From Mr. Food Team Member Jodi
When my kids were younger and each had only one teacher, I used to spend time shopping for that just-right gift for the holidays. Now that they’re both in high school, and each has 7 teachers, plus the dance teacher, plus the college advisor, plus friends who they want to give a little gift to, there’s just no way I have the time (or the money) to shop for something special for each person.
A few years ago, I started making edible gifts. A dozen cookies in a pretty holiday-themed container (there are some really cute Chinese take-out shaped boxes) makes a great teacher gift. I really like to use the Polka Dot Cookies recipe here on the Mr. Food site. They only use 4 ingredients, and being a chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips, they’re a nice change from your typical chocolate chip cookie.
Last year, my daughter helped me make Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels to give to her friends. We had fun shopping for different decorations. We used white chocolate and light blue decorating sugar for her friends who celebrate Hanukkah, and milk chocolate with a red and green candy drizzle for those who celebrate Christmas. The ways to decorate these are endless! How about crushing up candy canes and rolling the dipped pretzels in those? We found really cute holiday-themed cellophane bags to put them in, and tied them with pretty ribbons. It was fun, and much less expensive than buying all those gifts!
Need a hostess gift for a party? Why not try Chocolate Wreath Fudge? You can buy an inexpensive plastic holiday-themed platter to put the fudge wreath on, and give it as part of the gift. Or how about baking up some quick-breads, like Chocolate Chip Cranberry Bread? Homemade breads are very holiday-festive wrapped in pretty cellophane.
I’m always looking for new edible gift ideas, so if you have any to add, please let me know! Happy Holidays!