Holiday shopping is stressful on so many levels that you end up forgetting what the holiday spirit is all about. Bring back the holiday spirit with some low-cost, easy-to-make presents that everyone will enjoy.
Simple, homemade gifts that come from the heart are especially exciting to receive when they’re edible, which makes holiday gifts the perfect choice for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).
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We put the Culinary Content Network to the test to come up with a few of their favorite comfort food recipes, and here are some of the highlights:
- Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt satisfies your childhood cravings for sugar on sugar with colorful homemade rock candy.
- Christine Ma of Cherry on My Sundae makes you the life of the party by adding homemade Cheez-Its to party mix.
- This week’s winner comes from Kitt Graham at The Kittchen. Chocolate caramel pretzel bark is a sweet, savory, crunchy, and rich treat that makes the perfect gift to bring to all of your holiday parties.
All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.
Homemade Dog Treats(Credit: Julie Ruggirello)Homemade dog treats make the perfect present for all of your furry friends. Add healthy and delicious flavors your dog will love like peanut butter, banana, and chicken stock. Click here to see the recipe.
Chewy Salted Vanilla Caramels(Credit: Aurelie Jouan)These soft and creamy caramels are rich and buttery. Once you learn to make them, experiment by adding spices or other flavors to the molten caramel like cinnamon, cayenne, or bourbon. Click here to see the recipe.
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.