Cookies, Jams, Pâtés, and Other Edible Food Gifts for the Holidays

Make your own delectable gifts this holiday for your favorite food lovers
Cookies, Jam, Pâtés, and Other Edible Food Gifts for the Holidays

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Decorate snowflake cookies for a sweet edible food gift to give to friends and family this holiday season.

Instead of wasting time and money on thoughtless, expensive gifts that will be used once and tossed into the closet with other forgotten gifts of Christmas past, give the gift of food.

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We all need to eat, which is why edible food gifts are perfect for anyone, and carry the added bonus of showing you spent time — which is worth more than money — preparing something you know they would love.

To customize your gifts, use seasonal flavors, like cranberry, gingerbread, citrus, and more. Make your cookies, cakes, and jams stand out with creative wrapping or personalized jars. Finally, bake, can, or cook in larger batches and portion out the goods for multiple gifts at a time.

The beauty is in the details. Add special holiday touches with candied orange peels on cakes, add colorful touches with food coloring, or make your desserts sparkle with edible glitter.

From sweet cakes and cookies to savory pâtés and terrines, we have rounded up our favorite recipes that wrap and travel well for sharing with your favorite foodies this season.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.

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