog. Images by Christine Meintjes.
Lots of willpower will be required to make these divine mini loaves without scoffing the lot. See recipe for peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip bread.
We can barely handle the cuteness that is raspberricupcakes’ penguin macarons, let alone bring ourselves to eat them. See recipe for penguin macarons with eggnog ganache.
You can get the kids involved in this really simple recipe for attractive chocolate treats. And if you’re feeling particularly creative, we show you how to make pretty paper pouches to present your chocolate gifts in. See recipe for fruit and nut chocolate rounds.
This amazingly simple recipe for sweet nutty treats can be whipped up in less than 20 minutes. With a bit of presentation panache, you’ll really impress with these elegant doily-wrapped festive goodies. See recipe for Rudolph nut brittle.
Cake Pops are taking over the world. And frankly, it’s a cake, on a stick – what’s not to like? These bite-sized treats are good fun to make and are pleasing on the eye. Add a splash of festive rum to the mix for grown-ups.
A delicious accompaniment to the Christmas cheeseboard, this tangy chutney is worth making a month ahead to give it time to mature. See recipe for apple, prune and ginger chutney.
Got your festive cheeseboard lined up? Ready with the homemade chutney? Then pull out all the stops and whip up some homemade cheese biscuits. This simple recipe for cheesy crackers includes a kick of cayenne pepper. See recipe for Christmas crackers.