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Peanut Butter Brownie Mix

My family enjoyed this recipe that I tried after reading about it in our neighborhood newspaper. Any quart-sized container will work to pack the dry ingredients into, but a glass jar reveals the lovely layers. Use a special fabric to cover a standard canning jar lid to personalize the gift for a particular occasion or time of year. —Lynn Dowdall, Perth, Ontario

The Best Marinara Sauce

To take advantage of a plentiful tomato crop, my friend and I created this recipe. Now, we enjoy making enormous batches—220 pounds of tomatoes worth—and giving jars along with a pound of pasta as gifts during the holidays. Giving this sauce to my family and friends makes me feel good because I know it was made with the best ingredients and from the heart. —Shannon Norris, Cudahy, Wisconsin

Momma Watts’ Crazy Herby Salt Blend

The mother of my best friend Annabelle, Mary Watts, or “Momma Watts,” gave my friends and I this recipe for a delectable salt mixture. It’s the best homemade gift that I made for my friends last year. —Ava Romero, South San Francisco, California

Plum Conserve

My delectable preserve is a useful gift. During holiday meals, it makes a lovely garnish for rolls, is delicious when served with cheese as an appetizer, and is fantastic as a dessert topping for ice cream or pound cake. —Ginny Beadle, Spokane, Washington

Spicy Oatmeal Cookie Mix

In charming jars of delicious, ready-to-bake cookie mix, brown sugar, spice, and everything nice—like cinnamon, coconut, oats, and chips—are layered together. It’s a quick and simple gift idea that is valued all year long. On your gift tag, don’t forget to list any additional ingredients that are required as well as the preparation instructions. – Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Pumpkin Butter

On a hot biscuit or piece of toast, this spiced butter is simply divine. You might mistake it for pumpkin pie if there’s a little whipped cream on top! —June Barrus, Springville, Utah

Pickled Red Onions

This recipe for pickled red onions should be kept on hand in every refrigerator. If they last that long, they stay on everything I put them on for weeks. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

A Cup Of Coffee Cake

This recipe is simple, delicious, and loaded with flavors that teachers need to get through the day. If you prefer, instant coffee can be used in place of brewed coffee. —Deborah Dubord, Fayette, Maine

Double Hot Horseradish Mustard

This recipe is perfect for my family because we love spicy food. Sandwiches with it added.—Madeline Cole, Willow, Alaska

Bourbon Peach Jam

Since we visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail a few years ago, bourbon has become a household favorite. I remember that enjoyable trip with every bite of this jam. —Katie Ferrier, Houston, Texas

Salted Cashew Oatmeal Cookies

At Christmas, I made oat cookies and loaded them with cashews because my son adores them. He devoured them. Friends, coworkers, and teachers will love receiving the mix; all they need to do is add butter, vanilla, and eggs. —Richard Hatch, Glen Burnie, Maryland

Cranberry Dark Chocolate Trail Mix

I once received a jar of delicious trail mix from a close friend. One of my favorite snacks, and my recreation comes pretty darn close to the original! —Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma

Hot Pepper Jelly

We like this scalding hot pepper jelly spread with cream cheese on crackers. Additionally, it is a wonderful holiday present. Swap out the habaneros for jalapeno peppers, and add green food coloring for a milder flavor and different hue. —Richard Harris, Kingston, Tennessee

Cashew Brittle

Because a candy thermometer is not needed for this simple, fast recipe, I like it. For those on your list who love nuts, it also makes a great gift. —Rhonda Glenn, Prince Frederick, Maryland

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Spiced Cran-apple And Grape Conserve

I ended up using the grapes in a variety of ways because I had an abundance of them in my garden. Although this conserve was an afterthought, I made sure to record the recipe because my family and friends gave it such high praise. It was delicious with Brie cheese and crackers, but it would also go well with pork, chicken, ham, and cheesecake. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California

Double-dutch Chocolate Holiday Cookies

The combination of crunchy, vibrant M&Ms and rich, dark chocolate makes these cookies extra special. Who wouldn’t appreciate receiving this mixture as a gift? —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mom’s Pickled Carrots

I’ve only ever heard of my mother making this recipe. In fact, when I bring it to a potluck or picnic, nobody has ever heard of pickled carrots. However, once they give them a try, they become addicted. —Robin Koble, Fairview, Pennsylvania

Homemade Pear Honey

An ancient recipe for pear honey has been handed down through families. It pairs particularly well with warm biscuits and butter. On pound cake or even ice cream, it tastes great as well. Use only very firm pears to avoid any problems. —Charlotte McDaniel, Jacksonville, Alabama

Hearty Pasta Soup Mix

Give this hearty, stick-to-the-ribs soup mix as a gift to warm up loved ones on chilly winter nights. It looks just as good as it tastes because it is packaged in lovely glass jars! Include a list of the additional ingredients that will be needed, along with preparation guidelines, with your gift card. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Good night Santa Cappuccino Mix

What could be bad about having an excellent cappuccino mix on hand? During the holidays, I like to package some up as gifts. —Carol Witczak, Tinley Park, Illinois

Christmas Cranberries

This traditional holiday drink gets a kick from bourbon, which is added in a small, tight-fitting glass storage container. Take an old tea towel or cloth napkin, wrap it around it, tie a bow, and add some tiny ornaments. —Becky Jo Smith, Kettle Falls, Washington

Ranch Dressing And Dip Mix

It’s simple to make a creamy dip or a smooth salad dressing using this adaptable ranch dressing mix. With crisp vegetables or drizzled over greens, it tastes great. —Carolyn Zimmerman, Fairbury, Illinois

Berry Curd

I’ve always enjoyed strawberries. Every time they are in season, I come up with creative and unique ways to use them. I spread this strawberry curd on almost everything, including waffles, pancakes, cake, and ice cream. —Margo Zoerner, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Gingerbread Snow Globe

Every Christmas, I bake a sizable batch of these gingerbread cookies to share with my family and coworkers. Cutouts can be arranged to resemble a snow globe in a large clear jar as a festive decoration. —Kelly Kirby, Mill Bay, British Columbia


This Italian sauce is sweet and tangy and contains peppers, cauliflower, carrots, and other crisp-tender vegetables. It is ideal for serving on a relish tray with pickles or olives. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Oatmeal Chip Cookie Mix

I enjoy giving this oatmeal cookie mix in a jar along with a cookie sheet as a gift at bridal showers or housewarmings. —Joan Airey, Rivers, Manitoba

Homemade Spicy Hot Sauce

I came up with this hot recipe one-day using ingredients from my garden: hot peppers, carrots, onions, and garlic. This dish is unique because of the carrots. —Carolyn Wheel, Fairfax, Vermont

Sand Art Brownies

With chocolate chips and M&Ms added for decoration, a jar of this lovely layered mix yields a delicious batch of fudgy brownies. This is a delectable option if you require a last-minute gift for a neighbor or teacher. —Joan Hohwald, Lodi, New York

Mild Tomato Salsa

This salsa recipe was given to me by my sister, and ever since then, my kids and I have made batches of it. Pint jars and bags of tortilla chips make for tangy Christmas presents. The kids can genuinely claim to have contributed to this gift when they give it to their teachers. —Pamela Lundstrum, Bird Island, Minnesota

Chocolate-dipped Pretzel Rods

These tasty treats are fun to make and eat for kids of all ages. In a cellophane bag or glass jar, the pretzels with decorations make a pretty gift. —Kay Waters, Benld, Illinois

Confetti Bean Soup Mix

This soup tempts with its mouthwatering flavor and colorful variety of beans. Every Christmas, I like to give it to friends. —Rebecca Lambert, Staunton, Virginia

Gingerbread Spice Jelly

For many years, I’ve made batches of this straightforward jelly—a champion at our county fair—to give as gifts. People return the jars for a refill when they are empty. —Robin Nagel, Whitehall, Montana

Christmas Pickles

For decades, a close family friend made these pickles. The recipe has undergone some changes over the years, but in my heart they are still “Dr. The green, red, and white hues of the pickles, cherries, and onions make these morsels perfect for Christmas gift-giving. Rhodes’ pickles is a tasty variation on the traditional Christmas pickle custom. —Patricia Martin, Shelby

Quick-mix Brownies

This Mother’s Day, give your mother a gift of this lovely food. After that, have the kids assist in making them for her later on in the day when she has afternoon tea.

Semi-dried Tomatoes

Sandwiches, picnics, dinner parties, and even barbecues benefit from the unique flavor of homemade antipasto. This traditional dish from the Mediterranean can be enjoyed in so many different ways!

Passion fruit Curd

The tangy, fragrant pulp of this tropical fruit, which is ideal for spooning over pavlovas and fruit salads, is concealed by the fruit’s tough, purple skin.

Spicy-sweet Nuts

Are you hosting a Christmas party at your house? Send your visitors home with a tasty edible gift, like Curtis Stone’s spicy-sweet nuts.

Indian-spiced Nut Mix

Enjoy a bowl of these hot nuts while curled up on the couch watching your favorite show.