Handmade Christmas Fresh Baked

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For #7 on the Handmade Christmas list, nothing says love like fresh baked. One of our favorite things to do for our neighbors is make Christmas trays.

Each year is just a little different, but over time we have been able to deduce favorites. The best part is that one batch of each item will fill seven medium-sized trays.

This gift takes about a day to make (or, rather, bake). However, it is also something you can make ahead of time.  Just make up some cookie dough and put it in the freezer.  When you are ready to bake, just pull out the dough and get the baking party started!

handmade christmas tray tea cakes

What to Put on Your Trays

For our trays, we offer a sweet bread – like strawberry, blueberry or banana nut; three different flavors of cookies – tea cakes, cinnamon spirals, chocolate crinkles, to name a few; lemon bars, pecan pie squares or Gingerbread hearts and homemade peanut brittle.

Peanut brittle is the only thing that requires several batches being made, and that is because it is the most popular item on the tray, and we also need enough to share small bags with others who ask for it every year.

Gingerbread is delicious on Handmade Christmas Trays

Add More Goodies to your Handmade Christmas Tray!

There are other goodies you can make – spiced pecans, homemade caramel, and homemade marshmallows. Fill small cellophane bags with Party Mix or handmade Christmas candies and tie with a ribbon. These make excellent small gifts, and can also be tucked into a Christmas basket.

The best part of giving a Handmade Christmas tray is that it is one size fits all.  It is a gift that will be loved by adults and children alike.  And if Santa is a lucky fellow, then there may be a few delicious bites left that he can enjoy with his milk!

Looking for great Cookie Ideas?  Check out Sally’s Cookie Addiction!

For more Handmade Christmas Ideas, be sure to read:

Handmade Christmas #1 – Psalms 91 Throw

Handmade Christmas #2 – Crochet Hats & Scarves

Handmade Christmas #3 – Knitted Kitchen Fun

Handmade Christmas #4 – Crochet Pot Scrubbers

Handmade Christmas #5 – Embroidered Dish Towels

Handmade Christmas #6 – Wooden Spoon Butter

Handmade Christmas # 8 – Gift Baskets

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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