Handcrafted Holiday Jams and Gourmet Gifts


Handcrafted farm-to-table cuisine extends to gourmet gift ideas this holiday season.

Using only local and fresh ingredients, Chef Ryan Johnston from Whisknladle showcases how-to-make handcrafted holiday gifts through jarring everything from various preserves, jams, cookies, simple syrups and more creating the perfect gesture this holiday season.

Ryan presents the how-do steps in handcrafted your own Mulled Cranberry Apple Compote, Shortbread Cookies and Spiced Simple Syrup.

Mulled Cranberry Apple Compote


  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 3 apples, cored, peeled, diced
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 Tbs lemon Juice
  • ½ c water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Mulling Spices in cheesecloth:  2 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise, 6 cloves, 3 Allspice, peel of 1.2 orange, Peel of ½ lemon

Equipment: Induction Burner, medium stainless pot, spatula, all ingredients in pot to cook, all ingredients spread out for shot, final product in Mason jar

Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup AP flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 oz butter, cold, diced

Equipment: Stainless bowl w/ dry measured out, whisk, paring knife, fork, 9 inch spring form pan with dough in it, finished product packaged

Spiced Simple Syrup


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • 2 star Anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Equipment: Induction Burner, medium stainless pot with all ingredients, finished product in bottle

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