Holiday baking can be a great way to create personal homemade gifts for people you care about, without getting intimidated or exhausted by holiday shopping.
Text: Maggie Gordon
December 08, 2008
1 of 7Becky Luigart-Stayner
Holiday baking can be a great way to create personal homemade gifts for people you care about, without getting intimidated or exhausted by holiday shopping. Plus, it will leave your kitchen smelling delectable, and you can avoid long lines and parking-lot panic by spending an afternoon at home instead of at the mall.
Who says you can't play with your food? Gingerbread people transform a holiday snack into a party. Start with our classic sugar cookies, then use creative cookie cutting to spell out children's names, shape their favorite cartoon characters, or make classic holiday shapes.
Too much candy in their stocking this year? Try our sugared cranberries (pictured). At 118 calories per serving, they're a great light alternative to packaged sweets.
For college students far away from home, December brings an extra hurdle: final exams. Cheer them on with a personalized care package. Place notes of encouragement, fortunes auguring good grades, and well wishes in our Send-A-Message Fortune Cookies (pictured).
Paper bags are another affordable and unique way to wrap your holiday packages. Just fold over the top of the bag, punch a hole in it, and loop some ribbon through. Remember to pack your treats tightly if you'll be sending them through the mail.