Make this Christmas personal by gifting those you love with something homemade. Our 10 fabulous edible Christmas gifts are easy to make and look incredible, meaning that even the most novice of cooks can make this year a homemade Christmas.
Everybody loves a Christmas cookie, and with so many festive cutters on supermarket shelves this year, making your own are a cinch. Our super simple recipe, coupled with easy-but-impressive decorating ideas means that in no time at all you and your kids can have a cookie assembly line going on. Buy cellophane bags and secure with a ribbon and there you have it.
A PUD, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
If you want to impress then this is how to do it. Our chocolate biscuit puddings not only look amazing, but are deceptively easy to make. Use ready rolled fondant for the top and pop into oversized cupcake cases before wrapping in cellophane for ultimate amazingness.
FOR THE CHOCOHOLIC IN YOUR LIFE
Create an ultra sophisticated hot chocolate mix and decant into a kilner jar for the chocoholic in your life. Make the blend personal to their taste by adding a pinch of chilli, cinnamon or vanilla to the blend.
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEET
Florentines are not only amazingly sophisticated, but they can be personalised to suit the individual. Use whatever nuts your loved one prefers, dotting with candied ginger or fruit peel. Depending on their taste, coat with milk or super dark chocolate. Finally, stack in festive boxes, ready for eating.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
The best thing about gifting chutney is that it will actually get better as it ages. If your loved one can hold off on eating it all over Christmas, this gift will come into its own in a month or two.
BARS OF WONDER
Anyone who receives this orange chocolate bars will thank you. They are easy peasy to make and taste totally delicious. Dress up with a sprinkle of candied peel or even edible glitter, and you are onto a winner.
Possibly the most elegant edible gift one can create, Lynda Booth’s festive biscotti is made all the better by the addition of cranberries. Be sure to make extra for yourself, this is not just for sharing.
We love an easy gift idea, and to be frank, it doesn’t get easier than these candied clementines from Rozanne Stevens. Use whatever fruit you like, but as clementines shout Christmas, they are a safe bet for gifting at this time of year.
LITTLE BITES OF YUMMINESS
Everybody loves rocky road, and once you have the basic recipe, it’s easy to adapt for seasonality and occasion. Include dried cranberries or rum-soaked raisins in your Christmas rocky road, and watch your loved ones fizz up with satisfaction.
IN A JAM
Years ago, gifting jam was commonplace, particularly during winter time. Today, as homegrown fruit is on the decline, it feels almost more special to whip up a batch of homemade conserve to give to those you love. It is a reminder all year round that homemade food is filled with love.