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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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When we left Texas to head north, a neighbor gave me so many pecans from his trees that my trunk was bulging at the seams. This is one of the squares I brought back for him the next year. He loved them! —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
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Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Cayenne pepper gives these sugar-glazed nuts a spicy kick. I've found that folks who favor sweet and savory flavors can't stop eating these mouthwatering morsels.—Linda Johnsson, Marion, Ohio

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

Sesame Toffee

Sesame Toffee

Sesame Toffee

I make more cakes and cookies than candy, but I love to stir up a batch of this toffee for Christmas because it's so easy!
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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.

Honey Nut & Cream Cheese Baklava

Honey Nut & Cream Cheese Baklava

Honey Nut & Cream Cheese Baklava

I love serving impressive desserts that look like you spent hours in the kitchen when, in reality, they're really easy to make. This is one of those recipes. —Cheryl Lundquist, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzels

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzels

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzels

"The treats are easy for any age to make but pretty enough to share with friends. You can add color sprinkles to customize them for any holiday or occasion," relates Marcia Porch of Winter Park, Florida.

Jeweled Coconut Crisps

Jeweled Coconut Crisps

Jeweled Coconut Crisps

When I anticipate a busy day during the holiday season, I make this cookie dough the night before. The next day, I just slice and bake. —Eileen Milacek, Waukomis, Oklahoma

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

Christmas Braid

Christmas Braid

Christmas Braid

This holiday bread is easy to make, although the braiding takes a bit of practice. I serve it for evening coffees, then use the rest toasted for breakfast. I also give it as gifts—it's delicious with cheese—and it always goes over big at Christmas bake sales. My husband's a dairy farmer. I work as a bank teller and stenographer. At home, I enjoy cooking and crafts.

Kahlua Truffles

Kahlua Truffles

Kahlua Truffles

I discovered this recipe tucked away in a box of my mother's things. It's such a sweet way to remember her at Christmastime. —Betsy King, Duluth, Elizabeth King, Duluth, Minnesota

Chocolate-Dipped Apple Rings

Chocolate-Dipped Apple Rings

Chocolate-Dipped Apple Rings

These apple treats are a staple in my Christmas goody packages. Sometimes I add an 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne to the cinnamon mixture for a little extra kick. —Laurie Bock, Lynden, Washington
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