Give 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.
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
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 Scones
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!