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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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My son, Jeremy, is 36 but acts as if he's 5 when he sees these brownies—I've been making them for more than 30 years! My daughter, Jayme, and my four grandchildren love them, too. If you're short on time, a boxed mix works just fine. —Jeannine Schneider, Fremont, California
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Norwegian Cardamom Bread Braids

Norwegian Cardamom Bread Braids

Norwegian Cardamom Bread Braids

This treasured recipe reflects my Norwegian heritage. The subtle hint of cardanom is undeniably good. —Sally Nelson, Tempe, Arizona

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.

Cran-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Cran-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Cran-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Dried cranberries, coconut and orange makes this crisp, chewy oatmeal cookie a real standout.—Ellen Woodham-Johnson, Matteson, Illinois
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Chocolate Rum-Soaked Cherries

Chocolate Rum-Soaked Cherries

Chocolate Rum-Soaked Cherries

I adore chocolate-covered cherries. Who doesn’t? But there’s something extra special about making them in my own kitchen for my very favorite people! —Catherine M. Schultz, Racine, Wisconsin

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

For a bake sale last year, I wanted to try something different. I’d seen chocolate popcorn in a candy shop and thought I’d try making it. This recipe was a great success. —Mary Schmittinger, Colgate, Wisconsin

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

Fruity Pastel Cookies

Fruity Pastel Cookies

Fruity Pastel Cookies

Conna Duff from Lexington, Virginia shares her variation on spritz cookies. "Lime Jell-O tints the dough and gives these wreaths a hint of fruity flavor," she says. "Try other flavors and shapes, too."

Chocolate Chipper Pie Mix

Chocolate Chipper Pie Mix

Chocolate Chipper Pie Mix

Your friends will love the sweet surprise of finding a chocolate pecan pie under their Christmas tree. I enjoy giving this unique gift mix because it's a little bit different from traditional holiday fare.

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

Old-Time Popcorn Balls

Old-Time Popcorn Balls

Old-Time Popcorn Balls

Our whole family loves popcorn. These old-time popcorn balls are great anytime, but they're especially fun to pass out to trick-or-treaters or to use at Christmastime as stocking stuffers! They always look appealing when covered in clear wrap and tied with a festive ribbon.

Snowflake Ornament Cookies

Snowflake Ornament Cookies

Snowflake Ornament Cookies

Bring some of winter's wonder indoors with shaped butter cookies that get their sparkle from edible glitter. These cookie ornaments are great favors for your trim-a-tree party guests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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