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The Ultimate Edible Gift Guide

By: The Local Palate

Pretty packaging is all these recipes need
to be the hit of the holiday season.

The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart–especially when they’ve been lovingly prepared by hand. Edible gifts are a welcome change of pace during a season full of shiny packages. And, for both the gift-giver and recipient, they make for a comforting and personal touch of home. From chocolate-dipped shortbreads to bottles of limoncello, these are the gifts to check off your list this season.

Chocolate and Peppermint Shortbread People

By Arley Arrington

Gingerbread Rice Cereal Bars

From Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop, Washington, DC

Sorghum and Pecan Granola

From the TLP test kitchen

Sea Salt Peanut Butter Bars

From Elizabeth Chambers, Bird Bakery, San Antonio

Spiced Candied Pecans

From Jessica Maher, Lenoir Restaurant, Austin, Texas

Vegan Pecan Pralines

From Chrysta Poulos, King + Duke, Atlanta


From the TLP test kitchen

Born from just four ingredients–lemons, alcohol, sugar, and time–limoncello is an elegant way to preserve the citrus that grows prolifically throughout the lower South in winter months. Once you add the simple syrup, muster all the patience you have: The longer it rests, the smoother it will be.

Orange Ginger Pound Cake

From the TLP test kitchen

“Thank You Very Much” Truffles

From Phillip Ashley Rix, Phillip Ashley Chocolates Design Studio, Memphis, Tennessee

Caribbean Black Fruit Cake

From Nina Compton, Bywater Bistro, New Orleans

Use dried cherries, currants, raisins, dates, cranberries, apricots or a mixture thereof. Ideally, the fruit should soak in rum or wine anywhere from a few days up to a year. If that’s not an option, use store-bought bourbon-soaked cherries or boil dried fruit to speed up the soaking process.

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