Why not try these 3 fabulous homemade food gift recipes this holiday season?  You’ll be giving your friends and family a gift from your kitchen and your heart!

wintery mocha snowballs

TAKE MY ADVICE, PLEASE – Choose your homemade food gift recipes soon!

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m already deep into my post-Thanksgiving gift giving planning!  Homemade food gift recipes are on my mind.

My sincere advice – Start your planning early!   If you want to send your love with DIY edible holiday gifts this season, but skip the stress factor involved, start soon.

You’ll be ahead of the game, and it gives you the opportunity to schedule the preparation sessions accordingly.  And, if you want to do a little fancy gift packaging, you’ll have time to order some fabulous little jars, crocks and embellishments.


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There’s more than just baking or creating your homemade food gift recipes for gifting.  You also need to decide what kind of packaging it needs. And what kind of personal styling will you want to use for the “finishing touches”?  

Click here to read how you can package your homemade food gift recipes beautifully and so they arrive in one piece!

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I’VE GOT A HOLIDAY GIFT FOR MY READERS!  Christmas and Hanukkah themed gift tags customized for today’s recipes.  They’ll up your gift giving game, big time!

There’s one for each of this holiday season’s homemade food gift recipes:

  • Gourmet Double-Dipped Pretzel Rods
  • Wintery Mocha Snowballs
  • Wild Turkey Maple Bacon Onion Jam


I’ll tell you how to get you own custom set of printable gift tags at the end of this post.

*NOTE:  For best results, print your gift tags on white card stock.

And when I talk about planning for the holidays, I don’t just mean your homemade food gift recipes!  I’m talking about some serious holiday planning here!


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wild turkey maple bacon onion jam

Now,  for today’s recipes, I’ve got three wonderful homemade food gift recipes I think anyone would love to receive. 

And the fabulous thing is – you’ll love making them on a frosty afternoon while you’re getting into the holiday spirit!  Turn on a Christmas movie or tune into some great holiday tunes!  The holiday spirit awaits you!



My family loves our pretzels all year long, so this was a no-brainer for me.  My“gourmet” version is actually double-dipped. 

First in caramel, yummmm.  Then I added a layer of chocolate and covered them in all kinds of fabulous “toppings”.

gourmet double dipped pretzel rods

Since I was giving the pretzels to both families with children and to single adults, I made versions that would suit both. 

The kid’s have toppings of all shapes, sizes and colors. Sprinkles, chopped Reese’s pieces and min-chocolate chips with white chocolate drizzle to name just a few.

My adult pretzels sport a pistachio and crystallized ginger combo and crushed peppermints. 

I’ve got a whole list of fabulous topping ideas in the recipe!

They are sooo good, you’ll need to make a few  for yourself so you won’t be tempted to steal someone’s gift!

Get the recipe for my Gourmet Double-Dipped Pretzel Rods here.  Gourmet Double-Dipped Pretzel Rods for Holiday Gift Giving



I love this recipe in terms of the ingredients and delicious cookies that result.  But, I hate having to measure cookie dough and generally “do it by eye” when rolling little balls of dough.

However, this recipe was more difficult to do consistently. I ended up using my tablespoon measure to keep the cookie size uniform for gift giving.  Took all the fun out of it!   Hey, I never said I was a saint!


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Last year I actually delivered a tower of boxed cookies that contained these “snowballs”.  The twist is I showed up with a real snowball decorated in red and green sporting a Santa hat too!  That’s one of the things I love about living in Western North Carolina in the winter!  (I used food coloring and refroze it to get firm)

The recipe for my Wintery Mocha Snowballs is at the bottom of this post.



I can’t tell you how much we love this savory jam!  It’s perfect on crackers as an easy snack for company or can bewild turkey maple bacon onion jam used to make your meat entrees a bit more festive.

The flavors are a perfectly balanced blend of sweet, smoky and savory undertones.  You’ll be handing out the recipe to your friends and family at an alarming rate, I promise!

The Wild Turkey whiskey is, of course, optional.  But, I really think it “ups the anty” on this jam’s flavor by adding a complexity that your guests won’t be able to discern.

It’s up to you whether you divulge the secret ingredient!  Of course, I always have a few recipe cards ready to give my guests upon request.  It makes my life a little easier and my guest’s life a little more fabulous!

Here’s the link for the post for this fabulous savory treat:  Wild Turkey Maple Bacon Onion Jam – A Perfect Gift!



Have I given you the urge to make some DIY edible holiday gifts this season?  You’ve really got to try one or all of these fabulous homemade food gift recipes. 

I would love to see your holiday gifts and how you wrapped them all up for giving to your list of friends, associates and family.  Jump over to The Fab Life and post your pics won’t you?  Show off your creativity and personal gift giving style!

Let me know what you think about this post and recipes in the comments below this post.  I love to hear from my readers and always listen to your suggestions how to make IFAFL more fabulous.



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wintery mocha snowball cookies

Wintery Mocha Snowballs

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 days 1 hour
Total Time: 2 days 2 hours 45 minutes

This is one recipe that keeps for up to 10 days or so after being baked, so is a good gift giving choice.  The dramatic finished cookie is covered in snowy white confectioner's sugar and makes a fabulous packaged gift. 


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (use the good stuff!)
  • 2 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups pecans, finely chopped
  • Confectioner's sugar for rolling cookies
  • Additional softened butter to grease your pan(s)


  1. In a large mixing bowl or KitchenAid, blend the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add in the flour, cocoa, espresso powder and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Stir in the pecans and stir until well combined.
  4. Form the dough into a flattened round and wrap tightly with plastic wrap or wax paper. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly butter 2 cookie sheets. Remove the dough disk from the refrigerator, unwrap and cut into four equal sections,
  6. Place the remaining sections back into the wrapper and put into the refrigerator while you work.
  7. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls using a tablespoon measure and place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake in the center shelf of the oven for 15 minutes or until the tops are dry and the cookies are slightly firm to the touch. (no real dent)
  9. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, place confectioner's sugar into a low shallow bowl. Using a spoon, roll each cookie in the confectioner's sugar until completely coated.
  11. Store in tightly covered plastic containers or cookie tins for up to 10 days in refrigerator.


For a fun variation, you can roll some of them in unsweetened cocoa so you have both dark and light on your holiday dessert platters. Think of the patterns you can make!

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