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Forget the re-gifted bottle of wine and whip up one of these easy homemade hostess gifts instead.
If you’re a fan of pecan pie, you’re going to love these pecan squares. A buttery shortbread crust and rich caramel-pecan topping make them truly over-the-top — the perfect hostess gift, treat for your co-workers, or potluck dessert over the holidays.
These butterscotch pecan scones are tender, sweet, and rich — almost like giant cookies — and perfect for holiday brunches or gifting to neighbors and teachers (especially if you’re like me and need to get them out of the house before you eat the entire batch!).
Sweet, salty, spicy, and rosemary-infused, these nuts are the perfect nibbling food. Serve them with cocktails, enjoy them as a snack, or give them as a gift. But don’t say I didn’t warn you: they are crazy addictive!
Don’t waste your money on those stale popcorn tins this year: homemade popcorn is so much better. This savory version, adapted from Chef Mike Isabella, is tossed with garlic-butter, Parmesan cheese, and spices.
Hands-down, my favorite biscotti recipe. They are everything good biscotti should be: buttery, lightly sweet and crunchy but not tooth-shattering.
These crisp and flaky cheese straws specked with fresh herbs and crushed red chili flakes make a wonderful hors d’oeuvre to go along with wine and cocktails. Though they look like bread sticks, they’re actually more akin to savory pie crust or pastry.
Rich, creamy, and bittersweet, truffles are mouthfuls of pure, all-encompassing chocolate bliss. Though they look fancy, chocolate truffles are easy to make — seriously, we’re talking one bowl and a microwave.
My husband calls these candied pecans “crack nuts” because they’re madly addictive. You only need four simple ingredients to make them — and if you start right now, you’ll be done in 15 minutes.
My grandmother clipped this pumpkin bread recipe from a magazine over 50 years ago, and it’s just as wonderful today as it was back then.