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Holiday Treats

Looking for a personal gift for that special person? Try one of these yummy homemade holiday treats. Hard to put a price on ‘thoughtful’.

various cookies and bars in a box with tissue paper

Holidays and special events are a great time to break out the baked goods and treats. They make perfect gifts, particularly for people who don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen but love delicious homemade foods. And, of course, they make popular host/hostess gifts and potluck contributions.

Yes, homemade holiday treats take a bit more effort than picking up or ordering  a gift, but you can be sure they will be well appreciated. A food gift is thoughtful, caring and special. And, there are lots of options that take very little effort if you’re short on time. Like…

Our easy holiday treats under 30 minutes

All the recipes below have clear step by step instructions so they are easy to follow. But these, specifically, are super easy. Most of them take much less than 30 minutes of hands on time. Some, of course, need chilling or cooling time. 

    • lime glazed easy shortbread cookies
    • cinnamon puff pastry rolls
    • 3 minute fudge
    • chocolate cranberry rice crispy squares 
    • crispy butter lace cookies
    • white chocolate bark (peppermint or almond)
    • cheese twists

How to package a food gift

There are many simple options. Here are a few: cellophane (or cellophane gift bags), pretty boxes, wine bags and paper or cloth gift bags. Line your container with wax paper, parchment or tissue paper. And don’t forget a little gift card. 

Other desserts you might like for the holidays

14 Holiday treats to package as food gifts

Cinnamon Puff Pastry Rolls
several mini glazed cinnamon puff pastry rolls on plate f
Pop one of these mini cinnamon puff pastry rolls into your mouth for a buttery, flaky, sweet, cinnamon-y explosion. Easy, quick and yummy.
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Lime-Glazed Easy Shortbread Cookies
Lime-Glazed Shortbread Cookies (Shortcut). Buttery, flakey,melt in your mouth cookies with a burst of lime and sweetness.
It's hard to believe these buttery, zesty melt-in-your-mouth Lime-Glazed Easy Shortbread Cookies are made in 30 minutes with just 6 ingredients. Perfect for a tea, shower, potluck, or holiday cookie-exchange. And the perfect gift.
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Chocolate Toffee With Hazelnuts
Chocolate toffee stacked on board with hazelnuts
Chocolate Toffee - buttery, nutty, chocolate-y, crunchy and scrumptious. Like Skor bars, but way better. And much easier to make than you think. 
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Best Homemade Caramel Popcorn
best homemade caramel popcorn
No, you can't just eat a handful of this addictive homemade caramel popcorn. Crunchy popcorn and nuts with a mouth-watering buttery salted caramel coating. Perfect for gifts, picnics & parties.
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Cheese Twists
cheese twists on plate in pile
Puff pastry Cheese Twists are a great choice for your next get-together. Flaky, cheesy, crispy and easy to make ahead as an appetizer. And very popular!
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Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
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Loaded with chocolate, nuts and raisins, these no-bake chocolate rice crispy treats are your answer to that after-dinner chocolate craving. Rich, chewy, crunchy, nutty, chocolate-y deliciousness. Just 10 minutes of hands-on time to prepare (plus chill time).
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Crispy Buttery Lace Cookies Recipe
Crispy Buttery Lace Cookies
These delicate, crispy, buttery Lace Cookies have been in our family for years. Ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for a tea, brunch, shower or dessert.
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Easy Chocolate Fudge (3 minutes)
chocolate fudge pieces with nuts stacked on serving board f
Question: How do you make easy chocolate fudge? Better question: How do you make creamy, melt-in-your mouth, no-fail chocolate fudge with 3 ingredients, 3 steps in 3 minutes? Read on...
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Skor Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Teeny toffee bits take these skor chocolate chip cookies over the top. Buttery, caramel-y, chocolate-y, chewy cookies with crisp edges (if baked longer). Wickedly good. Freeze balls of dough to make fresh warm cookies whenever you need them.
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Chocolate Toffee Bars Recipe
Nutty Toffee Graham Crave Bars. Buttery toffee bars with toasted macadamia nuts, white&dark chocolate drizzle and dried cranberries. addictive!
Chocolate Toffee Bars are a twist on the popular toffee Graham cracker bars. Buttery and crunchy with chocolate, nuts, cranberries and salt. Crave-worthy!
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Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
four chocolate chip cookie bars stacked on plate with milk beside it
"You ready?" said the ice cold glass of milk. "We are." said the soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie bars. "Because there was no rolling, no chilling, no mixer needed to make us" 🙂
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Elephant Ears Pastries (Palmier cookies)
Citrus Palmier Hearts, sweet flaky pastries with lemon-orange zest
Serve these elegant elephant ears pastry (Palmier cookies) for dessert or tea. Or for Valentines Day! Buttery and flaky with a hit of orange-lemon zest.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
baked cookies on plate
These nutty, melt-in-your mouth chocolate hazelnut cookies are a treat for any tea, shower or holiday spread. Serve plain or dipped in chocolate and more nuts.
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White Chocolate Bark (two kinds)

Peppermint Bark on a plateRoasted Almond Bark


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