8 homemade holiday food gifts for families with picky eaters

These kid-tested gifts are simple enough for busy parents to make and sweet enough for any child to enjoy.

8 homemade holiday food gifts for families with picky eaters
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There's nothing like a homemade treat to share the joy of the season. These kid-tested gifts are simple enough for busy parents to make and sweet enough for any child to enjoy.



No-bake peanut butter dream bars

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Who doesn't love peanut butter smothered in a thick layer of chocolate? These are the faster version of peanut butter balls, and guess what? You don't have to bake them at all.

Slow cooker apple butter with no added sugar

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Rich with cinnamon flavor, there's no butter here at all. Just a tangy, sweet spread that's perfect on toast, pancakes and more. Bonus: No need to peel the apples!

DIY taco seasoning

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So much more flavorful than the store-bought stuff. Make your own blend—as spicy or mild as you like—and your loved ones will think of you next Taco Tuesday.

Homemade bread

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Bread is a symbol of good luck, which makes a homemade loaf a special gift. But best of all, this particular recipe is so buttery soft, and so forgiving to make, even kids can whip up a loaf on their own.

Hot fudge sauce

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With only four ingredients, you can make a big batch of the smoothest, creamiest hot fudge you've ever tasted.

Homemade marshmallows

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If you've never had real, homemade marshmallows, this is your chance. Plus, this simplified technique doesn't require a candy thermometer.

Lemon blueberry loaf with glaze

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One of the best gifts to get during the holidays is anything that doubles as breakfast for a busy family. This is one of the most loved flavor combinations of all time.

Chocolate granola bars

Nothing says Happy Holidays like a sweet snack that's also filling enough to keep kids going until dinner.

Charity Curley Mathews is a former executive at Martha Stewart and HGTV who's now a family food writer, blogging at Foodlets.com. That's where you'll find quick & easy recipes (packed with fresh ingredients) plus tried-and-true advice about raising little foodies. She's been featured on Food Network.com, Huffington Post, WHUP radio, ABC 11-TV and more. The author of four cookbooks, including "Super Simple Baking for Kids", she lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her family of six, plus their rescue dogs, bunnies, chickens and bees.