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Gift Recipes

Homemade food is a thoughtful and personal gift for Christmas. Find gift recipes for candies, cookies, fudge, mixes, muffins and more in this collection of edible gift ideas.

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This dazzling cookie showcases one of my family's favorite flavors, peppermint. It's always one of the first to disappear from the cookie tray. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
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Maple Walnut Rolls

Maple Walnut Rolls

Maple Walnut Rolls

For old-fashioned flavor, you can't beat this attractive nut roll. The recipe makes four rolls, so you'll have enough to serve family and friends all through the holiday season. —Elleen Oberreuter, Danbury, Iowa

Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint Meringues

"These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are super as a Christmas gift or to pass around when guests drop in," says field editor Dixie Terry of Goreville, Illinois.

Apricot & Macadamia Eggnog Bread

Apricot & Macadamia Eggnog Bread

Apricot & Macadamia Eggnog Bread

Holidays and nut breads are made for each other. My spiced quick bread has three of the ingredients I can’t resist – eggnog, apricots and macadamia nuts. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, NV
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Cran-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Cran-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Cran-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Dried cranberries, coconut and orange makes this crisp, chewy oatmeal cookie a real standout.—Ellen Woodham-Johnson, Matteson, Illinois

Caramel-Nut Candy Bars

Caramel-Nut Candy Bars

Caramel-Nut Candy Bars

As a busy mother of six, I welcome any Christmas recipe that's quick, easy and family pleasing. These Snickers-like bars fit that description perfectly!

White Chocolate Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti

White Chocolate Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti

White Chocolate Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti

Over the years, I've adapted my most-requested biscotti recipe to add some of my favorite ingredients: cranberries, white chocolate and pistachios. This biscotti keeps and freezes well.—Susan Nelson, Newbury Park, California

Nutty Popcorn Party Mix

Nutty Popcorn Party Mix

Nutty Popcorn Party Mix

Whoever receives this crunchy concoction is guaranteed merry munching. The snapped-up-in-seconds party mix features a combination of sweet and savory flavors. —Zita Wilensky, North Miami Beach, Florida

Spicy Cashews

Spicy Cashews

Spicy Cashews

“These seasoned nuts are so good, it’s hard to stop eating them,” reports Jean Voan of Shepherd, Texas. “I made them for gift baskets and got many compliments. They are perfect for the holidays but delicious to munch anytime.” TIP: Package a batch in a festive tin to give as a hostess gift.

Peppery Peanut Brittle

Peppery Peanut Brittle

Peppery Peanut Brittle

A touch of hot pepper sauce gives a unique zip to this crunchy confection from Janie Sanders of Vicksburg, Mississippi. "We call it blistering brittle," she says. The mixture reaches hard-crack stage in the microwave, so you don't even need a candy thermometer for this brittle.

Sweet Italian Holiday Bread

Sweet Italian Holiday Bread

Sweet Italian Holiday Bread

This is authentic ciambellotto, a sweet loaf my great-grandmother used to bake in Italy. I still use her traditional recipe—the only update I made was for modern appliances.—Denise Perrin, Vancouver, Washington

Eggnog Truffle Cups

Eggnog Truffle Cups

Eggnog Truffle Cups

“If you like homemade eggnog, you'll love these elegant truffle cups,” Terrie Malsom, Vermillion, South Dakota, suggests a tasty way to say “cheers” to the holidays. To save time, use small premade chocolate cups.
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