Last minute gift baking: 6 recipes that take less than 60 minutes

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Tell me that you’re old enough to remember the Muppets. Or at least Kermit the Frog. Kermit was a pretty easy-going guy, but every now and then things would overwhelm him and he would do what is now known as a Muppet Flail.

As the holidays approach, we’re all doing our share of flailing. Did we forget to buy something for Aunt SuzieQ? Did we remember that Cousin Ralph is now eating gluten free? Teachers! Who bought the gifts for the teachers!!??

Have no fear, we’re here to help. These are some of our favorite recipes that take little or no time, and can be made with common ingredients. We’ll even include some hints on how to dress them up for gift giving. Let’s get started.

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Finger-lickin’ chicken has nothing on this finger-lickin’ Choco-Mallow fudge. If you have time to melt some chocolate, you have time to make this sinfully delicious treat. It looks great cut into hunks and wrapped up in a decorated cellophane bag.

easy microwave lemon curd

Tart and tangy, this super fast-recipe for lemon curd is excellent to make and jar for neighbors, teachers and pals. Just make sure to keep it refrigerated.

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If you want to go the fruit route, try our Microwave Berry Jam instead. At 10 minutes or less of cooking time for each batch, you can have a flurry of festive gifts in well under an hour, wrapping and all.

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Here’s looking at you, kid. Who wouldn’t love a big batch of homemade Hot Chocolate Mix? For a more seasonal look, leave out the monster eyes and toss in some mint chips, peppermint crunch, or even tiny snowflakes.

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Sweets for your sweetie? You can whip up a batch of our Homemade Marshmallow Spread in the morning and be presenting it in a pretty jar by dinner time. Perfect!

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Giving the gift of candy and fudge is a win-win for everyone. You give an amazing handmade and delicious treat, and the gift recipient can share with family and friends who stop by for a visit and know they’re giving the best.

You can make three or four batches of our Easy Microwave Fudge in less than 60 minutes. Plus, by varying your added ingredients, you can match flavors to family and make everyone happy. Chocolate Cherry for Charlie, Peanut Butter Cup for Pauly, the list is endless.

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Hey, what’s our photo studio mascot Chloe doing here? Well, obviously she wants you to make BARK! Cranberry nut bark, peanut butter cup bark, even ginger bark, these recipes come together in a flash, not dog’s years. Just remember, they’re for your people friends, not your canine companions.

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We hope this list of quick and easy homemade gifts will help make your holiday gift giving joyful instead of woeful. Happy Holidays – from our crazy gang, to yours!

 

MaryJane Robbins
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MaryJane Robbins grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Vermont 20 years ago. After teaching young children for 15 years, she changed careers and joined King Arthur Flour in 2005. MaryJane began working on King Arthur Flour's baker’s hotline in 2006, and the blog team ...

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  1. mumpy

    i have another quick-gift idea that was originally KAF advice…..if you keep scoops of frozen cookie dough in your freezer, it’s simple to bake up a batch of homemade cookies with very little notice….i make several different kinds of cookie dough and freeze scoops of dough, write the instructions right on the bags of ‘scoops’ and bake them for gift emergencies….takes very little time – and most of that is oven time – to have a nice gift of fresh, homemade baked goods…..the best part is that, if you don’t use up all the scoops by the time the holidays end, you can bake and eat the cookies while un-decorating the house!

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