40+ Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen

Homemade gifts are the best gifts - perfect for teachers, a neighbor, co-workers or friends. Christmas gifts from your kitchen are the perfect way to send out a little homemade holiday love, and they're always well received. Some of these gifts are great little additions to give with a gift card, a pretty kitchen towel or a new holiday mug.

Not sure where to start? Well, today I'm sharing over 40 homemade kitchen gift ideas! Baked goods, festive breads, cakes, homemade jams, sweet and savory jellies, cookie mixes in a jar, sweet and salty snack mixes, and a few handmade items. 

Several of these recipes would make delicious candy and cookie trays or bake up a variety of sweet treats and add a little bit of everything to make a beautiful holiday baked good basket. So pull out those mason jars, cookie boxes, cellophane bags, baskets and holiday ribbon and let's get started. 

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Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Fudge:  Even if you’ve never made candy before, give this easy Milk Chocolate or Peanut Butter Fudge recipe a try! This recipe is foolproof and turns out perfectly every time.

Chocolate Buckeye Candy:  a classic no bake peanut butter ball partially dipped into milk chocolate to leave a circle of peanut butter visible (similar to a buckeye nut). These little buckeye candy are so pretty placed in candy boxes. 

Hillbilly Toffee (Cracker Candy):  is so easy to make and highly addictive! Saltine crackers are coated in a quick toffee layer and topped with milk chocolate Heath English Toffee Bits and pecans. These are always a hit to anyone I gift them too! 

Mint Oreo Truffles:  These 3 ingredient no bake cookie truffles are made with cool mint Oreos, cream cheese and dipped in melted chocolate almond bark. Who doesn't like a good oreo truffle. 

Gingerbread Oreo Truffles: These Gingerbread Oreo Truffles are an easy holiday treat that are perfect for Christmas parties, cookie trays and gifting. Make a variety of Oreo truffles and add to a candy box for gift giving. 

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Grahams:  Graham Crackers dipped in milk chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint sticks. Leave whole or break into pieces for holiday bark.

Crock Pot Chocolate Candy Cups: All you need is 4 simple ingredients and your slow cooker to make this smooth and creamy chocolate candy cups. Add pecans for nutty cups or crispy rice cereal to make crunch cups. 

4 Layer Cookie- Candy Bars:  These 4 layer cookie bars are similar to a Twix but with added peanut butter.

Rolo Turtle Candy:  are salty pretzels layered with a sweet caramel chocolate Rolo candy and topped with a toasted pecan halve or red m&m candies to make Rudolph Noses. 

Crock Pot Chocolate Candy: This Crock pot candy is made with Semi sweet or milk chocolate chips, German, chocolate, vanilla almond bark, and chocolate almond bark. I add dry roasted peanut to make peanut butter patties. 

Chocolate No Bake Cookies: Old Fashioned Chocolate No Bake Cookies aka Cow Patties or Fudge Cookies are a yummy vintage cookie that's filled with chocolate, oatmeal and peanut butter.

Texas Tumbleweeds:  
This no bake sweet and salty treat is made with Potato sticks coated with peanut butter, butterscotch chips, vanilla bark and pecans.

Texas Pecan Pralines: A decadent southern candy loaded with crunchy pecans, butter, and delicious brown sugar flavor. I for one would love to receive a batch of Pecan Pralines. 

Christmas Prairie Gingerbread: This one bowl Gingerbread cake is a great way to celebrate Christmas. Gingerbread is an old fashioned cake made with molasses, ginger and other spices. 

Cranberry White Chocolate Christmas Braid: A simple Danish style Christmas Braid filled with cream cheese, dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, a dash of cherry syrup or liqueur and topped with a simple vanilla glaze. Wrap this Christmas Braid in clear plastic wrap, add a festive holiday bow and tag for easy gift giving

Cinnamon Raisin Christmas Bread: A beautiful Christmas braided gift bread filled with, brown sugar, cinnamon, golden raisins and pecans. Wrap this Christmas Bread in clear plastic wrap, add a festive holiday bow and tag for easy gift giving.

Perfect Cinnamon Rolls: Perfect soft and fluffy scratch cinnamon rolls with a ooey - gooey brown sugar, cinnamon filling and topped with a homemade cream cheese icing. Who wouldn't love a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls. 

Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls: The maple glaze on these Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls takes these cinnamon rolls over the top from your average cinnamon roll. If you don't have maple extract you can use vanilla. Both versions are equally delicious. This recipe makes 3 round pans so they're perfect for gift giving. 

Nana's Christmas Butter Cookies: Tender, cutout , butter sugar cookies with a flavored with lemon and topped with an egg wash or light vanilla glaze. Christmas isn't Christmas without my moms homemade butter cookies. I have had these cookies every Christmas for 50 years. 

Sugar Cookies for Santa This sugar cookie recipe uses butter and shortening which is the perfect combination for soft, chewy and crisp sugar cookies. 

Soft Eggnog Cookies: Deliciously soft melt in your mouth eggnog sugar cookies topped with a simple eggnog glaze and dusted with cinnamon sugar. 

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies:  Rich chocolate cocoa cookies dipped in white chocolate, and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies. 

Cookie Dough Gift Rolls: A creative and frugal way to wrap cookie dough for gift giving. Place the cookie dough rolls in a holiday basket or gift bag filled with holiday sprinkles and cookie cutters. You can use store bought or homemade cookie dough.  A few of my favorites are sugar cookie and gingerbread. 

Cranberry-Orange Biscotti Who would of thought that a Cranberry -Orange Muffin Mix, plus a few simple ingredients would make the most delicious biscotti. Pair this with a bag of holiday coffee and some pretty mugs and place in a holiday basket. . 

Pretzel Caramel Chip Cookies: Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies packed with caramel bits, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and pretzel pieces. 

Southern Pecan Cookie Bars (Pecan Chewies): Pecan Chewies are a traditional southern cookie bar filled with butter, brown sugar and pecans. These cookie bars are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. 

Winter Cranberry Cookie Mix: These buttery cookies are thick and chewy with oatmeal, white chocolate chips, sweet dried cranberries and pecans. 

Oatmeal Scotchie Mix in a Jar This Oatmeal Scotchie Cookie Mix in a Jar comes together quickly, and makes yummy Oatmeal Scotchie Cookies! This recipe is for a pumpkin version but just leave the pumpkin out for regular Oatmeal Scotchie cookies. 

Praline Pecans with Cranberries: Pecans, dried cranberries, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla make up this beautiful, festive fruit and nut mix perfect for gift giving. This candied nut mix stores beautifully in 1 quart mason jar. 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Layers of baking chocolate, sugar, powdered milk, peppermint candies, and chocolate chips make up this delicious Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Pair with some pretty holiday mugs and place in a basket. 

Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones: are filled with hot chocolate, Andes mint and mini marshmallows that are finished off with pipe cleaner antlers, a red nose and wiggly eyes. 

Christmas Crunch:  This sweet and salty Christmas Treat is an easy holiday snack made with white chocolate coated popcorn, pretzels, Cheerios cereal and M&M candies. This popcorn mix stores easily in a holiday tin. 

Sweet Pecan Chex Mix: This sweet pecan Chex mix is everything you love about traditional Chex mix, tossed with butter, vanilla, brown sugar, maple syrup and pecans. This Chex mix is the perfect balance of sweet, salty and crunchy!

Peanut Butter Blossom Chex Mix:  a holiday favorite cookie, peanut butter blossoms transformed into a Chex mix. 

Mini Egg Nog Bundt Cakes: These Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Eggnog Sugar Glaze are the perfect size for gift giving. Everyone will love this festive holiday treat. 

Festive Eggnog Pound Cake: A festive pound cake is moist, tender and full of holiday flavor with the addition of rum and holiday eggnog. 

Eggnog Coffee Cake : This is a overnight coffeecake and totally worth it. Prepare the night before and enjoy on Christmas morning. 

Cranberry White Chocolate Christmas Cake: 
 a sweet buttery cake with the flavor of tart cranberries, white chocolate chips and pecans. 

Christmas JamA festive holiday jam perfectly sweet with a touch of tartness from fresh cranberries and frozen strawberries. 

Cranberry Jalapeno Jam: This simple cranberry jalapeno pepper jam is a sweet and spicy jam recipe that's flavorful with just a touch of  heat. I serve this over cream cheese and pair with crackers. 

Pineapple Jalapeno Jam: is a combination of jalapeno and bell peppers make up this sweet and spicy pepper jam. Serve it over cream cheese on crackers, or baste it on pork or chicken when grilling. This jalapeno jam would be a nice addition to a grilling basket. 

Cowboy Candy aka Candied Jalapenos: Sweet and spicy sliced jalapenos coated in a simple syrup using garden fresh jalapenos. Here in Texas we refer to them as Cowboy Candy.

Homemade Pear Honey: A sweet homemade nectar like pear honey that makes wonderful gifts, especially during the holidays. This pear honey is delicious spread on toast or biscuits. Add a jar or two in a gift basket along with a recipe card, a loaf of homemade bread , an Artisan loaf , or a scone or biscuit mix. Add a festive spatula and recipe card.   

Homemade Apple Butter:  made easily in your slow cooker. Apple Butter is perfect slathered on hot biscuits, toast or scones. Add a jar of apple butter to a gift basket along with fresh apples, a biscuit or scone mix, a holiday spatula with a recipe card, and a simple apple scented candle. 

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments: Easy Cinnamon Scented - Applesauce Ornaments are a must make this holiday season. They're perfect for hanging throughout the house, on the tree, to make garland or used as scented bowl fillers. These cinnamon ornaments are a great holiday gift, especially placed in a gift box with ribbon. I would love to get a gift like this for my Christmas tree.

Dried Orange & Cinnamon Garland: Dried orange garland with cinnamon dough ornaments is such a fun old-fashioned holiday decoration, and it's really simple to make. You could make one or two strings of garland and place them in a gift box or holiday bag. 

Dried Orange Cranberry Potpourri: Fill your home with the aroma of citrus and warm spices with this homemade stove-top potpourri.  Stove top potpourri makes your home feel and smell so cozy and inviting. Homemade Potpourri make a great gift when added to individual gift bags. 

DIY Produce Gathering Apron:  If you have a gardener or homesteader in your life this produce gathering apron is simple to make and a wonderful gift. This apron is perfect f
or gathering produce or eggs from the chicken coop.

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