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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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Roasted almonds and almond butter take center stage in this delectable candy, but the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice really come through. Every batch I make disappears in a flash. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
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Rich Pistachio Brittle

Rich Pistachio Brittle

Rich Pistachio Brittle

Here's a fun twist on traditional brittle. Pistachios not only add wonderful taste to the rich, buttery candy, but delicious texture. —Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California

Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer

Our Test Kitchen staff had a blast creating these adorable candy cane stocking stuffers. Rudolph and his friends never looked sweeter than they do with pretzel antlers, chocolate eyes and red-hot candy noses.

Orange Spritz Cookies

Orange Spritz Cookies

Orange Spritz Cookies

Brown sugar gives these spritz cookies a lovely light caramel tint. This variation has a rich buttery shortbread taste and texture with a hint of orange flavor. They are a delightful addition to my holiday cookie tray. -Sean Fleming, St. Charles, Illinois
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Snow-Capped Mocha Fudge Drops

Snow-Capped Mocha Fudge Drops

Snow-Capped Mocha Fudge Drops

Everyone loves seeing chocolate on a cookie plate. Our version is super fudgy with an hint of rich mocha. The edible glitter adds a sparkling touch. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

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

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

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

Maple Walnut Rolls

Maple Walnut Rolls

Maple Walnut Rolls

For old-fashioned flavor, you can't beat this attractive nut roll. The recipe makes four rolls, so you'll have enough to serve family and friends all through the holiday season. —Elleen Oberreuter, Danbury, Iowa

Strawberry Almond Coffee Cake

Strawberry Almond Coffee Cake

Strawberry Almond Coffee Cake

I came across this winning recipe when helping my mom organize her extensive recipe collection.

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."

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."
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