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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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Apricot & Macadamia Eggnog Bread

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Nancy Heishman
Holidays and nut breads are made for each other. My spiced quick bread has three of the ingredients I can’t resist – eggnog, apricots and macadamia nuts. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, NV
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Chewy Fruit Cookies

Chewy Fruit Cookies

Chewy Fruit Cookies

This recipe, given to me by a friend years ago, was one I used to save just for Christmas. But friends and family began to request them regularly, and now I buy extra candied cherries when they go on sale in December so I can make the treats all year long.

Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake

Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake

Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake

"Cranberries add a delightful tartness to this coffee cake that is a Christmas morning tradition for my family," writes Anne Keenan from Nevada City, California. "I make my own almond paste to use when making this treat." (You can find Anne's recipe by searching for "Homemade Almond Paste" in the Recipe Finder)

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
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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

Butter Snowmen Cookie

Butter Snowmen Cookie

Butter Snowmen Cookie

These cookies are sure to be part of your Christmas cookie plates. They will go especially well at a bake sale. They are so cute!—Kathleen Taugher, East Troy, Wisconsin

Gingersnap Coconut Creams

Gingersnap Coconut Creams

Gingersnap Coconut Creams

When Christmas is around the corner, we love gingerbread cookies and macaroons. I combine the two for a spiced gingersnap cookie with a coconut filling. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Snack Attack Fudge

Snack Attack Fudge

Snack Attack Fudge

Surprise! Salty snacks are stirred into homemade fudge for a taste the guys (and gals) will all go crazy for.

White Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

This is a cookie you will want to make again and again. I like to take it to church get-togethers and family reunions. It's very delicious...crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. -Denise DeJong, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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."

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

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
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