|grapefruit marmalade and blueberry lime jam, blogged by me here|
|lemon coconut bread from Baked Bree|
Are you a little short on funds and time this year and still need Christmas presents? Bake up some treats for the people you love! Just take a little extra time to package them up carefully and they'll look sophisticated and make lovely gifts. I've compiled a few recipes that will look elegant when simply wrapped up with a bow or placed in a tin, and arranged them according to skill level/time. After they taste the treats, people are sure to ask for the recipe, so write it down on a index card and hole punch the corner so you can thread your ribbon through it before you tie it onto your gift.
These are just suggestions some to get you thinking. I like to try find recipes that use interesting combinations of flavors and are something that the recipient might not have tried before, but you could use old family favorites or whatever you like. Don't feel confined to cookies... quick bread or yeast breads, jams and jellies, pickled items, and candies are all surprisingly easy to make and would make wonderful gifts. All of these recipes can be made at least a week ahead.
Stay tuned for the next Last Minute Christmas post with gift and crafting tutorials.
|Chocolate Earl Grey Truffles|
|Russian Tea Cakes|
|Lemon Coconut Quickbread|
|Rosemary Shortbread Cookies|
|Salted Chocolate Caramels|
Of course, there is the classic decorated sugar cookie. I saved this for last because honestly I think they're a huge pain in the butt and aren't worth it. But if you're feeling up to it, Bakerella provided a template for the Santa and elf cookies.