10 DIY Gifts from Your Kitchen
Homemade gifts are enjoyable to make, give, and receive! Skip the mall and try your hand at DIY gifts this holiday season. Here are 10 make-it-yourself gift ideas to get you started.
- Rumtopf – This is an old-school way to preserve fruit when it is plentiful, and flavor a liqueur at the same time. You can use a single type of fruit, or a mix; it is all up to you. It’s best to use firmer fruit, nothing that is on the brink of going soft. Berries like strawberries and raspberries will lose most of their color as they sit while peaches, pears, plums, pineapple and other sturdy fruit will maintain their original hues.
- Walnut Fudge – Melt-in-your-mouth fudge is deceptively simple to make—but it does require careful temperature control to achieve that creamy, velvety texture. This fudge is studded with crunchy walnuts, and you can always substitute another nut, for variety.
- Chocolate Glazed Nut Brittle – If you think making candy is too hard, try this one. You do need a candy thermometer, but once you get the mixture up to temperature, you just stir and spread. This one is packed with crunchy nuts and coated with dark chocolate, guaranteeing that it will disappear quickly!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – The unbeatable combination of chocolate and peanut butter makes these bite-sized desserts irresistible.
Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles – These chocolate indulgences are surprisingly easy to make. Perfect for the holidays or any special occasion.
- Cranberry Biscotti Bites – These festive, flavorful biscotti bites are a delicious holiday treat and keep well for holiday gift giving, too.
- Almond Brownies – If you have a chocolate lover in your midst, indulge them with these intensely chocolaty, rich brownies. The scattering of sliced almonds on top provides both beauty and nutty crunch, and means that you don’t have to frost or top them once they come out of the oven.
- Eggnog Spiced Sugar Cookies – If you love eggnog (and even if you don’t), the delightful aroma and flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg make these perfect holiday treats.
- Poppy Seed Rugelach – Rugelach is a traditional cookie in Jewish cooking and poppy seed filling is the classic version. You can also spread the dough with jams, cooked fruit, even chocolate chips.
- Sweet Potato Bread – Sweet potatoes show off their versatility in this deliciously moist sweet bread, where traditional pumpkin bread spices are equally at home.