Edible Gifts: Homemade Hot Stuff

By Ashley Warlick / Photography By Ashley Warlick | Last Updated November 01, 2014
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Not Your Grandmother’s Treats for the Season

We’ve given enough tins of shortbread. Enough coffee cakes and cranberry breads and special hot chocolate mixes to choke a horse. There was that one year we made spiced vanilla rum from a recipe we stole off the Internet and the whole neighborhood nursed headaches for weeks. This year, when we get the itch to do our holiday gifting the handmade, homemade way, we’re bringing the heat: a little sweet, a little savory, and an out-and-out hot sauce. Something for everyone on your list, with tips for how to wrap them up right.

Black Pepper Parmesan Biscotti

black pepper parmesan biscotti
Black pepper and Parmesan make a perfect savory pair. These biscotti are a lovely cocktail bite, and great as croutons in soups or salads. This recipe is based on a great one from Gourmet.

Spicy Pecan Brittle

There are brittle-style candies native to pretty much every country, but this one takes a decidedly Southern twist with local pecans and a smoky chipotle heat. Traditionally, brittles are poured out...

Fermented Hot Sauce

fermented hot sauce
To make this hot sauce, you need a quart size Mason jar, a food processor or highpowered blender, and rubber gloves for handling the peppers. Be prepared to start at least a month in advance of...
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