Last Minute Homemade Christmas Treats


Last Minute Homemade Christmas Treats

By Caro

Ran out of time? Been busy, and don’t know where the time has gone, but you want to gift something homemade for the holidays? Look no further than my list of simple recipes. Some are no-bake (with no oven required), some go in the oven but are super quick to prepare. Some are sweet, and some are savoury. All things you can make on Christmas eve if need be.


Last Minute Homemade Christmas Treats

What To Wrap Them In?

You can use lots of different things to house your food gifts. Unused baskets, of various sizes. Gift boxes you might have already from something else. You can buy little cellophane clear bags for sweets/candy, but you are in a hurry right? So an alternative is to use a plastic piping bag! Then just tie with some ribbon or string, whatever you have on hand. You can wrap the homemade goodies in baking/parchment paper, & then some tissue paper or even Christmas paper & add a bow.



Be sure to add a label or note of what each bundle contains & if they need to be stored in the fridge, or in an airtight container. Also include details like if there are any nut ingredients, just to be safe.

I have also used foil trays at last minute too – the disposable kind you can get in different sizes and shapes for using in the oven. Just line with some baking/parchment paper, tissue paper or even a holiday napkin.



Handmade Gift Boxes

Here’s a link to Great British Bake Off (Great British Baking Show) winner Nancy Birtwhistle’s video of her handmade gift boxes. An advocate for recycling & saving the planet, Nancy makes these with used paper/cardboard and Christmas paper.

Go to Nancy Birtwhistle’s Handmade Gift Box Video

She has also shared her tip for making gift tags from recycled Christmas cards. You can attach them with just some tape, string or ribbon.


On to the recipes

Last Minute Homemade Christmas Treats


Speedy Mince Pie Swirls
Here’s a sweet version of my Speedy Cheese Swirls recipe. Speedy Mince Pie Swirls have the same minced fruit filling of your favourite mince pies, but can be made much easier and quicker too.
Check out this recipe
Speedy Mince Pie Swirls

CHOCOLATE & COCONUT SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD
Using my Traditional Scottish Shortbread recipe, I developed this chocolate and coconut version, with just a hint of anise! Still with the same melt in the mouth texture, I have been told my shortbread is so much better than a certain popular brand you can buy!
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close shot of Scottish chocolate coconut shortbread on a plate with teapot and flower.

Browned Butter Hazelnut Brownies
Here’s my new Chocolate brownie recipe, but this time, with browned butter & hazelnuts. With the same gooey texture, these Browned Butter Hazelnut Brownies are as addictive as my classic version.
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Browned Butter hazelnut Brownies

EASY HONEYCOMB AT HOME – Chocolate Dipped
Here's an easy no-bake recipe for food gifting this holiday season. Dip in your favourite chocolate or have plain, either way is delicious. Also known as Sponge Candy
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CHEESE PASTRY TWISTS – For Easy Entertaining
Here’s my quick & simple recipe for making Cheese Pastry Twists, using shop-bought puff pastry. A perfect, quick bake, great for entertaining & sure to please your guests.
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cheese pastry twists on a white rectangular plate, on a plale blue background with drinks dips, party poppers and green napkin.

MERINGUE CHRISTMAS TREES
Mrs D's review of Good Housekeeping's Meringue Christmas Tree recipe. Ideal for baking with the kids and gifting this holiday season.
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EASY MADEIRA LOAF CAKE
Madeira Cake is a classic British bake & also synonymous with New Year in Scotland. No Scottish New Year (or Hogmanay party), is complete without the addition of our Scottish shortbread and a slice of Madeira cake.  A very simple bake, and not too sweet, this cake is liked by all.
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Buttered Brazil Nuts
Buttered Brazils are whole Brazil nuts encased in smooth butterscotch. A firm favourite that is made to an original recipe in Scotland. They are ideal as a gift at any time of the year and easy to make.
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Coconut Ice – The No-bake Quick Sweet Treat
Try Diana's popular no bake, quick sweet treat, that is ideal for food gifting anytime of the year.
Check out this recipe
pink and white squares of coconut ice candy, in a small heart dish, with large pink flower to left on a pale lilac soft background in a hortizontal pic.

QUICK & EASY 1 BOWL CHOCOLATE CARDAMOM CUPCAKES WITH ESPRESSO BUTTERCREAM – Can Be Made Vegan
This is such a super simple & quick recipe & one you can whip up with whatever you have in. Very versatile, it can be used in different ways & made Vegan. dairy-free, egg-free & lactose free. A great base chocolate cake recipe, this time with cardamom giving just a hint of a ginger feel, pairing perfectly with an espresso buttercream.
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SIMPLE FRUIT CAKE – No Hassle Boiled Fruit Cake For Afternoon Tea

This simple fruit cake, is perfect for an afternoon tea, and so easy to make. A popular classic British bake, it is enjoyed by all.

Go to Simple Fruit Cake Recipe


Christmas Recipes

CHRISTMAS DODGERS

Try my take on British biscuit/cookie Jammy Dodgers. Themed as a Christmas recipe, they are filled with a firmer buttercr eam, perfect for a sandwich cookie.

Christmas Dodgers Cookies


TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD

Trust me when I say this is an authentic Scottish Shortbread recipe, with the delicate melt in the mouth texture – I am a Scot after all.

Go to Traditional Scottish Shortbread


CHRISTMAS MINCEMEAT SLICES

CHRISTMAS MINCEMEAT SLICES

Try this traybake, a great way to use up mincemeat from other Christmas recipes, or as an alternative to mince pies. “Christmas In A Slice!”

Christmas Mincemeat Slice


EASY GINGERBREAD CAKE OR MINI BUNDT CAKES

Go to Gingerbread Cake recipe

Go to Mini Gingerbread Bundt Cakes


CRANBERRY, ORANGE & PECAN SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD

Try my Scottish Shortbread, this time flavoured with orange, and added nuts and cranberries. Not just pat of the Christmas recipes, these are a favourite year round.

Go to Orange Cranberry Nut Shortbread


GINGERBREAD CRINKLE COOKIES – Recipe Review

This is my review of Anna Olson’s recipe for Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies.

I was on the hunt for a new gingerbread cookie, that would not only bake off soft, but stay that way, as well have a nice chewy texture. Read on to hear my thoughts on this recipe by Anna Olson.

Go to Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies recipe review


CHOCOLATE & ORANGE SANDWICH COOKIES – Can Be Made Gluten Free Too

Here’s  my ‘Oreo-style’ cookies, Chocolate & orange sandwich cookies, themed for any holiday and filled with an orange flavoured buttercream. Can be made with Gluten free flour too.

Go to my Chocolate & Orange Sandwich Cookies recipe.


Fondant Tutorials

FONDANT PENGUIN CHRISTMAS CAKE TUTORIAL

Here’s my easy step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make this cute fondant penguin cake topper. Create a snow scene for your Christmas Cake this holiday season.

Go to Fondant Penguin Christmas Cake

Need a traditional recipe for a British Christmas Cake? Try this one used in the photo above, and in our Bake-together.

Go to Traditional British Christmas Cake


BRANDY SNAPS – A Recipe Review

Here’s a review of Mary Berry’s Brandy Snaps recipe. A British classic!

Go to review of Brandy Snaps


ROASTED SMOKED PAPRIKA ALMONDS

ROASTED, SALTED SMOKED PAPRIKA ALMONDS

Try this great savoury snack, that’s perfect for parties and even as giving out as gifts at Christmas.

Go to Roasted Smoked Paprika Almonds


EASY PEASY SMOKIN’ CHEEZEE SQUARES

Love cheese? Then these you will love too and so easy to make and great for nibbles and gifting.

Go to Smokin’ Cheeze Squares

Binus recipe, a spicy version!

Go to CHEESPICY SMOKIN’ SQUARES

Christmas Recipes

TURKISH SAVOURY BISCUITS

Try these super simple, savoury snacks from Turkey. My take on a Tuzlu Kurabiye, it it literally translates as ‘salty biscuit’. These are perfect for pairing with your favourite cheese, but equally good snacked on alone. They are very moreish…. you won’t be disappointed.

Can also be made with different shaped cookie cutters for a theme.

Go to Savoury Biscuit recipe.

Christmas Recipes

NO-BAKE

‘PROTEIN POWER-BALL’ CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Try my easy no-baking required, Chocolate Truffles. Includes how to easily make ganache and these perfect gifting treats.

Go to my Chocolate Truffles recipe


EASY MICROWAVE CHOCOLATE FUDGE

Easier, safer and quicker way to make chocolate fudge.

Go to Microwave Chocolate Fudge


HONEYCOMB & CHOCOLATE DIPPED HONEYCOMB

New no-bake recipe, for honeycomb, that is ideal for food gifting this holiday season. Make with or without a chocolate coating.

Go to Honeycomb recipe.


PEANUT BRITTLE – Recipe Review

Read Mrs D’s review of this no-bake sweet treat, ideal for gifting.

Go to Peanut Brittle Review


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