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Perfect for Anytime of Year

Each year I spend a lot of time trying to decide what to give my daughter's teachers as Holiday or end-of-year gifts. So far the biggest response we got was the year we gave brownies. Teachers would come up to me in the hallways for months telling me how much they really loved the brownies. A few even asked when I ​was going to bring back more!

 I hope you find this list of delicious baked goods gives you a few options for your Holiday gift-giving.

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    Chocolate Peanut Clusters
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    My daughter's teachers just go "nuts" over these Chocolate Peanut Clusters. These are easy to make in your crockpot.

     ​Nut Rocca Candy and ​Rhonda's Butterscotch Heath Candy also make great gifts. 

  • 02 of 10
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    I can't say enough how much I love these Ultimate Brownies. They're a cross between a cakey brownie and a fudgy brownie. These are the brownies that the school coaches went nuts over.

    Yo​u can also try Boozy Brownies ​or Chocolate Frosted Brownies.​

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    Jammin' Jar Mixes

    Canning Jar Cakes
    Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    If you've got some wannabe bakers on your gift list, cookie ingredients in a jar can be the perfect gift for them. Neatly layer the dry ingredients in a pretty jar, attach a neatly printed recipe and all the recipient needs to provide is the wet ingredients. Besides being tasty, these gifts can be decorative too.

    You can also bake entire cakes in canning jars. I've found these cakes have been very popular gifts.​ Check out Canning Jar Cakes.

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    Nana's Italian Cookies
    Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    You just can't go wrong with giving cookies during the holidays. Either purchase one of those cute holiday themed tins or a wicker basket lined with a Christmas napkin to hold the cookies. Some of the cookies I like to give (and get!) are: Nana's Italian Cookies, (pictured), Butter Spritz Cookies,Thumbprints, Snickerdoodles (love all of that cinnamon), Macaroons and Neapolitans (using red and green food coloring).

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  • 05 of 10
    Bacardi Rum Cake and More
    Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Bundt Cakes make a great gift. If you have a Nordic Ware Mini Cake Pan or another mini bundt pan, you can easily divide this recipe for Bacardi Rum Cake among your best friends. All bundt cakes can be made this way.

  • 06 of 10
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    Making your own truffles can be a very personal gift. These are so good, they will be hard to give away! Try ​Amaretto Truffles,​ Easy Chocolate Truffles or Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles.

  • 07 of 10


    Sweet and Salty Fudge
    Carroll Pellegrinelli

    For me, Sweet and Salty Fudge is always a winner as a holiday or anytime gift. These are perfect for neighbors, family, and teachers.
    Also try Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge,​ Walnut Fudge o​r
    Marshmallow Creme Fudge.

  • 08 of 10

    Sugared Nuts

    Sugared Nuts
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    Simple and delicious, these Sugared Nuts are a hit with just about anyone. These are great with walnut or pecans. You can also skip the sugar and make them salty

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  • 09 of 10
    Orange Poppy Seed Muffins
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    Don't you just love all of the different-sized pans they have these days for baking loaves and muffins. A small loaf of Irish Spice Bread or a basket full of Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Mini-Muffins makes a great gift.

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    Bread Gift
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    Something as simple as a fresh homemade loaf of bread can really be thoughtful and delicious. Take it a step further and include a small jar of homemade flavored butter.

    It doesn't matter if the bread comes out of your oven or the bread machine. It's the thought that counts.