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Holiday favorites: Edible homemade gifts

Kneadless Pumpkin and Sunflower Yeast Bread Mix. (Julia Ewan/The Washington Post)

The weekend's snowpocalypse made it hard to finish last-minute shopping, but there's still time to arrive on Friday with a gift in hand. Even better, it can be homemade -- which I think we all can agree earns more points. :)

Here are some classics from our Recipe Finder. Most don't take much time to prepare. Of course, presentation is (almost) everything. Wonderful wrapping flourishes can be found at the Container Store or just look around your house with fresh eyes for the unused basket or mason jar. Wrap your goodies with some tissue paper and a bow.

Soup and bread mixes would be good for the cooks on your list. The Kneadless Pumpkin and Sunflower Yeast Bread Mix could be given solo or paired with either Minestrone Soup or Mulligatawny Soup Mix.

I don't know a host or hostess who doesn't appreciate something they can serve straight away, with no prep.

A gift of Smoky Almonds could be upgraded by presenting them in a ceramic bowl.

For something sweet, try Disappearing Pretzel Wands or Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookie Bark. Yum. Both are recipes that young sous-chefs can help with.

And finally, a little something to reward your hard work: This very popular recipe for Limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur, takes three weeks to properly age. But a bottle of it can be given as a post-New Year's hostess gift or given to those you "forgot" who surprised you with a gift over the holidays. Or just keep it in your own freezer for occasional sipping.

--Leigh Lambert

By Leigh Lambert  |  December 22, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Shopping  | Tags: Christmas, Leigh Lambert, holiday favorites, recipes  
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