Slideshow: Seven Gift-Worthy Winter Preserves

Cranberry Port Jam
Cranberry Port Jam
This deeply flavored jam would be perfect spread on cornbread, pumpkin bread, or anything slathered with cream cheese. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Brandied Vanilla Pear Jam
Brandied Vanilla Pear Jam
For pear lovers, this jam is a must. It combines juicy, mildly floral Bartlett pears with the seeds of a vanilla bean and a generous pour of brandy.

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[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Spiced Cranberry Cabernet Jam
Spiced Cranberry Cabernet Jam
This sophisticated jam combines the bold flavor of cabernet wine with spicy cinnamon and star anise. It packs a boozy punch, so it would be perfect for a decadent holiday brunch. It also makes a superb filling for linzer cookies.

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Brandied Vanilla Pear Jam
Brandied Vanilla Pear Jam
Think of this luxurious jam as pear pie in a jar. If you don't have brandy on hand you can substitute spiced rum or bourbon. Serve with crumbly scones and plenty of sweet butter, or warm it in a saucepan over low heat and spoon it over slices of gingerbread. Get the recipe!
Cranberry Port Jam
Cranberry Port Jam
This brilliant red jam combines tart fresh cranberries and rich ruby port. A handful of dried cranberries add a chewy bite. It's a natural match for cornbread or pumpkin bread. Get the recipe!
Apricot Honey Butter
Apricot Honey Butter
My dad is an apricot fiend, so this year I'll be sure to give him a jar of this dried fruit butter with honey and crystallized ginger, adapted from the Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving. Get the recipe!
Honey-Tangerine Marmalade
Honey-Tangerine Marmalade
This marmalade requires a bit of elbow grease (you have to seed a pile of tangerines) but the results are well worth it. Of all the preserves I've made over the years, this is my mother's absolute favorite. Get the recipe!
Rosemary Pear Jam
Rosemary Pear Jam
Mellow, sweet pear and fragrant rosemary are combined in this beautiful jam. I like to serve it with cheese. It also makes a delicious and unexpected glaze for roast chicken. Get the recipe!