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Use This Strategy to Make All Your Edible Gifts in One Fell Swoop

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We love doling out edible gifts for the holidays, so we're sharing five recipes you can make with a dozen eggs that'll pack up pretty. This article is funded by the American Egg Board.

We're only halfway through December and I've already overcommitted to more edible holiday gifts than my one oven can handle (you, too?). There are multiple gift exchanges; there are care packages to loved ones far away; there are birthday gifts for those who must share their personal day-of-life celebrations with the larger "holidays."

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To make sure I get everything checked off my list in time, I like to schedule a weekend baking bonanza: Come Saturday at 8 A.M., I suit up in my apron and bake between 5 and 7 recipes over the course of two days (you can also do this a couple days before the holiday if you have the time off). I then divide the batches, mixing and matching to make edible gift "variety packs."

Photo by James Ransom

These bundles are goodie treasure troves, with treats for every recipient's preference—whether that's for chocolate or citrus, cake or cookies, crunchy or smooth. And no one gets hit with an entire box of one type of cookie they can't possibly finish on their own.

To choose the recipes I want to make, I like to impose a filter that makes the selection process easier and narrow the grocery list while maintaining variety. A dozen eggs is a natural limit: I can buy a carton at the store knowing they'll all get used up and that I won't have to tap into my normal supply, reserved for scrambling and soft-boiling.

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The 5 recipes in the image above add up to exactly 12 eggs—no yolks or whites left unaccompanied. And you don't have to roll out cookie dough or crimp pie crust or cut butter into flour, either. They're naturally packageable and they're all sturdy enough to hold up for at least 3 days, whether you're sending them across the street or state lines.

With these five recipes, you'll get...

  • 30 to 40 cookies
  • 36 blondies
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon curd
  • One 9-inch cake
  • 12 muffins (skip the glaze if you're packing these up to ship)

...which is easily enough for four generous packages (and you'll get to keep any cookies and blondies that "didn't turn out quite right" for yourself).

Divine gluten-free chocolate cookies. No seriously.

Divine gluten-free chocolate cookies. No seriously. by Jestei

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies by Genius Recipes

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd by Alice Medrich

Teddie's Apple Cake

Teddie's Apple Cake by Genius Recipes

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by sweet enough

And if that combination doesn't appeal to you, more ideas right this way:

Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate and Golden Raisins

Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate and Golden Raisins by sarah kieffer | the vanilla...

Elisenlebkuchen (Glazed Flourless Nuremberg Lebkuchen)

Elisenlebkuchen (Glazed Flourless Nuremberg Lebkuchen) by wednesdaychef

Butternut (or Sweet Potato or Pumpkin) Pecan Bread

Butternut (or Sweet Potato or Pumpkin) Pecan Bread by inpatskitchen

The Almond Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Almond Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookie by Posie Harwood

Homemade Mint Slice Cookies

Homemade Mint Slice Cookies by Sarah Coates

My Girls' Best Test Kitchen Sugar Cookies

My Girls' Best Test Kitchen Sugar Cookies by thirschfeld

Nigel Slater's Extremely Moist Chocolate-Beet Cake

Nigel Slater's Extremely Moist Chocolate-Beet Cake by Genius Recipes

Vanilla Fig Scones

Vanilla Fig Scones by fiveandspice

Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake by Genius Recipes

Grandma Bohlmann's Pfeffernusse

Grandma Bohlmann's Pfeffernusse by mary beth

Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse

Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse by Alice Medrich

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies by Amanda Hesser

Walnut-Rosemary Savory Granola

Walnut-Rosemary Savory Granola by Nicholas Day

Danielle Oron’s Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Danielle Oron’s Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies by Genius Recipes

Halvah and Nutella Babka

Halvah and Nutella Babka by Yossy Arefi

Chocolate Almond Banana Bread

Chocolate Almond Banana Bread by Posie Harwood

Matcha Snickerdoodles

Matcha Snickerdoodles by Ali Slagle

Green Tea Walnuts

Green Tea Walnuts by ieatthepeach

What's your strategy for making tons of edible gifts at once? Tell us in the comments below!

We're sharing five recipes you can make with a dozen eggs that'll pack up pretty. This article is funded by the American Egg Board—visit incredibleegg.org for more recipes to bake and gift this season.

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