If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift to give friends and loved ones, homemade candy or freshly baked goodies are a sure-to-please option. The following recipes are not only delicious but also incredibly simple, which means your children can easily help make the goodies.
Peanut Butter Snowballs
Peanut butter snowballs are the perfect Christmas treat. Not only do they look like miniature snowballs, but the white chocolate-and-peanut butter candies are the perfect holiday confections! Plus, they’re so simple that kids can easily help you make them.
To make these delectable treats, combine 1 cup powdered sugar, ½ cup creamy peanut butter, and 3 tablespoons softened butter in a bowl. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with waxed paper. Place in the refrigerator and chill until firm, around 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, coarsely chop 1 pound white candy coating (sometimes called almond bark) and microwave it until melted.
Dip the balls in the chocolate and place on waxed paper to harden. This makes about 2 dozen.
You can place them in a holiday tin or wrap them in red or green Saran wrap to complete the festive treats. For a variation, roll them in colored sugar, sprinkles, or chopped peanuts.
Hot Chocolate Mix
Hot chocolate mix is a perfect gift idea that’s sure to please everyone! Combine 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder, ¾ cup sugar, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa, and ½ cup powdered nondairy creamer in a mixing bowl. Combine until blended. You can store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until it’s ready to be packaged.
To package the mix, measure 1 cup each into a Ziplock bag. Place the bag in a Christmas mug with candy canes, miniature marshmallows, and miniature chocolate chips.
Quick breads such as pumpkin and banana nut have long been considered Christmas gift staples. What’s cuter than giving miniature loaves wrapped in red Saran and topped with a bow to your child’s teacher or babysitter? This Christmas, though, consider branching out through creating a more innovative quick bread. You could try eggnog quick bread or cranberry quick bread for two unique options that incorporate holiday foods. And of course, there are plenty of Christmas cookies you could make, from tried-and-true sugar cookie recipes to gingerbread men to peanut butter blossoms.
Homemade Fudge Sauce
Homemade fudge sauce is not only rich and chocolaty, but it’s also guaranteed to be original! Combine 1 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons light corn syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 12 ounces chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate. Stir in the chocolate until smooth. Stir in 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract.
Let the sauce cool completely. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a month. (You can find this recipe and other great ones like it in Real Simple.)
To gift the sauce, place it in small Mason jars and tie it with a red ribbon. You could even create an entire ice cream kit if you want, complete with sugar or waffle cones and plenty of chopped nuts and candies.