I always try to mix up our Christmas Gift Tins with three things: cookies (you will find that blog post containing recipes here ), treat bars, and treats (warning : there are like ten favorites of these next blog post).
If cookies are my jam, treat bars are my butter. When my family gets together to have our annual cookie baking day, we inevitable end up adding a bar treat in. Its just better with them in the tin ( the treat bars not my family!)
Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars (Click Text for full recipe)
This recipe always earns many rave reviews. It’s not cheap, and it’s not easy but its worth it. They are also called Scrooge McDuck bars, for those old enough to remember who he was, because of their richness. The recipe can be stretched, as they are decadent, so adding just a few to the cookie tin goes a long way. And keeps people fighting over them. Hey, that’s what Christmas is about, right ??
Easy Candy Cane Peppermint Fudge (click text for full recipe )
Can you keep a secret? I cannot make fudge. It’s a badge of shame as someone who takes pride in making all the classic goodies. But here we are. I cannot abide the science of it. Go figure. Because I love canning, and preserving and that’s seriously ALL science but give me a candy thermometer and I am all thumbs.
This is the easiest recipe I have ever made and the one that turns out the best.
Hardcore fudge makers, cover your eyes.
Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing (click text for full recipe)
Put away all your other cinnamon roll recipes. They need to stand down now. Ree Drummond of the Pioneer Woman fame makes these for gift giving and why would you want to make any others? You will be so happy with these, I promise. They make a ridiculous amount, like 8 dozen. So I just buy tins (above photos ) attach Christmas cards and get delivering. These are the most bang for your buck and time. They freeze beautifully. If I am including them in Christmas tins, I will just put like 6 in between the cookies but seriously I just give these as separate gifts on their own usually.
I am a complete fangirl of these cinnamon rolls, in case you hadn’t noticed.
I hope you tackle one of these goodies and they make your gift giving a little easier. I alternate them between years, and every year find a set of unique “vessels” or tray or cookie tin to gift them in. That’s when my creative juices flow.
These are the gifts I love to give. The ones that scream “I love you”. (and I’m not talking to the salted caramel here!)
P.S. As promised next blog post will be Ten Favorite Christmas treats . These are things that usually need to be made closer to Christmas for giving. Now that school is being let out Friday here …eek…Ill try to have that up by Wednesday, so you can make a batch or two with the kids for teachers in your lives. And if you homeschool, win win for you!)