10 Christmas Goodies for Gifting

November 28, 2011

Show you care this season by making these affordable and TLC-filled foodie gifts for friends, coworkers, neighbors and family.

Cranberry BreadWild Mushroom, Bean and Barley Soup MixBourbon BallsChocolate Fudge Brownies from the Palmer House HiltonChocolate Espresso CookiesButterscotch Bourbon SauceBiscotti with ApricotsBalsamic EssenceOpen Sesame Pancake MixChocolate Sauce
Show some neighborly spirit and make a festive loaf of cranberry bread for folks in your 'hood. Wrap in simple parchment paper trussed with festive ribbon to present and deliver while still warm from the oven. Odds are good you'll be asked to sit and share a slice! Recipe: Cranberry Bread
A colorful soup mix is a simple handmade gift that is pretty when packaged and even better when served. Our recipe is a fragrant layering of spices, dried vegetables, barley and lentils. Present with a set of bowls and spoons for a complete gift set. Recipe: Wild Mushroom, Bean and Barley Soup Mix
Candy isn't just for kids; these rich bourbon balls are adult indulgences and call for 3 cups of Old Grand Dad's. The bourbon's bite is balanced by pecans and sweet vanilla wafers, and, like good bourbon, they age well. Recipe: Bourbon Balls
Perfect for brownie and fudge fans alike, this classic recipe was first introduced in Chicago at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. A favorite for over 100 years, we suggest making two batches (one for giving and another for keeping). Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Brownies from the Palmer House Hilton
Provide a little pick-me up from the holiday grind with these chocolatey cookies infused with espresso powder. Place in large mason jars to show 'em off, and even add a layer of coffee beans to the bottom for a dramatic presentation. Recipe: Chocolate Espresso Cookies
Another sweet sauce sure to please this season is our butterscotch bourbon sauce. Make a batch in just 20 minutes and you will have a jar of sugary goodness that can be enjoyed for up to 2 months. Recipe: Butterscotch Bourbon Sauce
Biscotti makes a stellar gift for fireside snacking. Try our traditional recipe featuring dried apricots and present in a classic holiday tin. For something extra special, dip a few in melted white or dark chocolate bark. Recipe: Biscotti with Apricots
Dress up basic balsamic vinegar by reducing it to a rich sauce with the help of brown sugar and little spice. The luxurious syrup will end up having all the flavor of expensive aged balsamic vinegar and will work its tasty magic with both savory and sweet dishes. Recipe: Balsamic Essence
Take this season as an opportunity to introduce your friends to the joys of homemade pancake mixes. Wrapped with a quality maple syrup, a couple packages of our grainy sesame seed recipe is sure to get them thinking beyond the boxed brands. Recipe: Open Sesame Pancake Mix
Want to give a super versatile and practical foodie gift? Chocolate sauce is the way to go. A glass jar of this thick sauce can be heated and reheated multiple times for use over cakes, cookies, ice cream or simply by the spoonful for a quick chocolate fix. Recipe: Chocolate Sauce
Show some neighborly spirit and make a festive loaf of cranberry bread for folks in your 'hood. Wrap in simple parchment paper trussed with festive ribbon to present and deliver while still warm from the oven. Odds are good you'll be asked to sit and share a slice!


Recipe:  Cranberry BreadA colorful soup mix is a simple handmade gift that is pretty when packaged and even better when served. Our recipe is a fragrant layering of spices, dried vegetables, barley and lentils. Present with a set of bowls and spoons for a complete gift set.


Recipe:  Wild Mushroom, Bean and Barley Soup MixCandy isn't just for kids; these rich bourbon balls are adult indulgences and call for 3 cups of Old Grand Dad's. The bourbon's bite is balanced by pecans and sweet vanilla wafers, and, like good bourbon, they age well.


Recipe:  Bourbon BallsPerfect for brownie and fudge fans alike, this classic recipe was first introduced in Chicago at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. A favorite for over 100 years, we suggest making two batches (one for giving and another for keeping).


Recipe:  Chocolate Fudge Brownies from the Palmer House HiltonProvide a little pick-me up from the holiday grind with these chocolatey cookies infused with espresso powder. Place in large mason jars to show 'em off, and even add a layer of coffee beans to the bottom for a dramatic presentation.


Recipe:  Chocolate Espresso CookiesAnother sweet sauce sure to please this season is our butterscotch bourbon sauce. Make a batch in just 20 minutes and you will have a jar of sugary goodness that can be enjoyed for up to 2 months. 


Recipe:  Butterscotch Bourbon SauceBiscotti makes a stellar gift for fireside snacking. Try our traditional recipe featuring dried apricots and present in a classic holiday tin. For something extra special, dip a few in melted white or dark  chocolate bark.


Recipe:  Biscotti with ApricotsDress up basic balsamic vinegar by reducing it to a rich sauce with the help of brown sugar and little spice. The luxurious syrup will end up having all the flavor of expensive aged balsamic vinegar and will work its tasty magic with both savory and sweet dishes.


Recipe:  Balsamic EssenceTake this season as an opportunity to introduce your friends to the joys of homemade pancake mixes. Wrapped with a quality maple syrup, a couple packages of our grainy sesame seed recipe is sure to get them thinking beyond the boxed brands.


Recipe:  Open Sesame Pancake MixWant to give a super versatile and practical foodie gift? Chocolate sauce is the way to go. A glass jar of this thick sauce can be heated and reheated multiple times for use over cakes, cookies, ice cream or simply by the spoonful for a quick chocolate fix.


Recipe:  Chocolate Sauce
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