There's just something so touching about receiving a homemade food gift during the holidays. Knowing someone took the time to make a special treat for you doesn't just please your palate - it also warms the heart. So this holiday season spread some cheer by making delicious homemade food gifts your loved ones will savor. Below you'll find an array of tempting holiday treats - everything from pies and cakes to cookies and drinks - that you can pack in decorative boxes or bottles. Here's what to make:
1. CUPCAKES TOPPED WITH MARZIPAN PRESENTS
Who wouldn't want to be surprised with this scrumptious homemade food gift? Whip up your favorite cupcakes and top them with adorable marzipan presents.
2. RING BISCUITS
We love these wreath-shaped cookies because they double as Christmas tree ornaments. Let them cool before packing in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.
3. HOMEMADE EGGNOG
This cinnamon-laced eggnog makes the perfect holiday food gift. It's creamy, delicious and spiked with brandy. Pour it into a decorative bottle and you'll be all set.
4. CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Have a chocolate lover on your shopping list? Indulge their sweet tooth with these homemade chocolate truffles infused with the bold flavor of star anise.
5. CHRISTMAS BARS
Here's a healthy homemade food gift that is a great alternative to cookies. These Christmas bars are made with assorted nuts, dried fruit and honey - they're great with coffee.
6. PECAN PIE
Show a loved one how much you care by gifting them a homemade pecan pie. Use leftover crust to make leaf decorations for your gorgeous dessert.
7. CHRISTMAS CAKE
Just one slice of this colorful cake is enough to get anyone into the holiday spirit. This multi-layer cake has a shortbread base, a fluffy interior and a smooth marzipan coating.
8. FRENCH MACARONS WITH CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY GANACHE
A chocolate raspberry ganache makes these French macarons simply irresistible. They'd be adorable packaged into a decorative box with a handwritten note.
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