Mrs. Wakefield's Cookies

[Photographs: Alexandra Penfold and Pam Parrella]

Perhaps this year you've decided to make more gifts or maybe you have that company cookie swap just around the corner. Either way, homemade edible gifts really can't be beat. Here are my favorite American Classics that travel well for gift giving or sharing.

Moon Pies

Moon Pies

Top notch chocolate combined with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers make these a cut above your garden variety, preservatives-laden, store-bought moon pies. Fans of this nostalgic treat will, er, be over the moon.

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Homemade Cranberry Newtons

Homemade Cranberry Newtons

Sweet and tart, these super soft cookies last for up to a week in an airtight container, making them ideal for shipping and sharing.

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Benne Wafers

Benne Wafers

Nutty and chewy, this lowcountry treat is a favorite souvenir from the Charleston area.
These sesame seed flecked cookies are ideal for sharing with friends and family who like their cookies sweet but not too sweet.

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Iced Lemon Loaf

Iced Lemon Loaf

This moist loaf cake with hand-candied lemon peel will have your giftee dreaming of summer and sunshine. It's so good you might not want to gift it away. Save yourself some heartache and make a double batch.

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Scotcheroos

Scotcheroos

What could be better than Rice Krispie Treats? How about Rice Krispie Treats with butterscotch, dark chocolate, and peanut butter? Mega win.

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Kitchen Sink Bars

Kitchen Sink Bars

With plenty of chocolate, coconut flakes, crushed potato chips, peanuts, and pretzel bits, these easy bars are sweet and salty to the max. Perfect for the midnight snackers on your list.

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Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass Windows

If you have marshmallow loving kiddos on your holiday list, consider these no-bake stained glass windows. Whimsical and super simple, they are a favorite of my nieces and nephew.

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Mrs. Wakefield's Cookies

Mrs. Wakefield's Cookies

What could be better than THE original chocolate chip cookie recipe? These cookies ship well and provide a bit of instant homemade comfort.

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About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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