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Homemade Edible Gifts

Perfect for Anytime of Year

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Each year it's a big deal trying to decide what to give my daughter's teachers as Christmas or end-of-year gifts. So far the biggest response we got was the year we gave brownies. Teachers would come up to me in the hallways for months afterwards telling me how much they really loved the brownies. Even a few asked when we were going to bring back more. I hope you find this list of delicious baked goods gives you a few options for your Christmas holiday gift-giving.

Packaging Homemade Gifts
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Homemade Candy Like Chocolate-Peanut Clusters

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

My daughter's teachers just go "nuts" over these candies. To make it even better, for us anyway, is that they're very easy to make. These Chocolate-Peanut Clusters are made using the crockpot.

My sister-in-law delivers tins and tins of Peanut Brittle to her friends and neighbors each Christmas season. She typically makes hers with dry roasted peanuts. The last time I made it with cashews. That was a nice change. I think salted almonds would work too.

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Nut Rocca Candy
Rhonda's Butterscotch Heath Candy Recipe
Spicy Sesame Peanut Candy
Marble Bark

Brownies - The Ultimate Brownie Recipe is The Best

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

I can't say enough how much I love these Ultimate Brownies. They're a cross between a cakey-brownie and a fudgy-brownie. These are the brownies that the school coaches went nuts over.
Boozy Brownies
Chocolate Frosted Brownies
Flavored Brownies
Mrs. Quinn's Easy Brownies
Royal Brownies
Texas Brownies

Jar Mixes

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
If you've got some wannabe bakers on your gift list, then cookie ingredients in a jar is the perfect gift for them. Neatly layer the dry ingredients in a pretty jar, add the recipe and all they need to provide is the wet ingredients. Besides being tasty, these gifts can be decorative too.

Cookies

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

You just can't go wrong with giving cookies at this time of year. Either purchase one of those cute holiday-themed tins or a wicker basket lined with a Christmas napkin to hold the cookies. Some of the cookies I like to give (and get!) are: Butter Spritz Cookies (pictured),Thumbprints, Snickerdoodles (love all of that cinnamon), Macaroons and Neapolitans (using red and green food coloring.)
Lintzer Cookies
Rosette Cookies
Pecan Tassies
Sugar Cookies

Truffles

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Fudge

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

For me, Sweet and Salty Fudge is always a winner as a Christmas gift. I used to give this fudge to my landlord may years ago.
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
Russian Fudge
Crunchy Fudge
Walnut Fudge
Marshmallow Creme Fudge

Sugared Nuts

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This may be what we're giving this year. I'm sure I'll make these Sugared Nuts with either pecans or walnuts. It all depends on which ones look the best.
Prefer Them Just Salty?

More Sweet Snack Treats

White Trash
Popcorn TReats
White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Peanut and Pretzel Bark

Muffins and Other Quick Breads

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Homemade Bread Along With Flavored Butters and/or Spreads

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Photo © Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Doesn't a freshly-baked loaf of bread just sound like a fantastic gift to you? Take it a step further and give them a small jar of homemade flavored butter along with the bread. It doesn't matter if the bread comes out of your oven or the bread machine. It's the thought that counts.
Oatmeal Yeast Bread
High Protein Bread
French Bread
Whole Wheat Bread
Dilly Bread
Sunflower Oatmeal Bread
Julekake
Rosemary Butter
Meditteranean Butter
Honey Butter
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Homemade Lemon Curd

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