Simple Christmas Baking and Treat Recipes

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.” B.C. Forbes

 

It’s less than a month until Christmas, but there is still plenty of time to whip up a tasty treat or two to share with friends, to gift, or to make your own Christmas a little more yummy.

One of the things I love about food as a gift at Christmas is that it is something almost everyone appreciates, and it is a consumable so it won’t add to the growing mountain of plastic waste, pointless gag gifts and credit card debt.

When you share your gifts think about using wrapping and packaging that won’t cost the earth. Go find an old tin or some pretty old china at the Thrift Store, or wash and reuse glass jars with a circle of bright fabric or paper tied over the lid to make it festive. Cardboard, paper, ribbon, string, fabirc, waxed cotton and flowers from the garden all make great packaging and decoration too.

Here are some of my favorourite Christmas cooking ideas. All of them are easy, quick and well-tested by at least one of my Christmas Elves (Ben, Rufous, Cafe Dog, the neighbours or the staff of the Bangalow Post Office!) and me. Just click on the link to go to the recipe.

Macadamia Shortbread Recipe

 

Easy Fruit Cake Rum Balls

 

Festive Fudge Recipe

 

Heavenly Chocolate Brownies

 

Gluten-Free No Bake Yummy Slice

 

Last-Minute Christmas Cake Recipe

Five Minute Fudge

 

Easy Peach and Vanilla Jam Recipe

 

Prize-Winning Coconut Ice

 

Green Goji Bliss Balls (Healthy but AMAZINGLY GOOD!)

Much love, Nicole  xx

 

 

Easy Christmas Food Gifts to Make

Image from Wallpaperstock

Image from Wallpaperstock

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” 
~ Mother Teresa

Home-made treats can make beautiful gifts for friends and family, and are useful to have sitting in the pantry as an ’emergency’ gift in case one’s required. They are also thoughtful thank-you presents for hosts.

Of course, not everything home-made goes to plan. I had intended a cutesy picture of Bert in Reindeer ears to head up this post, but that didn’t turn out so fabulously…

Bert, totally thrilled to be posing for this pic

Bert, totally thrilled to be posing for this pic

So in light of the ‘Bert Effect’ I do suggest that you make a trial run of things if you really need your gifts to be sensational.

Here are some of my favourite suggestions:

SWEET LITTLE TREATS

Best Coconut Ice Recipe – a moist, creamy no-bake sweet that can be made up to one month in advance. Do store somewhere cool or refrigerate if you live in a hot climate.

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Five Minute Fudge Recipe – This one’s a crowd pleaser and so easy to make, with endless flavour variations. This one can also be made weeks ahead.

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No-Bake Yummy Slice – crammed full of oats, apricots, almonds, pepitas and chocolate this delicious melt-and-mix slice will feed a crowd and make more than one good-sized care package. Simple for the kids to make! Will keep for one week, but may not last that long. 🙂

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Cherry Ripe Slice – Highly addictive combination of cherries, coconut and chocolate over a crisp chocolate biscuit base. Will keep in fridge or cool pantry for one week.

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Heavenly Chocolate Brownies – A dense fudgey brownie that freezes well for up to three months, or that will keep for one week in an airtight tin or fridge. Put some of these aside to leave out for Santa…

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A JAR OF SOMETHING DELICIOUS

Easy Lemon Curd – Lemon Butter – I have a friend who ate TWO jars of this all on her own, in one sitting… Yep, it’s that good. 🙂 The Lemon Curd will store for around a month, and needs to be kept cool.

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Easy Peach and Vanilla Jam – This smooth and luscious jam will keep unopened for one year. Once opened use within a month.

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Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Jam – A delightful and zesty savoury jam which goes well with crusty fresh breads, meats, cheeses and salads. It will also liven up a pasta dish. A super gift idea, that has a three week shelf life. Keep in fridge.

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Sweet Peach and Chilli Chutney – So yummy I can’t stop eating it. Unopened a jar will keep for one year, but once you break the seal use within a month.

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