The Best Homemade Food Gifts For The Holidays: 55 Recipes

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This is the year to make really special holiday presents for everyone on your list, and what better way to do so than with homemade food gifts? While this certainly includes classics like gingerbread men and Christmas cookies, there are dozens and dozens of other edible treats that you can make this year. There's a recipe here for everyone, even if you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen — many of them are even durable enough to ship to far-off friends and family.

Snack mixes, like Chex Mix, flavored popcorn, and Reindeer Food, are a great gift option. For folks who love to cook and grill, make a special spice blend that tastes far better than store-bought. There are plenty of sweets you can make as well, like brownies, granola, rich truffles, and silky fudge. Other ideas include jams, spreads, and even a homemade liqueur.

Rather than ordinary, resealable baggies, stock up on special packaging for your food treats, like decorative glass jars, clear cellophane bags, and cookie tins. Paired with tissue paper and some ribbon, they make a beautiful presentation. Start planning now for the perfect homemade food gift and your holiday season will be that much sweeter.

1. Peppermint Bark

This indulgent candy is a Christmastime favorite, both for eating and for giving. And there's no reason to buy it because peppermint bark is so easy to make. The recipe calls for just four ingredients, including dark and white chocolate, and takes only 15 minutes to assemble. Along with red and white peppermints, you can decorate the bark with green mints or holiday sprinkles. Pile pieces of peppermint bark into baggies tied with ribbon to give as gifts or to slip into stockings. 

Recipe: Peppermint Bark

2. Caramel Corn

Those big mail-order popcorn companies were onto something: Popcorn is a fantastic food to give for the holidays. It's easy to package, ships well, and is a snack everyone enjoys digging into. Make this sticky-sweet caramel corn with a maple syrup-based caramel sauce that's easy to cook up on the stovetop. (No thermometer needed.) Toss popped corn in the caramel and bake. Package your caramel corn in holiday tins or bags, or set it out in a big bowl for holiday guests.

Recipe: Caramel Corn

3. Gingerbread Men

They're a holiday classic for a reason. The warm spices in gingerbread cookies, which include cinnamon, clove, and ginger, practically scream "Christmas," and decorating gingerbread cutouts is fun for the whole family. In addition to being delicious, gingerbread cookies are sturdy, which means they're a great choice to pack up and ship to loved ones. These cookies bake up in only 10 minutes, but do allow an hour for the dough to chill before rolling and cutting.

Recipe: Gingerbread Men

4. Homemade Limoncello

This vibrant liqueur with the intense flavor of lemon is surprisingly easy to make at home, and it makes a really unique holiday gift. The process is as simple as steeping lemon peels in vodka, and the recipe is easy to double or triple if you have a lot of people on your gift list. Allow the vodka and lemons to cure for at least a week. Then, pick up some glass liqueur bottles to hold your beautiful limoncello. Add an eye-catching gift tag with recipes for limoncello cocktails for an extra-thoughtful touch.

Recipe: Homemade Limoncello

5. Bacon Jam

Is there a bacon lover on your gift list this year? They will fall down with joy when you give them a jar of homemade bacon jam. Make this sweet and savory spread by simmering diced bacon with sugar, onions, and flavorings until it's thick and rich. Spoon it into a small, wide-mouth mason jar, and write serving suggestions on a tag. Some examples: Spread bacon jam on crackers with cheese, on burgers, or add it to a grilled cheese sandwich. Keep the bacon jam in the fridge until it's time for the gift exchange. 

Recipe: Bacon Jam

6. Christmas Fudge

Here's another candy that's a favorite to give to friends and family for the holidays. Think fudge has to be complicated? Not with this recipe. Put all the ingredients, including cream, butter, and sugar, into a saucepan, then heat and stir. Chopped walnuts, orange zest, and festive sprinkles are added just before the fudge sets in a pan. We like to package squares of fudge in clear cellophane bags to show off the beautiful color of this homemade candy.

Recipe: Christmas Fudge

7. Cajun Spice Mix

If you have folks on your holiday list who love to cook, love spicy food, or love to grill, homemade spice blends make thoughtful food gifts. You can put this zesty blend together in only 10 minutes, then spoon it into a pretty little jar before wrapping. The Cajun blend includes garlic, onion, two kinds of paprika, and oregano. The recipe makes about three tablespoons of spice blend, and you can easily scale this up to make a larger batch.

Recipe: Cajun Spice Blend

8. Reindeer Brownies

How cute are these Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brownie treats? Make them as food gifts for neighbors, a secret Santa, or to give along with a holiday tip. This is a also great recipe for kids because it's so easy — all you need is boxed brownie mix, red M&M's, pretzels, and candy eyes. (You can also try it with your favorite from-scratch brownie recipe.) The recipe makes eight reindeer brownies in about an hour from start to finish.

Recipe: Reindeer Brownies

9. Pumpkin Spice Granola

Homemade granola is so much more delicious than store-bought, and it's easy to customize it with your favorite spices, nuts, and dried fruits. That's precisely what makes it such a special food gift for the holidays. This Pumpkin Spice Granola recipe makes a big batch that stores really well. Spoon it into lidded mason jars tied with ribbon for an easy present. Tie a note to the jar with ideas of how to enjoy the granola: As breakfast cereal, sprinkled over yogurt, or stirred into pancake batter. 

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Granola 

10. Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

Savory, salty Chex mix is a favorite for movie nights, game days, and late-night noshing — and it also makes a tasty holiday gift. The snack is easy to make at home using three kinds of Chex cereal, pretzels, and cheese crackers. Add more mix-ins too, like nuts, little bagel chips, or Goldfish crackers. The mixture is baked with butter and ranch seasoning. Once cool, pour Chex mix into tins, glass jars, or clear bags along with ribbon and wrapping. Everyone will love this crunchy, yummy gift.

Recipe: Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

11. Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffles

Three ingredients — that's right. You can make these decadent chocolate truffles this holiday season with only three ingredients! Use dark chocolate chips to make an easy ganache on the stovetop. (Semisweet chips can also be used.) Once chilled, the ganache is rolled and coated with cocoa powder. Truffles are a fun holiday project and the flavor is so chocolaty and rich. They'll last the longest stored in the fridge until you can give them away to friends, co-workers, and anyone who loves chocolate.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffles

12. Christmas Star Cookies

Here's a beautiful cookie to give as a gift this year. A simple, homemade sugar cookie dough gets a little color and spice from cinnamon and nutmeg before it's rolled out and cut into stars. The cookies bake up in only 15 minutes, and once cool can be frosted with a two-ingredient icing. White icing on these cookies is classic and gorgeous, but feel free to try other decor too, like a sprinkle of sparkling sugar or edible glitter. The crisp cookies hold up well to packing and shipping.

Recipe: Christmas Star Cookies

13. Banana Nut Bread

Doesn't everyone love a good banana bread? That's exactly why it's such a perfect food gift. The loaf is so tender and sweet with a hint of cinnamon spice. Our recipe includes chopped nuts, but you can also leave these out in case of nut allergies. Milk or dark chocolate chips are delicious add-ins to consider, too. You can either make one, big loaf or mini loaves for several people, and use disposable bread pans for either size. The batter for one large loaf of banana bread should be enough for three mini loaves.

Recipe: Banana Nut Bread

14. Caramel Sauce

It only takes 20 minutes to make homemade caramel sauce for gifts this year. Ingredients like maple syrup, brown sugar, and cream are simmered on the stovetop until they become golden brown and thick. This sauce looks so beautiful poured into a pretty glass jar, and it can be used for anything from to topping desserts to sweetening coffee. Add a tasty twist to your sauce with complementary flavors like cinnamon, rum, bourbon, and almond. Does your loved one love spice? Try adding a pinch of chili powder for some sweet heat

Recipe: Caramel Sauce

15. Pumpkin Spice Macarons

For those who love baking, the holidays are a chance to treat your friends and family to exciting desserts that are extra special because they're homemade. Delicate macarons require just four ingredients along with a drop of food coloring, and our recipe explains exactly how to mix and pipe these cookies. Once cool, fill the macarons with a white chocolate-pumpkin spice filling that's decadent and flavorful. A row of the cookies packed in a long, macaron gift box with tissue paper and ribbon is sure to look absolutely gorgeous.

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Macarons

16. Fajita Seasoning

This spicy fajita seasoning blend includes chili powder, ground coriander, garlic, and paprika. It gives incredible flavor to chicken or steak for fajitas, and can also be used to amp up the flavor of potatoes, salmon, or Bloody Mary drinks. The recipe makes about ⅓ cup of seasoning, but it's easy to scale up so you have enough for several small jars. Wrap the seasoning with your favorite recipe, or include it alongside a bigger gift like a cast iron skillet (for making fajitas!) 

Recipe: Fajita Seasoning

17. Rock Candy

Did you know that people have been eating rock candy as far back as the 9th century? Perhaps that's because it's fun to make and a simple, sweet treat. Make rock candy sticks this holiday for gifts, and if you have kids in the house they'll love to help. Use clothespins to suspend wooden sticks in a jar of colored sugar water, and over the next few days watch the sugar crystals grow. Finished rock candy can be tucked into stockings or used to decorate wrapped presents.

Recipe: Rock Candy

18. Cajun Firecracker Crackers

Here's an unusual, homemade snack that makes an awesome food gift. Plain ol' saltine crackers are transformed into spicy, zesty, no-bake bites when they're tossed with a blend of ranch dressing, Old Bay seasoning, avocado oil, and cayenne pepper. Give the crackers time to soak up all the spice and oil, and then they're ready. Portion the crackers into clear cellophane bags or tins and finish them with ribbon and wrapping paper. 

Recipe: Cajun Firecracker Crackers

19. Marshmallow Fluff Peanut Butter Fudge

This peanut butter fudge is addictive, so make a batch to share with loved ones for the holidays. The recipe includes marshmallow fluff, which allows you to make fudge without a candy thermometer, and it cooks on the stovetop for just five minutes before it's poured into a pan. The texture is smooth and creamy, with sweet, peanut buttery flavor. Add toppings if you'd like: Red and green M&M's, Reese's Pieces, holiday sprinkles, or chocolate chips. Slice the fudge into cubes and pack it into tins for gifts.

Recipe: Marshmallow Fluff Peanut Butter Fudge

20. Christmas Cookies

Sometimes the classics are the best: like homemade, Christmas sugar cookies. They're fun to make and look so festive inside gift bags or tins. The cookie dough is a cinch to make, and you can even make it ahead of time to stash in your fridge. Use cookie cutters to make trees, stars, or any shape you like. Finish them with red and green tinted icing and your favorite holiday sprinkles. Let the icing set completely before layering the cookies between sheets of waxed paper to gift or to ship.

Recipe: Christmas Cookies

21. 2-Ingredient Fudge

Here's one of the easiest homemade food gift ideas ever. This fudge recipe is perfect when you have a lot of folks on your gift list, or limited time to spend in the kitchen. Heat two pantry ingredients together in a saucepan and then pour the mixture into a baking dish. Give the fudge a couple of hours to set, then it's ready to slice into cubes. Fill small, cellophane bags or gift tins with the fudge, along with ribbon and perhaps add a little Christmas ornament as a finishing touch.

Recipe: 2-Ingredient Fudge

22. Reindeer Food

Not only is this a wonderful recipe to make with kids, Reindeer food is a great choice when you want a no-bake holiday food gift that comes together fast. Crispy Chex cereal, pretzels, and candies like holiday M&M's and miniature peanut butter cups are tossed with melted chocolate and powdered sugar. The snack mix is ready in only 15 minutes. Pour it into mason jars, a Christmas coffee mug, or small boxes to wrap and give as gifts. The recipe makes a big batch, so you'll have plenty to share.

Recipe: Reindeer Food

23. Chocolate Covered Popcorn

This treat is a mashup of chocolate bark and popcorn, so unsurprisingly, it's really delicious. Popped popcorn (use bagged or pop your own) is tossed with melted dark and white chocolates; there's so much chocolate that, once firm, the popcorn can be broken into big pieces. The candy is sweet, crunchy, and salty, plus it's gorgeous with those zebra-like stripes. If there's someone on your gift list who's hard to buy for but has a sweet tooth, this treat is the perfect gift.

Recipe: Chocolate Covered Popcorn

24. Persimmon Jam

Fresh persimmons are in season from September through January, and they can be used to make a unique food present. According to Eater, persimmons have a delicate flavor with notes of honey. This Mashed recipe shows you how to make persimmon jam, with tips for finding ripe fruit and how to peel them. Persimmons are cooked with a just little sugar and lemon until thick, then poured into a mason jar or decorative glass jar. Keep the jam in the fridge until you're ready to give it to a friend.

Recipe: Persimmon Jam

25. No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter balls are a Christmastime favorite to make and give — if you can resist the temptation to eat all of these delectable candies yourself. The centers hold a blend of peanut butter, honey, oat flour, and almond flour that's mixed then rolled into balls. They're coated with chocolate to make luscious little truffles. The recipe makes a small batch of peanut butter balls, and you can always double or triple it to have enough for gifts and a few leftover to eat. 

Recipe: No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

26. Lemon Curd

Give an edible gift that looks like sunshine in a jar. Lemon curd is a type of spread that's thick with the intense flavor of lemons. It can be cooked on the stovetop, but our recipe speeds things up by using the microwave, which means it's finished in just six minutes. Meyer lemons are the traditional choice for lemon curd, so use these if you can find them. However, the curd is still zingy and delicious made with regular lemons. Lemon curd can be spread on toast or scones, or added to desserts like pavlovas. 

Recipe: Lemon Curd

27. Homemade Biscotti

The name biscotti is derived from a Latin word meaning "twice-baked," and that's exactly how these cookies are made. The almond-studded dough is first baked as a loaf, then sliced and baked again. The long narrow cookies are perfect for dunking because they stay crunchy and firm. Those same qualities mean that homemade biscotti is a terrific food gift for coffee and tea lovers on your gift list. Give them in a decorative tin, or ship them to far-off friends. 

Recipe: Homemade Biscotti

28. Candied Walnuts

It may be an old-fashioned treat, but it's also a really delicious one. Plus, you can have a batch of candied walnuts finished and cooling on a sheet pan in only 20 minutes. The nuts have crunch from the caramel-like coating plus a tasty combination of sweetness and saltiness. This is an excellent choice to give as a gift: The candied walnuts are sturdy enough to survive shipping and they last at room temperature for up to two weeks. Best of all, it's a three-ingredient recipe. What's not to like?

Recipe: Candied Walnuts

29. Old-Fashioned Chex Mix

When Chex Mix was first introduced in 1952, it was made of just wheat and rice Chex, peanuts, and seasonings. Since then the mix has evolved to include Corn Chex, pretzels, and rye chips — but still has that original, savory combination of butter, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Bake a batch of old-fashioned Chex mix at home, just like your grandparents used to do, and give it as a gift. We like it packed into mason jars, but paper gift bags, round tins, or decorated take-out boxes are other fun ideas.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Chex Mix

30. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies coated with snow-white sugar look festive for the holidays, plus they're rich and chocolaty. Bake them with your family to give to the neighbors, or bake a batch to mail to kids at college and other far-away loved ones. The dough needs to chill for an hour before shaping, and you can even prepare it few days in advance. Balls of dough coated in confectioners' sugar transform in the oven, becoming puffed with a crackled surface that lets the chocolate cookie peek through.

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

31. Homemade Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons tick all the boxes for fantastic food gift ideas: They're easy to make, look enticing, and have a decadent flavor. Made with mounds of sweetened coconut, macaroons (not to be confused with macarons) are baked just long enough to get toasty brown edges and to hold together. They're then dipped and drizzled in melted dark chocolate. Fans of Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars will be so excited to receive a box or tin of homemade macaroons from their special Santa: You!

Recipe: Coconut Macaroons

32. Chia Seed Jam

Holiday food gifts tend to be indulgent and sugary, but here's an idea for a healthy, homemade gift that folks on your list will love. Raspberry jam is a flavorful spread for toast or scones, or to add flavor to overnight oats. Chia seeds in the mix add texture and are packed with nutrients like calcium and B vitamins. Simmer the jam on the stovetop and spoon it into small jam jars. Add ribbon or a piece of cloth over the lid, plus a tag with serving ideas. Keep the jam cold.

Recipe: Chia Seed Jam

33. Peanut Brittle

Why did peanut brittle become associated with the holidays? Perhaps because the candy is easy to make, or because it's so delicious. Peanut brittle — sweet, salty, crunchy, and a little bit sticky — comes together in a saucepan from ingredients like corn syrup, peanuts, and baking soda. Use a candy thermometer to know exactly when the mixture is ready to pour onto a baking sheet. Kids in the house can help break cooled brittle into pieces with a whack of a wooden spoon! Pack the candy into bags or tins for giving.

Recipe: Peanut Brittle

34. Orange Chocolate Loaf Cake

Give the gift of quick bread that boasts a flavor pairing that everyone loves during the holidays: Chocolate and orange. The rich, chocolate loaf made with cocoa powder and sour cream is almost good enough to eat on its own. However, it's really heavenly when topped with a thick layer of icing flavored with orange juice and orange zest. Make one large loaf as a gift, which has 10 servings, or split the batter between three mini loaf pans for several gifts.

Recipe: Orange Chocolate Loaf Cake

35. Copycat Ted Lasso Shortbread Biscuits

You can make these biscuits for your boss, for fans of "Ted Lasso," or for anyone who loves a simple yet really delicious snack. Recipe developer Hayley MacLean created a shortbread cookie just like the ones Ted Lasso makes on the show. They're rich with butter and melt in your mouth when you take a bite. Let the cookies cool completely before slicing them into 28 rectangular bars. They hold up well in gift boxes if you have a gift exchange coming up or want to ship a sweet treat to a loved one. 

Recipe: Copycat Ted Lasso Shortbread Biscuits

36. Kettle Corn

Homemade popcorn is an easy way to create edible holiday gifts. Package it along with gift cards for community helper gifts, as part of a tray of holiday treats for neighbors, or fill little bags to add to Christmas stockings. Our recipe shows you how to make a simple, sweet kettle corn on the stove in just ten minutes. The recipe, using ⅓ cup of popping corn, creates 10 cups of kettle corn, and it's easy to make several batches for lots of gifts.

Recipe: Kettle Corn

37. 5-Ingredient Caramel Turtles

Chocolate turtles were first created in 1916 by Chicago candy maker George DeMet, who added pecan "feet" to chocolate and caramel patties to make them look like little turtles. What a great candy to make at home for a fun and really tasty holiday food gift. Just make a caramel sauce on the stove; this along with melted chocolate is added to pecan halves arranged on a lined baking sheet. The recipe makes roughly 15 turtles — once cool, layer them between pieces of wax paper in a box or gift tin.

Recipe: 5-Ingredient Caramel Turtles

38. Sweet And Spicy Pepper Jelly

If you have someone on your shopping list who loves sweet-spicy foods, give them a special gift made by you. Pepper jelly is exactly what it sounds like: A sweet, jelly base full of diced red and green bell peppers, plus diced jalapeños (or other spicy peppers) to add a hot kick. It can be enjoyed as a condiment or with cream cheese and crackers as an appetizer. Store pepper jelly in the fridge, or preserve it in mason jars with a water bath canning method.

Recipe: Sweet And Spicy Pepper Jelly

39. 7-Layer Cookie Bars

You may know 7-Layer Bars by other names such as Hello Dollys or Magic Bars. Made with a graham cracker base and layers of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and more, they're quite possibly the most decadent cookie bar ever. Packaged up in a wrapped box or a holiday gift bag, they make a delightful food gift. You can even add an eighth layer of festive sprinkles to the bars. 

Recipe: 7-Layer Cookie Bars

40. Oreo Truffles

Looking for a edible holiday gift idea that's easy to make, especially with kids? We found it! Oreo Truffles need only three ingredients, and the mixture comes together really fast. Roll the truffle balls by hand and give them time to chill before coating them in melted white chocolate. Add stripes of holiday color by melting red, green, or blue Candy Melts and drizzling them with a fork. Edible glitter would also be beautiful on these truffles. 

Recipe: Oreo Truffles

41. Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Sour cream does double duty in these vintage sugar cookies: It creates a soft, cake-like cookie while also activating baking soda in the batter for a light texture. The dough balls are rolled in cinnamon and sugar for a hint of flavor in the baked cookie. The simplicity is what makes them so delicious! Another plus is that sour cream sugar cookies are great for food gifts since they hold up well in packages that are being shipped.

Recipe: Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

42. Crock Pot Apple Butter

Made in the traditional way, apple butter takes hours or more by slowly simmering and stirring apples and sugar until they're reduced to a thick, sweet spread. Luckily you can take some of the work out of the process by making apple butter in your slow cooker. Sliced apples, brown sugar, and spices transform into an rich, fruity spread that you can spoon into little bottles or jars to give as gifts. 

Recipe: Crock Pot Apple Butter

43. Cinnamon Blondies

A chocolate brownie's delicious cousin is this brown sugar and cinnamon blondie. It's just as luscious, with sweetness, a rich texture, and white chocolate chips in every bite. Our blondies also get a white chocolate drizzle over the tops for a stunning appearance. They make a wonderful, edible gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. You can up the festive factor by sprinkling holiday décor over the tops while the white chocolate is still melted. The recipe makes 12 blondies.

Recipe: Cinnamon Blondies

44. Apple Cinnamon Granola

This homemade granola has a wonderful fall flavor that is delicious for breakfast or as part of a midday snack. Made with oats, hemp seeds, and cinnamon, the granola mixture goes in the oven to bake up and develop its crunchy, toasty flavors. Freeze-dried apples give the cereal extra sweetness and texture. You can add other dried fruits too, like raisins, cranberries, or cherries. The recipe makes a big batch that can be divided into several smaller food gifts packed into jars or waxed paper bags.

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Granola

45. Copycat Starbucks Cake Pops

Do you have a Starbucks super fan on your holiday gift list? Make this recipe for them: They'll recognize the treats immediately as the sweet and tender cake pops that Starbucks always has in its bakery case. Our recipe will walk you through making a simple cake, then using it to form spheres that get skewered onto lollipop sticks. Use Candy Melts and sprinkles to coat them in any colors you'd like, and pick up little cake pop boxes to keep them safe until the gift exchange. 

Recipe: Starbucks Copycat Cake Pops

46. Molasses Spice Cookies

When you want to deliver a taste of the holidays to friends near or far away, you just can't go wrong with a batch of old-fashioned molasses cookies. The cookie dough is full of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger, a classic Christmas blend. Though the dough does need some chilling, the rest of the steps go very quickly. You'll be boxing up your cooled cookies in no time! Make round cookies, or use cookie cutters for fun, shaped cookies.

Recipe: Molasses Spice Cookies 

47. Homemade Taco Seasoning

Make a food gift for folks on your list who love to cook. So many Tex-Mex recipes call for packets of taco seasoning, but it's better to skip the store-bought and use this homemade blend. Making this mix of six spices by hand means you can tweak the seasoning to make it more or less spicy, or use smoked paprika to give it a wood-fired taste. The recipe makes about ⅓ cup. Pour it into a glass jar or small spice tin and you'll be giving the gift of flavor in no time. 

Recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning

48. Red Velvet Brownies

The color of red velvet brownies makes them perfect to give during the holiday season. The sweet bars have just a hint of chocolate flavor, along with caramel notes from brown sugar and sweetness from miniature white chocolate chips. The recipe makes nine brownies that take about 30 minutes to bake. Use foil gift pans to give the whole batch to someone special, or slice the brownies and stack them in a gift bag or box. 

Recipe: Red Velvet Brownies

49. White Chocolate Fudge

Want a edible gift idea that's easy to make and easy to customize? This recipe for 2-ingredient white chocolate fudge is exactly what you need. It's delicious all on it's own, with a smooth texture and the rich sweetness of white chocolate. Gives cubes of the fudge the way they are, or add some fun mix-ins before the fudge sets. Try chopped macadamia nuts or pecans, or candies like M&M's, miniature peanut butter cups, or dried cherries. For holiday flair, add red and green holiday sprinkles.

Recipe: White Chocolate Fudge

50. Cranberry Bread

A moist and flavorful quick bread brimming with cranberries is a lovely holiday gift for folks to enjoy with their morning coffee or as a simple dessert. The sweet loaf has chopped cranberries, orange zest, and orange juice, and bakes up in just under an hour. The recipe makes enough batter for one large loaf or three mini loaves. Look for disposable aluminum or paper bread pans, or for someone really special, buy a beautiful metal or ceramic bread pan to give along with the bread.  

Recipe: Cranberry Bread

51. Honey Lavender Butter

If your food gift this year includes baked goods begging for a little butter — like muffins, scones, or crumpets — make a fast batch of Honey Lavender Butter to give along with them. The recipe shows you how to make your own butter by beating heavy cream, then squeezing out the buttermilk. Honey and culinary lavender then get blended in. (You can also blend these into softened, store-bought butter if you'd prefer.) Keep the butter cold in a little pot or roll it into a log and wrap it in waxed paper.

Recipe: Honey Lavender Butter

52. Chocolate Toffee Bars

Anyone with a sweet tooth will swoon for these toffee bars, so why not wrap them up in a bag or box for a delicious gift? The bars begin with a homemade cookie base that develops a toffee flavor while baking, thanks to butter and brown sugar in the mixture. When the base comes out of the oven, add chocolate chips and toasted, chopped pecans to make a chocolaty, nutty top layer. Once cool, the toffee bars are ready to be sliced and packaged.

Recipe: Chocolate Toffee Bars

53. Copycat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

The holidays are all about candy, and it's the best time of year for the homemade kind. To make copycat peanut butter cups, you only need five ingredients including peanut butter (of course) and milk chocolate chips. The recipe shows you how to quickly build the candies using cupcake liners. This is a fun project to do with young kids, or for teens who want to make their own edible gifts for friends. The recipe makes 12 large peanut butter cups, or use mini cupcake liners if you want smaller cups. 

Recipe: Copycat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

54. No Bake Nutella Cookies

Make a food gift this season that's easy to do with your kids or while watching a Hallmark holiday movie marathon. No-bake oatmeal cookies are a classic, and this recipe takes them up a notch by using Nutella instead of regular chocolate. The hazelnut flavor of the spread goes wonderfully with the oats. The cookies are ready to pack up or wrap after only 30 minutes of resting time. For an extra festive touch, add holiday sprinkles to the cookies while they're still wet. 

Recipe: No Bake Nutella Cookies

55. Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

Make this bread for anyone on your gift list who loves heading to Starbucks — because chances are they've probably indulged in a slice or two of the cafe's pumpkin bread. It's a cinch to make this quick bread batter at home, which is packed with flavor from pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar, and pumpkin puree. Best of all, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) scattered over the top look lovely and give each slice a little crunch. Make one large loaf, or divide the batter between three mini loaf pans for multiple smaller batches. 

Recipe: Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread