Every year I love to find the perfect gift for the people in my life. But lets be honest there are some people who are impossible to shop for and I struggle to figure out what to get them. I normally give them baked Christmas gifts.
Baked Christmas gifts are perfect for friends, family and all your co-workers. I have found taking one weekend and doing a huge bake makes gift giving so much simpler. Set up an assembly line with your baked treats and the boxes and in no time you will have all your gifts ready to go.
So what do you bake at Christmas for gifts? Check out my list below of my favorite gifts to bake at Christmas every year. I’ve already baked a bunch and delivered them to a local Air Force base that was giving them to the single soldiers.
- Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies – I follow the recipe that my Nana modified before I was even alive. It is based on the original Nestle Tollhouse Cookie recipe, but with her preferred tweaks. Click here for the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
- Fantasy Fudge – This is one of the first things I remember making with my Nana when I was in elementary school. I make it at least twice a year and sometimes more often – I do leave out the nuts from the recipe. For gifting the fudge you can pour it into cookie cutters and let it harden. Then wrap the cookie cutter in plastic and it’s a great gift. Click here for the Fantasy Fudge recipe.
- Grinch Cookies – Found this recipe a few years ago and these are really tasty. So easy to make with a cake mix. Plus these are my most requested cookies from friends and family. Click here for the Grinch Cookies recipe.
- Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge – Pour the fudge quickly into gingerbread candy molds for a fun treat. I leave out the peanuts in this recipe as I prefer smooth fudge. Also, please note that this recipe can be tricky as the fudge can burn really easy. Whatever you do – do not stop stirring when making the Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge. Click here for the Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge recipe.
- Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats – Such a fun treat and great to make with kids. Click here for the Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats recipe.
- Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs – I love to decorate cookies even if they don’t always come out great. It is a nice way to relax and have fun. Click here for the Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs recipe.
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies – I came across this recipe a few years ago and was intrigued by the cookies. I made them and they were so delicious. Click here for the Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe.
- Funfetti Shortbread Bites – I started making these a few years ago and they are really good. The Christmas Tree sprinkles are my favorite ones to use with this recipe. Click here for the Funfetti Shortbread Bites recipe.
- Candy Cane Cookies – These are such simple and pretty cookies plus they taste delicious. Click here for the Candy Cane Cookies recipe.
- Christmas Snickerdoodles – I have been making these for almost as long as I have been making chocolate chip cookies. The original version of this recipe I have is one my Nana used to make – I do edit the recipe a little and add the cinnamon into the dough and then roll the dough in colored sugar. It makes the cookies so festive. Click here for the Christmas Snickerdoodle recipe.
- Gingerbread Cookies – It wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread. I love decorating gingerbread cookies and houses. Click here for the Gingerbread Cookies recipe.
- Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies – Meringue cookies are so yummy. At parties they are always one of the first things to be eaten. Click here for the Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies recipe.
When deciding what to bake at Christmas you don’t have to make a ton of things. Some years I have picked three treats to make and then gifted just those to my friends and family. My homemade gifts have been some of the most enjoyed gifts.
Let me know what you bake at Christmas for your friends and family this year.