Thoughtful edible gifts don’t have to break the bank or require hours in the kitchen. These amazing peppermint creams are ridiculously easy to make and inexpensive, too, making them the perfect last-minute Christmas gift.

They don’t need to go anywhere near the oven, and they can be cut into all sorts of different shapes, so it’s a great recipe for getting kids involved in the Christmas gift production line.

This Jamie magazine recipe makes 22-25 peppermint creams. Find the full ingredient list here, and follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how to make peppermint creams – a delicious edible gift you won’t want to part with!

Lightly beat one egg white in a clean, dry bowl until it starts to foam.


Squeeze in a drop of lemon juice and mix thoroughly.


Sift in 400g of icing sugar.


And add ½ teaspoon peppermint extract.


Bring it together with a wooden spoon. When it gets too tough to stir, bring the mixture together with your hands.


Transfer the mixture onto a surface dusted with icing sugar.


Roll it out to 2cm thick.


Use a pastry cutter (traditionally a 3.5cm circle) to cut out the peppermint creams, before popping them on a tray dusted in icing sugar to dry out overnight.


If you are feeling extra indulgent, try dipping one half in melted chocolate and leaving it to set.

What are your favourite homemade edible gifts? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @JamieOliverCom.


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  • Dawn Wheatley

    How long will they keep for?

  • Mark Jones

    I remember back in the 90’s we made these at school, by putting the tin on the radiator, so they were ready for home time

  • Richard

    2 cm thick, are you kidding? If the ones in the picture are 3.5 cm wide then the thickness is more like 1/2 cm or less.

  • Annie Catling

    Good housekeeping guide suggests 2 months in an airtight container. Don’t worry, they won’t last that long anyway because everyone will have eaten them! 🙂

  • Kim Goddard

    what about raw egg whites???? safe??