Great DIY Holiday Gift Ideas For Friends

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Sometimes you don’t have a lot of money for gifts; sometimes you just want to make something personal and heartfelt.

Whatever your reason for Do-It-Yourself (or DIY) holiday gifts, the time and thought spent on the gift will be appreciated by even the curmudgeon Scrooges amongst your friends.

Whether you can’t spend a dime or you have a lot of time, we’ve made a list of Great DIY Holiday Gifts For Friends.

 Cookies

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You might be thinking, “Cookies. How boring.” But, as an unqualified expert in holiday cookie eating, cookies are never boring. They are always welcomed, yummy, and super thoughtful.

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If you want to make something a little different and show off your baking skills, we wouldn’t be mad to get a tin of these Peppermint Meringues With Chocolate Filling.

Ingredients

3 large egg whites

3/4 cup(s) sugar

1/2 teaspoon(s) pure peppermint extract

Red gel-paste food coloring

1 cup(s) heavy cream

6 ounce(s) good-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; secure corners with masking tape. Fit a pastry bag with a small open-star tip (such as Ateco #22). Set aside.

Make meringues: Put egg whites and sugar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water, and stir gently until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer bowl to an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Mix in peppermint extract.

Using a new small paintbrush, paint 2 or 3 stripes of red food coloring inside the pastry bag. Fill bag with 1 to 2 cups meringue. Pipe small (3/4-inch-high) star shapes onto prepared baking sheets. Refill bag as necessary, adding food coloring each time.

Bake cookies until crisp but not brown, about 1 hour 40 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

Meanwhile, make ganache: Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until just simmering. Pour over chocolate in a small bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir until smooth, about 5 minutes. Let ganache cool at room temperature, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes, until thick enough to hold its shape, about 45 minutes. (If ganache sets before using, reheat in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; repeat the cooling process.)

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip (such as Ateco #5) with ganache. Pipe a small amount onto bottom of 1 meringue. Sandwich with another. Repeat with remaining ganache and meringues. Transfer to wire racks; let set 30 minutes. Cookies can be stored in a single layer in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days.

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