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Easy-to-Make Edible Gourmet Gift Ideas

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Making your own edible gifts is an easy, fun way to show people you really care. Not only can you display your creative culinary skills, you can also show off your artistic side when it comes to packaging and presenting these edible gifts.

Just don’t forget to make a little extra for yourself!

Old Fashion Hot Fudge Sauce

Photo © Kelly Carámbula
This hot fudge recipe is originally from the Old Occidental Hotel in Muskegon, Michigan. With this easy dessert sauce recipe, you'll be enjoying you’re very own hot fudge sundae in just minutes. This also makes a fantastic gift idea for the chocolate lovers on your shopping list!

Classic Lemon Curd

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This lemon curd recipe makes for a very attractive gift, and can be presented in inexpensive mason jars for that classic homey look. Lemon curd is traditionally served as a topping for cakes, but it's also wonderful with cookies, or even spooned over a bowl of fresh berries.

Pumpkin Seed Granola

Photo (c) John Mitzewich
Granola is amazingly simple to make, and significantly cheaper than those "gourmet" varieties sold at the local health food store. Simply place it in a cellophane bag, tie with a bow, and you'll have a great (and healthy!) edible gift.

Traditional Shortbread Cookies

Photo (c) Closet Cooking
While the holidays are a perfect excuse for a batch of shortbread cookies, these crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth treats are great anytime. You can decorate these in so many ways, or just go with the classic plain version.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Photo (c) John Mitzewich
Rich and decadent chocolate truffles are surprisingly easy to make at home. Hand rolling chocolate truffles is a fun way to create your own sweet treats, or to make a special gift for the chocolate lover in your life.

Sugar Glazed Walnuts

Photo (c) John Mitzewich
This sugar glazed walnuts recipe produces a sweet, crunchy and irresistible treat. Sugar glazed walnuts are great on salads, served as a party snack, and can be packaged and used as an edible gourmet gift.

Dry Rub

Photo © John Mitzewich
This dry rub recipe is very typical of Texas-style barbecue, but you can use any combination of salt, sugar, and spices for a wide variety of tastes. This makes a great homemade gift for the barbecue lover on your shopping list.

Homemade Rosemary Salt

Photo (c) John Mitzewich
Making your own rosemary salt is easy, fun, and better than those stale supermarket salt and herb blends. Homemade rosemary salt also makes a great edible gift for the gourmets in your life.
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