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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.

Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Christmas Cookies in a Jar

With layers of vanilla chips, oats and dried cranberries, this delectable cookie mix looks as good as it tastes! For a special gift, tuck a jar in a pretty basket with wooden spoon, cookie sheet, kitchen timer and instructions.

Holiday Truffles

Holiday Truffles

Holiday Truffles

I like to lavish the chocolate lovers on my list with these sumptuous truffles. They always bring me rave reviews.

Cranberry Onion Salsa

Cranberry Onion Salsa

Cranberry Onion Salsa

Tucked into a basket with a bag of crunchy tortilla chips, a jar of this homemade salsa makes an incredible edible gift. “With only seven ingredients, it takes no time to make,” writes Jamie Milligan of Kimberley, British Columbia. TIP: This salsa also can be served warm as a condiment for pork or poultry.
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Orange Coconut Creams

Orange Coconut Creams

Orange Coconut Creams

Originally a gift from our neighbors, this recipe has become one of our own favorites to make and give at the holidays. —Julie Fornshell, Bismark, North Dakota

Jerky Party Mix

Jerky Party Mix

Jerky Party Mix

Talk about a popular gift! Our friends get such a kick out of this spicy twist on an old party-mix favorite, they ask for it at Christmas, New Year's and even the Fourth of July.

Snappy Horseradish Dill Pickles

Snappy Horseradish Dill Pickles

Snappy Horseradish Dill Pickles

These pickles are a great last-minute gift because they are so easy to make-a little horseradish adds zip to a jar of purchased pickles. They're in hot demand at Christmas! My husband and three grown sons can't get enough of them.

Sesame Toffee

Sesame Toffee

Sesame Toffee

I make more cakes and cookies than candy, but I love to stir up a batch of this toffee for Christmas because it's so easy!

Chocolate Chip Nougat

Chocolate Chip Nougat

Chocolate Chip Nougat

This sweet, chewy nougat adds a pretty holiday blush to yuletide gatherings. It takes a little extra effort to make, but candy this festive is worth it!

Honey Cream Taffy

Honey Cream Taffy

Honey Cream Taffy

An old-fashioned favorite, this golden taffy gets my whole family pulling together in a special way! We wrap the melt-in-your mouth confections in twists of waxed paper and give them out to our holiday visitors.

Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas at our house just wouldn't be complete without these rich cheese balls. Friends and family ask for them every year-and I can make three gifts from just one recipe. —Margie Cadwell, Eastman, Georgia

Eggnog Fruit Bread

Eggnog Fruit Bread

Eggnog Fruit Bread

Presents from the pantry are a tradition in my family-and this moist, fruity quick bread is a favorite. I wrap loaves in cellophane and garnish with stickers and curly ribbons. —Margo Stich, Rochester, Minnesota
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