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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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Cookie butter and ground ginger add a new layer of flavor. The recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies; they go fast so you may want to make a double batch. —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio
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Chocolate Chipper Pie Mix

Chocolate Chipper Pie Mix

Chocolate Chipper Pie Mix

Your friends will love the sweet surprise of finding a chocolate pecan pie under their Christmas tree. I enjoy giving this unique gift mix because it's a little bit different from traditional holiday fare.

Ranch Cheese Spread

Ranch Cheese Spread

Ranch Cheese Spread

This is a really crowd-pleaser. You really can't go wrong with ranch flavor and cheese. This delectable dip is perfect for vegetables or crackers.—Jenna Marty, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lemony Cream Cheese Bars

Lemony Cream Cheese Bars

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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Strawberry Basil Jam

Strawberry Basil Jam

Strawberry Basil Jam

I make this recipe with fresh-picked strawberries and fresh basil grown in my own herb garden. This unique sweet and savory jam makes a perfect gift—just add a bright ribbon around the top with a gift tag! The deep red jam, laced with flecks of green basil, is so beautiful.—Julie O'Neil, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Chocolate Peppermint Scones

Chocolate Peppermint Scones

Chocolate Peppermint Scones

Try my decadent scones as a breakfast or brunch treat or a snack served with coffee and mint tea. They're so festive for the holidays, decked out in red and white peppermint candy. —Shelly Platten, Amherst, Wisconsin

Walnut Cream Braid

Walnut Cream Braid

Walnut Cream Braid

This pretty plaited bread comes all the way from North Pole - Alaska, that is! Resident Jean Erickson makes it each December for family and friends. "It's become a tasty tradition we all look forward to," she smiles. "The nutty cheese filling is so good!"

Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint Meringues

"These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are super as a Christmas gift or to pass around when guests drop in," says field editor Dixie Terry of Goreville, Illinois.

Walnut-Filled Stollen

Walnut-Filled Stollen

Walnut-Filled Stollen

Mary Falk's grandmother made date stollen every Christmas. Over the years, the Cambridge, Wisconsin cook replaced her grandmother's date filling with nuts. You can also top off this sweet yeast bread with either a vanilla glaze, drizzle or frosting to suit your family's taste.

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Field editor Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren Minnesota says friends were delighted to receive her fruit and nut biscotti mix. “Layer the dry ingredients in a clear jar, add a bow and attach the instructions for preparation and baking,” she notes.

Spiced Peach Chutney

Spiced Peach Chutney

Spiced Peach Chutney

If you like chutney, you’ll love this quick-and-spicy microwave twist on traditional versions. Sent in by Shirley Glaab in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, this tasty, tangy condiment combining onions, peaches and raisins is a great way to jazz up summer’s grilled meats and chicken.

Coconut Almond Candies

Coconut Almond Candies

Coconut Almond Candies

I love Christmas candy, and these simple but special chocolates are among my favorites. They're easy to assemble in paper-lined muffin cups.
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