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Ready or not, the holiday season is here in full force — even if it’s celebrated over Zoom this year instead of in person. We may not be able to gather with friends and loved ones, but gifts from the kitchen — and the heart — are a tangible and delicious way to show you care. Whether your purse strings are tight and you’re looking for affordable gifts or you just don’t know what to give your grandpa who buys everything he could ever need (or want) for himself, these 50-plus edible holiday gifts are here to save the day.
What can make decadent chocolate pecan fudge even more scrumptious? An ooey, gooey layer of caramel sitting right on top. Serve on a platter and wrap up with a bow for a thoughtful gift.
Few flavors encompass the holiday season quite like peppermint, which is infused in this festive and colorful white chocolate popcorn recipe. Package it in a pretty tin for a budget-friendly holiday gift.
Want to bring some sunshine to your loved ones in the middle of the winter? Gift them some homemade limoncello. This classic Italian liqueur will make even the grayest days feel bright.
Mint and chocolate are a classic holiday-time combination, making this festive fudge a perfect edible gift for the gourmand in your life. Tint it green for an extra dose of holiday spirit.
Winter is stew season. These Italian fennel and garlic crackers are the perfect crunchy addition to any hearty bowl of soup.
Cranberry is a classic holiday flavor, and it shines alongside punchy candied ginger in this nut-free granola. It’s a great gift for the healthy eater in your life.
Festive green pistachios and red cranberries make this white chocolate fudge picture-perfect for the holiday season. You won’t even need a bow to dress up the presentation.
With just four ingredients, a basic chocolate truffle recipe is a great thing to have in your back pocket for the holidays. Roll these in cocoa powder, crushed nuts, powdered sugar or sprinkles to make a box of chocolates fit for royalty.
No winter is complete without hot chocolate. Give the gift of coziness with this homemade hot chocolate gift mix. Pair it with some adorable holiday mugs to complete the present.
Struggling with what to give the vegan in your life? This plant-based peanut butter fudge uses tons of peanut butter, giving this easy holiday treat a dreamy, creamy texture.
Need a last-minute gift? This honeycomb candy uses four pantry staple ingredients (ironically none of which are honey) and is ready in under 30 minutes.
Cookies for breakfast? Here, the oatmeal raisin cookie — a classic childhood dessert — is transformed into a delicious granola, perfect for the hiker in your life or that uncle who really, really loves his morning yogurt.
Truffles and cookies each make excellent gifts; here, the two combine to create one unforgettable treat. A simple peppermint-flavored chocolate cookie dough envelopes a chocolate kiss so that once they are baked, there is a sweet surprise inside each one. Roll the cookies in red, green and gold sanding sugar for a stunning holiday presentation.
Red velvet cake is a classic dessert, and this rich chocolate fudge translates those flavors well. The dark red fudge and white chocolate on top also mimic the colors of Santa’s signature coat.
Vanilla fudge is far from boring, as this recipe with cream cheese and toasted almonds proves. A perfectly placed almond in the center of each piece of candy creates a pretty presentation for any platter.
Granola is a fun and simple gift to make and looks pretty in a cheery jar. While this recipe calls for dried cherries and almonds, it’s totally customizable — so feel free to adjust to the preference of your giftee.
Toffee may seem like a particularly difficult treat to make, but with a candy thermometer, it’s surprisingly simple and will delight any sweetie in your life.
If you’re looking for a big batch treat you can portion out and drop off on friends’ doorsteps, then check out this sweet and nutty treat.
Homemade jams and jellies don’t cost a lot of money, but the effort behind them makes them a thoughtful and welcome gift.
Looking for a stocking stuffer? Homemade vanilla caramels are a great choice. Experiment by adding spices or other flavors to the molten caramel like cinnamon, cayenne or a bit of bourbon.
‘90s kids will remember Fruit by the Foot. Channel that childhood nostalgia with a homemade fruit leather made from delicious fresh mangoes.
Also known as Mexican milk fudge, jamoncillo de leche is one of the best Mexican recipes you didn’t know about but need to start making.
A simple no-bake recipe, these raspberry chocolate truffles feature crumbled cookies and another family-favorite holiday ingredient: marshmallow creme.
Ice cream may be a summertime snack, but if there’s someone in your life who loves sundaes all year round, they’ll truly appreciate this homemade caramel sauce, which comes together in just 20 minutes.
Cranberries are seriously underappreciated. Jazz up this wintery fruit with some orange and ginger and decorate your jar with festive ribbons for a beautiful yet practical present.
A combination of two favorite flavors, white chocolate and strawberry, this sweet fudge recipe is sure to make anyone smile, especially when wrapped on a pretty Christmas platter.
Delicate pears in ginger syrup look so sweet in a decorated jar and taste even sweeter when spooned over a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Whether you make your own dried berries or just want to use some store-bought ones, your family will love this granola, reminiscent of a favorite cereal.
If someone in your life is following a vegan or paleo diet and you're not sure how they can still enjoy holiday sweets, then whip up a batch of these truffles, which use coconut cream, vegan chocolate and maple syrup.
Looking for something sweet to give the honey in your life? Well, this vanilla honey fudge has two favorite flavors in one bite.
This sweet and spicy jelly is a wonderful gift for anyone who enjoys a good charcuterie board — it pairs perfectly with cheese and cured meat.
Who doesn’t love candy canes around Christmastime? This peppermint-infused puppy chow is ridiculously festive and just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Tootsie Rolls in a tiny bank are an iconic stocking stuffer. Recreate the timeless candy with this recipe and put them in a ceramic piggy bank for a thoughtful twist on a classic.
Chai, with its notes of vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom, is one of the coziest cold-weather beverages. Add those flavors to some homemade toffee for a satisfying snack.
If you’re sick of baking cookies and holiday pies but still want to give a handmade treat to someone you love, these cherry granola bars are pretty and practical.
If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, your family and friends will surely be impressed when you give them these holiday-colored coconut macarons in a Christmassy cardboard box.
Made with high-quality dark chocolate and a strongly brewed cup of coffee, these cocoa-coated truffles are rich and decadent — perfect for the holiday season.
Chocolate and cherries are a dynamic duo, and those complementary flavors are highlighted in this crowd-pleasing fudge recipe.
This chocolate-drizzled popcorn is easily customizable for any occasion. For Christmas, use red and green M&M's, spiced gumdrops, peppermints or your kid's favorite seasonal treat.
Red currants are a fun, tart fruit that make for a phenomenal jelly. Keep one jar and give another away as a gift.
Looking for a healthy snack to make for the kids in your family? This strawberry mango fruit leather is made from pure fruit but tastes like pure candy.
Why make normal peppermint bark when you can class up the recipe with this dark chocolate bark, which is sprinkled with dried fruit and mixed nuts?
Somewhere between fudge and caramel, penoche is a classic Christmas candy. Anyone will enjoy it, but it may be extra special for the older people in your life.
Edible cookie dough is one of the biggest food trends of the past 10 years. Show your family you keep up with the times by gifting them this homemade chocolate chip cookie dough-inspired fudge. And if this recipe has you feeling more traditional, consider pairing this fudge with some of our best cookie recipes for the holidays.
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