Apples, Caramel, pretzels, and almonds in ingredients bowlsGive the gift of baking this holiday season! The options are truly endless what you can make. Try these easy baked goods to give as gifts for some out-of-the-box ideas using apples and pears, provided by our Crisp Collaborator, Amanda Hernandez from @minutritionist

5 Food Holiday Gifts to Give

When you bake someone a gift, it is a thoughtful gesture with the perfect personal touch. I personally love getting homemade food gifts for holidays since I don’t usually need anything in terms of gifts. Some of the gifts my family often gives include candied nuts, chocolate truffles, and banana bread. All delicious!

It can also save money to gift someone a baked good instead of buying a traditional gift. Giving a food gift is also perfect for the person in your life who has everything. Everyone needs to eat so a food gift makes an awesome option.

Caramel Apple Bark on a tray

1. Caramel Apple Bark

You’ll love this recipe for caramel apple bark using Stemilt Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples. Any kind of Stemilt Apples would work well, you could use dark, milk or white chocolate and you can use any kind of nut that you like. Feel free to use whatever ingredients you like in this caramel apple bark.

I chose to use dark chocolate, pretzels, pecans, Honeycrisp and Granny Smith Apples and of course, caramel. Caramel Apple Bark is super easy to make and makes an awesome gift! Just make a batch, freeze, break it into pieces and store in a storage container or a cute plastic bag.

Since the apples are raw in this recipe, I would recommend making it only up to a day or two before gifting it. It isn’t very hard to make and doesn’t take long so it shouldn’t take too much effort.

Caramel Apple Bark looks so impressive but it ready in less than half an hour. It is beautiful to serve at any holiday gathering as well! Store in the fridge so it does not melt.

2. Gingerbread Apple Cookies

Gingerbread Apple Cookies 4

What is not to love here!!

This is a super adorable gift idea that offers the family a chance to get creative with the cookie cutters. These Gingerbread Apple Cookies are on the softer side, but if you’d like crunchier gingerbread cookies you can bake for longer until the edges start to brown. Either way, they are so delicious and fun to decorate with your favorite cookie icing.

Deliver this gift on a bright holiday plate!

3. Roasted Pear Sauce

Choose your favorite pears for this great versatile gift that the neighbors will love. From a healthy treat for the kids, to marinades, baked goods, and cocktails this roasted pear sauce pretty much does it all.  Even though the recipe is simple you can always add in a few extra spices like ginger or cinnamon for some extra flavor.

Make sure to can this sauce in a mason jar (or store in the fridge) and tie with a cute holiday ribbon when giving this pear sauce as a gift.

4. Gluten-Free Pear SconesDark Chocolate and Pear Scones on a drying rack with a fruit bowl in the background

For the gluten-free person in your life take the time to bake up these delicious pear scones! These gluten-free Dark Chocolate Pear Scones are so delicious they deserve to be served tree-side with a cup of coffee Christmas morning! They’re packed with  fresh Stemilt Red d’Anjou pears, studded with dark chocolate morsels, topped with a drizzle of fresh pear icing and a hefty sprinkle of sugar crystals.

It’s a bit of holiday magic for the busy holiday mornings that you can deliver in a fun & festive box!

5. Apple Pie Cookies

Instead of pulling out the pie pan for the holiday treat, try these Apple Pie Cookies instead. Apart from being a nostalgic taste of the season, this is a family recipe that can be passed down year after year and you can use a variety of apples for either a sweet or tart flavor.

Surprise your guests at holiday parties with a to-go bag when the festivities are winding down.

Are You Ready to Give the Gift of Baking?

Now its your turn! Whether you go for the cookies, caramel apple bark, or gluten-free pear scones, we want to hear from you. In the comments, let us know if you tried any of these or what your favorite food gift to give is!

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped Stemilt Honeycrisp Apple
  • 1/4 cup chopped Stemilt Granny Smith Apple
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup broken pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons caramel sauce

Caramel Apple Bark looks so impressive but it ready in less than half an hour

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  • Yield
    1 batch serving
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  • Cuisine
    American
  • In Category
    Dessert, Snacks

Recipe provided to Stemilt by Crisp Collaborator @minutritionist

Instructions

  1. Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate and coconut oil. Melt for 1 minute at a time stirring well each minute until all of the chocolate is melted.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate on the sheet pan and spread it to the edges. Sprinkle with pecans, apples, pretzels and caramel sauce.
  4. Freeze for 15 minutes until chocolate is firm. Lift chocolate bark and break into pieces.
  5. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 141
  • Fat Content: 8.2g
  • Cholesterol Content: 4mg
  • Sodium Content: 35mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 16.1g
  • Fiber Content: 1.2g
  • Sugar Content: 10g
  • Protein Content: 1.7g