This is the time of year to give.  And to gain ten pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.

So as long as everyone’s in the cooking, baking, and eating spirit, why not skip the mall and give that someone special on your list the gift of food.

I’m pretty sure everyone I know would rather have a dozen cookies than a pair or socks.

Here are a few food gift ideas:

Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (combines my three fave kinds of cookies into one.  Super soft ‘n chewy.  Tied for First Place as my fave cookie on my blog)

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Dark Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies Stuffed with Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Try TJ’s for a large selection of chocolate-covered dried fruit; or just omit if you can’t find it.  The cookies are great without them.  Very dark and not overly sweet.  A chocaholic’s cookie.)

Dark Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies Stuffed with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (naturally Gluten Free, with Vegan option. One of the easiest cookies to make – one bowl and five minutes- and always a hit with folks)

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies (Tied with the first cookie in the post as My Fave Cookie.  Soft, chewy, a hint of peanut butter, white chocolate in abundance.  Love these)

Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fudge

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (microwave friendly, 5 minutes but no one will guess it was that easy)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

White Chocolate Cookies & Cream Fudge (Oreo cookies and chocolate, no bake, easy; and the creamy combined with the Oreo crunch is perfect)

White Chocolate Cookies & Cream Fudge

White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, & Chocolate Chip Fudge (no bake, microwave friendly; a white chocolate lovers dream)

White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, & Chocolate Chip Fudge

Puppy Chow

Peanut Butter Chex Mix, aka “Puppy Chow” (vegan, GF.  No-bake, easy, always a party hit)

Peanut Butter Chex Mix, aka “Puppy Chow”
Peanut Butter Chex Mix, aka “Puppy Chow”

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow (GF, no-bake, easy, addictive!  A fun white twist on the dark chocolate original, above)

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

Nut Butters & Sauces

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter (homemade nut butter is such a treat.  Get your earplugs out and get ready to blend.  Vegan, GF, chocolatey, creamy, wonderful)

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

Dark Rum Caramel Sauce (rum is optional but adds such a wonderful flavor.  Use homemade caramel sauce on ice cream, in a pumpkin spice latte, in these Caramel Apple Bars, or on top of most anything)

Dark Rum Caramel Sauce

Nuts

Coconut Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds (vegan, GF.  Omit the coconut oil and roast without if you’re not a ‘coconut person’.  Cinnamon and sugar roasted nuts are always a hit.  Or add a little honey for honey roasted)

Coconut Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds (vegan, GF, slight kick from the chipotle; savory, herby, and addictive)

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds

All these ideas and recipes are shelf or refrigerator stable for a very long time.  Or, colder storage in the freezer always works for long-term storage if for some reason you don’t expect the recipient to gobble up what you give her fairly quickly.

The winner of the $75 SpaFinder Giftcard Stress Relief Giveaway is:

Amanda December 9, 2011 at 5:49 am

“All of the family obligations stress me out a little. Don’t get me wrong – I love my family – but sometimes it doesn’t leave me with enough “me” time to just unwind. Getting in a morning workout helps to get rid of a lot of that stress and sets a positive tone for the day. “:)

Congrats, Amanda!

Questions:

Have you ever made someone a gift of food?  What was it?  Did he or she love it?

Are you giving any homemade goodies this year?   And if so, what?

If you’re looking for store-bought gifts that won’t break the bank, also see my 10 Gifts Under $10 Dollars post

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