Best Food Gift Ideas For Christmas!

Whether you don’t know what to buy for the person who has everything, or you just want to add a personal touch to accompany the perfect gift, these holiday favorites are sure to hit the spot!

Food gifts are a warm and personal way to say you care during the holiday season. Whether you don’t know what to buy for the person who has everything, or you just want to add a personal touch to accompany the perfect gift, these holiday favorites are sure to hit the spot!

1. Peanut Butter Fudge


1/2 cup butter
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar


Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners’ sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth and pour into an 8” x 8” pan. Chill until firm and cut into squares.

Ever heard of Velveeta Fudge?

2. Raspberry Starburst Cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup raspberry jam


In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour and salt. In a large electric mixer bowl, beat together butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and almond extracts and stir until blended. Add flour mixture and stir until combined. Form dough into a 6 inch flattened disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350° F. On a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board, and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough into stars using a 2 1/2” cookie cutter.

Using a 1” star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the center of half of the cookies. Be sure to dip your your cookie cutters in flour to prevent dough from sticking. Re-roll the scraps until all the dough has been used. Place cutouts 2” apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake about 10 minutes, until cookies are set and the edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies from baking sheets with a metal spatula and place on a wire rack to cool. Drop about a teaspoon of raspberry jam onto the center of each cookie without a cutout in the middle,. Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust the tops of the cookies that have the middle cut out with powdered sugar. Place the cutout cookies on top of the jam-covered cookies. Makes about two-dozen cookies.

Or try Jan Hagels, A buttery Dutch Christmas Cookie!

3. Cinnamon Pretzels


2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1-lb. package small pretzel twists


In a large roasting pan stir together oil, cinnamon, and sugar. Add pretzels and toss until the pretzels are fully coated. Bake, uncovered, at 300° F oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Makes 12 cups.

4. Oreo Truffles


40 Oreo cookies
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
10 oz. dark chocolate baking melts
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 oz. white chocolate baking melts


Place 10 cookies in a food processor, cover, and pulse until finely crushed. Pour crushed cookies into a large mixing bowl. Repeat, 10 cookies at a time, until all of the cookies are crushed. Add cream cheese to the crushed cookies and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until well combined. Using a small ice cream scoop, shape the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes or until firm. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Use a fork to dip the cookie balls into the melted chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip back into saucepan. Place truffles back on the waxed paper-lined baking sheet; freeze for a few minutes until firm. In a small saucepan, melt the white chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Place melted chocolate in a resealable plastic bag. Snip a small corner of bag and drizzle white decorations over the truffles. Chill for a few minutes until set.

5. Spiced Pecans


3 cups shelled pecan halves
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Beat egg white and water together with a fork. Add sugar and seasonings to egg mixture. Add nuts and coat on all sides.  Place nuts on foil-lined sheet to prevent sticking. Bake 1 hour at 250 degrees, turning once or twice. Be careful not to overcook! Cool and add to jars or boxes and wrap.

Prefer Candied Pecans? Try this recipe!

6. Traditional Italian Panettone

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup currants, soaked in warm water for 1 hour and drained, or golden raisins, or any candied fruit.
2 oranges, zested
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Use a mixer to cream together the butter, eggs, and egg yolks until pale yellow. Using a dough hook attachment, add half of the flour to the mixture with the mixer running. Add half the milk and mix for one minute. Add the remaining flour, milk, and sugar and mix well.  Next, add the currants, orange zest, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Mix well.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for 5 minutes. Place the dough in a buttered and floured 8” round deep cake pan or panettone pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and invert onto a rack to cool.

7.  Homemade Caramel Corn

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 quarts popped popcorn
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn in a very large bowl. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in a preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for one hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces. Pack in Mason jars and tie with a ribbon!

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Jaime McLeod

Jaime McLeod is a longtime journalist who has written for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites, including She enjoys the outdoors, growing and eating organic food, and is interested in all aspects of natural wellness.

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I just made the Candy Cane Whoopie pies. Not only are they delicious, but easy and inexpensive. The only thing I had to buy was peppermint extract and candy canes($4). Everything else is in a baker’s cupboard. I think the family will love these. (giggles) I did! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Susan Higgins

Hi Kathy, we’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Merry Christmas to you!

Ann Schluchter

Oreo Truffles, The best! Made them for Christmas last year, so easy and keeps great in the fridge. They did not last long, everyone loved them. Making them this year with a dash or two of mint extract.

Tonya hightower

Love peanut butter fudge


I just finished making the peanut butter fudge, delish! And made some alterations by adding some unsweetened coconut and crunchy peanut butter. My next batch I will be adding powdered cocoa to the icing sugar for a bit of diversion 🙂 My kids love it!

Judy Pennington

I just made “Crockpot Candy”! Easiest candy I have ever made. Little pricey, but depending on the size of the piece you make, you can get from 100 to 150 pc’s of candy for about ten to fifteen dollars. Just search for crockpot candy and be sure to follow the directions exactly. You just have to add the ingredients in the order given, let it cook for 3 hours on low in your crockpot, then stir and dip out . Fantastic!!!


The Peanut Butter Fudge is absolutely DELISH!! It totally reminds me of the fudge my father used to make when I was little. Really excellent recipe! Took little to no time at all and it’s perfect! Thanks!

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