Christmas is one of the favorite holidays for many people. It is a wholesome occasion where everyone gets to spend quality time with their loved ones. It also gives you a great time out from the usual grind and hustling of everyday life.
To celebrate the holiday spirit, people exchange gifts with their close ones and spread festive joy. One of the exciting parts of Christmas is indulging in the special edible treats.
You can make your Christmas presents special by making delectable Christmas foods and gifting them to your dear ones. This article will discuss various delicious food items that are perfect for Christmas presents.
- Classic Christmas Cookies
Baking is very much prevalent during this holiday season. Biscuit is an integral part of Christmas treats. They are yummy and are often enjoyed with beverages like tea or a warm glass of milk.
Baking these delicious treats fills the whole house with a delightful aroma that stimulates your senses and makes you salivate. The best part is that you can make many biscuits in a few batches and give them to many people.
You can make a beautiful package of these baked goodies in a tin lined with delicate tissue paper. Also, you can pack them in a decorative brown paper bag. Wrap them tightly in clear cellophane and tie them with a string or ribbon. For a festive look, you can add quaint bows.
Here are some Aussie favorites you can easily prepare, making the perfect gift for your friends and family.
- Traditional Christmas Gingerbread
Gingerbread is a classic Christmas snack. Dipping them in a glass of milk while catching up with your siblings at midnight is an uplifting experience. Munching on these delectable treats is very fulfilling and encompasses the festive spirit perfectly.
The zestiness of the ginger balances well with the sugar and butter of the cookie. It tastes like home and gifting it to someone away from their family on this holiday will make it a very thoughtful Christmas present.
You can shape the biscuit dough into the tree, angel, and the good ol’ gingerbread men shapes. Icing them in Christmas colors like white, green, and red will make them even more charming.
- Buttery Shortbread
This type of biscuit is very scrumptious and simply getting a whiff of this treat will make your mouth water. The buttery-rich texture of this baked goodie is very indulgent. Spending an evening with a nice cup of tea, some shortbread, and a good book is incredibly blissful.
The ingredients are easily available and are staples of most households. Making them is also very easy, and you can make a lot in a few batches. You do not have to slave in the kitchen when you are preparing these yummy biscuits.
- Anzac Biscuits
Anzac biscuits are considered to be the national biscuit of Australia. These quintessential treats are crunchy, thin, and filled with coconut goodness. The oats give the biscuits a unique crispy texture. This crispness balances the chewiness and sweetness of the caramel.
The core ingredients of this Australian delicacy are coconut, oats, and golden syrup. To make it according to the Christmas theme, you can add dried cranberries and chocolate chips. The tang of the berries and the richness of the chocolate are sure to elevate the flavors and make the biscuits taste even better.
- Decadent Christmas Sweets
You can prepare indulgent sweet treats for the special occasion. They are quite simple to make and are very tasty. Both grown-ups and kids will love these desserts and devour them at every chance they get.
You can gift them in quaint mugs wrapped with cellophane and wrapping paper. Here are some delicious Christmas sweets that anyone will be delighted to have.
- Rocky Road Slice
Rocky road is an all-time favorite dessert for most Aussies. It is very easy to make, even children can make them. The marbling of the biscuits is aesthetically pleasing. You can find the ingredients in most stores, and quite affordable.
The main ingredients are digestive biscuits or shortbread, dark chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows. You can opt out of nuts if the person you are gifting is allergic to them. You can also add dried cranberries, raisins, or any other dried fruits of your preference.
To enhance the flavor, you can also add popcorn. The nuttiness, saltiness, and crunch of the popcorn will blend well with the sweetness of the chocolate.
- White Christmas Slice
Christmas seems incomplete without these sweet munchies. These treats are quite simple to prepare and look very festive. The crackling of the crunchy rice bubbles complements well with the smoothness of the white chocolate.
The tartness of the pineapples meshes well with the sweetness of the apricots and cherries, making the perfect unison of flavors. You can substitute the white chocolate with a concoction of milk powder, vegetable shortening, and sugar.
- Creamy Christmas Fudge
These delectable fudges taste heavenly and are easy to make. The slight chewiness and the creaminess are perfect for someone who has a sweet tooth. The main ingredients are condensed milk and chocolate.
You can add marshmallows, chopped roasted nuts, dried cranberries, glazed cherries, and slivers of almonds. If you are feeling a little adventurous, add some coffee.
You can slice your fudge into bars and wrap them in cling film and cover them with beautiful wrapping papers. Alternatively, you can cut the fudge into squares and tuck them in charming little boxes or tissue-lined tins.
- Mouthwatering Jams and Chutneys
It is fun doing groceries during the summers. There are varieties of delicious fruits and fresh produce. You can make great use of these delicious bounties and prepare tasty jams, preserves, and chutneys. Such fresh treats can be a great addition to your edible Christmas gifts.
These delicious treats can be decanted into quaint glass bottles and mason jars. The lid can be covered with a fabric that perfectly depicts Christmas. Do not forget to add customized labels that also include the storage instructions.
- Homemade Fig Jam
Mornings can be made brighter with toasts topped with gorgeous fig jams. The rich fruity flavors of the fig paired well with the tanginess of the lemon juice. The caramelization of the sugar balances the flavors and makes the consistency very inviting.
Preparing these types of jam is quite simple, and only requires figs, lemon juice, and sugar.
- Spicy Tomato Chutney
Ketchup or any regular sauce is quite boring and mundane. You can switch things up and add a twist to your burgers with delicious tomato chutney made at home. The fruitiness and juiciness of the tomato neutralize the salt content of your snack.
The heat from the cayenne pepper adds a kick to the chutney and makes the relish more appetizing. Making this chutney is quite simple and can be a great gift. The vermilion of the tomatoes looks very appealing and pouring them in a clear glass jar accentuates the aesthetics.
- Simple Homemade Piccalilli
For those who love sandwiches and pickles, piccalilli can be the ideal Christmas gift. This piquant preserve is very delicious and also refreshing. The acidic vinegar enhances the flavors and also eliminates any bacterial contamination, extending the shelf life.
The pungent aroma of the garlic adds oomph and the spices complement well with it. The pickle brine harmonizes all the flavors perfectly. When filling the jars, ensure that you do not fill them to the brim. It is essential to leave some space so that the contents do not burst out of the jar when opened
- Refreshing Cordials
The recipient can beat the heat with your homemade cordials. They can get into the party mood by using the cordial as a mixer for their alcoholic beverage. They can also be used to flavor sparkling drinking water, making it more appetizing to drink and stay hydrated in the sweltering summers.
You can make these sweet drink blends more special by gifting them in beautiful airtight glass containers or bottles. It is wise to add a customized label in which the usage and storage instructions are written.
- Homemade Elderflower Cordial
This fragrant concoction is very easy to make and takes less time to prepare. The scent of the elderflower stimulates your senses and revitalizes your mood. This scintillating cordial can be mixed with sparkling water to make elderflower pressé.
To be in a party mood, you can mix this cordial with champagne, prosecco, or wine. The alcoholic beverage can be quite refreshing, and the recipient can party in style.
- Tangy Lemonade Cordial
This tart blend of the drink is quite yummy and tastes great when mixed with ice-cold water. Anyone having a tall glass of sparkling water mixed with this cordial after a long hard day will feel their energy being replenished. This lemon cordial can be also used in making various cocktails like vodka sour.
Christmas is a special holiday, and it is all about spreading joy and happiness. Such wholesome feelings can be conveyed properly through food. Besides, everyone loves food, and it is a true form of love.