Recipes for a dozen edible gifts--including fudge, Cheddar shortbread, barbecue sauce, and macaroons--plus where to buy the best alternatives to homemade
by Megan O. Steintrager, Epicurious
If you are--or aspire to be--the type of DIY person who sees any holiday or birthday as an excuse to grab the candy thermometer, you'll love the Christmas gift recipes we've gathered here. They include top-rated and surprisingly easy chocolate-walnut cookies, your own "house barbecue sauce," and ten more treats. But if that old "what I'm making for dinner is restaurant reservations" joke is more your style, we've got you covered too. Each edible gift recipe is paired with an online source for a just-as-delectable treat. So whether you make it, buy it, or buy it and make believe you made it, your friends and family will be thrilled.
Epicurious Food Editor and chocolate aficionado Sarah Kagan says that Murdick's Fudge on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts makes the best she's ever eaten. Credit recipes that were written more than a hundred years ago, when using natural ingredients like butter and cream was the norm. You can send a box of up to 5 of the company's 12 fudge varieties, which include chocolate-walnut, peanut butter, and butter-pecan. less