Homemade Holiday Gifts

17 Dec

by Green Gourmet L

Agonizing over what to give your coworkers this year? What about your neighbor or your foodie friends? You can give the same old gift card (yawn) or you can make something quick, easy, and delicious! These homemade treats are nice because they are not too sweet and you can buy in bulk to make enough for all the deserving people on your holiday list.

Ginger Snaps

Crystalized Ginger

These aren’t the crunchy kind of ginger snaps that you buy at the store. These are chewy, moist, and tangy cookies that have become my absolute new favorite Christmas treat. Men LOVE these; trust me on this one ladies. To make a great gift, serve these little goodies with a box of black tea (like Tazo Chai) and your favorite mug.


  • 3/4c butter (12 TB), softened
  • 1c sugar
  • 1/4c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tp baking soda
  • 2c flour
  • 1/2 tp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tp salt
  • 4 oz crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar


Preheat oven to 375. Combine butter, sugar, molasses and egg and beat well. Chop up your crystallized ginger and stir it into the mixture. Mix dry ingredients together; add to wet and mix well. Chill for one hour. Form into 1 in balls, roll in turbinado sugar (also called raw sugar) and place onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. To print this recipe, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/greengourmetsprintablerecipes/green-gourmets

Rosemary Roasted Cashews

This is a great savory option to all the sweets that get passed around during the holidays. Even though nuts have a fair amount of fat, this is the good fat which makes them great for snacking. To make it into a gift, bring these in a beautiful serving bowl and leave the bowl. Or for a special man in your life, pair these with a 6-pack of his favorite dark beer. These also work well at a cocktail party, but make extra because they don’t last long.


  • 1 1/4 pounds cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Meanwhile, sprinkle the chopped rosemary over the butter and melt in the microwave (about 15 seconds) in a large bowl. Combine the cayenne pepper, sugar, and salt in a separate bowl. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary butter until the nuts are completely coated. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the nuts and stir to coat. Serve warm or let cool and package for gifts. To print this recipe, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/greengourmetsprintablerecipes/green-gourmets-rosemary-cashews

Whole Grain Roasted Garlic Mustard


Homemade mustard is an unexpected gift, yet one that would get rave reviews. Make sure to include a recipe card with your favorite ideas for how to use it (dip with pretzels, glaze for ham, etc). It is most cost effective to buy your mustard seeds in bulk, you’ll want to make some to save for yourself! Credit is given to Eating Well magazine for this homemade treat.

Makes 8 cups


  • 2 1/4 cups whole yellow mustard seeds
  • 3/4 cup whole brown mustard seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water (more if needed)
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 TB salt


Combine mustard seeds, vinegar, and water in a large bowl; cover and let stand for at least 6 hours (up to 24 hours). Preheat the oven to 400. Leave the garlic head whole (cloves intact) and slice off the top of the garlic, exposing the cloves. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil, and roast until garlic is softened about 45-55 minutes. When garlic has cooled, squeeze half of the cloves into a food processor. Add half of the seed mixture and pulse, scraping the sides as necessary. Add water, one TB at a time, until the mixture resembles grainy mustard. Repeat with the remaining roasted garlic and mustard seed mixture. Transfer to a bowl and add the maple syrup and salt. Package your mustard in airtight containers and refrigerate for a month. To print this recipe, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/greengourmetsprintablerecipes/green-gourmets-homemade-mustard

Tempt your friends and family with these delicious homemade gifts and don’t forget to tell them you read it on Green Gourmets!


One Response to “Homemade Holiday Gifts”


  1. Best Ever Almond Cookies « The Green Gourmets - December 23, 2010

    […] the best cookie at the party. Me too y’all, and this might just be it. Well, aside from the ginger snaps. This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Capozzi’s Restaurant in Decatur, GA. It has been tweaked and […]

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