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15 Gifts of Love from the Kitchen

Written by Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free.
It's that time of year when everyone starts to hustle and bustle. I don't know about you, but I'm at that point in my life where the holidays have meaning beyond expensive gifts. I've got tons of stuff, as does everyone else I know.

What do you give someone with tons of stuff? A delicious gift made with love.

Here are some of my favorite gift ideas from Daring Cooks and Bakers. I hope you find something you can make for your loved ones this holiday season.


Everyone loves a good brownie. There's a million ways to make them, too. Some people like a good fudgy brownies au natural and others like to jazz them up. I'll let you choose your favorite:

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

from Alta Mantsch at Tasty Eats at Home

Every Christmas, we bought my dad a box of Peanut Brittle and wrapped it up. He had a sweet tooth and couldn't resist eating a few pieces right away. I wasn't as kitchen savvy back then so I never tried whipping up a batch myself. He would have loved this recipe, though. It's simple to prepare and would look quite festive in clear gift bags tied with sparkly holiday ribbon.

Salted Caramels

from Ashley Rodriguez at not without salt

Imagine a box of beautifully wrapped, handmade caramels...who wouldn't feel special opening that? The only 'special' equipment you need is a candy thermometer. I got mine for $10 and it's been faithful for years.

Raw Date Truffles

from Amy Green at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Truffles is just a name to make these oh-so-simple to make treats sound like you've labored over them for hours. It's really as easy as grinding nuts & dates, rolling them in balls, then coating them in cocoa powder or coconut. The ones that don't get eaten (it's hard not to eat at least a few...) look beautiful in mini-cupcake papers. Pick up inexpensive gift boxes from Michael's and tie a satin ribbon around each one. They'll be received with open arms.

Handmade Recipe Book

from Amy I. at Playing House

I teared up a little when I read Amy's post. She actually received this adorable recipe book as a gift. It reminded me of all the family recipes I cherish so much - my Grandma Ruth's Homemade Stuffing and her Apple Cobbler. Or my Aunt Linda's Spaghetti Squash. My mom makes the most amazing Asian Marinated Chicken Breasts and Potato Soup that I can never quite replicate. I don't have any of these recipes...but if they were put in a box, wrapped, and put under the Christmas tree I'd be delighted.

Maple Snickerdoodles

from Lauren at Celiac Teen

Who doesn't love cookies? They're easy to make and always well received. I thought you'd like this fun variation on Snickerdoodles. Yes, they're gluten-free but you could add a splash of maple to your Snickerdoodle recipe and get the same effect.

Gingerbread House Cookies

from Jenn at Jenn Cuisine

When I saw these cookies, I thought they'd be the perfect gift for a busy mom. Bake off the cookies and include all the decorating ingredients for the kids to put together. The kids will be busy and Mom just might get a little free time.

Popcorn Snacks

from Kristan at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Kids and adults alike would go ga-ga for these popcorn snacks. Make them holiday festive with green & red M&Ms.

Italian Anise Cookies

from Danielle at A Delightfully Sweet Life

Anise is one of my all-time favorite flavorings for cookies. These little two bite cookies dress up any Christmas cookie package. I like sophistication that the cool Christmas blue sugar adds to these cookies.

White Chocolate Pistachio Cornmeal Biscotti

from Arthi at SoulCurry

Biscotti is really quite simple to make so if it's new to you don't be afraid. It's perfect as a holiday gift because it just begs to be dunked in a steaming hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. The other bonus to giving biscotti at the holidays is that it's a dry cookies so it has a longer shelf life, usually about 2 weeks.

Vanilla Orange Shortbread Cookies

from Diana at Dianasaur Dishes

Orange and vanilla makes a great flavor pairing. When added to a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie, you have a gift sure to please the pickiest of palates.

Chanukah Sugar Cookies

from Maya at Baking & Caking

Use festive cookie cutters to make cookies to celebrate any holiday. Maya has a set of Chanukah cookie cutters that includes everything from dreidles to menorahs.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

from Amy at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

No holiday baking event is complete without some sort of quick bread. Though cranberry & walnut is used here any combination can be put into this loaf. Think banana nut, orange cardamom, and pumpkin pecan.

Shipping Your Holiday Cookies

from Jen at How To: Simplify

Want to know how to ensure that the cookies you put so much love into will make it your friends and family safe and sound? Jen has all the details for you, including the best types of cookies to ship and even where to get the right kind of boxes.

Do you have a holiday gift from your kitchen to share with us? Tell us all about it and if you're a blogger, leave a link to your post below.

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Great article! Great ideas! I totally love edible gifts! Smile

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Excellent article, Amy!