Friday, December 3, 2010

What do y'all do?

What do y'all do for your friends at Christmas? The sisters you serve with? the sisters you visit teach? the families your husband home teaches? neighbors? I've normally made cookies on plates with saran wrap but its so hard to get them to people before they all go stale. I also normally make different kinds which, again, by the time you finish all of them i feel like the first ones are getting stale. I'm wondering what recipes y'all use. New ideas? anything? i just need inspiration to get it done this year.


Amber said...

This is my favorite gift recipe. I just give a few small pieces to each person, so you only need 1 or 2 recipes. I usually get macadamia nuts at Costco (Sams Club).

Macadamia/Cashew Nut Crunch


¾ cup of coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
¾ cup of coarsely chopped cashew nuts
½ cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of light Karo syrup
1 cube butter
1 11 oz bag of Hershey milk chocolate chips

Line a 9” X 9” square pan with foil extended over up over the sides. Butter foil and sprinkle the chocolate chips in bottom of pan. Set aside.

Mix nuts, sugar, syrup and butter together in a large heavy fry pan. Heat until butter and sugar are dissolved stirring constantly. Turn heat up to Medium and cook the mixture for about ten minutes continuing stirring. When the mixture begins to stick together and is a light golden brown, pour mixture covering the chocolate and cool. When cooled, place in refrigerator. When cold, peel the aluminum foil from bottom of candy and break into pieces.


Mandy said...

Two words: White Trash. It's from Alton Brown of Good Eats. It is delicious and makes a great gift in either a nice tin or a cute baggie. It's fun to make with kids too.

Here's the recipe:

Kathleen said...

Check out this link for holiday recipes--so many good ideas:

Lori said...

Every time you make yummy cookies, just wrap them up really well and stick them in the freezer. They stay good for weeks (trust me :)). Then you can stock pile several kinds and pull out an assortment to plate up and give away.
Even better: organize a swap. For the past 5 or so years the Cruze women have a cookie swap in early December. You just have to bake one or two batches to bring, enjoy an evening taste-testing them (vote on a winner!), then divide everything up so that everyone goes home with a little bit of everyone's contributions. Wrap them up tight in the freezer, then a couple of weeks later pull a few out and it looks like you've been slaving away all day on a beautifully diverse plate of goodies.

Leah said...

Natalie I responded to this question on my blog for you... check it out.

Cheyenne said...

Homemade hot chocolate or sandcastle brownies. Both will keep for awhile. I'll try to remember to email you the recipes.

EverythingIveGot said...

My mother used to give away mountains of cookies too. She froze each kind and thawed them right before 'giving out' time and it worked very well!

Holly said...

I will be okay if you just drop a few treats by my place. hehe.