Skip to content

4 Tips When Giving Baked Goods As Gifts

4 Tips When Giving Baked Goods As Gifts If you're strapped for time as the holidays approach, there's no need to visit the mall to get your last-minute gifts. Baked goods make a wonderful present for just about everyone on your list. Use these four tips to make your famous apple pie or white chocolate brownies into the perfect holiday gift.

1. Plan your timing
The trickiest part about gifting food is that your present has an expiration date. If you're planning to give away cookies or bread, you'll want to make it just a few days before you hand out presents. Other food items like candy or preserves will last longer, but it's always a good idea to label each product with the date you made it.

2. Think outside the box
Don't limit yourself to traditional holiday goodies when you're planning gifts. There are lots of edible options that people will love, even if they're not directly related to the season. Today's Parent recommended gifting homemade chocolate sauce, crackers or even special popcorn. Peruse your favorite cookbook for a little bit of inspiration, and don't be afraid to take a risk.

3. Label any allergens
For safety's sake, it's best to label your baked good clearly and note any allergens. You can print fun templates off the Internet, then write personal messages to your recipients. Be sure to mention if the food contains nuts or soy, just in case.

4. Get creative with packaging
You can give your gift a little extra flair by using festive packaging. Don't be afraid to think outside the box. A stack of cookies will often fit perfectly inside a spaghetti container or mason jar. You can wrap the container in your favorite paper or simply adorn it with a bow. Freshly baked bread can easily be wrapped in parchment paper and tied with festive ribbons.

Easy peppermint fudge
If you're strapped for time and need a quick gift for your friends at the retirement community, this recipe ought to do the trick. These delicious pieces of fudge require just four ingredients and take only five minutes to prepare.


  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 10 red and white peppermint candies
  • Cooking spray

Line an 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, then coat with a layer of cooking spray. Place the peppermint candies into a sealed plastic bag, then cover with a cloth. Use a rolling pin or other heavy object to crush the candies into small pieces. Set them aside. In a medium sauce pan over low heat, combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk. Stir the mixture until it's melted and smooth. Remove from heat and immediately spread the chocolate mixture into prepared dish. Smooth the surface of your fudge, then sprinkle the crushed candies on top. Press the peppermint pieces into the surface, then cover the dish with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for two hours. When you're ready to cut the fudge, pull the foil from the dish and cut the chocolate into squares.

Steven’s Peanut & Chocolate Blossoms

Steven’s Peanut & Chocolate Blossoms Steven, the Terrace Club Coordinator of Sunrise at University Park, CO, remembers making this recipe over 10 years ago. His grandmother’s Peanut Butter Cookie recipe inspired this delicious treat, but instead of making from scratch, offers a quicker method with their premade dough for the busy holiday season! At the community, Steven typically bakes with residents during the morning so everyone can enjoy this tasty treat for the rest of the day.

Read More

3 Delectable Single-Serving Desserts

3 Delectable Single-Serving Desserts Do you ever find yourself craving a warm, gooey brownie, but don't want to make a whole batch? When you live alone, it's inconvenient that most homemade desserts are made in large batches. The good news is that there are quick and easy ways to whip up a single serving of your favorite sweet treat. Use these three recipes to make a delicious dessert for one tonight.

Read More

Holiday Punch Recipes For Every Taste

Holiday Punch Recipes For Every Taste There are so many varieties of seasonal drinks that it can be hard to please everyone. Some of your relatives may want an alcoholic punch, while your friends at the retirement community like a more traditional fruity beverage. If you're in charge of libations this holiday season, use these different punch recipes to make a drink that's perfect for the crowd.

Read More

Tony’s Easy Holiday Rum Cake

Tony’s Easy Holiday Rum Cake Tony Riley, Activities & Volunteer Coordinator at Sunrise of Lower Makefield, PA, loves to share his easy holiday rum cake recipe with residents, loved ones and team members. He learned how to make this delicious dessert from his mother, who made it every year for Christmas. Though traditionally he grew up having this dessert during the holidays, Tony has made this for residents during the summer and on Thanksgiving – everyone loved it!

Read More