12 Gifts to Bake and Make

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Have a handmade holiday! Here are 13 gifts to bake and make this year. Plus, a giveaway from Dreamfarm!

Double ginger molasses cookies get a hit of flavor from crystallized ginger.

Last year I felt really on top of things when it came to Christmas. In fact, I had all of the gifts bought or ordered by the end of November. This year? Not so much.

Happily, I’m at a point in my life where our friends and family don’t need stuff, so I can focus on things I enjoy giving, like homemade food. Cooking and baking has been my love language for a long time, so why not have that be a part of Christmas gifting?

In the past we’ve done curated boxes of goodies from Austin, but this year I might just stick with tasty treats made at home. A big bonus to food gifts? It won’t clutter up your house past December!

Plus, spending a little extra time on a gift folks know you made by hand is totally worth it. It’s hard to be Grinchy when your kitchen is filled with delicious scents of cookies, bread, and more.

12 Gifts to Bake and Make this holiday season


While I’m currently obsessed with the Double Ginger Molasses Cookies pictured above, it’s pretty hard to choose just one cookie. Try one of these:

Or go for last year’s favorite, Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies.

If you prefer cakes, a mini bundt pan is ideal for making small cakes, but you can also use a muffin pan! Persimmon Chocolate Cake and Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes make tasty gifts. Or go for Bourbon Brownies!


Don’t want to turn on the oven? Make these gifts instead!


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  1. I love all those dreamfarm gadgets – although I have yet to try any of them! Next weekend is holiday baking at my house – may have to try some of these recipes 🙂

  2. I haven’t felt like shopping much this year — maybe I should make my gifts this year. Thank you for the encouragement!!

  3. This allllmost makes me want to bake this year! But I know I would just eat all those molasses cookies, come on now!