Edible Christmas Gifts

The season of giving can certainly do a lot of taking from your wallet. But a little kitchen creativity can easily make holiday magic that will keep everyone on your guest list cheerful. Follow these suggestions for cheap and easy holiday gifts hot form your kitchen.

Cake Pops

cake pops

Cake pops are the trendy dessert right now. A cake pops recipe does have several steps, but the steps themselves are very simple. When it comes to visual appeal and snack-ability, these pops pack a punch. They are totally worth the extra trouble.

  1. Start by making a cake. Any boxed cake recipe will work, cake pops are very versatile just follow the directions loyally.
  2. Once your cake is cooled completely, crumble it into a large mixing bowl. (Yes, this step is kind of heart breaking but, again, these pops are worth it)
  3. Mix your crumbles together with vanilla frosting. This is what gives the pops their unbeatable moistness. Mix in gradually. Different types of cake will need more icing than others, but it won’t be more than one can. You can play with other frosting flavors, but vanilla is the most universal.
  4. The resulting dough should ball easily in your hands. Place it in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will give it even more structure.
  5. After they have chilled, roll the entire batch into spheres slightly smaller than a golf ball. Each one should be put on a non-stick surface and put in the freezer for an hour to toughen up slightly.
  6. Once the balls are in your freezer, begin melting chocolate or vanilla almond bark. You don’t need a double boiler for this easy, microwave friendly chocolate. It is made for dipping, microwaves quickly and hardens once it dries.
  7. Remove the little guys from the freezer and push a lollipop stick no more than halfway through. Dip the cake balls into the melted candy and roll gently to cover completely. Tap them gently on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
  8. If you want to add sprinkles, candy or crumbs to your pops then roll them in your mixture while they are still wet.
  9. Putting the pops back in the freezer will help them harden faster. Turning a colander upside down will make the perfect drying rack.
  10. Once completely dry you can wrap these beauties however you please. They make very attractive (and impressive) gifts or additions to goodie-bags.

Cake Pops Colander

Dog Biscuits

If you have a few canine lovers on your Christmas list then baking some homemade dog biscuits is a fabulous and cheap gift. Not all of the items needed are “everyday” ingredients, but most well-stocked kitchens should have all of them.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3 tbsp. fat (vegetable oil, shortening, or bacon grease)
  • 3/4 cup liquid (broth, leftover gravy, or water with a bouillon cube dissolved in it)
  • 3 tbsp. dry milk powder
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  1. After preheating your oven to 325 degrees you should combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Knead the dough for a few minutes until thoroughly mixed.
  3. You can either roll the dough out in an 11 X 15 pan or use cookie cutters to divide it into shapes. (A bone cookie cutter is great for Halloween or dog biscuits.)
  4. Bake the treats for one hour then turn off the oven. Let them crisp up inside the still-warm oven for 30 minutes and then cool them on a rack.
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Your two-legged friends will be sure to love these treats and your four-legged friends will love them even more.

Melissa Crossman blogs on behalf of Sears and other quality brands. She enjoys crafting and cooking her way to a cheerful holiday season.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the cake pop tutorial! How long do you think they will stay fresh? I’m considering making them for my wedding, and I’d like to get them made as far in advance as possible.

  2. I love making cake pops! I have even found tutorials on how to make them into characters, such as Elmo and Hello Kitty! The possibilities are endless!

  3. I WOULD freeze them before dipping them, it makes them so much easier to work with! Good luck.

  4. I would not add garlic powder to the dog treats! Garlic and onion are toxic to dogs.

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