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9 Easy Recipes for Homemade Holiday Gifts

Homemade treats make wonderful holiday gifts -- and wouldn't you rather spend time in your kitchen than brave the crowds at the mall?<p><b>1. Homemade Granola</b><p>Packed in a jar or pretty tin, homemade granola makes the perfect edible gift. This version, inspired by the granola served The Inn at Occidental …

Walnut Brownie Cookies

Made with both cocoa powder and dark chocolate, these cookies have a bold flavor that goes well with espresso. This recipe is one of our Better Basics: 10 New Takes on Family Favorites, see the others.

Basic Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious anytime treat. Enjoy your sugar cookies plain, or decorate them with icing to make them festive. This recipe is a favorite of Martha's, who likes to add 1 tablespoon cognac alongside the egg and vanilla, after creaming together the butter …

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

You probably have all the ingredients for these delicious peanut butter cookies on hand -- especially if you're a peanut butter fan! For extra peanut butter flavor, sprinkle cookies with salted peanuts before popping them in the oven. Substitute smooth peanut butter for chunky to get a different …

Giant White-Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Think big -- real big. This outsize crisp-chewy treat is rich with buttery pecans and enjoyably large chunks of creamy white chocolate.

Crisp and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie people take sides. You're either a soft-and-chewy fan or a lover of thin and crisp. But everyone goes for these chocolate chip treats. They're soft in the middle, slightly crunchy at the edges, and extra-big.