Easy-to-Make Homemade Goodies

Delicious homemade goodies for teachers, grandparents, and sitters -- and so easy, even your toddler can help.

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Star Cookie Trees

Anna Palma

Star Cookie Trees

You'll need star-shape cookie cutters in different sizes for this pretty present. Your little one can help with icing and stacking.

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5-Grain Pancake Mix

Paula Hible

5-Grain Pancake Mix

Let the kids do the layering -- it's like edible sand art! Wrap up a colorful spatula with this gift to make it extra special.

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Christmas Fudge

Paula Hible

Christmas Fudge

Your child can stir in the dried fruit when the fudge is off the stove.

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Cheesy Biscuits and Holiday Pepper Jelly

Paula Hible

Cheesy Biscuits and Holiday Pepper Jelly

Any tiny holiday cookie cutter will work for stamping a design onto these crackers -- just don't press too hard!

Makes: About 6 dozen biscuits and 9 cups of Holiday Pepper Jelly

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Popcorn Truffles

Paula Hible

Popcorn Truffles

Add M&M's just before shaping the balls to keep the chocolate from melting.

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Herb-Salt Blends

Paula Hible

Herb-Salt Blends

Give the kids a funnel, and let them fill the bottles with these flavorful blends -- great for seasoning poultry, beef, or even popcorn.

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Peppermint Patties

Paula Hible

Peppermint Patties

Make this gift in 5 minutes!



Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission from the December 2005 issue of Parents magazine.