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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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Shortcut Fudge

Shortcut Fudge

Shortcut Fudge

This recipe was given to me over 35 years ago. It's a wonderful addition to candy trays.—Jean Knapik, Bremond, Texas

Whipped Shortbread

Whipped Shortbread

Whipped Shortbread

This version of shortbread melts in your mouth. Mostly I make it for the holidays, but I'll also prepare it year-round for wedding showers and ladies' teas. —Jane Ficiur, Bow Island, Alberta

French Christmas Cookies

French Christmas Cookies

French Christmas Cookies

These moist treats will have everyone reaching for more. Folks tell me they enjoy these french cookies. In fact, the batches I make ahead for my family and store in the freezer seem to mysteriously disappear each year—even though the chocolate topping I put on before serving hasn't been added yet! —Judy Wilder, Mankato, Minnesota
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Buttery Spritz Cookies

Buttery Spritz Cookies

Buttery Spritz Cookies

These tender little cookies are very eye-catching on my Christmas cookie tray. The dough is easy to work with, so it's fun to make these into a variety of festive shapes. —Beverly Launius, Sandwich, Illinois

Peppermint Candy

 Peppermint Candy

Peppermint Candy

Pairing peppermint and chocolate is a natural. Family and friends gobble up these sweet confections. —Kandy Clarke, Columbia Falls, Montana

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

I make these cookies for my family and our neighbors every Valentine’s Day. The heart-shaped treats stay soft for at least a week, and they look so pretty frosted bright pink and then piped with lacy frosting.—Carolyn Walton, Smoot, Wyoming

Holiday Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Holiday Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Holiday Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Eggnog flavor is infused into the cookie and the glaze with this yummy recipe, perfect for the Christmas season.—Bonnie Massimino, Brookeville, Maryland

Horn Walnut Cookies

Horn Walnut Cookies

Horn Walnut Cookies

You need just a few ingredients to make these elegant and delicious walnut horns from Loretta Stokes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “The dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerated 5 to 7 days,” says Loretta.

Lime Shortbread with Dried Cherries

Lime Shortbread with Dried Cherries

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

Cream Cheese Candies

Cream Cheese Candies

Cream Cheese Candies

These homemade mints make a perfect last-minute addition to holiday treat trays. Pretty much everyone in my neighborhood has this recipe now! —Katie Koziolek, Hartland, Minnesota

Cashew Brittle

Cashew Brittle

Cashew Brittle

I like this quick and easy candy because it doesn't require a thermometer. It also makes a great gift for nut lovers on your list. —Rhonda Glenn, Prince Frederick, Maryland
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