One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the neighborhood gifts that come by. I am always blown away by people’s creativeness (Kimberly, your cereal mix with white chocolate still holds the award for most clever and addictive). We moved to our new town a year and a half ago so we now receive a totally new set of neighbor gifts. I love them. But I desperately miss our old gifts. The Famous Bread Wreath. The hand dipped chocolates. The bags of dipped pretzels and home made caramels.

I’m dying to know. Really I am. Do you pass out neighbor gifts? What do you make for people? What are you doing this year?

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2 Responses to Holiday: Gift Giving

  1. jenlinmin says:

    I always adapt this chocolate hazelnut tart recipe to fit a sheet pan, then cut into squares and put them in my neighbor goodie boxes:

    I also usually make the molasses cookies from America’s Test Kitchen cookbook (the ones with the pepper in them), and a batch of sugar cookies that my kids decorate. I don’t know that my neighbors jump for joy when they receive my box; there’s nothing fancy… but in my humble opinion, it’s all very good!

    I am also lucky enough to be the recipient of a goodie box from my friend Michelle who is one of the most amazing cooks I know! Here is a blog post with her recipe for gingerbread caramels and I swear, you will think you’ve died and gone to heaven if you taste them! (Her white chocolate popcorn is pretty heavenly as well, but I don’t think she posts the recipe for it on her blog. Let me know if you are interested; I’m sure she would be happy to share it)!

    Merry Christmas, Becca!!!

  2. EmilyCC says:

    I usually do a soup (since I’m not much of a baker). I did Ina Garten’s Vegetable and Lentil soup. Love that recipe! One year I was really fancy and gave CI’s creamless creamy tomato soup with a little container of pesto for an extra bit of goodness.

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