Eat, Drink and Be Merry this Christmas with our selection of homemade edible gifts for the foodie in your life.
Edible gifts make the perfect present to keep in reserve for unexpected arrangements and visits. And if not you can eat them yourself!
Mulled Wine Spice Mix
This classic recipe for a spicy, boozy Christmas Mulled Drink is the perfect gift. It’s good with Cider or Wine and add a personalised touch by including a hand-written cooking method.
1 sliced clementine
3 dried figs
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
3 black peppercorns
Icing these Christmas Biscuits is a great way to get the kids involved. Try not to get too serious about the design, sometimes from chaos great masterpieces are made!
Make sure you make extra – they’re so good some will go missing before you get the chance to give them away.
You can make them into tree decorations by varnishing them.
Light muscovado sugar 225g,
golden syrup 175g
cinnamon 2 tsp
ground ginger 2 tsp
ground allspice 1/2 tsp
baking powder 1 tsp
plain flour 650g, plus extra for dusting
butter 200g, chilled and roughly grated
royal icing sugar 100g
Mix together the sugar, syrup, spices and eggs. Rub the butter into the baking powder and flour until it looks like breadcrumbs. Combine the wet ingredients and add a pinch of salt. Bring the dough together and knead until smooth then divide into 4. Chill for at least an hour.
Roll the dough to the thickness of a pound coin and cut out shapes. Don’t forget to make a hole at the top of your raw dough to thread ribbon or string through. Bake in oven on 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 for 10-15mins leave to cool and decorate.
Tomato and Chilli Chutney
From all of the edible gifts here, this is probably my favourite. We all love a good buffet on Boxing Day and this versatile Chutney is fabulous with cold meats and cheese. This recipe from Rick Stein can be made with supermarket-bought ingredients for that extra cheat!
15 chile de arbol peppers, washed, stems and seeds removed
4 guajillo chillies, washed, stems and seeds removed
3 garlic cloves
2 tomatoes, quartered
80ml/1¾oz cider vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
4 allspice berries, ground (or a good pinch ground allspice)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp light brown sugar
Toast the chillies in a frying pan over a high heat for a few minutes until fragrant. Place the chillies in a saucepan, add the garlic and 700ml/1¼ pint water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Put the chillies, garlic and 250ml/9fl oz chilli cooking water into a food processor and add the tomatoes, vinegar, cumin, allspice, oregano, salt and sugar.
Blend until completely smooth and return to the heat. Cook for 5–7 minutes over a medium-high heat until reduced and thickened.
Ready Mixed Cocktails
This is a great gift to take to a party for the hosts… and who knows, you may even get to sample some! The most popular cocktails / drinks are Elderflower Vodka, Sloe Gin, Daiquiri and Mojitos.
Stay away from drinks containing dairy, such as a White Russian, as they will need to be kept refrigerated.
Sweet Shop Favourites
Peppermint Creams, Coconut Ice and Candy Canes were the stuff of dreams as a child. Christmas is all about sharing good times and is often mingled with a trip down memory lane. These nostalgic sweet shop favourites are easy to make and won’t cost the earth.
Sweets can be made in advance and kept in the cupboard which makes them perfect for those last-minute invitations or visitors.
Salted Caramel Fudge – 600 g sugar, 250 ml double cream, 50 g unsalted butter, sea sal
Marshmallows – 3 large egg whites, 13 leaves of gelatin, 700g white caster sugar, 1 ½ tbsp liquid glucose, 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
Peppermint Creams – 250g icing sugar, 1 egg white, few drops of peppermint essence
Coconut Ice – 250g sweetened condensed milk, 250g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting, 200g desiccated coconut, pink edible food colouring, optional
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Cute, little red, irrestible velvetyness
It’s difficult to resist these red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, plus the red food colour makes them look really festive. Nigella Lawson has a fantastic recipe here
Macarons not only taste lovely, they look beautiful. Finish them with edible glitter or gold leaf and package them up in a brown paper box with a beautiful ribbon. HoneyTree personalised Christmas gift tags are an ideal finishing touch to your gift-wrap, adding a touch of luxury and unique glamour.
They do take an extra effort to perfect but it is worth it! Make sure to follow the method correctly and your sweet treats will impress everyone.
For the Macron:
170g icing sugar
160g ground almonds
120ml egg whites from about 4 medium eggs, separated into 2 equal batches
160g granulated sugar
½ tsp red food colouring
For the filling:
120g double cream
110g dark chocolate, finely chopped
25g unsalted butter, room temperature
75g raspberry jam
Visit BBC Good Food for the full method
HoneyTree – Paper Made Personal
Christmas is the time for giving and we know how much fun it is to sit down and wrap your thoughtfully chosen gifts for loved ones.
Set your Christmas edible gifts off in style with personalised, illustrated labels and tags from £5.
Choose from our gallery of over 300 illustrations including hand-drawn seasonal and festive designs and a font to create a vintage or contemporary personalised design.