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Last-minute recipes: Homemade holiday gift ideas

12 Recipes
Last-minute recipes: Homemade holiday gift ideas
(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
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Snowflake pretzel rods

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 45 pretzel rods

Marzipan stollen

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

Brown sugar shortbread

Time 50 minutes
Yields Makes 4 dozen bars or 2 dozen wedge cookies
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Vegan almond sable cookies with cacao nibs

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

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
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Baklava rouláda cookies

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Homemade granola

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 2 quarts granola

Homemade cinnamon-spiced whiskey

Time 5 minutes
Yields Makes about 750-mL flavored whiskey
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Black Sesame Butter Toffee with Hazelnuts

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes one 12- by 17-inch sheet

Crispix Arare

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 9 cups

Ginger Chile Simple Syrup

Time 15 minutes
Yields Makes 4 cups
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