Perhaps this year you've decided to make more gifts or maybe you have that company cookie swap just around the corner. Either way, homemade edible gifts really can't be beat. Here are my favorite American Classics that travel well for gift giving or sharing.
Top notch chocolate combined with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers make these a cut above your garden variety, preservatives-laden, store-bought moon pies. Fans of this nostalgic treat will, er, be over the moon.
Homemade Cranberry Newtons
Sweet and tart, these super soft cookies last for up to a week in an airtight container, making them ideal for shipping and sharing.
Nutty and chewy, this lowcountry treat is a favorite souvenir from the Charleston area.
These sesame seed flecked cookies are ideal for sharing with friends and family who like their cookies sweet but not too sweet.
Iced Lemon Loaf
This moist loaf cake with hand-candied lemon peel will have your giftee dreaming of summer and sunshine. It's so good you might not want to gift it away. Save yourself some heartache and make a double batch.
What could be better than Rice Krispie Treats? How about Rice Krispie Treats with butterscotch, dark chocolate, and peanut butter? Mega win.
Kitchen Sink Bars
With plenty of chocolate, coconut flakes, crushed potato chips, peanuts, and pretzel bits, these easy bars are sweet and salty to the max. Perfect for the midnight snackers on your list.
Stained Glass Windows
If you have marshmallow loving kiddos on your holiday list, consider these no-bake stained glass windows. Whimsical and super simple, they are a favorite of my nieces and nephew.
Mrs. Wakefield's Cookies
What could be better than THE original chocolate chip cookie recipe? These cookies ship well and provide a bit of instant homemade comfort.
About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.