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Christmas Gift Bags

I like to make treats every year for Christmas giveaways so I decided to really go all out this year and make quite a few different recipes, including the first time to make jam.

Chocolate Truffles (3 Stars)

Added some orange flower water to give a little bit of flavor instead of liquor. These types of truffles are much easier to make than dipping truffles but didn’t melt in my mouth.

Caramel Sea Salt Truffles (3 Stars)

After making these truffles I want to take a candy making class to learn how to make caramels. The chocolate was yummy and the caramel was as well, but it didn’t stay soft so I had to warn everyone to not bite into them and break their teeth. I will have to try again and figure out how to keep the caramel soft.

White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti (4 Stars)

This recipe is full of lots of yummy surprises in each bite. I love biscotti and this was a great option and fun for the holidays.

Chocolate Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti (4 Stars)

I love pistachios and after the biscotti are cool you dip it in chocolate and then sprinkle ground pistachio on it. It was very yummy.

Chocolate Cookie Bark (5 Stars)

I had a lot of compliments on this recipe, hear from everyone that got it that it was yummy so I gave it a 5. It is also really easy to make.

Sweet Peanut Brittle (4 Stars)

Was a little chewy and not as crunchy as I expected it to be, but it was yummy still.

Blood Orange Marmalade (5 Stars)

I couldn’t find blood oranges so I had to use navel, but the navel oranges were a little pink so I think they worked out well. This was my first time to make marmalade or a jam of any kind and also my first time to can anything. I was so nervous that the jars didn’t take and the lids wouldn’t pop, but seems as though it did. I’ve had phone calls from everyone that I gave the marmalade to that it was really yummy. I took a few jars home with me to give to the family and also mailed some to Alaska, which was way too expensive, but I wanted to share my Christmas treat with Mike and Mary. Canning jars are too expensive in NYC, so I’ll have to stock up on some next time I’m out of the city at a Wal-Mart or something and start some canning during the summer, fall, and make a tradition of giving something at Christmas.

4 Comments (Leave a Reply)

  1. Anonymous (January 3, 2011)

    Very yummy treats Amber. The gift bags where such a great idea. My favorite was the caramel sea salt truffles. Can't wait until next year.


  2. Monster Mary (January 3, 2011)

    Wow! You certainly are quite the chef these days. I think taking a candy making class would be so fun. I 've only made carmel a couple of times but I didn't have a candy thermometer and now I do so I'll have to try it again. THanks for our treats, it was yummy with little bits of tartness that were fun.

  3. Mason and Mala (January 4, 2011)

    Marmelade, hands down. Biscotti second place, peanut brittle third place. Yum!

  4. Cincinnatus (January 5, 2011)

    I didn't get any marmelade, but I did love the chocolate cookie bark.

    I agree with you that although the flavor was good, the truffles didn't melt in my mouth. Next time use the liquor 😛

    And I didn't realize there was a difference in the biscotti, but I really liked it! It crumbled in my mouth rather than snapped. And that's how I like it.

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