I don't know about you, but my mom is nearly impossible to shop for. Every year, my sister and I desperately search for something practical or beautiful or trendy (or all three). But 10 times out of 10, my mom returns our gift. Or it sits, unused and collecting dust, in her closet.

I know gifts are not everyone's love language. My mom prefers a thoughtful note or short phone call. But I have discovered one gift she always appreciates (and can't return): something made with my very two hands. As a kid, this meant painted flower pots, personalized aprons, and very rhyme-y poetry. This year, I'm turning to homemade cookies, caramels, muffins, or bars. Here are 11 recipes that I'm considering (plus a card, of course!). Check them out — chances are that your mom might love them too.

1. Smoked tea caramels

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2. Giant chocolate bar

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3. Silky chocolate truffles

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4. David Lebovitz' dulce de leche

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5. Yogurt white chocolate

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6. Soleils (Parisian butter cookies)

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7. Lime cornmeal biscotti

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8. Sqirl's puffed granola (a.k.a. turmeric millet-nola)

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9. Torrone Siciliano (Sicilian almond brittle)

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10. Cinnamon and rye shortbread

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11. Milk chocolate ice cream with salted cashew brittle

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 11 sweet treats Mom has to love because they're homemade.