It’s down to the wire, guys. I don’t know about you, but with only five days until Christmas the last thing I would wish on anyone is a trip to the mall this weekend. It’s bound to be mass hysteria out there. This weekend we should all just go to parties, drink copious amounts of hot beverages, watch Christmas movies and just enjoy the holiday season.
That being said, if you do happen to have a Christmas list that isn’t quite finished yet, may I suggest some homemade treats? I’ll even up the ante. How about boozy treats? Do I have your attention now?
I had pinned a recipe for red wine truffles quite a while ago but had never gotten around to trying them. And then I started seeing pins about liquor-infused fudge and (spoiler alert!) I knew exactly what I was giving my friends this year. I don’t have a ton of money to spend on gifts but I also don’t have a ton of cooking talent, so I had to make sure these candy recipes were borderline foolproof. Luckily the recipes I found only called for basic ingredients, amateur skills and just a bit of patience.
The red wine truffles were the most difficult to make, but only because of the patience it takes to roll them into little balls and then very quickly dip them in the melted chocolate. It was impossible for me to make them all the same size and round, but I just tell myself that adds to their charm.
Rum and eggnog are a classic holiday treat. And, well, fudge is just delicious. The hardest part of this recipe was just waiting for the chocolate to melt. It’s that easy. I used this recipe as my guide, nixing the nuts, swapping the booze, and adding eggnog spices.
Cinnamon sugar almonds have become a tradition for me. Though they take a bit of upper arm endurance with all the stirring, but they are ridiculously easy.
Homemade treats make are a perfectly thoughtful gift for just about anybody on your list. And even better, you don’t have to fight the mall crowds trying to finish of your Christmas list.
One warning, though. This type of gift-giving will result in a sink full of dirty dishes.