Gifts From The Kitchen Holiday Guide

A holiday gift guide of over 50 dessert recipe ideas you can give for Christmas this year.

Gifts From The Kitchen Holiday Guide

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can officially listen to Christmas carols and not twitch. I was shopping shortly after Halloween, and the one store was blasting their holiday soundtrack. Normally I’d enjoy that since I was looking at Christmas decorations, but I wasn’t ready yet. Speaking of holiday shopping, I find that I give gifts more and more each year. Of course my wallet isn’t happy with that, so for the past few years I’ve been making homemade gifts from the kitchen, not only to lessen the stress of what to buy everyone but to help save money. It also makes giving much more fun because I can truly customize the treats. This person doesn’t like chocolate. This person is allergic to coconut. This person is crazy for caramel. Today I have a Gifts From The Kitchen recipe guide, ranging from desserts and mixes in jars to cookies and fudge. The idea is to list items that package well. Most don’t need to be refrigerated; however, there are a few that can’t sit out (such as cheesecake).

Mailing cookies is something I do quite often. You can also mail mixes and treats in jars (make sure to wrap in lots of bubble wrap and that nothing needs to be refrigerated). If you are going to mail goodies this year, I posted 8 tips on mailing cookies last year.

For even more recipe ideas, please follow my Christmas Pinterest board.

Gifts and Mixes In Jars*

Espresso Brownie Mix

Homemade Red Velvet Cake Mix from Treats and Trinkets
Homemade Red Velvet Cake Mix from Treats and Trinkets

Hot Chocolate Mix from Chocolate, Chocolate and More
Hot Chocolate Mix from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Baked Cheesecake In A Jar

5 Minute (Microwave) Coffee Cake in a Jar from Juanita's Cocina
5 Minute Microwave Coffee Cake In A Jar from Juanita’s Cocina

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie in a Jar from Big Bear's Wife
Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie In A Jar from Big Bear’s Wife

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Nutella Espresso Hot Fudge Sauce

Fudge, Popcorn, and Treats

Cookie Cutter Fudge

Creamy Lemon Fudge

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Easy Nutella Fudge

Easy Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge

Caramel Popcorn

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

S’mores Caramel Popcorn

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Spoons

Pretzel S’mores (using Christmas sprinkles)

Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treat Truffles (using Christmas sprinkles)

Strawberry Shortcake Truffles

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

(Really Thick) S’mores Rice Crispy Treat Bark


Award-Winning German Chocolate Cake Sandwich Cookies

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coconut Cookies

Caramel Kiss Cinnamon Spritz Cookies

Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry Cordial Blossom Cookies

Chocolate Cherry M&M Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cut Out Cookies (using Christmas sprinkles and shapes)

Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies

Double Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Lemon Coconut Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Maple Gingersnap Cookies

Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Dream Pocket Cookies

Nutty Oatmeal Ginger Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies

Peanut Butter Nutella Crinkles

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

Brownies, Blondies, and Bars

Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownie Cookie Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars

Stuffed Mallo Cup Bars

Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies

Oreo-Stuffed Blondies

Fluffernutter Swirl Brownies

One Pot Fudgy Raspberry Cocoa Brownies

Chocolate Caramel Twix Rice Crispy Treats

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Peppermint Rice Crispy Treats


Award-Winning Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Funfetti Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

Kit Kat Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting


As I said earlier, I am giving away one copy of Desserts in Jars cookbook. I received an extra copy from a conference I attended over the summer and wanted to give it a good home. Just as the title says, the book contains 50 recipes of desserts made in jars, which means most if not all make great gifts. You can read more about it in my cookbook review.

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  1. Love these recipes. All of yours are amazing and wonderful! Thanks for such a great giveaway. :)

  2. I am making hot chocolate powder for friends this Christmas.

  3. I’ll definitely be baking cookies to give away!

  4. Heather B says:

    I will be making and giving a homemade gift basket of goodies to my friends and family. It usually includes peppermint bark, buckeyes, sugar cookies, peppermint blossoms, snickerdoodles, Peppermint Vanilla Roll Cake, an assortment of fudge and homemade hot cocoa mix.

  5. I love to make lemon tea cookies and give them as presents :)

  6. Sugar cookies, spritz, Chex mix, ranch oyster crackers, and several chocolate cookies and fudge.

  7. Thanks for including my mix, Carla. You’re encouraging my obsession. :P

  8. I plan on making cookies as gifts this holiday season.

  9. Great round up of giftable treats!

  10. Lots and lots of Christmas cookies!!

  11. This Christmas I’m going on a massive cookie-baking spree… My sister and mother are wanting to give out cookies but have quite a bit on their plate, so I’m making cookies for my neighbors & co-workers, AND theirs… Should be fun!

  12. I will give mulling spices, and I am now inspired to try the cookie cutter fudge as well.

  13. Making haystacks this year

  14. Lots of chewy gingersnap cookies!

  15. I’ll be making cupcakes for coworkers and maybe taking a stab at some homemade peanut brittle!

  16. Terri Hughes says:

    Cookies or cakes!

  17. pinnninggggg

  18. chocolate, peanut butter pretzels!

  19. Barbara Bradford says:

    I have been collecting popcorn recipes. Now I just need to come up with a cute way to gift the little bags of different flavors.

  20. We’ll be giving some flavored popcorns that we make each year. Our friends, neighbors, and family all look forward to this and kind of expect it now. LOL! I’ll also give away some fresh loaves of bread. That is always a hit as well.

  21. I love making fruit cake (underrated dessert) as a gift- so good homemade

  22. Peppermint bark!

  23. Brittany Ricciardi says:

    Red Velvet Cupcakes!

  24. So many ideas for holiday gifts!!

  25. Love your recipes! Thanks for a fun giveaway.

  26. I always made a cookies plate for local policeman and fireman – fudge, sugar cookies and what new recipes I find — it’s always a big hit.

  27. I’m going to be making chex mix, chocolate covered pretzels, Ritz sandwiches w/different fillings & Tex Mex Pretzels.

  28. Susan Christy says:

    Fudge & Reese’s temptations

  29. I’m giving my family Christmas dinner from my kitchen this year. :-) I love the idea, and look, of the food gifts in a jar, so homey and artistic looking!

  30. I’ll probably make some cookie plates to give away, but I may also do some spiced nuts for special friends.

  31. Heather Ross says:

    Mmmmmmmmm cookies, brownies, oh the possibilities. …

  32. This was a Great Blog Post! Jam packed with Fantastic ideas! Wow!
    The book must be Wonnderful!

  33. Two things I will be making are peanut butter fudge and decorated sugar cookies with my daughter.

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