Purim is coming up in just a few short weeks which means there is plenty of time to plan and prep what you’ll give for mishloach (shalach) manot, which consists of two different ready-to-eat foods (or treats!). Of course, we’ll all be in the same position just a few days before, rushing to come up with a creative idea because, well, life happens and planning can fall by the wayside. In anticipation of normal life, below are 10 practical and delicious ideas for mishloach manot.
Cookies are a very accessible gift for anyone to make, but you can still make your mark by using sweet and fun flavors to make it creative. Try the Fig and Walnut Cookies for flavors reminiscent of the middle east or Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips & Walnuts for a distinctly modern type of cookie.
For the chocolate lovers in circle there are a multitude of options! Two of these can be made in a snap, try the two ingredient, super simple Peanut Chew Popcorn for a salty-sweet and crunchy gift. There's also the elegant and customizable Decorated Brownie Bites, made even easier if you use brownie mix! Then there are the sophisticated Passion Fruit Wine and Mango Filled Bonbons to give as a grown-up mishloach manos treat, or the crowd-pleaser Chocolate Bark.
A little crunch and a sprinkling of cheese can make for a deceptively simple and delicious gift. Have fun with a favorite child hood snack with homemade Whole Wheat Mozzarella and Chive Cheez-its. If you're in a time crunch and have a well-stocked pantry, go for the Truffle and Rosemary Popcorn.
No one can turn down homemade challah topped with flavors not often seen at the shabbos table. This is a win-win situation in my book, make an extra batch of challah one week and freeze the dough, when you're ready take it out to rise and customize the toppings for a great mishloach manot gift. Try the Zaatar and Olive Challah or Jew in the City’s Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Challah.
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