Holiday Wrap Up: Food

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.

Here’s what we made (clockwise in the pic) :

  • 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?


About figgsandsuch

I'm a thirty-something wife, momma to two, daughter, friend, and wanna be baker, maker, creator, and runner.
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2 Responses to Holiday Wrap Up: Food

  1. Chrissy says:

    WOW….24 jars of apple jelly???? That’s kind of insane. 🙂 Actually it’s awesome and I have no doubt it was well worth the effort. Do tell if you make the apple butter….yum yum!

    • figgsandsuch says:

      Thanks Chrissy! I’ve got one jar left of apple jelly — and am going through withdrawal! We gave so many of the jars away!! Next time I’m going to make more — for us!! Will certainly share if/when apple butter happens!! Thanks, Chrissy!!

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