December 5, 2013

Homemade Holiday Treats!

Homemade Holiday Treats // shutterbean

Friends! I have so many delicious treats in my arsenal for your Homemade Holiday Gift Giving. They are all guaranteed hits. PROMISE! Let’s get to making, shall we?!


Pretzels with white chocolate AND crushed up candy cane? YES.

Get the kids involved! This is a great last minute activity. Just sayin’


Make someone’s holiday wish come true with these bad boys!


Slice & bake is the key to making the holidays simple. Make a batch one night. Freeze. Slice off cookies & bake.

Oh crap! You forgot that you need to bring cookies to a party? NO BIG DEAL.


Things that make you go mmmmmm. That’s what I call these delicious treats. Coffee! Chocolate! Marshmallows! Cherries! WHAT WHAT!! Turn heads with these. Grownup rice krispy treats!


Made these last year. Actually I made like 5 batches because they were easy and OMG THEY WERE A HIT.

Anything with walnuts and I am yours forever.


Totally gluten free, chewy, coconut-y, AMAZING. Think almond joy in cookie form.


There’s a reason why this is KILLER. It all has to do with the toasted coconut and sesame seeds. GET IT.


Who doesn’t love popcorn mixed with cocoa powder, marshmallows & chocolate chips?

Package in a mug, wrap with cellophane. Amaze.


Not entirely sweet. Not entirely savory. A good balance for those who don’t have a major sweet tooth.

Also a good snack while you’re making snacks!


Give some to your dentist. Get a good laugh. But seriously. AMAZING.

And speaking of caramel…


Winner winner chicken dinner! BOURBON/SALT/CARAMEL/WINNING!!!!


Let’s be different. Let’s go the lemon ginger route! The best thing is that you can cut them small to maximize!


Excuse me while I sit in front of the TV and eat the whole pan full. I mean..


Made these last year. Family was fighting for them. Caught brother in law sneaking into sister in law’s stash.

Citrus! It’s got magical powers.


Get your batch on now! People will love you and you might not give it away cuz it’s so good you’ll wanna hoard.


Did you wait til the last minute to make gifts? No problem. Amaretto in an instant!


And last but NOT LEAST, Candy cane vodka! It’s pretty amazing. Look at the color.

Great in coffee & hot cocoa. SHOW STOPPER!!!!!!!


  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    So much goodness! Homemade gifts are the best!

  • Sini│my blue&white kitchen

    Homemade gifts truly are the best ones. Every year I make a few batches of homemade granola to give away to my loved ones (along with an assortment of homemade Christmas cookies). And last year a few bottles of candy cane vodka found their way to new homes 😉 Sooo good with hot chocolate! Oh and those bourbon salted caramels look to die for, Tracy!!

  • Sabrina Modelle

    Oh my goodness. It’s not even 6:30 am and you have me craving cookies and vodka. What am I, a frat boy? I am totally making the candy cane vodka. I am obsessed with these organic candy canes you can buy at Whole Foods (I forget the name) but they taste like old fashioned candy store candy canes. They’re minty and vanilla-y and they are going to get stuck in some vodka stat!

  • Amanda

    These all look amazing! I love the idea of giving granola as a holiday gift. Thank you!

  • fusilliamy

    YES! My friends and coworkers are getting homemade goodies this year. But I’m totally making the cornflake marshmallow cookies for me.

  • Emily D.

    It wasn’t a Christmas gift, but I made your Banana Granola for my friend’s birthday last week and that was definitely a success. I have been thinking about those Bourbon Caramels since the recipe went up but I’m afraid I would just end up eating them all. Merry Christmas to me?

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    those pretzels look so good. I will be trying it for my party soon.

  • shelly @ohshellsbells

    people are gonna get a lot of homemade presents from me this year. partly because i like them, but mostly because i want an excuse to make caramels 😛

  • Shikha @ Shikha la mode

    This is exactly the list i’m looking for, as I’m about to go on a frenzy this weekend baking up some goods to give as gifts. Those marshmallow cornflake cookies are very Momofuku-esque, no?

  • Nicole

    Candy cane vodka in hot cocoa sounds incredible!

  • Ashley

    Well, I’m gonna be making those cornflake cookies FOR MYSELF tonight. YUM!

  • Amy

    I have to make a gluten free version of those cornflake cookies! Every time I see them I get hungry! I am making a big batch of granola and some other treats for my friends this year. We all love food, so why not share the gift of yumminess at Christmas time 🙂

  • Jayne

    Love these ideas. I’ve been making homemade gifts the past few years and I’m running out of ideas. Krispy treats are on the slate right now. Love both your ideas!

  • Caitlin

    Candy cane vodka? Brilliant!

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  • Jordan Lynn: Life Between Lattes

    I’ve recently been on an amaretto kick. I had no idea you could make it from scratch. This might be trouble. 🙂

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  • Kathy

    I have made so many of your recipes this year and I have been really happy with all of them. The coffee cherry chocolate Rice Krispy Treats are a favorite and requested regularly . Thanks for all of your hard work and for being such an inspiration and sharing your life with all of us. Love you!

    • Tracy

      Ahhh! I’m so glad you like those coffee treats. They are so good! Thank you for your support! I’m glad I can inspire you!

  • Camille

    I made the cornflake marshmallow cookies and they were good; something different from what I usually make. I then made the chocolate chip walnut blondies and they were out of this world. This will be my new go-to recipe. Thank you!

  • Mara

    I made your strawberry infused vodka for my mother-in-law and your amaretto for my father-in-law and husband and they were a HIT. Last year for treats for extended family I made the fleur de sel caramels and this year I made the white chocolate and peppermint pretzels. Thanks for being my absolute go to for holiday treats and gifts. And you packaging ideas really help bring it all together for me and make them sooooo cute.

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