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December Recipes - Click Here

Some great recipes to try out for gift giving!

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December is the month when many cultures and societies celebrate a day of sharing and giftgiving. Giftgiving holidays celebrated during December include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwansaa, or The Feast of Winter Veil. For those of us who enjoy all things related to edibles, this is a time of year to consider gifting something food! Why not create something lovely and tasty in your own kitchen and share that treat with your loved ones.

Before you start to think "Oh no! I do not want to start canning or give the gift of botulism", just know that there are many delicious food gifts that you can make which don't require fancy equipment or long hours. A wide range of food gifts are shelf stable and can be made with items you may already have on hand or that are easily attainable. If you are not interested in cooking or baking, below are a few ideas of food gifts you can simply assemble, wrap, and gift!

Cashew, Coconut, Peanut Butter Chip, and Raisin Trail Mix: In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups salted roasted cashews, 2 cups unsweetened coconut chips, 1 bag (10 ounces) peanut butter chips, and 2 cups raisins. Portion the snack mix into cellophane gift bags tied with a ribbon.

Purchase candy canes, large rod-style pretzels, or any interesting-flavored candy sticks. Dip them in melted semi-sweet chocolate. While still wet, roll or dip in crushed candies, sprinkles, or crushed cookies and let harden. Wrap in cellophane with bows to be used as coffee or tea stirrers. These are nice tucked into a pretty coffee mug.

Banana Pudding Snack Mix: 8 oz bite-sized vanilla wafers; 7-8 oz banana chips (found in produce section of grocery store); 12 oz white baking chips. Stir all ingredients together, store in air tight container. Makes about 4 pint jars.


Submitted by: Anita Williams

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