Our Best Recipes To Make As Gifts For Your Family, Friends, And Neighbors This Season

These gift-worthy treats are sure to put a smile on someone's face.

Homemade Turtles
Photo: Micah A. Leal

Whether you're on the hunt for the perfect hostess gift or simply want to bring a smile to a neighbor's face, homemade gifts are always well received. You can bake the brittle or pralines you're known for or create small containers filled with preserves, syrups, or pickles. Food is an important part of any Southern holiday, so food gifts make the perfect way to let someone know you're thinking of them.

No matter what type of treat you're looking to make or which occasion you're baking for, we've got the gift-worthy recipes you need. These Southern homemade food gifts, complete with charming packaging and thoughtful details, will put a smile on anyone's face.

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Cracker Toffee

Cracker Toffee
Abbi Wilt

Buttery Saltine crackers, chocolate, and any festive topping you prefer make a delicious combination in this treat.

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Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Salted Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies


Classic cookie bites make for well-received packages, especially when delivered in an old-school cookie tin. These pecan-studded shortbread cookies are perfect for Christmas.

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Hot Chocolate Mix

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Caitlin Bensel

Homemade hot chocolate mix is easy to make in a big batch and dole out to all of your friends and family. For individualized gifts, pair with a Christmas-themed mug.

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Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

These thumbprint Hershey’s kiss cookies will bring back memories of Grandma’s house from the very first bite. The recipe comes from our February 1986 issue.

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Cheese Straws

How to Make Mamau’s Cheese Straws

You can't go wrong with these crunchy, cheesy bites. Anyone would be glad to have cheese straws around to snack on throughout the season.

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Apple-Pie Infused Bourbon

Apple-Pie Infused Bourbon
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Turn a plain bottle of hooch into a top-shelf indulgence, infused with sweet autumn flavors. Make a batch in one big bottle, and you can then use mini jars or any other food-safe glass container with a lid to give portions to others.

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Buttermilk Pecan Pralines

buttermilk pecan pralines
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

This New Orleans classic is quite the special Christmas candy to bestow upon others. Just don't make them on a rainy day!

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Southern Chowchow

Nannie's Chowchow Relish
Southern Living

Head on a canning adventure with this Southern condiment that goes with many holiday dishes. Pack it up in glass jar, and you're set with food gifts!

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Jessica B. Harris' Peanut Brittle

Jessica’s Peanut Brittle
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

This version of peanut brittle is a refreshingly simple one. It doesn't require cream of tartar, corn syrup, or even a candy thermometer—just butter, peanuts, sugar, a pinch of baking soda, and a cast-iron skillet.

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Hot Honey

Hot Honey Recipe
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley

Delicious drizzled over biscuits and fried chicken or whisked into a vinaigrette, this chile-infused honey will make a welcome addition to anyone's pantry.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Each rich, buttery layer of this giftable loaf has a cap of crunchy, caramelized cinnamon sugar. Plus, it's a very forgiving recipe.

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Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls

Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley

These decadent little delights are a cross between bourbon balls and chocolate truffles. Nestle each one in a mini baking cup, and place them in cardboard jewelry boxes wrapped in holiday paper before delivering.

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Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins

Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins

Bake several batches of these delightful bakery-worthy muffins, and wrap them up as a breakfast treat. For added flair, use festive muffin wrappers.

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Homemade Turtles

Homemade Turtles
Micah A. Leal

Chewy caramel and sweet chocolate with a crunch of toasted pecans are a trio made in heaven. Everyone will ask for the recipe.

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Christmas Morning Coffee Cake

Christmas-Morning Coffee Cake
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist Audrey Davis

Resolve to think beyond a ho-hum box of chocolates for a food gift. Instead, pass on this sweet treat, which is filled with delicious ingredients like dried tart cherries, pistachios, and cinnamon.

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Classic Hoppin' John

Classic Hoppin' John

Stacy K. Allen, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Bestow good luck with a New Year's Day dish of good-for-you peas shot through with smoky flavor.

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Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites

Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
Jennifer Davick

With just seven ingredients and 15 minutes of hands-on time, creating multiple jars ready for gifting will be easier than you think.

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