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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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Fudge Puddles

Fudge Puddles

Fudge Puddles

I was inspired to make these cookies last year when we stopped for a snack while Christmas shopping. I changed a few things when I got home, and my Fudge Puddles became a favorite with my husband's family. —Kimarie Maassen, Avoca, Iowa

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

These creamy treats are a nice change from the typical milk chocolate and peanut butter combination. This recipe is also an easy one for children to help with. I prepare them for a bake sale at my granddaughter's school and put them in gift boxes I share with neighbors at Christmas. -Wanda Regula, Birmingham, Michigan

Three-Chocolate Fudge

Three-Chocolate Fudge

Three-Chocolate Fudge

I make this fudge at Christmastime to give to friends and neighbors. That tradition started years ago when I made more candy than my husband, three sons and I could eat, so we shared it. It's a tasty tradition I'm glad to continue. -Betty Grantham, Hanceville, Alabama
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

With the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter, it's no surprise these are my family's favorite cookies. Because of their ease of preparation, I'm able to make them at a moment's notice. —Faith Jensen, Meridian, Idaho

Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Streusel Muffins

My husband and children enjoy these tender coffee cake-like muffins as a quick breakfast or snack on the run. The drizzle of glaze makes them pretty enough for company. —Dulcy Grace, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

Meet the Cook: While these are delicious year-round, you could easily turn them into an edible Christmas gift. They look festive on a decorative tray wrapped in red or green cellophane or tucked into a giveaway cookie plate. And don't forget to include the recipe so your recipient can enjoy this treat over and over again! I'm planning to share my muffins with the ladies in my church group and also with the Alabama Farmer's Federation, of which I'm a member. -Pat Schrand, Enterprise, Alabama

Peppermint Biscotti

Peppermint Biscotti

Peppermint Biscotti

Dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint candy, this flavorful biscotti is a favorite. It's one of the many sweets I make for Christmas. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

With just three ingredients, these chocolate-swirl treats take just moments to whip up! If you have little ones visiting for the holidays, have them help you with the stirring. —Holly Demers, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Mild Tomato Salsa

Mild Tomato Salsa

Mild Tomato Salsa

I got this salsa recipe from my sister, and my children and I have been making batches of it ever since. We pair pint jars with packages of tortilla chips for zesty Christmas gifts. When the kids give this present to their teachers, they can truly say they helped make it. —Pamela Lundstrum, Bird Island, Minnesota

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Our two boys linger around the kitchen when these aromatic cookies are baking. I make them throughout the year using a variety of cookie cutters. —Christy Thelan, Kellog, Iowa

Mother Lode Pretzels

Mother Lode Pretzels

Mother Lode Pretzels

I brought these savory-sweet pretzels to a family gathering, and they disappeared from the dessert tray before dessert was even served! My family raves about how awesome they are. —Carrie Bennett, Madison, Wisconsin
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