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Perfect for the holidays and more: Homemade gift ideas

25 Recipes
Perfect for the holidays and more: Homemade gift ideas

Beer brittle

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Cherry-almond-coconut granola

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 6 cups

Snowflake pretzel rods

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 45 pretzel rods

Chocolate bouchons

Time 45 minutes
Yields Makes 12 bouchons

Chocolate and pink peppercorn meringues

Time 50 minutes
Yields Makes about 3 dozen meringues

Cinnamon marshmallow stars

Time 40 minutes
Yields Makes about 100 (1 1/2 -inch) stars

Springerle

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes about 4 dozen 3-inch cookies

Panforte with candied quince

Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Yields Makes 32 half-inch slices

Marzipan stollen

Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Yields Serves 16 to 20 (8 to 10 per loaf)

Apricot biscotti

Time Active work time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields Makes 32 biscotti

Brown sugar shortbread

Time 50 minutes
Yields Makes 4 dozen bars or 2 dozen wedge cookies

Vegan almond sable cookies with cacao nibs

Time 45 minutes
Yields Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies

Fig bars

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes 40 (1-inch) cookies

Panettone

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 16 (6 to 8 per panettone)

Chocolate Pecan Turtles

Time 40 minutes
Yields Makes 40 turtles

Chewy Ginger-Sour Cherry Biscotti

Time 55 minutes
Yields Makes 24 biscotti

Hazelnut Biscotti

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Makes 32 biscotti.

Prunes in Armagnac

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes 8 cups soaked prunes

Almond biscotti

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Caramel corn

Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Yields Makes a generous 12 cups

Holiday spelt biscotti

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes 2 to 2 1/3 dozen biscotti

Gluten-free granola bars

Time 55 minutes
Yields Makes 16 to 24 bars

Triple-chocolate brownies

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 3 dozen brownies

Gingerbread heart houses

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 3 dozen cookies, depending on size

Baklava rouláda cookies

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes about 4 dozen cookies


Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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