Show your friends and family that you care and prepare some gourmet chocolate baking gifts for the holidays or other special occasions. Just about everyone loves chocolate and there are plenty of creative ways to package that make it the perfect gift.
Ideas for Gourmet Chocolate Baking Gifts
Whether your intended gift recipient prefers milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate, there are several different delicious forms that chocolate can take; bake some brownies, cookies or cake.
Soft, moist chocolate brownies are easy to bake, even for the beginner. Many recipes offer variations on the classic. Try these:
Brownie Recipe - Basic chocolate brownies from Diana's Kitchen
Triple Chocolate Brownies - Food Network chef Nigella Lawson's recipe is truly decadent
Hershey's Best Brownies - You'll love this rich brownie recipe
Deep, Dark Brownies - A little espresso powder gives this recipe a kick
Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of the ultimate comfort foods, chocolate chip cookies are a classic baking gift. Substitute dark chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for any recipe, or add nuts for a little extra crunch. Start with these basic chocolate chip cookie recipes:
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies - Martha Stewart's take on this classic
Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - The New York Times published this famous chocolatier's (not so) secret recipe
Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies - America's Test Kitchen knows how to get it right
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies - Peanut butter makes everything better
Chocolate Cake and Cupcakes
The ideal birthday gift might be a chocolate cake, while cupcakes are more convenient format for gifts and parties. The best chocolate cake is rich and moist and there are many ways to add extra flavors by using fruit or liqueur. Here are a few ideas:
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes - Pink Parsley catering tells you how to make mouth-watering chocolate cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Orange Gateaux - Learn the basics of this fancy French concoction
Selection of Chocolate Cake Recipes - Cacoaweb offers an impressive list of chocolate cake baking ideas
Double Chocolate Layer Cake - Epicurious.com's editors loved this old-fashioned chocolate cake recipe
Chocolate Gift Presentations
You've spent hours perfecting your recipes for gourmet chocolate baking gifts, but it's worth taking a little time to make the best presentation.
- Place the chocolates in decorative boxes or tins.
- Wrap cookies or brownies in a dark colored cloth napkin (brown works best!) and place them in a basket with a bow on the handle.
- Serve chocolate goodies on a decorative lacquer tray. Cover with colored cellophane to keep them moist.
- Stack cookies and wrap them in clear or colored cellophane and tie it off with a ribbon.
- Make your own gift card by using a decorative rubber stamp and tie it to your gift with a ribbon or raffia.
- Decorate the tops of cupcakes with sprinkles, sugar candies or colored icing to make them look a little more special.
Cakes, cookies and brownies are some of the most popular chocolate gourmet baking gifts. Even though they are gourmet, that doesn't necessarily mean they are complicated to bake. Personalize some of the most classic desserts with your gift recipient in mind.