Homemade Food Gifts – 12 Days of Christmas – Day 2

Today is a tasty treat! The 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Blog Hop  is sharing the Best Homemade Christmas Food Gifts. Yummy! You are going to love all of the Christmas goodness that is headed your way over the next several days. Don’t miss a single day — they are all different and promise tons of holiday cheer and inspiration! Enjoy…

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas – Best Homemade Christmas Food Gifts

Welcome, Erlene from My Pinterventures.

It’s day two of the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series and it’s my turn to share! And since everyone loves a good homemade baked gift, I’m sharing 12 Best Homemade Christmas Food Gifts. And shhh…don’t tell, but these are super easy to make too!

Day 2 – 12 Best Homemade Christmas Food Gifts

Cincy Shopper ~ Homemade Peanut Brittle

Kleinworth & Co. ~ Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Mini Loaves

The Kolb Corner ~ Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

My Pinterventures ~ Dried Fruit & Nut Clusters

Princess Pinky Girl ~ Chex Mix Christmas Crack

Intelligent Domestications ~ Maple Walnut Fudge Recipe

Mostly Homemade Mom ~ Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans

Lil’ Luna ~ Double Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Life with Lorelai ~ Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup

No. 2 Pencil ~ M & M’s Christmas Cookie Bars

OMG Chocolate Desserts ~ Candy Cane Pie

Meatloaf and Melodrama ~ Easy Peppermint Mocha Cookies

I hope you enjoyed this round-up of the best homemade Christmas food gifts. Be sure to check back every day now through December 12th for more exciting new Christmas ideas!

Now, go get your holiday baking on!

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Sugared Cranberries And Cranberry Syrup Recipe

One recipe, two sweet and tangy holiday treats. This super easy Sugared Cranberries recipe also makes a delicious Cranberry Syrup. #Cranberry #Recipe

 

Sugared Cranberries & Cranberry Syrup Recipe

One Recipe, Two Sweet and Tangy Holiday Treats

 

If there is a fruit that screams Thanksgiving and Christmas, its cranberries. The beautiful red balls of tartness can be used for so many things from foodstuffs to decorating. So, when I ran across this idea for Sugared Cranberries on Pinterest last year, I had to give it a try.

Sugared Cranberries are always a huge hit at our Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers. Of course, the cranberries are set out for snacking, but everyone’s favorite part is the goodie bags. The small cellophane bags filled with Sugared Cranberries and tied with ribbons for my guests to take home. They also received a small Mason jar of Pumpkin Spice Syrup. Yum, yum, yum!

Sugared Cranberries are amazing and they have become a must-have for our Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations. Your family will love them. Give them a try.

 Sugared Cranberries Recipe

All you need for this recipe is Fresh Cranberries, Granulated Sugar, Water, and Ultra-Fine Baker’s Sugar. Do Not skimp-out on this ingredient. Regular sugar will clump and not work well. It is a very simple recipe and takes very little time–minus the steeping time.

 

Add Granulated Sugar to Water in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until sugar dissolves and makes a syrup. DO NOT BOIL. Stir in Fresh Cranberries. Transfer berries and syrup to a container, cover, and refrigerate. Let cranberries steep for 8-hours to overnight.

 

After steeping, drain cranberries well. Do Not pat dry. Clinging syrup helps the Ultra-Fine Baker’s Sugar adhere to cranberries. Reserve Cranberry Syrup for later use. Coat cranberries with ultra-fine sugar a few at a time. Place Sugared Cranberries single layer in shallow pans. Shake occasionally to roll cranberries around for even drying. Leave at room temperature for 1-hour or until dry.

CAUTION: Do Not layer or pile cranberries too heavily. They are very delicate and will pop.

These refreshing sweet-tart treats have a nice little pop in your mouth. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

 

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Sugared Cranberries & Cranberry Syrup
 
Sugared Cranberries - A perfect holiday treat. When you make this simple recipe you get the bonus of having Cranberry Syrup leftover.
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Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Cups - Water
  • 2 Cups - Fresh Cranberries
  • 3/4 Cups - Ultra-Fine Baker's Sugar
Directions:
  1. Combine Granulated Sugar and Water in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir mixture until sugar dissolves, making a syrup. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat.
  3. DO NOT BOIL, or cranberries may pop when added.
  4. Stir in cranberries.
  5. Transfer cranberries and syrup to a container.
  6. Cover and Refrigerate.
  7. Allow cranberries to steep in syrup overnight or at least 8-Hours.
  8. Drain cranberries using a colander or strainer over a bowl. Reserve the syrup.
  9. Pour Ultra-Fine Baker's Sugar into a shallow pan.
  10. Add well-drained Cranberries a few at a time. (Do Not pat dry. Clinging syrup helps adhere sugar to berries.)
  11. Coat cranberries with sugar.
  12. Spread Sugared Cranberries loosely and single in a shallow pan.
  13. Let stand at room temperature for 1 or until dry.
Notes
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
CAUTION: Do Not layer or pile cranberries too heavily. They are very delicate and will pop.

Cranberry Syrup:
Use the cranberry syrup to stir into tea, add to pancakes, muffins, or cakes. Refrigerate in a Mason jar or container for up to 1 month.

Gift Idea:
Place sugared cranberries into small cellophane bags tied with ribbons for a nice gift for your holiday guests.

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup – Improved Recipe, Savvy?

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

New Improved Recipe

Ahoy, me hearties, it be me, th’ bloody laggard Barnacle Bill. Now, don’ skuttle me skippers, I be here to apologize fer makin’ th’ wench Lorelai miss Speak Like a Pirate Day. It be a jolly day indeed, ‘n quite a shame to have not be marked wit’ a fine blog message. But, just so ye be knowin’, t’was all me fault tha’ Lorelai was no’ available to scribe th’ scurvy pirate message. If ye spy wit’ ye eye, ye know I had her chained. Tha’ be right, me, Barnacle Bill, had th’ wench Lorelai chained in th’ galley ’til she came up wit’ an even more spectacular recipe fer me beloved Pumpkin Spice Syrup.

Alas, ye loyal readers be knowin’ tha’ she wrote ’bout Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup already before. ‘N as I sailed through Lorelai Lagoon last Autumn, I picked up some ‘o th’ tasty treat. Th’ syrup was delectable, like a fair breeze in a ship’s sail, but th’ tiny bits ‘o grit t’wer a sword in me throat. So, I told her she would walk th’ plank unless she agreed to create a New Improved Pumpkin Spice Syrup. ‘o course she agreed, how could she no’ wit’ me swashbucklin’ ways ‘n rugged looks. So chain her I did, ‘n ye gunna be thankful, savvy?

Lorelai set to cookin’ by gatherin’ th’ in’redients:

Water, Sugar, Cinnamon, Cloves, Pumpkin, Ginger, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Dissolve Sugar in Water wit’ Cinnamon ‘n Cloves

Add Pumpkin, Ginger, ‘n Nutmeg. Whisk ‘n Simmer.

Strain through cheesecloth ‘n add Vanilla.

Th’ lass hardly gave no mind nor bother to th’ cannon ball ‘n chain. I t’was blown off me pegleg by how simple a task it wer to make th’ coveted syrup.

Ye must give one ‘o me favorite Fall breakfasts a go, cackle-fruit wit’ a side ‘o steamin’ buttered biscuits drizzled wit’ Pumpkin Spice Syrup. It be to die fer (at least them squawkin’ chickens be worthy fer somethin’). ‘N an Autumn day don’ go by tha’ I don’ stir some sweet syrup in me coffee ‘n ‘o course me rum. Oh, th’ heavenly grog! But I reckon th’ possibilities fer its uses be endless.

I wan’ed to charge a pair gold doubloon fer th’ New Improved Recipe, but th’ lady Lorelai was a bit o’ a spiky sea urchin, insistin’ it be free to all ye scabby landlubbers.

Ye can even print it fer safekeepin’; mark it wit’ an X–just like scurvy pirate gold it be so prized.

Hoist th’ recipe: Pumpkin Spice Syrup

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup - Improved Recipe
 
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Pumpkin Spice Syrup: Add to coffee, hot chocolate, pancakes, drizzle over Bundt cakes, coffee cakes, ice cream, and more...
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Type: Syrups / Sauces /Marinades
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups Water
  • 1-1/4 cups Sugar (granulated)
  • 3-5 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 8-10 Whole Cloves
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin Puree (generous serving)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Directions:
  1. In a medium saucepan, add Water, Sugar, Cinnamon Sticks, and Cloves. Simmer over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves completely, about 4 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat down to low, and whisk in Pumpkin Puree, Ginger, and Nutmeg. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, Stirring occasionally. DO NOT allow mixture to boil.
  3. Remove from heat, and Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth.
  4. Stir in Vanilla Extract.
  5. Allow syrup to Cool to room-temperature before refrigerating.
  6. Shake or Stir before serving.
Notes
Store in a Mason Jar or airtight container.
Syrup will last for 1-month in the refrigerator.

*** Break Cinnamon Sticks to release more flavor. I rinse well and re-use my Cinnamon Sticks for the next batch of syrup.

Recipe is easily doubled and tripled. Makes a great gift!

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Be no’ it a beautiful site, ‘n tasty too. I like to keep me Pumpkin Spice Syrup in a Mason Jar Pump. Ye can find ’tis clever DIY project here. ‘Tis recipe won’ end up in th’ barnacle-covered chumbucket!

Do’ Pumpkin Spice Syrup shiver ye timbers?

What be ye favorite Autumn Treat?

If ye be lookin’ fer another scurvy pirate recommended recipe, give a go’ th’ Onion Seasoned Grilled Chicken.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup!

Photo Credit: Jennie at The Messy Baker blog.
Pumkpin Spice Syrup

Fall Is Just Around The Corner

One of my most favorite things about Fall is the Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. YUM! I cannot get enough of them. Actually, I am very sparing about buying those delectably delicious delights because the are so cost prohibitive at nearly five bucks a pop. When I do stop in for a special treat, I usually order the Cafe Americano with Pumpkin Spice Syrup and add some half-and-half to give it more of a latte feel. This is exactly what I did the other morning on my way to court. Yes, folks, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back!

Thank goodness I have a gift card for Starbucks. I am trying to make it stretch as far as I can. But here is the greatest news ever… I just ran across a recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup!!! I am so excited. It is the first recipe or substitute that actually looks like the richly scented gorgeously colored brand name syrup. I will definitely be giving this a try this weekend.

Want to try this Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup with me? You really don’t need very much; in fact, most of the ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry right now waiting for you. And, this easy recipe only takes about 12 minutes to make. How cool is that. Well, here it is…

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, add water and both sugars. Simmer on medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to low and whisk in cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree. Simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and strain through a mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth or a clean tea towel.
  • Allow the syrup to cool to room-temperature before stirring in the vanilla extract. Store in a mason jar or airtight container. The syrup will last for 1 month in the refrigerator.

Cook Time: 12 Minutes

*NOTE* – My strainer is very fine and required no tea towel or cheesecloth. I did need to rinse my strainer after each ladleful and run the syrup twice through my strainer. Easy.

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I found this recipe on Jennie’s blog… The Messy Baker. Please go check it out. Stick around and explore Jennies blog, she has some amazing recipes! You’ll love it.

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What are some of your favorite Fall treats?

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