Gifts from the Kitchen: Confections

DIY, Holidays, Make

We’re looking forward to spending a little extra time in the kitchen this month, devoting chilly weekends to making homemade gifts for friends and loved ones. Here’s a taste of some of our favorite candies to give during the holidays — they’re as satisfying to make as they are to eat.


  • Apple Cider Caramels: This little bites of harvest flavors are one of Deb Perelman’s favorite recipes from her debut cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Wrap them up in squares of wax paper for a pretty presentation.
  • Caramel Sea Salt Truffles: Coarse sea salt gives these chocolate-covered caramel treats an extra burst of flavor. Stack them in cupcake liners, wrap in cellophane and give to someone special.
  • Candied Grapefruit Peel: For a fancy touch, dip about two-thirds of each of these old-fashioned favorites into melted chocolate and place on wire racks until set. The vessel can be part of the gift — place them in a festive glass.
  • Rocky Road Fudge: These no-bake bars are easy to mix and assemble, so take the opportunity to get the kids involved. Stack in a holiday-themed cookie tin and tie with a colorful bow.
  • Pistachio Brittle: Flecks of green give this classic confection vibrant color. Stack the pieces, separated by pieces of parchment paper, in a jar to keep fresh.
  • Classic Southern Pralines: These New Orleans sweets blend pecans and sugar for a simple and deliciously creamy candy. As with the brittle store these with pieces of parchment paper in between to avoid sticking.

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