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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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Lemony Coconut Bars

These lemony and chewy bars make a refreshing addition to the holiday cookie tray. Try lime juice and zest for a zingy twist. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

My family relishes this jelly served with meat or spread on crackers with cream cheese. It's in hot demand as a gift.

Fruit-and-Cheese Bars

Fruit-and-Cheese Bars

Fruit-and-Cheese Bars

One pan of these sweet, rich bars goes a long way. Colorful candied fruit makes it especially festive.

Pretzel Cookies

Pretzel Cookies

Pretzel Cookies

Here's a different look from all the round or cut-out cookies. It's easy to shape this shortbread-like dough into a pretzel. You can also sprinkle them with colored sugar or sprinkles.— Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Sugar-Free Spiced Pecans

Sugar-Free Spiced Pecans

Sugar-Free Spiced Pecans

“My mother makes these and they’re fantastic," writes Audrey Stewart of Forest Hill, Maryland. "If you arrive at her house late, there might not be any left!”

Cherry Cranberry Chutney

Cherry Cranberry Chutney

Cherry Cranberry Chutney

I found this recipe in a cookbook compiled by a friend’s quilting group. Try it with chicken—but don’t stop there. It’s good with turkey, ham, pork and venison, too.

Sugar-Coated Pecans

Sugar-Coated Pecans

Sugar-Coated Pecans

"It's impossible to stop snacking on these sweet crispy nuts, so I make several batches over the holidays in order to keep a supply on hand," Carol Crowley, West Haven, Connecticut, admits.

Cranberry Whole Wheat Bagels

Cranberry Whole Wheat Bagels

Cranberry Whole Wheat Bagels

The bagel recipes I saw in a magazine inspired me to try creating my own. I've been making them like crazy ever since! My whole wheat version dotted with cranberries is a favorite.—Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska

Chocolate-Covered Chips

Chocolate-Covered Chips

Chocolate-Covered Chips

Whenever I give these candies as gifts or serve them to guests, they're conversation starters! The savory-sweet combination makes a tempting treat. —Marcille Meyer, Battle Creek, Nebraska

Maple Nut Balls

Maple Nut Balls

Maple Nut Balls

I created these chocolate-dipped delights a few years ago, and already they've become a seasonal favorite with all my friends and family members. The creamy confection also won a blue ribbon at our state fair.

Spiced Cookie Strips

Spiced Cookie Strips

Spiced Cookie Strips

Convenient refrigerated cookie dough and a few spices from your cupboard are all you need to bake these yummy cookie strips. Your family will want to gobble them up right out of the oven.

Cherry Nut Bread

Cherry Nut Bread

Cherry Nut Bread

Chopped pecans and maraschino cherries perk up this pound cake-like bread. The pretty slices are rich and moist with a crisp golden crust. This is my husband's favorite bread. -Melissa Gentner, Tecumseh, Michigan
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