Whether you love the personal touch or you are keeping an eye on your bank account, everyone has their reasons for opting to make homemade food for their loved ones.
There is something so special about receiving a treat that someone has put their time and effort into, and often, the end result does not even really matter – it is the thought that counts!
If you are thinking about going handmade this Christmas, then take a look at this piece to find out what gifts you can make for your loved ones this season!
Christmas Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate truffles are a favorite for any chocolate lover, and when we get to Christmas, we can push the boat out a little and get festively fancy!
Use a truffle base that you or your lucky recipient will love, and add in some seasonal spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. If you want to get a little naughty, then adding in a splash of rum or baileys can make the truffles that little more decadent. Add in nuts and candied fruit for different textures and flavors for those who do not drink alcohol!
Toasted nuts are such a treat when it is cold. The smell that permeates the air when we walk past a vendor can be enough to make our mouth water, but did you know – you do not need to wait until you are out and about to get your hands on these delicious treats? You can make your own right at home. They also make perfect gifts for nut lovers.
Choose a nut of your choice (pecan is popular), toast in a frying pan, and season with cinnamon and sugar.
Who does not love homemade cookies? They are a perfect, low-cost, customizable option that creates a welcome homemade gift any day of the year! For Christmas in particular, choose to use seasonings and spices that tie in with the winter festivities such as cinnamon, allspice, cloves, citrus fruits, and anise star, and mold them into fun shapes; such as Christmas trees, snowmen, or baubles! If you are not particularly skilled at shaping dough and your Christmas tree resembles more of a log, you can get your hands on some Cookie Cutters to help the process go a little faster, and your cookies look a little more professionally put together!
Fudge is one of those luxury confectionaries that is surprisingly easy to make. You only need one ingredient to make the base, which is great if you want a budget gift option as well as a time-saving choice! Anything after that is a free for all. Put whatever fillings, flavorings, and toppings you like to go with your fudge.
You could get a little adventurous as it’s Christmas and add mincemeat to your mixture, or opt for some classic Christmas spices to warm your loved ones up.
Don’t forget to present them in a stunning presentation box for a professional finish.