Mixed Treats Christmas Basket

Create a Christmas gift basket packed with homemade desserts, treats and produce your friends and family will love this holiday season.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
Mixed Christmas Gift Basket Has Sweet And Savory DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Savory, Mixed Christmas Basket

To make up a spectacular gift basket of sweet and savory homemade produce, include a bottle each of flavored alcohol and flavored oil, chocolate brownies, cookies, marshmallows treats, a jar each of chutney and jam and a bag of sweet chestnuts. Mix in berry sprigs, greenery and ribbon around the packages to create an attractive display.

Flavored Oils Are Perfect Gifts For Serious Cooks DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Homemade Infused Oils

Friends, family and serious cooks alike will love receiving homemade flavored oils to display in their kitchen and mix in with their favorite recipes. These oils add an extra shot of flavor to different meals, salads and marinades. For the best flavorings, use fresh herbs, garlic, whole spices, pink peppercorns or dried chilies. Put the finished product in a clear bottle, and add gift tags and ribbon for an extra special touch.

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Delectable Chocolate Brownies

Everyone loves chocolate brownies, so this chocolate brownie recipe is a wonderful addition to a sweet Christmas basket. Set your homemade brownies apart from store-bought varieties by packaging them in a gorgeous, festive tin with holiday paper. Dust some powdered sugar over the cooled-off brownies for an irresistibly sweet taste.

Stained Glass Vanilla Cookie Christmas Time Treat DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Candied Vanilla Cookies

Turn basic vanilla cookies into a miniature work of art with this candied cookie recipe. The melted candies in these cookies look like tiny stained-glass windows when they catch the light. Make a mixture of some plain cookies and some with sweet centers — hang some from your Christmas tree as edible decor. Package them in a holiday-inspired box for a wonderful gift basket addition.

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Sweet Marshmallow Treats

With a soft, pink interior, these marshmallow treats aren't your typical holiday dessert. These delectable sweets will keep well for three to four days if stored in an airtight tin lined with baking parchment. If you're looking for a warm treat during cold, winter days, roast these homemade marshmallows over an open fire with the kids.

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Homemade Chutney, Preserves and Jam

Your favorite fruits may not be in season during the winter months, but that doesn't mean you can't create your own fruit jams, preserves and pear chutney to last you through the holidays. Freeze fresh fruits like raspberries, strawberries and cranberries during the spring and summer to make preserves in the off-season. Add the finished jam, preserves and chutney to jam jars, and add festive fabric, ribbon and tags for welcoming gifts.

Roasted Chestnuts Make Good Gift For Holidays DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sweet Chestnuts

Add a unique touch to your Christmas basket with a bag of sweet chestnuts that you found yourself. Sweet chestnut trees may be found in woodlands, parks and deciduous forests — step outside and forage for fresh chestnuts in the fall. They're easy to cook and taste great in both sweet and savory dishes. Add your finds to a burlap satchel for a natural, earthy addition to this homemade Christmas basket.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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