Hostess gifts for the not-so domestically inclined

by Leah Moldowan

Whether or not you don the title of “student”, it’s no reason not to bring along a hostess gift to parties or dinners anytime of the year. (But, don’t let the thought scare you away from those get togethers!) Edible gifts make for the best gifts; they’re affordable, easy and, really, who doesn’t love food? Plus, your thoughtfulness is sure to win you brownie points from the host and guests alike.

Hostess gifts for the not-so domestically inclined
I mean everyone loves mason jars (and anything in them)

Cinnamon Orange Granola

After an exhausting night of cooking, partying and cleaning, who wants to get up and make a nice breakfast? Give the gift of a nutritious and easy breakfast.

1 cup oats

1 cup puffed rice or any other grains or nuts

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp tahini or other nut/seed butter

zest from one orange

  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, puffed rice, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. In a small dish combine the rest of the ingredients. Pour into the large bowl and toss to coat the oat mixture.
  4. Spread onto the baking tray. Bake for fifteen to eighteen minutes until it becomes golden.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled, transfer to a large jar. Enjoy it as cereal, on top of ice cream or by the handful.

Gingerbread Glazed Nuts

These make a perfect snack for the host to put out for the party or save for themself. The recipe can easily be multiplied to make however much you’d like. Why not make a huge batch and have gifts for everyone?

1½ cups unsalted mixed nuts

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp molasses

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

1/8 tsp ground cloves

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients excluding the nuts. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add in the nuts and mix until the nuts are evenly coated.
  4. Spread on the baking tray. Bake for eight to ten minutes. Keep an eye on them because they can burn quickly.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool and break up into smaller chunks if needed. Once cooled, store in a jar.

Chocolate Bark

As the age-old philosophy goes, “You can’t go wrong with chocolate.” This recipe is extremely versatile and can easily incorporate the following add-ins: crushed pretzels, pomegranate seeds, goji berries, pistachios or even your favourite cookie broken up into bite-size pieces.

one bar of dark chocolate or chocolate of choice

any add-ins you’d like

  1. Melt the chocolate using in a double broiler or microwave.
  2. Pour onto a parchment paper-lined baking tray and sprinkle over add-ins.
  3. Place in freezer to set. Once hard, break up into chunks and place in pretty baggies.