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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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There are two super-duper treats in this brilliant confection for teachers, neighbors and friends—cream-filled cookies and candy canes. We keep a big supply ready for gift giving. —Robin Turner, Lake Elsinore, California
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Contest-Winning Winter Fruit Chutney

Contest-Winning Winter Fruit Chutney

Contest-Winning Winter Fruit Chutney

The pairing of sweet and tart fruits makes this chutney a wonderful accompaniment for pork. Not only is it a consistent blue-ribbon winner at fairs, it's a natural way to capture the best of autumn's harvest in a jar.

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.

Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

To tell the truth, I can't recall where this recipe came from. It's been a regular in my holiday baking, though, for many years. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, I hand these out to almost everybody—even the mailman's been known to find a batch in the mailbox! I moved from a big city as a bride. My husband soon persuaded me to enter baked goods at our county fair—now, our son, 8, is my cookie tester, and our daughter, 6, is the egg beater.
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Spiced Peanuts

Spiced Peanuts

Spiced Peanuts

Liven up plain peanuts with a sweet-and-spicy blend of flavors from sugar, cumin and cayenne pepper. You'll want to double...or triple...the recipe!—Holly Kunkle, Walton, Kentucky

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.

Cherry Date Fruitcake

Cherry Date Fruitcake

Cherry Date Fruitcake

It's a Christmas tradition for me to serve this fruitcake at parties and to give it to friends and family. Jam-packed with nuts and cherries, it puts a new spin on a holiday mainstay.

Apple Snack Mix

Apple Snack Mix

Apple Snack Mix

With apple chips and cereal in fun shapes, this cute mix makes a tasty, nutritious gift, bake sale item or party favor. —Rosemary Pacha, Brighton, Iowa

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer

Anyone who likes a cup of java is sure to enjoy this homemade stir-in. For a quick Christmas gift, put the creamer in a festive basket and add a fun mug or package of gourmet coffee.—Carol Forcum, Marion, Illinois

Candy Cane Coffee Cake

Candy Cane Coffee Cake

Candy Cane Coffee Cake

Dotted with dried apricots and maraschino cherries, this tender coffee cake has a festive flavor and look. I love to serve it at Christmastime for my family, fellow teachers and students. It makes a welcome holiday gift, too. -Linda Hollingsworth, Quitman, Mississippi

Christmas Elf Cake Pops

Christmas Elf Cake Pops

Christmas Elf Cake Pops

Don't you just want to kiss him? This adorable elf will be pop-ular with anyone who loves PB&J flavor. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Heirloom Fruitcake

Heirloom Fruitcake

Heirloom Fruitcake

I wanted a holiday fruitcake made with butter, honey , eggs and cream. When I couldn't find a recipe, I created this one. I like this cake because it's not as sweet as many traditional varieties yet is loaded with fruits and nuts. -Sharon McClatchey, Muskogee, Oklahoma
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