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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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Growing up, I adored my mom’s gingerbread cake with lemon sauce, so I re-created the combination for my family. The spice- and molasses-flavored muffins spread with homemade lemon curd are a new-generation favorite. —Kelly Trupkiewicz, Fort Collins, Colorado
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Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels

I love whipping up a batch of homemade honey-sweetened caramels for my family and friends. Sometimes I replace the walnuts with pecans, filberts or almonds. —Arline Hofland, Deer Lodge, Montana

Kahlua Truffles

Kahlua Truffles

Kahlua Truffles

I discovered this recipe tucked away in a box of my mother's things. It's such a sweet way to remember her at Christmastime. —Betsy King, Duluth, Elizabeth King, Duluth, Minnesota

Molasses Spice Cutouts

Molasses Spice Cutouts

Molasses Spice Cutouts

Meet the Cook: It hardly ever fails - when I send these cookies to school with out youngsters (15 and 12), I'm almost always asked for the recipe by their teachers! -Doris Heinen, St. Cloud, Minnesota
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Mountain Cookies

Mountain Cookies

Mountain Cookies

I've been making these deliciously different cookies for about 11 years. My kids especially like the creamy coconut filling. Whenever I take these cookies, people ask for the recipe. You'll be hard-pressed to eat just one! —Jeanne Adams, Richmond, Vermont

Swedish Spice Cutouts

Swedish Spice Cutouts

Swedish Spice Cutouts

My sister, Judith Landgren of White Sulphur Springs, Montana, brought this recipe with her when she came to the United States from Sweden in 1928.

Coconut Yule Trees

Coconut Yule Trees

Coconut Yule Trees

People say they love my coconut macaroon-like Christmas trees because they look so festive. Once decorated, these trees light up a room—just like the real thing. —Michelle Retterer, Marysville, Ohio

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

A traditional pecan tassie is a small tart with nuts. This holiday version adds cranberries. How festive! —Peggy West, Georgetown, Delaware

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

"A fellow stay-at-home mom gave me this recipe so we could enjoy our latte breaks more affordably with homemade biscotti," says Evelyn Bethards Wohlers of Columbia, Maryland. "I modified the original version by using a sugar substitute and reducing the carbohydrates and fat. Tangy dried cranberries and spices give it delicious flavor."

Cherry Divinity

Cherry Divinity

Cherry Divinity

It's just not a party without these light and airy confections on my dessert platter. The recipe is versatile because you can replace the cherry gelatin with any flavor that suits your taste. —Crystal Ralph-Haughn, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Chocolate Pizza Candy

Chocolate Pizza Candy

Chocolate Pizza Candy

—Norma Oosting, Holland, Michigan Suggest that red and/or green candied cherries could be used. (Original photo had both; current photo only had red).

Dried Cherry Biscotti

Dried Cherry Biscotti

Dried Cherry Biscotti

Need a holiday treat that's not overly sweet? Sharon Martin of Manistee, Michigan has an answer with her Dried Cherry Biscotti. The cherries and almonds add color and texture and a dusting of powdered sugar dress these up. CW taste testers noted these biscotti were not as hard and crunchy as some.
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