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Edible gifts make for a sweet day


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Christmas is a great time to show off your baking talents and what better way than with some edible gifts to wow your family and friends.

I've been doing it since I was a child. It started with simple peppermint sweets but I am glad to say I have progressed to some really tasty Italian treats.

My latest cookbook Bake Like an Italian has a dedicated chapter on Christmas.

For the sweet tooth I bake my Italian snowballs, these little biscuits are usually made with almonds, but I have made them with pecans. It shows you've taken the time and effort to make them for the lucky recipient.

It can be a great way of spending time with the kids at this busy time of year. We know they're popular because our edible gift class always sells out.

As for the big day, don't bite off more than you can chew and don't be scared to delegate - especially if you are having a big crowd. Ask guests or members of the family to bring a dish.

Remember if you are cooking Christmas dinner, nominate cleaner uppers and washer uppers ahead of time, it's your Christmas too.