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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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Sacher Torte Squares

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Arlene Erlbach
Sacher torte is a Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares are an easy alternative, but they still feature the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL
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Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

This simple spread combines sweet and savory sun dried tomatoes, tangy goat cheese, and fresh herbs to make a truly magnificent spread. This flavorful spread is perfect with a glass of red wine.—Sarah Agrella, Mountain View, California

Cherry Almond Wreath

Cherry Almond Wreath

Cherry Almond Wreath

I usually serve this spectacular coffee cake on a silver tray with a small artificial poinsettia blossoms and leaves in the center. My daughter and I enjoy making specialty breads like this one and find they make excellent Christmas gives for family and friends. —Gwen Roffler, Grassy Butte, North Dakota

Cashew Nut Crunch

Cashew Nut Crunch

Cashew Nut Crunch

This is a holiday favorite for gift giving. I coarsely chop some of the candy to sprinkle over ice cream. The remained I break into pieces and dip in melted chocolate to serve alongside. —Rose Randall, Derry, Pennsylvania
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Feta Cheese Balls

Feta Cheese Balls

Feta Cheese Balls

Dill and garlic go well with the tang of feta in this cheese ball...in fact, I think it tastes like a million bucks. It's super easy to do and since the recipe makes two, it's ideal for gatherings.—Kelly Yeager, Hahnville, Louisiana

Hot Drink Mix

Hot Drink Mix

Hot Drink Mix

"This is a great mix to have in the cupboard for cold wintry days," says Nancy Zimmerman from Cape May Court House, New Jersey. Using strawberry drink mix instead of chocolate makes it fun for kids of all ages. "For gifts, put it in a pretty jar and attach directions to fix one serving," she adds.

Cherry Cheese Windmills

Cherry Cheese Windmills

Cherry Cheese Windmills

"These pretty cookies look fancy, but they are really not much work," assures Helen McGibbon from Downers Grove, Illinois. "They're perfect for any occasion."

Cherry Nut Bread

Cherry Nut Bread

Cherry Nut Bread

Chopped pecans and maraschino cherries perk up this pound cake-like bread. The pretty slices are rich and moist with a crisp golden crust. This is my husband's favorite bread. -Melissa Gentner, Tecumseh, Michigan

Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee Crisps

Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee Crisps

Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee Crisps

My "crispers" are the ultimate combination of salty and sweet. They never last long because—trust me—they're addictive! Make the recipe the way it's written or sprinkle on any treats you like. —Jennifer Butka, Livonia, Michigan

Sugar-Coated Pecans

Sugar-Coated Pecans

Sugar-Coated Pecans

"It's impossible to stop snacking on these sweet crispy nuts, so I make several batches over the holidays in order to keep a supply on hand," Carol Crowley, West Haven, Connecticut, admits.

Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Cayenne pepper gives these sugar-glazed nuts a spicy kick. I've found that folks who favor sweet and savory flavors can't stop eating these mouthwatering morsels.—Linda Johnsson, Marion, Ohio

Peanut Caramel Corn

Peanut Caramel Corn

Peanut Caramel Corn

A sweet, crunchy, lighter alternative to traditional caramel corn, this can't-stop-eatin'-it treat won't stick to fingers or teeth! Wonderful for gifts, too. —Lois Ward, Puslinch, Ontario
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