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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.

Carrot Fruitcake

Carrot Fruitcake

Carrot Fruitcake

Even those who don't care for fruit cake will love this special holiday dessert. It's a great way to "dress up" that old favorite, carrot cake. Why not see if your family agrees? —Ann Parden, Chunchula, Alabama

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

Christmas Hard Candy

Christmas Hard Candy

Christmas Hard Candy

When you make a batch of this beautiful jewel-toned candy, your whole house fills with wonderful scents of mint or cinnamon. My mom always makes this candy, and people request it every year. She puts it in clear jars with a holiday calico fabric on the lid. Now I've started making it, too. -Jane Holman, Moultrie, Georgia
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Cinnamon Candy Popcorn

Cinnamon Candy Popcorn

Cinnamon Candy Popcorn

This crisp bright-colored snack is more festive than traditional caramel corn. My family just loves! A friend shared the recipe, and I've given it to several people myself. Set out in pretty bowls, it makes a tasty table decoration. I also put it in sandwich bags for a children's party snack. -Kaye Kemper, Windfall, Indiana

Coconut Yule Trees

Coconut Yule Trees

Coconut Yule Trees

People love these trees at Christmastime because they're so festive-looking and more fun than the standard holiday candy. If you like coconut, you'll love this recipe, too. I freeze the undecorated "trees" in an airtight container for up to a month. -Michelle Retterer, Marysville, Ohio

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

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

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

Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

A tin of Jackie Howell's chocolate-coated cookies is a tempting treat you'll love to give. "The recipe is almost too simple to believe!" assures the Gordo, Alabama field editor.

Eggnog Bread

Eggnog Bread

Eggnog Bread

Someone always asks for the recipe when I make this rich bread for the holidays or give as gifts. It's easy to make and quite delicious. The bread is a traditional part of the season at my home here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. —Ruth Bickel, Hickory, North Carolina

Grandma Russell's Bread

Grandma Russell's Bread

Grandma Russell's Bread

I remember as a child always smelling fresh homemade bread and rolls whenever I walked into Grandma's house. The warm slices were delicious and melted in my mouth! —Janet Polito, Nampa, Idaho
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