If you are like me, you probably haven’t started your holiday baking yet. I’m making plans but I just need a nice chunk of time to immerse myself in butter, chocolate and flour. To get myself started, I took a look at some tried and true favorites from my archives, along with a few links to other food blogs.
I also wanted to give a little something more than a bunch of links. So this year I made up a bunch of gift tags that I can package up with whatever I’m making this year. And I’m passing them along to you. All you will need is a PDF reader and a printer. Just download the pdf, print onto card stock or sticker paper and cut along the dotted lines. Attach it to your hand crafted gift. It’s easy and I’m sure it will make your gift giving a little sweeter. Looking for another quick & affordable gift idea? Check out my etsy printables shop where you can print out my own original art prints on your home printer for only five bucks. Instant happiness.
When sending your gifts, package things into re-usable glass jars (I love old mason jars and even glass peanut butter or jam jars), vintage cookie tins or baker’s boxes lined with wax paper and pretty tissue.
Fleur de sel caramels
Really easy chocolate fudge with toasted walnuts
Candy cane chocolate bark
Salted honey caramels
Chocolate covered caramel crunch
Peanut butter buckeyes & chocolate snowballs (vegan)
Sponge toffee (vegan)
Merengue mint melties
I’ve also really had much success with Heidi’s espresso caramel. It’s delicious and perfect for gift giving.
Bars + Squares
Chocolate chip walnut squares
Date & raisin squares (vegan)
Peanut butter raisin bars
Butter tart squares
Cherry oat bars
Coffee Crunch bars (vegan)
Oatmeal coconut pecan squares with chocolate chips
I’ve lusted after these Dutch almond bars from Whipped. Buttery goodness!
Buttery raisin biscuit
Chocolate chip maple walnut cookies
Chocolate mint cookies
Chocolate shortbread cookies
Chocolate thumbprint jam cookies (vegan)
Crispy salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies
Double chocolate oatmeal cookies (vegan)
Flourless peanut butter cookies
Ginger gems (vegan)
Lemon cornmeal shortbread cookies
I’ve been looking for the perfect gingerbread cookie. I think these from David Lebovitz might be the one.
While this Almond butter cake with cherries from Seven Spoons isn’t a loaf cake per say, it looks beautiful and festive.
I haven’t made Joe’s Gingerbread popcorn yet, but I plan on making it this year. Seriously, who wouldn’t want a giant tub of this?
Cookbooks & other food books
These are just a few of my most favorite cookbooks (& food related books) and I’m sure they’d be a welcome addition to anyone who loves food and cooking.
Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 recipes
Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Vegetarian Comfort Food: Meals Like Mom Makes, Without the Meat
Comfort Me with Apples: A True Story of Love, Adventure and a Passion for Cooking
Looking for something other than books? I love Tea & Cookie’s cheap & useful kitchen gift guide.