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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.

Honey Crunch Cookies

Honey Crunch Cookies

Honey Crunch Cookies

This recipe really represents the Midwest to me because of all the bees and honey in the state of Wisconsin. We alone sold more than 90 gallons of honey last fall, and we're just small-scale compared to our neighbors!

Cranberry Eggnog Braid

Cranberry Eggnog Braid

Cranberry Eggnog Braid

Meet the Cook: Whether at Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's, this is a good party bread. You can't beat it as a gift either...everyone I make it for really enjoys it My husband and I have a daughter, 3, and twins (a boy and girl) who are 2. -Mary Lindow, Florence, Wisconsin

Christmas Bread

Christmas Bread

Christmas Bread

Meet the Cook: Some of my friends prefer this slightly sweet bread to fruitcake. My family enjoys it at Christmastime. I'll make it for potlucks, too, and I've found that friends like it for brunch and breakfast. Recently, my husband and I marked our golden anniversary. We're the parents of two and grandparents of two. -Betty Jean McLaughlin, La Vista, Nebraska
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Triple-Chocolate Quick Bread

Triple-Chocolate Quick Bread

Triple-Chocolate Quick Bread

Every year around this time, I'll make this bread for my family. I've also given it as a homemade gift. It's pretty wrapped in colored foil or put in a tin. —Karen Grimes, Stephens City, Virginia

Cherry Apricot Tea Bread

Cherry Apricot Tea Bread

Cherry Apricot Tea Bread

This recipe makes three loaves of delicious bread. My family enjoys one loaf right away, then I give one loaf to a family member or friend and freeze the other to enjoy later.—Patty Bourne, Owings, Maryland

Cherry Almond Braid

Cherry Almond Braid

Cherry Almond Braid

If you want to impress guests with homemade bread but are short on time, reach for this recipe.—Darcy Hebert, Argyle, Minnesota

Fruit 'n' Nut Bread

Fruit 'n' Nut Bread

Fruit 'n' Nut Bread

I keep frozen bread dough on hand during the holidays so I can bake this favorite in brisk fashion!—Mary Hansen, St. Louis, Missouri

Raisin Mini-Scones

Raisin Mini-Scones

Raisin Mini-Scones

Through the years, I've tried many sugarless dessert recipes. But these scones are by far the best. With lots of raisins and oatmeal, they make very satisfying treats.

Refrigerator Cookies

Refrigerator Cookies

Refrigerator Cookies

"During the holidays, I usually keep at least two rolls of this cookie dough in my freezer in case I need something special in a hurry," writes Dottie Gray of Bartlett, Tennessee.

Cranberry Bars

Cranberry Bars

Cranberry Bars

"I keep cranberries in my freezer all year so I can make these bars whenever I get a craving for their tart cranberry flavor," shares Betty Noga, Milwaukie, Oregon.

White Christmas Candy

White Christmas Candy

White Christmas Candy

During the holiday season a few years back, my husband brought this wonderful candy home from work. The co-worker who'd shared it graciously included the recipe...and I've been making it ever since! Besides being perfect for family munching, this creamy, "Christmasy" candy is dandy for holiday craft shows and gift giving.
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