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Savory and Sweet Food Gifts for the Holidays

Marshmallows, cake pops, cookie mix and many other goodies to give as presents this holiday season.

By Julie Miltenberger

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Curried Bean Soup in a Jar
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Curried Bean Soup in a Jar

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 75 minutes

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Nutter Butter Reindeer

Makes: 24 reindeer pops
Prep: 30 minutes
Microwave: 90 seconds
Refrigerate: 25 minutes

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Holiday Caramel Corn

Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

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Holiday Peppermint Bark

Makes: 36 pieces
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 2 hours

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Oreo Snowmen

Makes: 24 snowman pops
Prep: 30 minutes
Let dry: 30 minutes

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Cookie Mix

Makes: one 2-quart jar; 3 1/2 dozen baked cookies
Prep: 13 minutes

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Salted Caramel Sauce

Makes: 2 cups (16 servings)
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes

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Rice Krispies Trees

Makes: 18 trees
Prep: 30 minutes
Microwave: 1 minute
Let Cool: 5 minutes

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Ancho Chile Truffles

Makes: 72 truffles
Prep: 1 hour
Refrigerate: 2 hours

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Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

Makes: 24 marshmallows
Prep: 30 minutes
Microwave: 75 seconds
Refrigerate: 1 hour

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Gumdrop Wreath

Makes: one 8-inch wreath
Prep: 1 hour
Let dry: 2 days

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Herbed-Cheese Biscuits

Makes: 48 biscuits
Prep: 25 minutes
Bake: at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

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Trio of Flavored Salts

Makes: 3 cups flavored salts
Prep: 15 minutes

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Pomegranate Vinegar

Makes: 2 cups pomegranate vinegar
Prep: 10 minutes

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Salsa 2 Ways

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes

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Marbled Walnut Fudge

Makes: 4 dozen pieces at $4.01 per dozen
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Refrigerate: 3 hours or overnight

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Chocolate-Peppermint Cake Pops

Makes: 48 pops at 23 cents each
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 35 minutes
Decorate: at least 1 hour

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Peppermint Bark

Makes: 2 pounds (4 small tins) at $1.96 each
Prep: 10 minutes
Microwave: 2 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour

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Chunky Salsa

Makes: 10 cups at $1.53 each
Prep: 35 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

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Layered Chocolate Cookie Mix

Makes: 1 jar at $7.33 each; 3 1/2 dozen baked cookies
Prep: 20 minutes

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Trio of Rubs

Steak Rub
Makes: 1 jar (11 teaspoons) at $1.50 each
Prep: 5 minutes

Pork Rub
Makes: 1 jar (9 teaspoons) at $1.51 each
Prep: 5 minutes

Chicken and Fish Rub
Makes: 1 jar (10 teaspoons) at $1.14 each
Prep: 5 minutes

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Marshmallows

Makes: 8 servings (6 marshmallows) at 28 cents each
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Beat: 12 minutes
Let Stand: 3 hours

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Cranberry Poppy Seed Biscuits

Makes: three 2 3/4 cup bags at $1.55 each
Prep: 10 minutes

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Mixed Berry Granola

Makes: about 6 cups at $1.98 per cup
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes

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Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Makes: 36 pretzels at 34 cents each
Prep: 15 minutes
Microwave: 6 minutes

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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