16 delicious gifts from your kitchen

Infused liquors, crunchy toffee, cocoa in a jar, and more DIY gifts

Fruit Jellies

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Fruit Jellies

As joyful as the candies from childhood, this version explodes with fresh-from-the-tree flavor.

Recipe: Fruit Jellies

Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee

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Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee

Fill a gift tin with extra-crisp toffee with a tongue-tingling spark of salt.

Recipe:  Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee

Classic Cocoa

David Prince

Classic Cocoa

Layer the ingredients in a jar, add a ribbon and a tag, and you have a simple but stylish gift.

Our mixes will fill 1-quart jars (12 servings), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant. On the back of the tag, write: "Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container."

Recipe:  Classic Cocoa

Candied Citrus Peels

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Candied Citrus Peels

Recipients can use these peels in all kinds of ways—in baked goods, on cheese plates—but odds are, they’ll eat them straight from the box.

Recipe: Candied Citrus Peels

Citrus-Infused Vodka, Gin, and Tequila

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Citrus-Infused Vodka, Gin, and Tequila

It’s almost too easy, given how good it tastes: Add zest to alcohol. Wait a week. Give.

Recipes:

Lemon Vodka

Lime Tequila

Tangerine Gin

Quick bread in a bottle

Quick bread in a bottle

Cool weather puts us in the mood to bake. So why not give a friend a head start? Layer the dry ingredients for this easy quick bread into a milk bottle or 1-quart mason jar.

Recipe:  Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Quick Bread 

Citrus Salt

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Citrus Salt

Two ingredients—and about 15 minutes of your time—are all you need to make this zesty gift for your favorite cooks.

Recipe: Citrus Salt

Savory Spiced Shortbreads

Annabelle Breakey

Savory Spiced Shortbreads

These buttery, curry-flavored shortbreads are perfect with cocktails ― particularly those made with whiskey, bourbon, or rye.

Recipe:  Savory Spiced Shortbreads

Rosemary Limoncello

Annabelle Breakey

Rosemary Limoncello


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.

Recipe:  Rosemary Limoncello

Peppermint Layer Cookies

Annabelle Breakey

Peppermint Layer Cookies

This tri-color cookies are fun, festive, and pleasingly old-fashioned.

Recipe:  Peppermint Layer Cookies

Orange Bitters

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Orange Bitters

It’s the holiday season, in a bottle: This sweet, spicy cocktail ingredient of the moment is as fun to make as it is to drink.

Recipe: Orange Bitters

Pecans

Sweet-Hot Spiced Pecans

Fill a tin or pretty bag with crisp, lightly browned nuts tossed in sugar, cinnamon, and a touch of cayenne, allspice, and coriander.

Let the recipe itself serve as the perfect wrapping.

Recipe:  Sweet-Hot Spiced Pecans

Cocoa in a jar

David Prince

Mexican Cocoa

Make this version with cinnamon, brown sugar, and Mexican chocolate. Garnish the jar with whole cinnamon sticks.

Recipe:  Mexican Cocoa

Mocha Cocoa

David Prince

Mocha Cocoa

For deep flavor, try this version made with espresso powder and dark chocolate.

Recipe:  Mocha Cocoa

Peppermint Stick Cocoa

David Prince

Peppermint Stick Cocoa

Top this version with a layer of crushed holiday candy and mini chocolate chips.

Recipe:  Peppermint Stick Cocoa

Almond Toffee

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Almond Toffee

Try this toffee with almonds or vary the recipe with any nut you wish to use.

Recipe:  Almond Toffee

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