You've gotten your brother a sweater five years in a row, and your co-workers have been hinting since Thanksgiving that they don't need any more potpourri. Happily for everyone, we have an idea. Instead of going to the mall, make a detour to the grocery store -- and then go straight home, pour yourself a glass of eggnog, and whip up a batch of any one of these original, edible gifts.
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Neither of us had ever made chocolate bark before we tried this recipe, and wanderash's version happens to be a great introduction. Waves of smooth dark chocolate are spiced with smoky ancho, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper, and studded with dried cherries, cashews and pistachios. The finished product looks lovely, packs easily and takes a total of about 20 minutes to put together. We think it makes a great holiday gift. - Amanda & Merrill Get the recipe. Photo: Sarah Shatz
We love pine nuts and rosemary together (could anything be more evocative of rolling Tuscan hills?), but the idea of combining them in brittle form struck us as groundbreaking. Ms. T has you cloak the pine nuts in a buttery caramel, and while it's still hot you stir in plenty of chopped rosemary, which then infuses the brittle with its perfume. A shower of crunchy sea salt is the finishing touch. A word of caution: be careful, or you may find yourself demolishing half the batch in one sitting, like we did! - Amanda & Merrill Get the recipe. Photo: James Ransom
If you've never made marshmallows you should try these -- we had a ball with this recipe! You pour hot sugar syrup into gelatin and then let the mixer work its magic, whipping up the marshmallow until it fluffs and gets bouncy. Once the marshmallow is shaped and set, you snip it into whatever size or shape marshmallows you want. For a child's treat, notlazy.rustic.'s marshmallows have an adult touch -- they're scented with chocolate and cinnamon, and not too much of either. You'll probably eat all of them plain, but you might also try dropping a few into hot chocolate. - Amanda & Merrill Get the recipe. Photo: Sarah Shatz
When I was young, my mother made lots of different kinds of cookies in the weeks leading up to Christmas. These "snowflakes" (which technically aren't really cookies, but no matter) were among my favorites because they were simple enough that my sister and I could actually help my mother make them. We often filled tins with these to take to our teachers before school let out for Christmas vacation. I've never been a huge fan of the bland sweetness of white chocolate, but when it's combined with something salty -- like pretzels, or the salted peanuts in these snowflakes -- I can be swayed. Really, these snowflakes are just Rice Krispies treats for grownups. Of course, if you don't like white chocolate, or Rice Krispies, you can experiment with milk or dark chocolate or use different types of cereal (I think Cheerios would be pretty good). Best of all, the snowflakes take all of 15 minutes to make, leaving you with plenty of time to write cards or wrap presents or do whatever else you don't have enough time to do. - Merrill Get the recipe. Photo: Sarah Shatz
A crisp almond cookie for all your holiday gifting, swapping, and impressing needs, from Sweet Miniatures by Flo Braker (Chronicle Books, 2000). - Kristen Get the recipe. Photo: James Ransom
The combination of spicy cardamom, bright orange, and chocolate complement each other well in this recipe. Adjust the ingredient amounts to your taste; if you prefer a bit more spice, less citrus, more nuts. If you prefer to change up the flavor combination all together, this dough is the perfect base for any cookie, it's very forgiving and surprisingly easy to work with no matter how much you handle it. And the ribbon effect of the finished cookie is quite fun and will certainly get you thinking about the holidays. - Annie Get the recipe. Photo: Nicole Franzen
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