Holiday Party Treats and Gifts to Make

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Homemade Peppermint-Chocolate Fudge is just one of the gifts you can cook up in the kitchen this holiday season.
Three-Herb Olive Oil is another option, if you are looking to stay away from the sweet stuff.
If you are looking for something fizzy, try this Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail.
Another classic option is the creamy Triple-Shot Eggnog.
Leave a comment on this post and you could win copies of these great books from Juniors and Fine Cooking.
Homemade Peppermint-Chocolate Fudge is just one of the gifts you can cook up in the kitchen this holiday season.

Homemade Peppermint-Chocolate Fudge is just one of the gifts you can cook up in the kitchen this holiday season.

Photo: Fine Cooking

This week, our friends at Fine Cooking magazine are sharing gifts you can make, edible treats to serve at your next holiday party, and some cookbooks for you to take home too!

A collection of Homemade Christmas Gifts includes everything from desserts to savory snacks. Peppermint-Chocolate Fudge and Three-Herb Olive Oil are just two of the many choices included in this collection. 

Their Christmas Cocktail list is also not to be missed. From Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktails made with Champagne, to creamy Triple-Shot Eggnog, there is a recipe for everyone at the party.

To help celebrate the holidays, is giving us the opportunity to give away two of their most popular cookbooks. You could win a copy of Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook and the new Junior's Dessert Cookbook right here at 

Simply, leave a comment on this post before 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, telling us all about your favorite holiday treat. Two winners will be chosen at random to win copies of these great books from Junior's and Fine Cooking. Winners will be announced on December 22nd.

Good Luck!


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Comments (16)

Pennysue writes: I love making cheesecake at Christmas time but my family always seems to enjoy the cookies. A large variety and each child has their favorite. Great food, good memories, it all goes together. Thank you.
Posted: 6:29 am on December 21st
Weena writes: I really like making cheesecakes, and I enjoy trying new recipes. These books sound great!
Posted: 3:33 pm on December 17th
quilting_fun writes: It is hard to pick just one treat as a favorite. My mom would start baking weeks before Christmas and fill the freezer. When we were allowed them we could never wait for them to thaw before scarfing them down. Of all she made: date squares, lemon squares,carrot cake, gingerbread cake, date filled sugar cookies (a reciepe develope for my dad) and various pies and tarts the butter tarts had to be the best. I love raisins and she always put them in separte from the batter so there was always lots. No one made tarts like my mom, to bad the receipe was not written down and was lost when we lost her.
Posted: 1:44 pm on December 17th
dwr33055 writes: I love some Cheescake, so does my family,,,,,,would love the book....
Posted: 7:33 am on December 17th
therapist writes: My cousin makes the best cheesecakes ever. She refuses to share her recipe with anyone. I would love to have a great recipe for cheesecakes or other desserts to be able to "hold my own" at those family get-togethers.
Posted: 10:17 pm on December 16th
doreenlinehan writes: I loved to make pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies.
Posted: 9:52 pm on December 16th
ilovecrafts1 writes: I live in a Senior complex which is quite active. We have
some very good cooks as tenants and so I often have quite a problem deciding what to eat. My neighbor makes the best
chocolate fudge I have ever had, so since I can't beat that, I never make it!!! My Mom made wonderful snowballs (similar to wedding tea cakes) and I cannot beat that recipe either.
I love butter cookies though, but not through the cookie presses. I seem to have trouble with those contraptions. So at holiday time, I fix my own butter cookies and just wait
for the other excellent bakers, to bring around their goodies and share them with me. It's like a giant "cookie-exchange" around here. My daughter also makes the best cookies and cheesecakes. Someday when I grow up, I want to be just like her!!!
Posted: 9:01 pm on December 16th
luvtodesign writes: My favorite thing at Christmas is to bake all different kind of christmas cookies. I also love to decorate the house with Christmas items from the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. I haven't done the bedroom yet. LOL!!
Posted: 8:05 pm on December 16th
LorisWorld writes: My favourite holiday treat is my Mom's famous Carrot Pudding. She has made it every Christmas (and only at Christmas) for as long as I can remember. It is very similar to a Christmas fruit cake but is more like a pudding. She always made an awesome hot caramel sauce to put over it. Mmmmmmm. My mom passed away in August 2010 and our family missed our favourite Chrismas treat last year so much that my sisters and I are getting together tomorrow, spending the day together, and making a big batch. We are using mom's recipe (which was mostly "a little of this, a little of that") so, although I'm sure it will be good, it still won't be like mom used to make.
Posted: 6:51 pm on December 16th
DLouie writes: I love to make fudge and toffee, cookies are also a big hit!
Posted: 6:40 pm on December 16th
deechurch writes: I just finished making a second batch of pecan pralines. I also made 5 pounds of Triple Chocolate Nut Clusters and 10 dozen ised butter cookies.
Posted: 6:00 pm on December 16th
gjeneve writes: My 14 year old granddaughter loves to cook and bake. This would be just the thing for her.
Posted: 5:55 pm on December 16th
BSmiling writes: Our favorite holiday treat is pumpkin pie; one regular and one with egg nog! :D YUM!

Posted: 5:55 pm on December 16th
grammakim04 writes: I love making special treats for gifts. I homemade gift just seems so extra special, like you are giving a piece of yourself...I love it! The recipes in the book look wonderful!!
Posted: 5:45 pm on December 16th
jennieMB writes: My aunt would get a lot of use out of these, she makes a cheesecake every year at christmas.
Posted: 12:06 pm on December 14th
SusanD1408 writes: My son would love these books and to make some of the things out of it.
Posted: 5:52 am on December 14th
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