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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.

Chocolate Cashew Crunchies

Chocolate Cashew Crunchies

Chocolate Cashew Crunchies

This simple-to-make recipe dates back to my daughter's 4-H days over 20 years ago. The cashews and chow mein noodles give this candy a little different flavor from other chocolate clusters.

Holiday White Chocolate Fudge

Holiday White Chocolate Fudge

Holiday White Chocolate Fudge

When the holiday season arrives, friends and family eagerly await my fantastic fudge. It's a nice alternative to traditional chocolate fudge.

Fruited Zucchini Bread

Fruited Zucchini Bread

Fruited Zucchini Bread

Green flecks of zucchini and red maraschino cherries make this moist quick bread a must for the Christmas season. Keep one loaf and give the other away.
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Holiday Ginger Cookies

Holiday Ginger Cookies

Holiday Ginger Cookies

Add a festive ribbon to gingerbread boys to hang on your Christmas tree or display in other creative ways. Use different shapes of holiday cookie cutters for variety, if you wish. —Cheryl Wilt, Eglon, West Virginia

Contest-Winning Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

Contest-Winning Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

Contest-Winning Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

My daughters, grandkids and just about everyone who visits me looks forward to this mix of crunchy nuts, spices and fruit during the holidays. And tucked in colorful tins, it makes a handy last-minute gift idea for busy hostesses or drop-in visitors. —Joan Klinefelter, Utica, Illinois

Orange Pecan Bread

Orange Pecan Bread

Orange Pecan Bread

My husband loves this bread. Whenever I ask him to suggest a nice tea bread, he says, "What about that orange-pecan stuff?” —Sondra Feldstein, Bondurant, Iowa.

Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts

Turn ordinary walnuts into a taste sensation with this simple recipe that’s prepared on the stovetop. With plenty of brown sugar and a hint of pepper, the crunchy candied nuts are a nice complement to a fruit and cheese tray. But they can stand on their own, as well, because they’re so munchable!

Old Fashioned Hard Candy

Old Fashioned Hard Candy

Old Fashioned Hard Candy

A dusting of confectioner's sugar gives a frosty look to this old-fashioned holiday candy from field editor Amy Short of Lesage, West Virginia. "The color is beautiful and people are surprised by the wonderful watermelon flavor!" Amy says.

Chocolate Cherry Fudge

Chocolate Cherry Fudge

Chocolate Cherry Fudge

Cherries make this fudge unique from others, and festive for the holidays. It's a recipe my husband really enjoys. I've made it for our Homemaker group's Christmas party.

Beefy Dog Treats

Beefy Dog Treats

Beefy Dog Treats

These healthy, meat-flavored biscuits make perfect “pet” gifts. Don’t forget to leave a few for Santa’s reindeer, too!—Lori Kimble, Mascoutah, Illinois

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

"During the holidays, I was making candy with my daughter and we came up with this recipe the family and our friends really liked," relates Lois Farmer of Logan, West Virginia. Bite into her special sweets to discover delicious peanut flavor and a salty pretzel crunch.
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