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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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My grandmother always made a holiday fruitcake. I took her recipe and made it a cookie that’s perfect any time with a cup of tea. —Amanda Digges, South Windsor, Connecticut
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Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

My grandmother always made a holiday fruitcake. I took her recipe and made it a cookie that’s perfect any time with a cup of tea. —Amanda Digges, South Windsor, Connecticut

Truffle Topiary

Truffle Topiary

Truffle Topiary

This delicious "tree" created from chocolates—is rooted in Elisa Schmidt's generosity. "I wanted to give family and friends something they'd remember," she detailed. "So I whipped up piles of these sweets for everyone." Adding to the fun, the CT kitchen staff turned Elisa's treats into a tree. They took their cue from the way she described preparing those piles of candies in her kitchen. You'll find it easy to do the same for Valentine's ...a birthday...or to brighten a cloudy winte

Cranberry Vinegar

Cranberry Vinegar

Cranberry Vinegar

For a delicious vinegar for salad dressings and marinades, try this vinegar with cranberries. It would make a wonderful side salad during the holidays.—Lesley Colgan, London, Ontario
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Grandma's Divinity

Grandma's Divinity

Grandma's Divinity

Every Christmas my grandmother and I made divinity, just the two of us. I still make it every year. —Anne Clayborne, Walland, Tennessee

Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts

Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts

Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts

My kids linger around the kitchen when these aromatic cookies are baking. I make them throughout the year using a variety of cookie cutters.—Christy Thelan, Kellogg, Iowa

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

Pecan Cutout Cookies

Pecan Cutout Cookies

Pecan Cutout Cookies

My husband's grandmother made these buttery cookies using a star cutter. I've never tasted a cookie quite like it, so nutty and flavorful. —Louise Reisler, Bonduel, Wisconsin

Feta Cheese Balls

Feta Cheese Balls

Feta Cheese Balls

Dill and garlic go well with the tang of feta in this cheese ball...in fact, I think it tastes like a million bucks. It's super easy to do and since the recipe makes two, it's ideal for gatherings.—Kelly Yeager, Hahnville, Louisiana

Orange Cinnamon Bread

Orange Cinnamon Bread

Orange Cinnamon Bread

Instead of wrapping up presents to give at Christmas, I customarily knead them. This citrusy cinnamon bread is a hit with anyone who has a sweet tooth. You can also make a loaf that's terrific for toasting by eliminating the glaze.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Cute as a button and melt-in-your-mouth fabulous when warm, these carefree rolls are the perfect sweet treat to help Mom welcome the day. —Joann Frazier Hensley, McGaheysville, Virginia

Kipplens

Kipplens

Kipplens

My Great-Aunt Hilda makes this recipe every Christmas, and everybody just raves about it! Kipplens taste a lot like Mexican wedding cakes...but I like them better. Kipplens really do melt in your mouth! Plus, they are easy to make-an advantage for me because I have two small children at home and also like to quilt, cross-stitch and work in my garden.
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