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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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Pecan Cutout Cookies

My husband's grandmother made these buttery cookies using a star cutter. I've never tasted a cookie quite like it, so nutty and flavorful. —Louise Reisler, Bonduel, Wisconsin
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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

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

Cranberry Sauce Cake

Cranberry Sauce Cake

Cranberry Sauce Cake

This moist cake is so easy to make because it mixes in one bowl. Slice it at the table so everyone can see how beautiful it is. Make one for your dinner and another for a friend. -Marge Clark, West Lebanon, Indiana
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Coconut Cranberry Yummies

Coconut Cranberry Yummies

Coconut Cranberry Yummies

When my husband came home from the grocery store with six bags of fresh cranberries, I launched a full scale effort to creatively use them all. Bursting with tart cranberry and sweet coconut flavor, these tasty bites are my favorite result from that experiment.

Coconut Almond Candies

Coconut Almond Candies

Coconut Almond Candies

I love Christmas candy, and these simple but special chocolates are among my favorites. They're easy to assemble in paper-lined muffin cups.

Caramel Nut Logs

Caramel Nut Logs

Caramel Nut Logs

It’s a good thing this recipe makes a lot—the wrapped logs never stick around long! They take a bit of effort to make but are well worth it. —Karen Haen, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Pancakes from the Pantry

Pancakes from the Pantry

Pancakes from the Pantry

Need a gift for the breakfast lover on your list? Fix a batch of this pleasing pancake mix—it'll serve up plenty of smiles. Don't forget to attach the recipe for making the pancakes! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Raisin Cashew Drops

Raisin Cashew Drops

Raisin Cashew Drops

At Christmas, I serve these bite-size chocolates in festive paper cups decorated with snowmen or Santas. They’re easy to make, and my family loves the combination of salty and sweet.

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Field editor Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren Minnesota says friends were delighted to receive her fruit and nut biscotti mix. “Layer the dry ingredients in a clear jar, add a bow and attach the instructions for preparation and baking,” she notes.

Walnut Cream Braid

Walnut Cream Braid

Walnut Cream Braid

This pretty plaited bread comes all the way from North Pole - Alaska, that is! Resident Jean Erickson makes it each December for family and friends. "It's become a tasty tradition we all look forward to," she smiles. "The nutty cheese filling is so good!"

Salted Cashew & Caramel Chews

Salted Cashew & Caramel Chews

Salted Cashew & Caramel Chews

Nothing says "welcome home" like warm, gooey, chewy cookies right out of the oven with a cold glass of milk—mmm, heaven. You don't need a plate. Just grab and go. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
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