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14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

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14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Here at Canadian Living, we strongly believe in giving gifts that are edible, so we've collected our favourite recipes for homemade goodies that any person on your holiday list will eat right up. 

Of course, you can race around shopping for the gifts you typically buy your crew—wine, clothing, ornaments, candles, etc.—or you can save yourself the trouble and make them an original treat they're bound to love. After all, as the old axiom goes, food is the way to any man's (or woman's) heart.

Go for classic holiday bark, but try new variations like Xmas Explosion Cookie, Pomegranate, Pistachio, and Apricot, or Chai Ginger. Instead of buying a box of chocolates, whip up some homemade gourmet ones like White Chocolate Coconut Bonbons or Cookie Dough Bonbons. And if you have a brittle fan in the mix, make some Nut and Sesame Brittle or just Sesame Brittle.

A surefire gift idea for kids (well, and grownups, too)? A DIY Hot Chocolate Mix and S'mores Marshmallows. For the friend with a serious sweet tooth, go with Eggnog Fudge or Sponge Toffee. And for the cocktail connoisseur, they'll love our Ruby Cranberry Liqueur, Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur, or Pickled Cranberry Preserves.

Flip through the slideshow to check out all of the recipes to our favourite homemade gifts from the kitchen.

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14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

This hot chocolate kit makes a cosy, heart-warming wintertime gift.

Get the recipe: DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Xmas Explosion Cookie Bark

Loaded with chocolate candies, white chocolate and festive sprinkles, these crispy bark-like cookies are bursting with holiday cheer.

Get the recipe: Xmas Explosion Cookie Bark

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Nut and Sesame Brittle

This treat tastes like a cross between traditional peanut brittle and sesame crisps.

Get the recipe: Nut and Sesame Brittle

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Pomegranate, Pistachio and Apricot Bark

Ruby-red pomegranate seeds add the perfect amount of tang to this sweet and salty dark chocolate bark. 

Get the recipe: Pomegranate, Pistachio and Apricot Bark
 

By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Chai Ginger Bark

Fragrant chai tea spices are mixed with creamy milk chocolate and swirled with rich dark chocolate in this ginger-studded treat.

Get the recipe: Chai Ginger Bark

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

White Chocolate and Coconut Bonbons

This is the kind of treat that's ideal for displaying at holiday parties, as they're beautiful and bite-size—perfect for guests to grab.

Get the recipe: White Chocolate and Coconut Bonbons

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Cookie Dough Bonbons

It's tempting to sneak a taste of dough while making cookies—and while we don't encourage that, these bonbons are egg-free, making them A-OK to eat raw.

Get the recipe: Cookie Dough Bonbons

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Sponge Toffee

It takes just five simple ingredients to create this crunchy confection from our Holiday Celebrations 2009 special issue. 

Get the recipe: Sponge Toffee

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Eggnog Fudge

Fresh nutmeg and a splash of rum extract give this simple treat a seasonal twist. For the best flavour, use good-quality white chocolate.

Get the recipe: Eggnog Fudge

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Sesame Brittle

This homemade take on sesame snaps is crunchy, sweet and nutty.

Get the recipe: Sesame Brittle

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

S'mores Marshmallows

The warmth of the marshmallows melts the chocolate chips into gooey perfection, giving them a campfire taste and texture.

Get the recipe: S'mores Marshmallows

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Ruby Cranberry Liqueur

Flavoured with sweet-tart cranberries and zesty orange, this festive ruby liqueur is the perfect gift for holiday hosts.

Get the recipe: Ruby Cranberry Liqueur

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur

Ideal for coffee lovers, this sweet and nutty nectar is a welcome top-up for after-dinner espresso and lattes.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Pickled Cranberry Preserves

These tart, lightly spiced berries are a vibrant addition to cheese platters, and a spoonful can also be used as a stand-in for cranberry sauce.

Get the recipe: Pickled Cranberry Preserves

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

 

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