Holiday Candies and cookies recipe advice - make a head
For the Holidays this winter, I would like to put together an edible display of homemade (somewhat healthy) cookies, candies and treats, with take home goodie bags. I'm not normally one to make sweets, so I was hoping you could recommend some recipes or recipe books that would fit my criteria.
The allergy restrictions are nuts (except almonds) and soy (which excludes most chocolate, and corn syrup which is sometimes processed with soy, and most processed foods). Recipes that I can substitute honey or maple syrup for the corn syrup would be fine.
It would be preferred if the recipes were not hugely sweet, as there will be kids and their parents are very restrictive on sugar content. Treats are fine, and so are sweets, so long as the sugars in them are simple like fruit juice, maple syrup, honey, &c... and not processed sugars like white sugar, corn syrup, &c. It's their kids, so I will respect their wishes in this. Besides, I'm not big into desserts either, but hey, it's the Holidays, you need something sweet on the table, it's expected. Things that derive their sweetness from fruit or honey/maple syrup are best.
What I'm looking for is something I can make ahead of time, starting now, and freeze. Take out of the freezer the day before the event, and keep at room temperature until served (the fridge will be full with other things).
I'm pretty good at substituting for recipes, however, I don't have a lot of experience with sugar and syrups, so any help there would be awesome. I also don't freeze very often, so I'm not certain which recipes would be best for that.
Some of the recipes I was looking at here on Food52 are:
http://food52.com/recipes... - if I can use maple syrup or honey instead of corn syrup
and of course candied Ginger http://food52.com/recipes...
I was also thinking of a shortbread cookie made with maple syrup instead of white sugar.
So what do you think? Any of these freeze well?
What other recipes do you love for Holiday treats?