What to do for holiday gifts? That was a real dilemma for me years ago when I worked in a big office. I had about 20 co-workers and everyone exchanged gifts. I was on a tight budget and did not want to give some cheap-o thingy. I searched the stores and had no luck. Then it occurred to me to make homemade treats. The gifts were a hit and I got rave reviews on the Rocky Road candy. The combination of marshmallows, peanuts, and chocolate is so incredibly good.
I have made lots of holiday treats since then. There are my standard ones like Tiger Butter, fudge, Rocky Road, and fruitcake (yes, fruitcake and it is a good one). I also seek out new ones to try each year. As luck would have it, today’s Sunday Supper event is all about gifts from the kitchen. I could not be more happy about it. There are so many inspiring ideas and recipes and links to them will all be right here. No need to search anywhere else. Oh yea! How convenient!
Take a look at the very creative and festive treats by the team:
Breads / Breakfast
- Pumpkin Biscoff Bread – Dinners, Dishes, and Dessert
- All-in-One Beer Bread Kit – girlichef
- Banana Coconut Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nut Streusel – The Lovely Pantry
- Pancake Mix With Apple Cider Syrup and Candied Walnuts – Tora’s Real Food
- Cranberry Hootycreeks – Baker Street
Condiments / Ingredients
- Apple Butter – Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
- Cranberry Strawberry Jam – The Meltaways
- Herb Vinegars – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Harissa – The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Homemade Vanilla Extract – Flour on my Face
- Homemade Cherry Extract – Cravings of a Lunatic
- Nutella Powder – I Run For Wine
- Orange BBQ Sauce – Midlife Road Trip
- Apricot Pineapple Rum Sauce – Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Spiced Cranberry Apricot Almond Chutney – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Pumpkin Butter – Family Foodie
Soup and Snacks
- A Soup For You – Momma’s Meals
- Maple Nut Granola – Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Sweet and Spicy Curried Nuts – Soni’s Food for Thought
- Roasted Spiced Nuts – Mrs Mama Hen
- Sweet and Spicy Pecans – Supper For a Steal
- Maple Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars – Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Orange Spiced Chickpeas – Home Cooking Memories
- Turtle Pretzels – The Messy Baker
- Rocky Road Candy – Magnolia Days
- Dairyfree Vegan Caramels – Galactosemia in PDX
- Peanut Butter Cookies in a Jar – Mama’s Blissful Bites
- M&M Cookies in a Jar – Damn Delicious
- Monster Cookie Mix in a Jar – What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Biscotti – Meal Planning Magic
- Snickerdoodle Snack Mix – Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
- Butter and Jam Thumbprint Cookies – Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Peppermint Stick Cookie Truffles – The Weekend Gourmet
- Nutella Truffles – Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Peanut Cajetas (Peanut Fudge) – Basic and Delicious
- Cookie Cutter Fudge – Chocolate Moosey
- Pumpkin Roll – Shockingly Delicious
- Homemade Chocolates – My Trials in the Kitchen
- Hot Chocolate on a Stick – Juanita’s Cocina
- Chocolate Toffee “Crack” – Ruffles and Truffles
- Holiday Tree Cake – Noshing with the Nolands
- Salted Caramel Cookies – Mama Mommy Mom
- Fruit and Nut Cookies – In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Applepie Moonshine – My Catholic Kitchen
- Holiday Spiced Mocha – Daily Dish Recipes
- Homemade Peppermint Mocha Mix – In the Kitchen with KP
- Homemade Kahlua – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
It makes me want to head to the kitchen now. This holiday season will certainly be filled with lots of yummy goodness. The biggest decision will be what to make and who gets it. Are you ready to start making homemade gifts? I hope so. Remember to add Rocky Road candy to your to-make list!
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- 10 ounces miniature marshmallows
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Line a 9- X 13- X 2-inch baking pan with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the marshmallows and peanuts. Stir to mix together.
- In the top of a double boiler, add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Bring water in the bottom of the boiler to a simmer and place the top boiler over it. Cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate and butter melts and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the chocolate over the marshmallows and peanuts. Stir to coat evenly. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and spread evenly, pressing down as needed. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Cut into 1 inch square pieces.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living 1984 Annual Recipes cookbook.
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