Bake -- Don't Buy -- Purim Gifts For Friends

A bundle of recipes for the holiday, from the classic hamantaschen to candied orange rind.

02/15/13
Online Jewish Week Columnist

If you haven't already started thinking about your mishloach manot packages for Purim this year, you should probably start now.

And sure, while you could go with storebought cake, a bag of potato chips and a bottle of wine, how much more appreciated with a homemade package be? Here are some sweet homemade goodies that you can slip into your mishloach manot this year - just don't be surprised when your friends call you up looking for the recipes.

Cookies:

I've never met anyone who didn't love my blueberry, lemon and white chocolate shortbread, and they make a nice change from the classic chocolate chip. You can make the dough up to a week in advance and keep the logs in the fridge or freezer until you're ready to slice and bake.

Pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies are both fun and unexpected, and pretty easy to make. A can of pure pumpkin will set you on your way to cookie bliss, and a few of these in each Purim package will please the whole family.

Somewhere in between a cookie and a cake, these individually sized, rich, buttery cookie dough-filled brownie cups will probably be fought over by every member of the family, so make sure to include enough for everyone!

Cake:

If the terrible phenomenon of leftover cake ever occurs to you - and even if it doesn't - you can make chocolate-covered cake balls that are fun, easy and delicious. Throw 10 into a bag and tie it up with a ribbon before you tuck them into your mishloach manot this year.

Purim's candy indulgence can be overwhelming, so if you're looking to go a little healthier but still stay sweet, try these iced oatmeal chocolate chip muffins - and you can even try them with whole wheat flour for an added health kick.

Candy:

At the end of the day, chances are you'll have enough fun-sized candy bars to feed 100 trick or treaters come Halloween. But instead of throwing in a Twix or a Reese's, try making your own candy, like peppermint patties, candied orange rind or peanut butter truffles!

Come back next week for a fun twist on hamantaschen, or check out my past years' Lemon Lime Hamantaschen or Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hamantaschen, or visit www.bakingandmistaking.com for more recipe ideas!

Last Update:

02/17/2013 - 11:04

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