Lemon liqueur, crunchy toffee, feather-light savory shortbreads: Whip up a batch or two of terrific edible presents
Italy's Amalfi Coast and adjoining Sorrento Peninsula are the regions most famous for this intensely lemony liqueur, traditionally served ice cold as an after-dinner drink. We've added a subtle note of rosemary.
Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee
An extra-crisp toffee with a spark of salt.
Candied Citrus Peel
An unusual whole-peel technique is used to make this classic holiday candy.
Savory Spiced Shortbreads
These buttery, curry-flavored shortbreads are perfect with cocktails ― particularly those made with whiskey, bourbon, or rye.
It's always fun to include the recipe and serving tips with your gift: Print recipes small, paste to card stock, and tuck into packaging. Or hole-punch the recipe card and thread a ribbon through it before tying around the gift. MyRecipes.com makes it easy to print, save, and share Sunset recipes.
The best gift packaging is multipurpose containers or reusable serveware:
Baking pans Bake that hostess bread right in the loaf pan you'll be giving it in, so it's part of the gift. Buy a stack of pans when you find them on sale.
Mason jars Traditionally used for canning, these containers keep edibles fresh and are available in a range of sizes.
Melamine plates These inexpensive decorative pieces can function as small serving platters and make the presentation of baked goods really pop.
Oversize ceramic mugs Great for presenting gourmet teas (bags or loose leaf), cocoa mix, or granola.
Small canvas bags Instead of the usual wicker basket, try a canvas bag. Seal goodies in plastic first, tuck inside the bag, and use ribbon to tie a cookie cutter ― which can double as a Christmas tree ornament ― to the handles.