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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.

Spiced Orange Pecans

Spiced Orange Pecans

Spiced Orange Pecans

You won’t be able to eat just one of these spicy sweet nibblers from field editor Ruth Peterson of Jenison, Michigan. Keep them on hand this season for unexpected company.

Caramel Pretzel Sticks

Caramel Pretzel Sticks

Caramel Pretzel Sticks

Homemade caramel, smooth almond bark and chopped nuts make these pretzel rods sinfully delicious. This treat is always a huge hit at holiday parties. People think you spent all day in the kitchen! —Mary Bown, Evanston, Wyoming

Almond Cherry Fudge

Almond Cherry  Fudge

Almond Cherry Fudge

Cooked in the microwave, this fast fudge is a sweet addition to any holiday gathering. “I make this when I need a quick treat for a school party or to take to a neighbor,” says Shellie Tucker from Hendersonville, Tennessee.
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Chocolate-Cherry Coffee Mix

Chocolate-Cherry Coffee Mix

Chocolate-Cherry Coffee Mix

Cute ice cream cone shaped packages of this flavored coffee mix are sure to delight friends and family. “I wanted something that both coffee and non-coffee drinks would enjoy, so I added cherry flavoring to a mocha mix,” explains Jennifer Waters of Lubbock, Texas. “The creamy dessert coffee is a perfect end to a meal.”

Sand Art Brownies

Sand Art Brownies

Sand Art Brownies

A jar of this attractive layered mix produces a yummy batch of fudgy brownies that are dressed up with chocolate chips and M&M’s. “If you need a quick gift for a neighbor or teacher, this fills the spot—deliciously!” assures Joan Hohwald of Lodi, New York.

Elf Cookies

Elf Cookies

Elf Cookies

A sweet frosting glaze, colorful candies and well-placed almond slices turn these sugar cookie diamonds into a big batch of Santa’s helpers. TIP: Bake a batch of the adorable elves as a classroom treat or use a few to brighten each of your cookie trays.

Mint Cookie Candies

Mint Cookie Candies

Mint Cookie Candies

These yummy mint chocolate bites created by our Test Kitchen are so delightful, you’ll find it difficult to stop at one. With a combination of sweetness and crunch from the chocolate cookies, they make pretty holiday gifts with candy canes or other candies on top.

Nutty Fingers

Nutty Fingers

Nutty Fingers

These classic Christmas cookie has stood the test of time. The recipe makes a nice-sized batch, which gets you in and out of the kitchen. —Elsie Hendrickson, Hays, Kansas

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

This recipe has been a family "secret" for generations. But I think it's too good to keep to ourselves. A glossy chocolate coating hides a crunchy coconut filling. —Jennifer Dignin, Westerville, Ohio

Caramel Cashew Clusters

Caramel Cashew Clusters

Caramel Cashew Clusters

Several years ago, a co-worker came across candies like these in a store and asked if I could make them. After some trial and error, I came up with a winning recipe. —Karen Daniels, Jefferson City, Missouri
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