My Favorite Holiday Recipes & Homemade Gifts!

Peppermint Brownies

The holidays are upon us. Many of you will still be trying to come up with dishes to serve at your own parties or bring to parties.  Maybe you’re looking to create homemade gifts to give, and holiday projects to do with your children while they’re off from school.

This week, I’ll be posting some of my holiday favorites since I started blogging back in 2009.  I hope  to offer new ideas that will become your holiday favorites for years to come.

If you were not a frequent visitor to At Home with Vicki Bensinger since its inception, you may be viewing these for the first time.    I hope you like what you see.

Today I’m going to share with you…….

My Favorite Gifts from the Kitchen:

Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint Brownies

Chocolate Raspberry Balsamic Truffles


Peppermint Bark

Homemade Peppermint Bark

Salted Chocolate Caramels


Cranberry Orange Pistachio Biscotti


Holiday Wreath Bread


Homemade Platter to Gift with Treats


How to Make a Candy Wreath

Candy Wreath

Candied Pecans


Homemade Vanilla Extract


Homemade Irish Creme Whisky

Homemade Irish Creme Whisky

Each of these recipes can be made and ready in plenty of time for the holidays.  If you have any questions  please feel free to post your comment or email me.  I’m always happy to help. 


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  1. So many goodies Vicki, I wouldn’t even venture to pick a favorite, although I can almost hear those Salted Chocolate Caramels calling my name 🙂

  2. Vicki, this is a great holiday gift roundup, I love those homemade vanilla extracts. The festive cookie stand is a beauty too.

    • The cookie stand is by Patience Brewster. It comes with a beautiful lid but I didn’t purchase it since most of my cakes are too tall. She makes incredible pieces. Glad you like my round up. I hope you have a chance to make the vanilla. It’s so easy and so inexpensive. You’ll find you will always keep some on hand.

  3. Don’t you just love cooking and baking at this time of the year? So much good stuff to make and eat, and so little time to do it! Loads of good suggestions here – thanks so much.

  4. All great ideas!! I wish the Christmas season lasted a little bit longer so I had time to try everything!

  5. You are one busy woman! What a great assortment of gifts and goodies! Might just have to make those biscotti for me. 🙂

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