Give One of These Edible Hostess Gifts and You'll Definitely Get Invited Back
We rounded up a few of our favorite, easiest-to-prepare edible gifts, perfect for giving and receiving during the holidays or any time of the year.
The best homemade gifts should strike a particular balance: they should be special enough that they feel worth gifting, but not so challenging that it makes you wish you had just run by the nearest bake shop. Items should also travel well and be fairly long-lasting—no one wants to open a box of crumbled cookies or melted chocolates. Stick with sturdy items that will survive a little jostling and avoid the icing and chocolate altogether.
Enter these three gems: Seeded Twists, Shortbread Nuggets, and Negronis to Go. They’re easy to make and meet all the criteria for an ideal homemade gift. Watch the video above and read ahead for the recipes and a few tips and tricks.
These easy breadsticks will be a hit at any gathering, but they’re pretty enough to package as party favors, too. We keep a box or two of puff pastry in our freezer at all times, that way we can whip up savory treats like these, sweet desserts or easy veggie tarts for an inspired dinner. These twists are made with a combination of celery, cumin, and caraway seed but you can change it up if you like: try crushed coriander in place of the caraway seed,or add a ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper for kick. Just be sure to freeze them until firm before baking so they hold their shape.
Get the recipe: Seeded Twists
These are, by far, the easiest (and best) shortbread cookies we’ve ever made. No rolling necessary, no pressing into a pan needed. Make them once and you’ll likely remember the recipe forever. Breaking off the shortbread dough into tiny bite-size pieces eliminates the stress of a perfect looking cookie, plus you can eat a lot. Change up the nuts—walnuts or pistachios would be a tasty alternative to the pecans—or add some chopped chocolate. Whatever you choose, let them cool completely before wrapping so they stay crisp. Place a handful or two in a clear cello bag or a glass jar and adorn with a pretty ribbon.
Get the recipe: Shortbread Nuggets
Negronis to Go
One of the reasons we love a negroni so much is because we never forget how to make it. It’s equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Add a big piece of ice and an orange slice or strip of zest and you’re in business. It’s so easy, we can make them anywhere, anytime—a great party trick if you as us. But it’s nice to leave the party with a little something too. We’ve taken to making a great big batch of the slightly bitter grown-up cocktail and decanting it into tiny bottles or jars for favors. Tie a little card around the jars with the recipe on it: that way, your friends can commit it to memory, too.
Get the recipe: Negronis to Go