I’m at Bakerella‘s book signing in Austin! We’re about to embark on a fun Girl Hunter Weekend to celebrate outdoorsyness, togetherness and my upcoming Girl Hunter book release. Amazon just named it a “best book of the month,” which is pretty exciting.
But I want to talk about cranberries and another homemade holiday gift idea. I love homemade gifts, they’re so satisfying and thrifty and pioneering.
This one I call “cranberry chews.”
It’s super simple, you start with a bowl of cranberries and some sugar.
Toss the cranberries in a pot with water and turn on the flame.
Let them stew, giving them a stir every so often. They’ll start to burst and that’s A-Ok.
You’ll spread them out on a silpat or parchment….
There will be some jelly goo surrounding it but that’s okay. It will turn into the fruit roll-up type bites. But bite sizes.
Separate the cranberries as best you can with a fork so they have space to dry. You’ll dry these on low heat for a lot of hours.
They’re done when they’re just slightly tacky.
Peel them off a bit at a time and put them in festive gift bags.
I used simple plastic bags, but I bet you could find some better ones at a good craft store.
Sprinkle a little sugar in there too to help keep them from sticking together.
Then throw a bow on there to finish it off!
These are wonderfully delicious… they have a great tartness to them which make them rather addictive… like sour patch kids. And they make a great hostess gift.