We've gathered together 14 incredible, edible gifts for the Christmas procrastinator, the last-minute planner, and the just plain forgetful. When it's Christmas crunch time, these 5-star food gifts will save the day! They require minimal effort and are done in almost no time (but that can be our little secret). Truly, it's the food-for-thought that counts.
5 Stars | Prep Takes 10 Minutes Chef John turns a favorite childhood candy into a boozy Christmas cordial that's wonderfully sweet and spicy. And just couldn't be easier. You’ll pulverize Red Hots into a powder, and then dissolve the powdered candy in vodka. Of course, it's also a love potion, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, as well.
4.4 Stars | Prep Takes 5 Minutes These aren’t your typical roasted almonds. Seasoned with chili powder, cinnamon, and white and brown sugars, they’re an eyebrow-raising sweet-and-spicy experience. Dial up the heat with a little cayenne.
3. Chai Tea Mix
4.8 Stars | Ready in 30 Minutes Instant chai tea mix from scratch. It's impossibly easy! The aromatic mix combines milk powder and creamer with ground spices, sugar, and instant tea. Simply blend everything into a fine powder. Add hot water for tea. Or make chai tea latte, or blend it with ice cream for a yummy chai milkshake.
4.8 Stars | Prep Takes 10 Minutes Here’s an ingenious trick. individual mini-loaves of banana nut bread that you bake in canning jars. Add different fruits and nuts, or make some with zucchini and pumpkin, and package them all up together.
4.8 Stars | Prep Takes 15 Minutes This rich fudge is 100-percent vegan. That’s what makes it a Christmas miracle. The secret ingredient here is refined coconut oil. There's no butter, no evaporated milk, no dairy at all. Dust them with a little cocoa and package 'em up as a beautiful Christmas gift for your vegan and non-vegan friends.
4.7 Stars | Prep Takes 10 Minutes Peanut brittle is a Christmas classic. It’s also incredibly easy to make. The trick? Have all the ingredients measured out and ready to go in advance. Everything comes together super quickly, and you’ll need to react fast.
4.5 Stars | Ready in 10 Minutes The go-to gift for BBQ lovers. This super-simple, slightly sweet dry rub combines brown sugar with paprika, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. It’s designed for pork ribs but is also terrific on chicken and pork or beef steaks.
4.3 Stars | Prep Takes 10 Minutes These are rich dark chocolate coins of the realm of deliciousness. They’re essentially a ganache. You’ll simply drop spoonfuls of batter onto a cookie sheet, sprinkle with sea salt, and flatten with a pan into coins. Bonus: They’re no-bake.
4.8 Stars | Ready in 30 Minutes Trust us, your friends can handle this jelly. Chopped jalapeno peppers and red bell peppers combine with sugar and apple cider vinegar, for a sweet, spicy sensation that makes a festive, colorful Christmas gift. Spread some cream cheese on a cracker and top it with this jelly. It’s also an amazing relish for holiday roasts.
4.5 Stars | Prep Takes 25 Minutes Bone appétit. Here’s one for the dog people. Something to please their pooches: Easy, baked doggie treats made with peanut butter, eggs, flour, cornmeal, and rolled oats.
4.9 Stars | Prep Takes 15 Minutes Here’s the top-secret caramel corn recipe of an Amish family who packaged it every year and gave it away for Christmas presents...now available to the masses! The recipe is completely foolproof. Toss with peanuts or mixed nuts if you like.
4.6 Stars | Ready in 1 Hour The only hard part about making these no-bake chocolate truffles is actually giving them away. You might suffer some separation anxiety. Softened cream cheese and melted chocolate chips are the keys to these surprisingly easy, gorgeous cookies.
4.7 Stars | Ready in 10 Minutes This rich and buttery batter stars butter, sugar, ice cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon. To warm up a chilly night, combine the batter with rum and a little boiling water (or even hot cider). It’s a terrific drink for celebrating the holidays. It stores in the freezer for several months.
14. Cajun Spice Mix
4.8 Stars | Ready in 5 Minutes Here’s where you turn when it’s December 24th at 9:30pm, and you need a gift idea. This Cajun spice mix is a combo of spices you probably already have in the pantry. Add some crushed red pepper to bring a little extra heat. It's great with so many things: stirred into ranch dressing; sprinkled over French fries, hashbrowns, shrimp, and chicken; or rubbed onto the holiday turkey.
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