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65 Food Gifts for Easter

Give the Easter Bunny a run for his money by gifting these tasty treats to friends, family, hosts and neighbors.

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Homemade Peanut Butter CupsTaste of Home

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I like using pretty mini muffin liners and topping these homemade peanut butter cups with colored sprinkles to coordinate with the holiday we're celebrating. People can't believe how simple it is to make this irresistible candy with gooey peanut butter centers. This is how to make homemade peanut butter cups. —LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota

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Carrot Cake JamTaste of Home

Carrot Cake Jam


For a change of pace from berry jams, try this unique option. Spread on a bagel with cream cheese, it tastes almost as good as real carrot cake! —Rachelle Stratton, Rock Springs, Wyoming
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Jelly Bean BarkTaste of Home

Jelly Bean Bark


Homemade Easter candy really doesn't get easier than this. It's so simple—all you need are three ingredients, a microwave and a pan! —Mavis Dement, Marcus, Iowa
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Chocolate Chip Mini MuffinsTaste of Home

Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins


I bake a lot of different muffins, but this is the recipe I use the most. Their small size makes them difficult to resist! —Joanne Shew Chuk, St. Benedict, Saskatchewan
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Pineapple-Rhubarb JamTaste of Home

Pineapple-Rhubarb Jam


Rhubarb, pineapple and strawberry make an awesome jam that brings back memories of living on a farm and growing my own rhubarb. —Debbi Barate, Seward, Pennsylvania
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Lemon-Thyme Tea BreadTaste of Home

Lemon-Thyme Tea Bread


I received this recipe as part of a gift, along with a lemon thyme plant and a fresh loaf of this pound cake-like bread. Everyone who tries it asks for the recipe. —Jeannette Mango, Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
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Pancake Mix in a JarTaste of Home

Pancake Mix in a Jar


At Christmas, I like to present friends and family with this mix and pure maple syrup. The pancakes are fluffy and fruity.
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Coconut-Macadamia BiscottiTaste of Home

Coconut-Macadamia Biscotti


I came up with this recipe after my husband and I returned from our first trip to Hawaii. Dipping these tropical treats in a good cup of coffee brings us right back to the wonderful memories we made there. —Shannon Koene, Blacksburg, Virginia
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Pickled Green BeansTaste of Home

Pickled Green Beans


This recipe produces zippy little pickles, preserving my green beans for months to come...if they last that long. I crank up the heat a bit with cayenne pepper. —Marisa McClellan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Lime Shortbread with Dried CherriesTaste of Home

Lime Shortbread with Dried Cherries


This fresh, sweet-tart cookie also works with dried cranberries and orange zest. I freeze the dough for up to a month. —Abigail Bostwick, Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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Almond Tea BreadTaste of Home

Almond Tea Bread


My aunt brought her tea bread recipe with her from Scotland, and enjoying a fresh-baked loaf has become a family tradition during the holidays. Each slice is loaded with red cherries. —Kathleen Showers, Briggsdale, Colorado
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Chicago-Style Hot GiardinieraTaste of Home

Chicago-Style Hot Giardiniera


I've been living in Chicago for the last 12 years and have grown to love the spicy giardiniera served at restaurants. So I developed my own to use at home. We love it on everything from eggs to sandwiches and even pizza! —Andrea Quiroz, Chicago, Illinois
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Warm Spiced NutsTaste of Home

Warm Spiced Nuts


I like to set out bowls of spiced nuts when hosting holiday parties. Sometimes I stir in M&M's to make it a sweet and salty snack. —Jill Matson, Zimmerman, Minnesota
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Creamy Coconut SnowballsTaste of Home

Creamy Coconut Snowballs


My grandmother made these cheesecake-like bites for years. They store nicely in the refrigerator so you can keep them on hand for drop-in holiday guests.—Yvonne Schaney, Alliance, Ohio
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Lemon-Ginger SaltTaste of Home

Lemon-Ginger Salt


Sprinkle a little bit of this zingy lemon-ginger combo on hot buttered corn on the cob for a salty twist. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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Chocolate Pecan Pie Snack MixTaste of Home

Chocolate Pecan Pie Snack Mix


My crowd-pleasing party mix is buttery, chocolaty and nutty. The recipe yields a party-size portion, but I recommend keeping it covered so it doesn’t disappear before the event. —Annette Niemiec, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Lemon BarkTaste of Home

Lemon Bark


I wasn't a fan of white chocolate until I made this candy. It's tangy, sweet and creamy all at the same time. The bark was a lovely treat during a springtime shower but would be nice year-round. —Diana Wing, Bountiful, Utah
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Spiced Maple MustardTaste of Home

Spiced Maple Mustard


Have grill masters on your Christmas list? Consider giving them a special homemade mustard flavored with maple syrup, allspice and turmeric. Everyone just loves it. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
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Double-Berry Quick BreadTaste of Home

Double-Berry Quick Bread


Healthy, fast and easy! This bread is a favorite of mine when prep time is tight and I have small amounts of different kinds of berries to use up. — Jennifer Coduto, Kent, Ohio
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Chewy Caramel-Coated PopcornTaste of Home

Chewy Caramel-Coated Popcorn


When I was a kid, my mom made this recipe often. I've adapted it to make it more chewy and gooey than her crunchy, nut-loaded version. I get requests to make this for every event that I host, and have never had a single leftover! —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
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Homemade Spicy Hot SauceTaste of Home

Homemade Spicy Hot Sauce


I created this spicy recipe one day using what I had available from my garden: hot peppers, carrots, onions and garlic. The carrots make this recipe stand out. —Carolyn Wheel, Fairfax, Vermont
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Rainbow StrawberriesTaste of Home

Rainbow Strawberries


Dip fresh strawberries in melted candy-coated discs to create a rainbow of color. Or get adventurous and make a unicorn. The creative possibilities are endless. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Lemon-Lime Butter CookiesTaste of Home

Lemon-Lime Butter Cookies


I was looking for a light cookie that would freeze and travel well and couldn't find one, so I created these. They are so good you won't be able to eat just one.—Brenda Brooks, Bowie, Maryland
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RhubreadTaste of Home

Rhubread


We moved into a house with a yard of fresh rhubarb. To use some of those ruby stalks, we made rhubarb bread with cinnamon and pecans. —Erika Elliott, Panola, Illinois
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Fig JamTaste of Home

Fig Jam


I have had a love of figs ever since I had an amazing appetizer that used a combination of them with blue cheese and prosciutto. Since then, I created this fig jam and have used it as a glaze on our Easter ham, smeared it on a bagel with cream cheese and dolloped on pizza. &mdashMonica Keleher, Methuen, Massachusetts
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Nana's Rocky Road FudgeTaste of Home

Nana's Rocky Road Fudge


We make rocky road-style fudge every Christmas and it’s a tradition, but why wait until the holidays for a recipe this good? —Ashley Berry, Montgomery Village, Maryland
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Applesauce Muffin MixTaste of Home

Applesauce Muffin Mix


"I adapted a recipe so I could give this homemade muffin mix to our family for holiday gifts," says Barbara Opperwall of Wyoming, Michigan.
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Chunky Peach SpreadTaste of Home

Chunky Peach Spread


Here's a fruit spread that captures the best tastes of late summer. I like that it's low in sugar and not overly sweet, which lets the fresh peach flavor shine right through. — Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Blackberry Brandy SauceTaste of Home

Blackberry Brandy Sauce


Fresh ingredients make a rich-tasting blackberry brandy sauce to serve over ice cream, cheesecake, pancakes, angel food cake ... the possibilities are endless, and it makes everything look gorgeous. —Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado
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Banana Nut BreadTaste of Home

Banana Nut Bread


This quick bread is a family favorite, so I always try to have ripe bananas on hand for this recipe. I'm sure your family will love this tasty, nutty bread as much as mine does. —Susan Jones, La Grange Park, Illinois
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Candied PecansTaste of Home

Candied Pecans


I pack these easy candied pecans in jars tied with pretty ribbon for family and friends. My granddaughter gave some to a doctor at the hospital where she works, and he said they were too good to be true! —Opal Turner, Hughes Springs, Texas
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Cherry Rhubarb JamTaste of Home

Cherry Rhubarb Jam


This tangy sweet spread is "jam-packed" with lots of cherry flavor, plus a hint of rhubarb. My mother gives jars of it to friends during rhubarb season—it's so delicious on toast and muffins. —Faye Sampson, Radcliffe, Iowa
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Coconut-Pineapple Rhubarb BarsTaste of Home

Coconut-Pineapple Rhubarb Bars


I make this crunchy, buttery dessert bar with homegrown rhubarb. For an added attraction, serve it warm with frozen yogurt or ice cream. —Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario
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Peanut Pretzel Toffee BarkTaste of Home

Peanut Pretzel Toffee Bark


My toffee has been a traditional must-make treat for my family and friends for over 40 years. My Dad taught me to make great fudge from scratch but my toffee was his favorite candy and each time I make it, I think of him. —Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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Sour Cream Rolls with Walnut FillingTaste of Home

Sour Cream Rolls with Walnut Filling


When I was a little girl, my grandmother taught me how to make these rolls. I remember feeling so special when "we" served them. If you have never worked with yeast, this is the recipe for you. —Nadine Mesch, Mount Healthy, Ohio
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Coconut Almond CandyTaste of Home

Coconut Almond Candy


The secret ingredient in this homemade candy is a true surprise—no one tasting these delicious morsels will guess what’s in the sweet, creamy filling! —Katrina Smith, Lawrence, Kansas
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Champagne JellyTaste of Home

Champagne Jelly


When I hosted a Christmas open house, each guest left with a batch of my blush-colored jelly. It was a hit! Plus, it’s made with just pink champagne, sugar and fruit pectin. —Gail Sheppard, Somerville, Alabama
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Susie's Hot MustardTaste of Home

Susie's Hot Mustard


My husband enjoys spreading this bold, robust mustard on anything that needs an extra "bite" of flavor. —Susie Gibson, Alta Loma, California
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Double Nut BaklavaTaste of Home

Double Nut Baklava


It may take some time to make this rich, buttery treat, but it's well worth the effort! The blend of coconut, pecans and macadamia nuts is irresistible. —Kari Kelley, Plains, Montana
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Dark Chocolate Raspberry FudgeTaste of Home

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge


Something about the combination of dark chocolate and raspberry is just so addicting. This fudge makes a heartfelt homemade gift, or just a treat that's worth sharing. —Barbara Lento, Houston, Pennsylvania
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Strawberry Rhubarb JamTaste of Home

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam


This tangy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipe is a favorite with my family. They'll put it on almost anything, but especially like it on muffins or buttermilk biscuits. —Deb Kooistra, Kitchener, Ontario
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Three-Chip English ToffeeTaste of Home

Three-Chip English Toffee


With its melt-in-your-mouth texture and scrumptiously rich flavor, this is the ultimate toffee! Layered on top are three kinds of melted chips plus a sprinkling of walnuts. Packaged in colorful tins, these pretty pieces make impressive gifts. —Lana Petfield, Richmond, Virginia
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Orange JellyTaste of Home

Orange Jelly


For a change of pace, give this yummy jelly made from frozen orange juice a try. I've given it as gifts to friends and family—and many times the jars have been returned for refills. —Mary Rice, Maysville, Oklahoma
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Brown Sugar Cutout CookiesTaste of Home

Brown Sugar Cutout Cookies


Our neighbor made these for me when I was little, and now I make them for my kids, grandkids and for the children at school. Serve them with milk for the kids and tea for the grown-ups. —Nancy Lynch, Somerset, Pennsylvania
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Ginger Pear Freezer JamTaste of Home

Ginger Pear Freezer Jam


At dinner with friends one evening, one of our hosts served some pears she had preserved with ginger and lemon. The flavor was so heavenly I decided to use the fresh pears she gave us to try my hand at a ginger and lemon freezer jam.—Jeni Pittard, Commerce, Georgia
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Rosemary WalnutsTaste of Home

Rosemary Walnuts


My Aunt Mary started making this recipe years ago. Each time we visited, she would have a batch ready for us. The use of cayenne adds an unexpected zing to the savory combo of rosemary and walnuts. When you need a good housewarming or hostess gift, double the batch and save half for yourself. —Renee Ciancio, New Bern, North Carolina
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Poppy Seed Bread with Orange GlazeTaste of Home

Poppy Seed Bread with Orange Glaze


My neighbor gave me this recipe, and I love that it makes two loaves. We usually eat one and then give the other away or freeze it for later. The glaze complements the bread perfectly. —Heather Frese, Albany, Missouri
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TorcettiTaste of Home

Torcetti


Our Sicilian grandmother often had my sister and me roll out the dough for these tasty torcetti. Their melt-in-your-mouth goodness is delicious without being overly sweet.—Joy Quici, Upland, California
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Spicy Mixed NutsTaste of Home

Spicy Mixed Nuts


Cumin and chili powder give extra oomph to the classic homemade nut mix. It's a smart solution for holiday snacking and gift giving. —Delores Hill, Helena, Montana
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Strawberry Freezer JamTaste of Home

Strawberry Freezer Jam


Strawberry season is in early June here in Indiana. A dear friend gave this recipe to me when we lived in Germany. It is good on ice cream, too! —Mary Jean Ellis, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Salted Pecan Shortbread SquaresTaste of Home

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares


My shortbread squares are the ultimate go-to for cookie trays and gift-giving. The buttery caramel and toasted nuts make it tough to eat just one. —Diana Ashcraft, Monmouth, Oregon
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Sweet & Spicy Pickled Red Seedless GrapesTaste of Home

Sweet & Spicy Pickled Red Seedless Grapes


Most people don't think about grapes when creating a canned pickle recipe. The pickling liquid for these grapes includes red wine, vinegar, and common pickling spices like coriander, mustard seeds and hot pepper; it also contains warm spices like cinnamon and star anise along with brown sugar. These flavor-packed grapes are unique and delicious on an antipasto, pickle or cheese tray. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
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Spicy Pickled GarlicTaste of Home

Spicy Pickled Garlic


Here's a delicious condiment for the garlic lover on your list. You'll be pleasantly surprised how pickling mellows out the garlic, making it a tasty sandwich topper. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Luscious Blueberry JamTaste of Home

Luscious Blueberry Jam


This perfectly spreadable blueberry jam boasts a beautiful dark color with a sweet, seasonal flavor. —Karen Haen, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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Lemony Cream Cheese BarsTaste of Home

Lemony Cream Cheese Bars


Anytime I can take a recipe that has been handed down two generations and lighten it up while keeping the delicious flavor memories intact, I’m a happy girl. —Patti Lavell, Islamorada, Florida
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Creamy Orange CaramelsTaste of Home

Creamy Orange Caramels


Each Christmas I teach myself a new candy recipe. Last year I started with my caramel recipe and added a splash of orange extract for fun. This year I just might try buttered rum extract. —Shelly Bevington-Fisher, Hermiston, Oregon
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Orange Pear JamTaste of Home

Orange Pear Jam


Full of fruity flavor, this delightful jam is a great toast topper. Delores Ward of Decatur, Indiana came up with the recipe when a neighbor gave her an armload of pears. "Everyone really likes it," says Delores.
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Pistachio Quick BreadTaste of Home

Pistachio Quick Bread


I love making many of these special loaves to give away for the holidays. They also freeze well so it is easy to pull out for unexpected guests. —Judy Fischer, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Simple Macadamia Nut FudgeTaste of Home

Simple Macadamia Nut Fudge


My aunt now lives in Hawaii, and she keeps our family supplied with fresh pineapples, mangos and macadamia nuts...along with recipes like this one. When I run out of macadamias for candy-making, I substitute pecans. Whichever nuts I use, neighbors like this fudge so much that they have started to call me the "Candy Lady of Cleveland." —Vicki Fioranelli, Cleveland, Mississippi
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Oatmeal Chip Cookie MixTaste of Home

Oatmeal Chip Cookie Mix


I like to give a jar of this oatmeal cookie mix, along with a cookie sheet, for a bridal shower or housewarming gift. —Joan Airey, Rivers, Manitoba
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Lemony Coconut BarsTaste of Home

Lemony Coconut Bars


These lemony and chewy bars make a refreshing addition to the holiday cookie tray. Try lime juice and zest for a zingy twist. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Rhubarb JellyTaste of Home

Rhubarb Jelly


I help help my husband with the pouring and skimming for this jelly—my own personal favorite. It's nice as both a breakfast spread and a topping for pork or other meat. —Jean Coleman, Ottawa, Ontario
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Maple Butter TwistsTaste of Home

Maple Butter Twists


My stepmother passed on the recipe for this delicious yeast coffee cake that's shaped into pretty rings. When I make it for friends, they always ask for seconds. —June Gilliland, Hope, Indiana
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Apricot Pineapple JamTaste of Home

Apricot Pineapple Jam


Dried apricots, crushed pineapple and grapefruit juice create a memorable jam. The juice is what makes the jam taste so good. —Carol Radil, New Britain, Connecticut.
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Double-Duty Heavenly ApplesauceTaste of Home

Double-Duty Heavenly Applesauce


Every year my husband and I take our two daughters to an orchard to pick apples so we can make this luscious applesauce for family and neighbors. —Jennifer Purcell, Vermilion, Ohio

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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