How to make cozy treats for your pantry

 
How to make cozy treats for your pantry
 

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It's that time of year again, the warm blankets are out and the candles are lit. It's winter in the Northeast! It's a cozy time of year to become a homebody and dig into warm comfort foods. 

Today I'm sharing a curated selection of pantry items you can make yourself, including a few tips for making them at home and gifting them! Trust me, you'll want to brave the supermarket one last time to pick up the ingredients to make these special cozy treats.

Cozy treats happen to make perfect last-minute holiday gifts as well, so for those looking to impress friends and relatives, here are some ideas to get you started.

Savory

1 / DIY taco seasoning via Fox and Briar 

2 / Picante sauce via Chili Pepper Madness

3 / Chiu Chow chili sauce via The Woks of Life

4 / Yellow curry paste via Pinch of Yum

5 / Ginger pickled carrots via Healthy Seasonal Recipes

6 / Indian makhani gravy (curry) via My Food Story

Sweet

1 / Caramel cardamom pear jam via Lark and Linen

2 / Date paste via Feasting on Fruit

3 / Chai-spiced almond hazelnut butter via Ambitious Kitchen

4 / Yellow cake mix via I Am Baker

5 / Spiced pumpkin apple butter via Kitschen Cat

6 / Two-ingredient Nutella via The Almond Eater

Drink

1 / Orange Bitters via Lovely Indeed

2 / Toasted marshmallow syrup via Crumb Blog

3 / Hot chocolate mix via The Pioneer Woman

4 / Bourbon apple shrub via Nutmeg Nanny

5 / Eggnog mix via Sprinkle Bakes

6 / Ginger syrup via Sugar and Charm

Tips for making cozy treats at home

1 / The longer the shelf life, the better: Especially when you're giving cozy treats as gifts you want to make sure they're shelf-stable or can be refrigerated. Spice mixes are a safe bet, but make sure you read up on canning best practices when giving jams or nut butters!

2 / Think versatile: Create a treat that can be used multiple ways, not just for one use. If you're giving a homemade item to someone as a gift, include recipes so they'll use your gift right up.

3 / Enjoyed warm: It's cold out, so consider making treats that compliment drinks and dishes that can be enjoyed warm! Think hot chocolate mixes, curry pastes, and spice mix-ins for a hot toddy.