Handcrafted Food Gifts in a Hurry

Three easy Dollar Store hacks to make fast, giftable treats!

These treats are quick to make, but will require several hours for the chocolate to harden before they are packaged for gifting.

Food items are a practical gift that almost everyone will enjoy, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here I give you three recipes for simple treats that work well as gifts – and everything can be sourced at the Dollar Tree.

#1 Caramel Nut Biscotti

Allow them to dry overnight before packaging for best results. Dollar Store chocolate takes a long time to harden.
Caramel nut biscotti can be made in a hurry with just three ingredients and a double boiler. See how to make the decoupaged gift box here.

This is a super easy trick to dress up a store bought bag of plain biscotti. I used a bag of mixed nuts and a bar of caramel filled chocolate to make this quick gift for my favorite coffee drinker.

Just three ingredients will combine in a couple of minutes to make Caramel Nut Biscotti.

In a double boiler, melt the caramel filled chocolate bar over simmering water. The bottom of the bowl should NOT touch the water as the heat may scorch the chocolate. Heat gently to melt. Add some warmed milk, cream or butter (just a little) to thin the chocolate enough for it to be pourable. Adding too much liquid will prevent the chocolate from hardening.

While the chocolate is melting, pulse the nuts in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped. I used a bag of mixed nuts (which was mostly peanuts), but the Dollar Tree also has bags of almonds, pistachios and walnuts, too. For tips and tricks to tempering chocolate, click here.

Set up a work area with wax paper, or other surface, to cool the biscotti.

Set up a work station-to dry the biscotti once it is dipped in both the chocolate and nuts.

Dip the biscotti on one side into the chocolate, then press into the chopped nuts. Allow the biscotti to dry before packaging. Makes an entire bag of biscotti.

I suggest gifting this with coffee, hot chocolate, or a gift certificate to a local coffee shop (NOT Starbucks). You could try making a reusable gift box with a children’s book and some glue. Find the instructions here.

For instructions to make the gift box click here.

#2 Ho-Ho-Co-Co-Nut Truffles

This is a treat that can best be described as the love child of a Ho-Ho and an Almond Joy. The cream in the Swiss Rolls serves as the moisture in this truffle size cake pop.

Coconut, nuts, chocolate cake and melted chocolate. Salted, of course.

Coarsely chop the nuts in a food processor and set aside. Chop the coconut candies into tiny pieces and set aside. Melt a bar of dark chocolate in a double boiler over simmer water. Do not melt chocolate over boiling water, it will scorch. Click here for tips on melting chocolate.

Gently melt the chocolate over simmering water. Sparingly add cream, butter or milk in very small amounts to thin, if necessary. Adding too much liquid will prevent the chocolate from hardening.

Smoosh 6 cake rolls in a bowl, adding the nuts and the coconut candy as you squish. With your hands, roll the mixture into balls out of one teaspoon of the mixture. There should be about 24 balls.

I used a one teaspoon measure to make the cake balls uniform in size. They are perfect for one bite.

Dip each of he cake balls into the melted chocolate and transfer to wax paper using a fork. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Makes about 2 dozen.

Use a fork to roll the cake ball in the melted chocolate.
Transfer the coasted cake ball to a sheet of wax paper and sprinkle with coarse salt.
Swiss cake roll, coconut candy and nuts, coated with dark chocolate.

#3 Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Swiss cake rolls squished up with mints and covered in melted chocolate make a “minter” bite that evokes feelings of the holidays.

Swiss cake rolls, Starlight mints and melted chocolate are the only ingredients necessary for these cake pop truffles.

Swiss cake rolls make the perfect cake pop because they have just the right amount of cream to bring everything together. All one needs to do is add the candy or nuts. For this truffle, I added pulverized starlight mints.

Smoosh four cake rolls with 6 pulverized starlight mints and form into balls of 1 tsp. cake mixture.

Melt a dark chocolate bar in a double boiler and dip the cake balls into it. Use a fork to lift them from the chocolate and let cool on wax paper. Makes about one dozen.

Pulverize 6 starlight mints and sprinkle over the hot, melted chocolate.

Take a visit to your local Dollar Tree and find the ingredients for these semi-homemade holiday treats. They can be packaged in a number of different ways, but I would encourage gifting them in reusable packaging. Happy Eating!

Published by lessismorelifestyle

Do you like saving money and learning new skills? Less is More Lifestyle focuses on crafting projects and recipes that save money!

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