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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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Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

This dazzling treat tastes like a Snickers bar but has homemade flavor beyond compare. When I entered it in a recipe contest at our harvest festival, it won five ribbons, including grand prize and the judges' special award. -Jane Meek, Pahrump, Nevada

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Make a lasting impression on Valentine’s Day with this luscious candy featuring a dark chocolate shell and a gooey peanut butter center. Your sweetie will appreciate the colorful sprinkles on top, too.— LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota

Contest-Winning Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Contest-Winning Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Contest-Winning Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

A touch of cinnamon helps blend the chocolate and pumpkin flavors in this tender bread. And since the recipe makes two loaves, you can send one to a bake sale and keep one at home for your family to enjoy. —Lora Stanley, Bennington, Kansas
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Delicious Pumpkin Bread

Delicious Pumpkin Bread

Delicious Pumpkin Bread

An enticing aroma wafts through my house when this tender cake-like pumpkin bread is in the oven. I bake extra loaves to give as holiday gifts. My friends wait eagerly for it every year. —Linda Burnett, Prescott, Arizona

Lara's Tender Gingersnaps

Lara's Tender Gingersnaps

Lara's Tender Gingersnaps

Soft gingersnaps embody the tastes and smells of the season. Enjoy cloves, cinnamon and ginger blended into one delicious cookie. These are perfect for Thanksgiving and fall gatherings. —Lara Pennell, Mauldin, South Carolina

White Velvet Cutouts

White Velvet Cutouts

White Velvet Cutouts

We make these cutouts every Christmas and give lots of them as gifts. Last year, we baked a batch a week all through December to be sure we'd have plenty for ourselves, too. These rich cookies melt in your mouth! — Kim Hinkle, Wauseon, Ohio

Dipped Gingersnaps

Dipped Gingersnaps

Dipped Gingersnaps

I get a great deal of satisfaction making and giving time-tested yuletide treats like these soft, chewy cookies. Dipping them in white chocolate makes great gingersnaps even more special. —Laura Kimball, West Jordan, Utah

Christmas Eve Mice

Christmas Eve Mice

Christmas Eve Mice

Assembling these merry mice is so much fun that the kids will definitely want to help. My daughter gave me the recipe, along with a warning...your guests just might think these treats are too cute to eat!

White Chocolate Party Mix

White Chocolate Party Mix

White Chocolate Party Mix

You won't be able to stop eating this irresistible mix. The light, sweet coating is great over cereal, peanuts, pretzels and M&M's. —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana

Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies

"A single batch of these mouthwatering cookies is never enough," attests Doris Marshall of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. "I usually make one to give away and two more to keep at home. Adding ricotta cheese to the batter makes the morsels extra moist."—Doris Marshall, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Creamy Caramels

Creamy Caramels

Creamy Caramels

I discovered this recipe in a local newspaper several years ago and have made these soft buttery caramels ever since. Everyone asks for the recipe once they have a taste. I make them for Christmas, picnics and charity auctions. They are so much better than store-bought caramels. -Marcie Wolfe, Williamsburg, Virginia
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