Gifts From Your Kitchen

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Some of my fondest memories of Christmas as a child involve me in the kitchen with my Mama, mixing up candies and goodies to give as gifts to family and friends. Even folks who don’t enjoy cooking other times of the year are quick to crank out any number of goodies during the holidays. Nothing says Merry Christmas to a Southerner more than something from your kitchen, made with care and given with love.

Nowadays it seems more difficult to find the time to get into the kitchen but homemade gifts are appreciated even more as a result. Today I thought I’d bring you some great ideas that to help you have an old fashioned Christmas regardless of how rushed your schedule may be.

Holly Jollies

Holly Jollies are just about the handiest little Christmas candy you could ever hope to make and they really save the day when holiday schedules get hectic. I whipped these up last year when I was finishing up my book and it ended up being one of the most popular holiday posts of all time on Simply start with almond bark (sometimes called candy coating) and choose your favorite add-in. I like t make five or six varieties and use different mini muffin papers to differentiate between each type. I make up little gift bags for everyone with an assortment and its always a hit at schools or around the office.

Click here for Holly Jollies Recipe

S’Mores Kits

I have two children in elementary school and they both have big hearts. This is something that I’m proud of as a mother, but it isn’t easy to accommodate when Christmas rolls around and they want to give a gift to every single classmate. S’more’s kits to the rescue! We usually set up an assembly line one evening and the whole family works at assembling the inexpensive kits. My youngest enjoys coloring the labels while my oldest stuffs the bags and I seal them with the customized topper. In no time at all we have gifts for nearly fifty children and with hardly a dent to our budget!

Click here for S’mores Kits instructions and free printable tags

Chocolate Gravy Mix

Folks who know what Chocolate Gravy is light up when presented with the mix to make this decadent childhood treat at home. If you give it to someone who is new to this old fashioned Southern treat expect a puzzled look, but rave reviews once they have a chance to try it. I include a card with instructions for using the mix on one side and the original recipe on the other, because we all know one time of eating chocolate gravy just isn’t enough!

Click here for Chocolate Gravy Mix instructions and free printable tags

Snowman Soup

Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Thrill your kids by showing them how to make their own mix at home and then assemble it into these cute little kids to pass out to family, friends, and classmates!

Click here for homemade hot chocolate recipe and free printable Snowman Soup Tags

Fruit Crisp Mix

Who doesn’t love a good fruit crisp? Served piping hot with vanilla ice cream slowly melting into the yumminess, fruit crisp makes the ideal dessert. You can often this mix for sale on the shelves of specialty shops, with an astonishing price tag! I have seen a single recipe of a crisp mix selling anywhere from $5.99-$7.99.

Click here for Fruit Crisp Mix recipe and free printable tags

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  1. I made several batches of the Hollie Jollies yesterday. Gosh, those things are easy, but sooooo good. My favorite is the chocolate with salted peanuts and raisins. I bought some Walmart trail mix, the one with sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and whole almonds. OMG!
    I’m not so crazy about the white almond bark, but I did end up making, coconut with slivered almonds, then a batch of white bark with trail mix and extra cranberries. Pretty good, but not as good as the chocolate ones. Also did rice krispies in one batch. Thank you !!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!

  2. I made your holly jollies last year and they were so good.

    I am not sure about the last commenter but I always give homemade goodies as gifts to my son’s teacher and the aid who was the same for k-2 and they have always been loved. Christmas baskets are my thing I look forward to for weeks:) I just have this thing of wanting to be the mom that is loved by the teachers 😉

  3. Please do not give teachers food gifts. They will most likely be trashed. A gift card from your favorite grocery store along with these recipes would be wonderful!

  4. Merry Christmas, Christy! Thank you for making each member of your Southern Plate Family feel special and for giving us such tasty and quick-to-make recipes to make others feel special, too! We appreciate what you and Southern Plate do to give us joy all through the year! May God continue to bless you as much as you bless us!!

  5. Love em!!!!! I’m making a few gift baskets this year and planning on trying my hand at chocolate and other flavored/drizzled flavors, these will make a nice addition also.

    Thank you Christy, for taking the time to share with all of us. (((Hugs)))

  6. I just want to say Thank you for your web site & Facebook page. I love your sweet southern hospitality. It is a great place to share wonderful memories & great food ideas. Thanks again.

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