Baking and Gifting - How to Surprise Friends and Family with Sweet Treats
For me, the holidays are all about baking. I love trying out tons of new recipes and making dozens of new treats through out the season. But, what to do with all this baking goodness? I like to share the wealth, of course. Goodie baskets are great gifts not only for family members, but also for those hard to shop for people like teachers, neighbors, co-workers and more.
Here are a few ideas on how to group baked goods as gifts:
Pies - There's nothing like giving someone a whole pie, fresh from the oven and still a little warm.
Breads - Slice freshly baked breads and arrange them on a platter. Try ginger, pumpkin, banana, or lemon poppy seed bread. Mix them together to make a variety tray, or stick to one flavor if you know it's someone's absolute favorite.
Cookies - When I bake cookies, my recipes usually yield two dozen. I divide these into groups, so each recipient gets a good taste of everything I baked that year. You can really get creative in packaging cookies. That's why they are my most favorite holiday treat.
Bars - Pecan, pumpkin, lemon, or brownie bars are great for stacking and sharing. You can cut them as big or as small as you want. Mini brownie and blondie bites are always a big hit at the office. They'll be gone before lunchtime.
Oven Baked Treats - Whether you're making homemade trail mix, granola, or party mix, scooping up the delicious treat and sealing it off with a bow in a pretty holiday treat bag makes a great gift.
Delicious goodies aside, packaging is also a very important aspect to holiday gift giving, so don't forget to make these packages as festive as possible. Here are a few ideas:
- Take out containers in holiday colors, available at craft stores
- Holiday tins
- Use holiday versions of your favorite plastic wraps, tin foils, bags and more.
- Disposable baking tins in holiday inspired designs
- Festive cupcake wrappers
- Red or green baking platters
- Don't forget the tissue paper or brightly colored ribbons
I also like to attach a homemade card with the recipe, so that my friends can duplicate the recipe later on.
Moms, what kinds of treats do you like to share during the holiday season?