Here at Prestige, we know there’s no sweeter gift than homemade festive treats (pun intended!). Whether you’re looking for sleek, stylish bites for discerning friends or tastebud tickling treats for the kids, we’ve collated a stack of recipes and Christmas food gifts to make that you can use to bring cheer to your loved ones this Christmas time.
For the little ones
Have a go at making Christmas bark! Not only do children love eating it, but they love getting involved in making it, too (not least because some of those delicious decs are bound to go missing along the way). For a single batch, you’ll need a brownie tin and 400g of the high quality chocolate of your choice, which you’ll melt and spread across the lined tin. Now the fun begins — you get to pick your toppings! Jelly beans, peanut butter cups, shards of minty candy cane; the possibilities are endless, and all delicious.
For the traditionalists
When you’re looking to please Yuletide purists with a homemade offering, opt for classic baked gingerbread biscuits or a delicious German stollen. When it comes to gifting Christmas classics like these, the trick is to package them beautifully: we’re talking velvet ribbons, layer upon layer of tissue paper and pretty boxes with personalised messages written on them.
For the foodies
If you’ve got adventurous folk to make for, don’t fear; you can bring unusual ingredients into Christmas classics. Take these sweet miso caramels, for example, which use — you’ve guessed it — delicious umami miso paste to make them super moreish. Other options for foodies include making exciting condiments like your own spicy sriracha or interesting ingredients, such as preserved lemons.
Christmas can be a bit of a minefield for our plant-based pals, so show them you’re thinking of them with mouthwatering vegan treats like these hazelnut pralines. They have minimal ingredients but require a confident cook and lots of equipment, so make sure you’ve got a high quality saucepan, two baking sheets, a spatula and a good food processor to hand before you start.
For festive visitors
If friends and family are coming to stay over the festive period, pop a homemade, beautifully wrapped peppermint cream on their pillow and make sure you have a plate of Lebkuchen ready to pass around when they arrive. If they’re staying for the duration of the holidays, don’t be shy — make sure you make them something you’ll enjoy tucking into, too! Buy a special, seasonal tin and fill it with these crumbly mince pies or these fabulous chocolate truffles with sloe gin-soaked blueberries.
Don’t forget the dog! These simple peanut butter-based treats almost make themselves: simply melt coconut oil, PB and a few spoonfuls of water in a non-stick pan and mix egg, whizzed-up oats and flour in a bowl, before combining the two mixtures together. Roll the dough out and use cute, pup-themed cookie cutters before popping them in the oven.
Do you have a go-to edible gift that it wouldn’t be Christmas without? Let us know in the comments, or snap a photo of your homemade hampers and tag us on Instagram