Food gifts are one of our favorite ways to give at the holidays. Let's face it: we all have a lot of stuff, and with a recession on, it's wonderful to both give and receive sweet things for eating and enjoying. We're curious whether you're doing more gifts in the handmade and homemade way this year, and if so, what are you making? Next week we'll focus on this more with our traditional Un-Gift Guide -- posts on packaging food gifts cleverly and inexpensively, really useful and economical kitchen tools, good recipes for gifting, and more truly helpful and practical gifts from the kitchen.
Until then, here are the three recipes pictured above, and a question: what kitchen gifts are you giving this year?
• Dark Gingerbread Pear Cake
• Cocoa Molasses Toffee
• Cranberry Cake
(Images: Faith Durand)