This is the first of three posts recapping our 2010 holiday season in terms of food, gifts, and crafting.
The holidays are a big food time for me. I love to eat it, love to make it, and love to give it. This year I branched out some, but still kept our food gift giving fairly simple.
- Almost Thin Mints. These cookies reminded of the famous Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. Just mel t s ome andes mints in the microwave and dip vanilla wafers into the chocolate. Make sure the cookies are completely covered in chocolate and let them cool on wax paper — delish!
- Apple Jelly. This apple jelly recipe from The Simple Dollar is amazing! Sort of labor intensive (luckily I had some help, thanks, Mom!), but well worth the effort. We made this recipe twice for a total of about 24 jars. It’s delicious! This was my first attempt at canning and I’m hooked. I’m thinking this holiday we may try apple butter.
- Oreo Truffles. I followed this Kraft recipe and made these really simple yet very tasty/smooth treats. All you need is some chocolate, oreos, and cream cheese. They are especially pretty with oreo crumbs dusted on the top.
- Fruit and Nut Bark. This is super simple. I melted some chocolate, mixed in some almonds, golden raisins, dried cranberries, and currents (just what I had on hand) and then spread the mixture on wax paper. Once it set for a few minutes, the bark is pretty brittle and I just broke it into pieces.
- Sugared Almonds. If you’re looking for a food gift that mails well, I’d recommend this recipe completely. I followed this Better Homes and Gardens Recipe which doubles and triples really well. (not pictured, but so yummy!)
Do you give food as gifts during the holidays?