Baking and Desserts
Looking for gift ideas for teachers, neighbors, or the holiday party hostess? You may not have to look far. The key to keeping your holiday shopping list simple is as close as your kitchen.
With unique and simple homemade gift ideas like Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, Homemade Vanilla Extract and a Tuscan Herb Spice Mix, you’ll keep it easy on yourself and your wallet, and make one lucky recipient very happy to dig into any of these delicious homemade gifts!
Mini Gingerbread Loaves with Cream Cheese Glaze
Nothing says happy holidays like a warm, spicy scented loaf of gingerbread and nothing should stop you from making it! This quick bread recipe, which yields three mini loaves, is simple, time-saving and absolutely scrumptious with its even easier cream cheese glaze. A crunchy walnut topping adds eye appeal and a bow on top makes this one a delicious and lovely holiday gift.
Get the recipe for Gingerbread Loaves with Cream Cheese Glaze.
Tuscan Herb Spice Mix
Perfect pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables, and simmering tomato sauces are just a few uses for this versatile blend of Italian herbs. It mixes thyme, rosemary, marjoram, crushed red pepper, oregano and garlic powder with a sprinkle of sea salt. This terrifically handy Tuscan spice mix is a cinch to toss together, makes a pretty presentation in a glass jar or antique tin, and keeps for months.
Get the recipe for the Tuscan Herb Spice Mix.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls may seem challenging to some, but these fabulous fall-inspired breakfast treats are about as easy as they get. Soft, subtly sweet and undeniably delicious with a simple maple cream cheese glaze, these may be a tough holiday gift to give away! The recipe yields 12 rolls, but instead of gifting the whole batch, break up the recipe among smaller pans and give 4-6 rolls per recipient.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.
Whole Wheat Pancake Mix and Apple Cider Syrup
Around the holidays, everyone is busy baking and entertaining, leaving not a lot of time or energy to tackle breakfast the next morning. Why not make it easier on your hostess with this unique and thoughtful gift of homemade whole wheat pancake mix and silky apple cider syrup? The wholesome ingredients and fabulous flavors will help start their morning right!
Get the recipe for the Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
Homemade vanilla extract is surprisingly simple to make and fantastically useful in pancake making, cookie baking and beyond. Combine a few vanilla beans split down the middle with a good quality vodka, shake it up, and voila! Package it in a pretty glass bottle with a cap, advise them to top off the vodka once it gets low, and they will enjoy it for years to come!
Get the recipe for Vanilla Extract.