Homemade Holiday Gifts & Treats. Part One: Sweets

I love love love Christmas Baking.  I love Cookie Exchanges.  I love homemade Holiday’s Hostess Gifts.  I thought I should put together a couple little posts with a combination of great treats for the upcoming holidays!  First, I had to tackle the sweets.  It actually took me a few tries to narrow it down to 10.  You know my love of cookies is infinite which means I could have put ALL my cookie recipes on here and call it a day…but I didn’t.  I actually thought this through and decided on what would make a great treat to give someone you care about.

You may want to print the recipe when you give this delicious little treat!

Perhaps in cute little bags like these or a nice decorative plate!

Nothing says I love you or I value you like a homemade treat!  Yes…nothing 😉

#1: Homemade Vanilla: such a wonderful gift; simple and you can easily find decorative bottles to showcase the gorgeous amber color.  This would be a perfect gift for a baker.

Homemade Vanilla

Homemade Vanilla

#2: Chocolate Bark: classic.  Kids love it, adults love it and you can go with or without nuts to please everyone.

Delicious and addictive Chocolate Bark

Delicious and addictive Chocolate Bark

#3: Apricot and Nut Cookies with Amaretto Glaze: elegant and fairly easy to make.  The glaze is a must and gives a delicious aroma to this gorgeous cookie.

I could eat a whole plate of these delicious Cookies

I could eat a whole plate of these delicious Cookies

#4: Apple and Sour Cream Coffee Cake: a statement dessert, moist and lovely flavors.  You could even add a beautiful Bundt Cake Pan as a complete gift.

Of course you could also add some homemade caramel sauce! YUMMY

Of course you could also add some homemade caramel sauce! YUMMY…(see below!)

#5: Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies: this says “Christmas Cookie Exchange” the cranberries are so delicious and add a gorgeous ruby color.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

#6: Jezebel Brownies: a little naughty for the Holidays?  Of course, everyone deserves a decadent treat.

Jezebel Brownies    OMG...a bit out of focus...but everything is this time of year!

Jezebel Brownies
OMG…a bit out of focus…but everything is this time of year!

#7: Lemon-Rosemary Shortbread Cookies: a great way to end a special meal.  Great hostess’ gift.  The fragrance from these cookies is unmistakable.

Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

#8: White Christmas: simple addictive!  Find colorful bags and share the love!

messy but soooooo tasty! I promise :)

Put in lovely little bags and you have a wonderful treat!

#9: Caramel Sauce: taking the time to make this lovely caramel sauce would make a very special gift.  I would include a little note not only with the recipe but with the many ways they can enjoy the sauce.

My Uncle Andre's Famous Caramel Sauce

My Uncle Andre’s Famous Caramel Sauce

#10: Tumbleweeds: my absolute favorite holiday treat, sweet and salty in a one bite little magic morsel….heavenly!

you may have a taste test.... ;)

I bet you can’t eat just one 😉

I hope you find these ideas helpful, please let me know if you decide to make them, send me a picture or a message I would love to share your creations!

My email: isamvor@comcast.net

Peace and Happy Gifting,

Isabelle

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