Apricot Jam by Victoria-Blashford Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Jams are easier to make than you think. Package them in jars of your choice and wrap with ribbons for a nice touch.
Whole recipe: 1,176 calories, 0g saturated fat, 300g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 5g fiber
Tapenade by Georgeanne Brennan
For a savory option, make this easy tapenade, which you can store in a jar. Add cheeses, roasted peppers and crudités for a Mediterranean-inspired gift basket.
Per serving: 35 calories, 0g saturated fat, 1g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 0g fiber
Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies by Nigella Lawson
We love these cookies, which are festive in both color and taste. You can make them bite-size, extra large or a mix.
Per serving: 120 calories, 3g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 1g fiber
Pesto by Mario Batali
Another fantastic savory option is this pesto, which you can jar and give with fresh pasta. Your giftee will appreciate having a delicious dinner ready to make during the busy holiday season.
Per serving: 98 calories, 2g saturated fat, 1g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 0g fiber
Butterscotch Spiral Coffee Cake by Flo Braker
You can't get much better than layers of butter, cinnamon and sugar — and then there's the standout butterscotch glaze.
Per serving: 199 calories, 5g saturated fat, 28g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 1g fiber
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