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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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Salted Caramel Fudge Drops

Salted Caramel Fudge Drops

Salted Caramel Fudge Drops

These cookies, which start with a mix, are unbelievably decadent! I like to use caramel-filled Dove chocolates. It’s nice dough to make ahead, roll into balls and freeze for up to 3 months. Then just bake the cookies as you need them. —Carole Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

These tender cookies are pretty to look at - and the combination of cream cheese, orange, chocolate and almonds makes them almost irresistible.

Cinnamon Walnut Brittle

Cinnamon Walnut Brittle

Cinnamon Walnut Brittle

Seasoned with cinnamon, this spicy brittle is a great gift or family snack to munch while watching Christmas movies. Best of all, it goes together quick as a wink in the microwave.
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Peanut Butter Popcorn Crunch

Peanut Butter Popcorn Crunch

Peanut Butter Popcorn Crunch

This sweet, crunchy mix from LaVonne Smith in Kennebec, South Dakota makes a great family snack to munch while watching Christmas movies or trimming the tree.

Tart Cranberry Butter

Tart Cranberry Butter

Tart Cranberry Butter

One of my favorite toppings for toast is this tart spread. It's also great spooned over poultry…and ice cream! I've given jars as gifts and have always gotten positive comments. —Carol Studebaker, Gladstone, Missouri

Crunchy Vanilla Walnuts

Crunchy Vanilla Walnuts

Crunchy Vanilla Walnuts

A source of omega-3s and B vitamins, these walnuts are so delicious. —Gabriele Osborn, Rancho Santa Fe, California

Dog Biscuits

Dog Biscuits

Dog Biscuits

If members of your family are of the furry, four-legged kind, treat them to these homemade biscuits. They’re a cinch to make, and your canine pals will go crazy for the peanut butter flavor. —Ryan Nicholas, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Hearty Chicken Lasagna

Hearty Chicken Lasagna

Hearty Chicken Lasagna

Give this good-for-you lasagna a try. The lean chicken is a nice change of pace from traditional lasagnas calling for Italian sausage or ground beef. —Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Lemon Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

This is an especially fun recipe to make with kids because they can roll the dough into balls and flatten them on the baking sheets. The lemon and oatmeal add a nice twist to traditional sugar cookies. —Susan Marshall, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pinwheel Mints

Pinwheel Mints

Pinwheel Mints

Both my grandmother and my mom used to make these eye-catching confections as a replacement for ordinary mints. When I offer them at parties, guests tell me the candies are wonderful, and then ask how I created the pretty swirl pattern. —Marilou Roth, Milford, Nebraska

Sand Art Brownie Mix

Sand Art Brownie Mix

Sand Art Brownie Mix

These brownies are so good and I always keep a few jars on hand to add to gift baskets or use as hostess gifts. The jars can be decorated by covering the lids with holiday material and tying a ribbon around the top to hold it in place. —Claudia Temple, Sutton, West Virginia
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