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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 spiced cookie has a real kick of ginger that reminds me of the traditional German lebkuchen. Add colored sprinkles for extra sparkle. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey
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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

Sweet Potato Butter

Sweet Potato Butter

Sweet Potato Butter

This smooth creamy spread has a great combination of sweet potatoes and apples. It's a sweet and satisfying topping for a variety of breads. —Barbara Hoard, Mathis, Texas

Gingerbread-Spiced Syrup

Gingerbread-Spiced Syrup

Gingerbread-Spiced Syrup

Here's a wonderful treat for the season. Stir a tablespoon into coffee, tea or cider…drizzle it over pancakes, hot cereal or yogurt…or use it as a glaze for chicken or pork chops. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Jeweled Fruitcake

Jeweled Fruitcake

Jeweled Fruitcake

I promise this jeweled fruitcake is simply fantastic. Even my friends and family members who don’t normally care for fruitcake say they love it!—Sharon Hoffman, Donna, Texas

Bubble Bread Wreath

Bubble Bread Wreath

Bubble Bread Wreath

"Every year, I bake about 20 of these yeasty wreaths to give as gifts to seniors in our area," notes Sylvia Petker from her Port Rowan, Ontario home. "I also make more for our family Christmas brunch. It's a cinch to serve since the bread pulls apart easily."

Currant Scone Mix

Currant Scone Mix

Currant Scone Mix

"You can make a wonderful present of this mix," assures Delores Hill from Helena, Montana. "I pack it in a decorative container along with the recipe for making the scones. I also include a few tea towels."

Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted Pecans

Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted Pecans

Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted Pecans

My kids and grandkids love these nutty, salty, chocolaty bites. The neighbors kids rush right over when they find out I have them. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

Cranberry Almond Bark

Cranberry Almond Bark

Cranberry Almond Bark

The addition of dried cranberries makes this almond bark extra special. It looks impressive by its really quick and easy to make.—Elizabeth Hodges, Regina Beach, Saskatchewan

White Candy Bark

White Candy Bark

White Candy Bark

"Here is a speedy candy recipe that can be varied depending on the type of fruit or nuts you have on hand," sends Marcia Snyder of Grand Junction, Colorado. "Since we have a walnut tree, I use walnuts, but pecans could also be substituted as well as dried cherries for the cranberries."

Fig, Walnut & White Chip Cookies

Fig, Walnut & White Chip Cookies

Fig, Walnut & White Chip Cookies

I use figs from my own tree to make these cookies. The white chips add a touch of sweetness.—Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California

Reindeer Treats

Reindeer Treats

Reindeer Treats

You'll hardly be able to rein folks in once they see these crispy critters! CT's cooks hurried the herd together using a sweetened mix of chocolate, rice cereal and peanut butter, then designed deer with pretzels and candies.
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