40 Homemade Holiday Food Gift Recipes

Not feeling crafty? Whip up something extra special for friends and family with our 40 recipes for sweet or savory scratch-made treats.

Coffee Cupcakes To-Go

Bake coffee-flavored cupcakes in paper to-go cups then top with rich homemade frosting and dash of nutmeg, cinnamon or sprinkles for a morning pick-me-up lookalike that is sure to hit the spot any time of the day. Get the recipe.

Greeting Card Cookie

Homemade chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite goodie. Embellish CD tins with our free printable templates to turn this tasty treat into a clever holiday card. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies

Sweet and tart, these artful cookies combine two favorite seasonal flavors — cranberry and orange — and are as pretty as they are yummy. Get the recipe.

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies

Honestly, who doesn't love a moist chocolate cookie? These are definitely moist and chocolatey but with the added kick of peppermint, they're a holiday treat that peppermint fans will gobble up. Get the recipe.

Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Crispies

A year-round favorite treat gets a delicious update for the holidays. Add the flavors of chocolate and peppermint to crisp rice treats before packaging them as homemade gifts for family and friends. Get the recipe.

Holiday Breakfast Kit

The holidays are a harried, stressful time for most of us. Give a friend a (delicious!) reason to relax with a cup of coffee or tea before hitting the malls for another marathon shopping day by boxing up homemade cinnamon biscuits and a flavorful spread. Get the recipe.

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Chocolatey hot cocoa knocks the chill off even the coldest of winter days. Share the warmth this holiday season by packaging the rich ingredients in a canning jar so the recipient can whip one up whenever they need a warm and creamy pick-me-up. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Dacquoise

Fluffy white chocolate mousse layered between light-as-air homemade meringues give this gorgeous dessert a dreamy texture. Hand-deliver this impressive treat to wow the foodies on your gift list. Get the recipe.

Coffee and Caramel Pep-Corn

Give crunchy, sweet caramel corn a flavorful kick with the addition of espresso. Package the \"pep-corn\" in tubes covered with our free printable template for a one-of-a-kind homemade gift. Get the recipe.

Maple Nut Toffee

Take the traditional taste of toffee up a notch with the addition of real maple syrup. Topped with a layer of semisweet chocolate, this toffee is so irresistible that you'll want to box it up as gifts quickly before you're tempted to keep it all for yourself. Get the recipe.

Tangy Citrus Marmalade

Marmalade is surprisingly simple to make and, canned in pretty jars, it's a holiday gift they'll enjoy for many months to come. Pair your homemade marmalade with a basket of freshly baked croissants or scones for a treat they'll never forget. Get the recipe.

Walnut-Rosemary Olive Bread Recipe

Everyone will love this simple yeast bread that's studded with olives, walnuts and fresh rosemary. Once the loaves have cooled, slide them into a paper bag embellished with a stamped tag. Get the recipe.

Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Delight chocoholics on your gift list with these soft-centered cookies that are a snap to bake. Get the recipe.

Salted Caramel Bars

With a crumbly crust topped by rich, gooey caramel, these sweet-meets-salty treats are destined to become a comfort-food favorite. Get the recipe.

Homemade Baked Churros

Treat health-conscious friends to this baked version of the typically fattening (but oh-so-yummy!) Spanish pastry. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

For many people, classic oatmeal cookies are a nostalgic treat. For holiday gift-giving, try our recipe for a thick, hearty cookie that pairs the clean taste of citrus with chewy dried cranberries. Get the recipe.

Simple Homemade Fudge

With just 5 ingredients and 5 steps, this decadent fudge is a snap to make — and so irresistible that friends and family will ask for more. Get the recipe.

Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips

Coat super-crunchy, salty kettle-fried potato chips with semisweet chocolate and a thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts to create a sweet-meets-salty snack that satisfies all your cravings at once. Get the recipe.

Coconut Hot Chocolate Spoons

Gift friends with a colorful coffee mug and silver teaspoon they just swirl in hot milk to create a delicious homemade hot chocolate. Our free printable tag adds the perfect finishing touch. Get the recipe.

Rosemary-Infused Olive Oil

Herb-Infused Olive Oil

Make your own flavor-infused oils and package in vintage bottles for a personalized gift aspiring chefs will appreciate. Get the recipe.

White Chocolate Truffles

Surprise friends and family with a box-full of these decadent little mouthfuls; they'll think you spent hours slaving away but they're actually easy to make. Get the recipe.

Ale Pretzel Caramels

Brown or pale ale lends these caramels a complex flavor while salty pretzels add just the right amount of crunch. Get the recipe.

Make Fruit-Infused Gin or Vodka

Add ripe fruit to gin or vodka and allow the fruit to infuse the alcohol with its sweet, mellow flavor. Poured into a decorative bottle, this delicious concoction is perfect for holiday entertaining or gift-giving. Get the recipe.

Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

Mincemeat — which, don't worry, doesn't actually contain meat — is a centuries-old holiday favorite. Made with a variety of diced fruits, the flavor is complex and spicy. Surrounded by a rich, crumbly cookie, these little goodies are a perfectly balanced, not-too-sweet treat. Get the recipe.

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Marshmallow Treats

Create these melt-in-your-mouth goodies for all the sweet tooths on your Christmas gift list. Get the recipe.

Pear and Fig Tart in a Jar

These fruit-and-cream tarts are simple enough for novice chefs to make, thanks to a pie crust shortcut. Individually portioned in clear glass jars, they're just the right size for holiday gift-giving. Get the recipe.

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Nougat Candy

Make these light-and-airy confections for the candy fans on your list. They make a charming gift when packaged in baskets or decorative tins filled with colorful paper. Get the recipe.

Tuxedo Cookies

Friends and family will flip for these crunchy, chocolatey cookies filled with rich mascarpone cream and then rolled in mini chocolate chips. The mascarpone cheese makes these cookies unsuitable for shipping; they're best for treating guests in your home or for local delivery. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Stout Pudding

Featuring the rich, complex flavors of Ireland's favorite brew, fill lidded jars with this thick and creamy chocolate dessert to treat friends who enjoy a good pint. Get the recipe.

Pickled Vegetables

Preserve the tastes of summer by pickling fresh garden veggies in homemade spiced pickling vinegar. Top jars with colorful fabric or paint the lids with chalkboard paint and scribble on a holiday message. Get the recipe.

Tasty Pecan Tassies

These tart-like goodies are the perfect mix of nuts and cookies. Make this traditional holiday treat with real maple syrup; friends and family will love the homey taste. Get the recipe.

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Homemade Jam

Homemade preserves are easier to make than you may think; just follow our simple four-step process to create delicious fruity spreads for family and friends. Get the recipe.

S'mores Kit

Creatively package scratch-made marshmallows, cookies and chocolate with handmade skewers in a campfire-ready tin. Outdoorsy types will be sure to thank you when they're enjoying hot, gooey s'mores. Get the recipe.

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Brandied Fruit Cake

No joke — this fruit cake soaked in brandy and chock-full of fruit and nuts is one friends and family will be happy to receive. Get the recipe.

Easy Dried Fruit Snacks

Turn fresh pears or apples into a crunchy, good-for-you snack. Package creatively to give as gifts and your health-conscious friends (and their post-holiday waist lines) will thank you. Get the recipe.

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Chocolate Yule Log

Known as a Bûche de Noel in France, this rich chocolate cake can be served as a holiday dessert or with coffee. Place on a decorative platter, wrap loosely in wax or parchment paper and present this decadent delight as a gift to friends or as a hostess gift. Get the recipe.

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\"Stained Glass\" Christmas Cookies

Kids will love helping you bake these buttery sugar cookies that feature melted candy centers that resemble stained-glass windows. Get the recipe.

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Preserved Lemons

When lemons are salted and left to cure in a jar, the rind develops a rich, rounded flavor that adds a distinctive Middle-Eastern flavor to dishes. Foodies will appreciate this gift that will add an exotic touch to their culinary creations. Get the recipe.

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Herbal Tea Bags

Whether you grow your own herbs or buy them at a farmers' market, these handmade tea sachets are an easy and thoughtful way to treat the tea lovers on your gift list to a hot cuppa. Get the recipe.

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Mulled Wine Kit

Red wine that has been heated, or mulled, and flavored with spices is a centuries-old Christmas drink. Tie a spice-filled sachet and instructions onto a bottle to give to your favorite host or hostess. Get the recipe.

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