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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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Cookie butter and ground ginger add a new layer of flavor. The recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies; they go fast so you may want to make a double batch. —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio
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Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

Walnut-Filled Coffee Cakes

“At our house, Easter or Christmas morning just would not be the same without these wonderful sugar/cinnamon braids.” They also make lovely gifts.

Great Granola

Great Granola

Great Granola

Granola goes glam when stowed in a see-through container decked out with tinsel. Nuts, dried fruit and more make a crunchy mix for topping oatmeal or eating by the handful. Tie on mini holiday bulbs fancied up with a metallic paint. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

Spicy Pecans N Cranberries

Spicy Pecans N Cranberries

Spicy Pecans N Cranberries

Spice up a holiday party with these well-seasoned nuts— or keep a batch in the freezer to give as last-minute presents.
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Joe Froggers

Joe Froggers

Joe Froggers

Large, soft and chewy, the cookies make a great snack. The classic recipe have a warm blend of spices that seem to be more pronounced the second day. Your family is sure to ask you to make them again. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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

Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

For years I've taken this snack to our church retreat in two containers—one for each night—so it doesn't all disappear the first night. Other church members tell us that if we can't attend, we should just send the caramel corn. —Nancy Breen, Canastota, New York

Cherry Date Fruitcake

Cherry Date Fruitcake

Cherry Date Fruitcake

It's a Christmas tradition for me to serve this fruitcake at parties and to give it to friends and family. Jam-packed with nuts and cherries, it puts a new spin on a holiday mainstay.

Cranberry Fruit Bread

Cranberry Fruit Bread

Cranberry Fruit Bread

My family looks forward to this flavorful combination of cranberry bread and fruitcake for the holidays. Baked in smaller pans, the pretty loaves make a nice gifts. The bread also freezes well. I got this recipe from a woman at church before my husband retired as minister. —Ellen Puotinen, Tower, Minnesota

Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

My family asks for these scones all the time, but I like to save this special treat just for celebrations. It makes them feel extra-special that way. —Leslie Parker, Avoca, Iowa

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

Jeweled Coconut Cookies

Jeweled Coconut Cookies

Jeweled Coconut Cookies

I often bake these bite-sized cookies with two flavors of preserves for special occasions.
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