Food Gift Recipes

by Maggie Battista on December 7, 2012

in All Recipes, Food Gifts, Holiday

The Eat Boutique Holiday Market isn’t the only party going on this weekend. Holiday season is in full swing and we need hostess gifts. You’ve got three options: attend the market on Sunday to shop, hit up our online shop full of small batch food gifts, or get to cooking. Lauren rounds up some favorite food gift recipes and shares a bit of eggnog lore. Happy gifting! – Maggie

Growing up in my family, every Christmas meant a few food certainties: shrimp cocktail, roasted almonds and eggnog.  The main dish would change, ham some years, capon others.  But without fail, my grandparents would arrive late in the afternoon and shrimp would be out as appetizers.  Almonds roasted a few days ahead by mom or dad would be on the dessert table in a delicate silver bowl (and gifted to neighbors and family) and no cookie would be consumed without a mug of my mom’s eggnog.

As a kid, all I knew was it was my mom’s eggnog and my cup was doled out of the “kid’s container.”  Even today, I prefer eggnog without booze and so my mom still makes a separate kid’s batch without liquor.  And, as an adult I also found out the eggnog has origins:  the recipe is from a tavern near Williamsburg, Virginia where my grandfather was stationed during World War II.  My grandmother would serve it to friends and family after Christmas Eve church service and my mom has been serving it ever since.  No matter who is hosting Christmas dinner, my mom brings the eggnog.  It is her gift to us.  One of these days, I’ll have to master the recipe myself.

We never gifted plates of cookies, it was either roasted almonds or eggnog for our neighbors and friends.  In the spirit of giving others good food, why not whip up something homemade for people on your gift list this year?  We thought we might inspire you with a few possible food gift recipes from the Eat Boutique archives:

Tropical Toffee {This toffee is sure to be a hit. As would The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook.}

Homemade Caramel Candy {Who doesn’t love a caramel?  Seriously.  Or even better, a whole bag of them.}

Orange Vanilla Simple Syrup {Bottle up this simple syrup for a pretty, simple, tasty gift to drizzle over pancakes, yogurt and biscuits.}

Amaretto {A lovely homemade addition to anyone’s home bar and cocktail spread.}

Ginger Bars {Because they just taste like the holidays.}

Granola {A homemade batch of granola is a perfect hostess gift.  What a lovely way to say, Thank You.}

Hot Cocoa Mix {If America’s Test Kitchen says it’s good, well, we believe them. Oh, and Tara tested it, too.}

Homemade Marshmallows {Dip these in chocolate and then seal them up in a pretty cellophane baggie.}

And, if you run out of time in the kitchen, don’t worry, there are tons of stocking stuffers on

Photos styled and taken by a variety of Eat Boutique contributors.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in our new shop. Get tickets for the Eat Boutique Holiday Market on December 9, 2012.


Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.


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