The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Need some holiday suggestions

clazar123's picture

Need some holiday suggestions

I have some lovely cannisters/jars that I want to give away at Christmas and I want to fill them with goodies  that are NOT cookies. I will start baking Dec 1 and will be giving them away Dec 26th. I want to avoid butter/solid fat and high amounts of sugar/sweetener in the recipes but I don't mind using oil,some sugar/sweetener. I am looking for both mildly sweet and also savory ideas.

So, biscotti is one idea,both sweet and savory.


Italian torelli and such?

Bread sticks?


Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Dried pasta...  using colorful juices for colorful pasta

How about "Rumtopf"... assorted fresh whole or cut fruit covered in rum.  Google>Images

Vinegar flavored with fruit/berries and/or sprigs of garden herbs.

My favorite:  microwave vacuum dried whole or halved fruit.  Very light in weight.   (black cherries, free stone peach wedges, apples rings, pineapple, etc.)   Any of these can be layered for interesting effects.

Nuts with or without the shells.

silk flowers...  arrangements or blossoms without stems

dried beans/peas/lentils  or whole grains that all require about the same soaking and boiling times.  Include cooking or rice cooker instructions in a 3x5 card stuck into the middle of the seeds or wedged in under the lid.


Tree ornaments/ pine cones, twigs with green, holly

cinnamon, whole

tea mix, cocoa mix, with a nice scooper spoon

... :)

Kelly Cline's picture
Kelly Cline

Thanks for linking to my Rumtopf :)  It's super easy and it packs a punch.

I loooove giving homemade gifts for the Holidays, especially the edible kind!

I also have a recipe for Herb Mixed Nuts... they are salty, with a little sweetness and then Rosemary thrown into the mix.  SUPER easy to make and if you can find Raw Nuts in bulk it can be a very inexpensive, but impressively tasting little gift.

I also do Vanilla Sugar, I tie a tea strainer and a card for use instructions to the jar.  Really simple, just get a vanilla Bean and slice it down the middle then cut each middle section in half so you have 4 pieces.  Take baker's Sugar (not powdered, but the stuff that has a very fine grain) and put it into your jars to the top then slip a piece of Vanilla bean into each on.  Amazing in tea, beautiful finish on shortbread or sugar cookies and absolutely sinful if you use it on a brulee and toch it.  Also, delicious to just dip the tip of a strawberry into.  

I think I may have to work up a post that has all the stuff I like putting in jars for the Holidays :)  I'll be sure to come back and share ;)

Yolandat's picture

I make  sugar plums. They are dried peaches,dates, raisens, and I think apricots and almonds all ground together. they are held together with thawed frozen juice concentrate. Rolled into balls and rolled in toasted coconut or ground almonds. I can look up the recipe if you are interested.