Bake Your Own Holiday Gifts

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Bake Your Own Holiday Gifts
Article By: Calphalon Team
Originally Published: 11/26/2012

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Say “thank you” to the important people in your life with something homemade! When you bake something special – fudge made using your grandmother’s beloved recipe, or a dozen of your famous chocolate chip cookies – you’re giving more than just a gift. You’re sharing something delicious that’s made with love.

Ready to celebrate and share? Here are a few ideas to get started:

Pound Cakes & Bread

Easy to bake, wrap and share, pound cakes and bread are wonderfully basic and symbolic gifts. Try baking tangy and chewy sourdough, a classic pound cake, or a sweet loaf of gingerbread. Wrap in craft or tissue paper, and then tie with a festive ribbon. You can even include a printed copy of your recipe inside.

Classic Lemon Pound Cake Recipe »
Nonstick Bakeware Loaf Pan »

cookies

Cookies

There’s a reason why cookies are everyone’s favorite dessert – they’re as much fun to make as they are to eat! For some extra cheer, choose a cookie recipe with some traditional holiday taste or color: buttery sugar cookies with ornamental frosting, spicy gingerbread men, pretty raspberry thumbprint cookies or even cranberry biscotti. Place in a cute holiday tin, and you’re done!

Thumbprint Cookies Recipe »
Nonstick Bakeware cookie sheet & cooling rack set »

 

Mini Pies

With their flaky crusts and enticing fillings, miniature pies make tasty – and delicious – gifts. They’re easy to prepare in a mini pie pan, and you can scale down your favorite recipe and shorten baking times to make a single pie or use the same ingredient amounts to make multiples. Try making a classic pecan, lemon meringue or rich coconut cream mini pie – they’re thoughtful presents, although they’ll disappear all too soon.

Pecan Pie Recipe »
Nonstick Bakeware Mini Pie Pans »

fudge

Fudge

Famous for its creamy texture and pure chocolate flavor, fudge is a perennial holiday favorite. Many families still make fudge the old-fashioned way – stirring it slowly on the stovetop in a sauce pan – and preparing it together is often a holiday tradition. Classic fudge is always popular, but consider jazzing it up with chopped walnuts or pecans, or topping with peppermint candy bits or a swirl of melted caramel. It’s easy to gift wrap, seal in a tin or even ship to out-of-town family and friends.

Throw It All In Fudge Recipe »
Contemporary Stainless 2.5 Qt. Saucepan with Double Boiler »​​​​