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10 Christmas Goodies for Gifting

on November 28, 2011
Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Cranberry Bread

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Wild Mushroom, Bean and Barley Soup Mix

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Bourbon Balls

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Chocolate Fudge Brownies from the Palmer House Hilton

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Chocolate Espresso Cookies

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Butterscotch Bourbon Sauce

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Biscotti with Apricots

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Balsamic Essence

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Open Sesame Pancake Mix

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

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Chocolate Sauce

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

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