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Easy Christmas Candy Recipes

Updated on October 9, 2014

Simple Candy Recipes Your Family Will Love

Christmas is a very busy time. Family get togethers with lots of eating. Church activities and parties. Shopping. Wrapping Gifts.

With all of that you spend a lot of your time in the kitchen cooking and baking.

In our family candy has been part of the family tradition, especially fudge. So, you will find several fudge recipes plus other candies which include chocolate. Can you make candy without chocolate?

Candy making should be about having fun so ask some of your relatives, the ones that love to cook, or a few girlfriends and spend the day in the kitchen. I like cooking with my grandchildren so if you haven't thought of that, give it a try. Hopefully, you will try some of these recipes. One for rock candy, some fudge and a few other easy christmas candy recipes.


Hazelnut Toffee

An all time favorite

Here is a recipe I found in the Taste of Home magazine and I have been making it for years. It is creamy and crunchy all at the same time. You can use dark, milk or even white chocolate and substitute the hazelnut for one of your favorites.

Your Grocery List:

2 teaspoons plus 1 cup of butter, divided

1 cup of sugar

3 tablespoons of water

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts


2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts

Line a 13 inch x 9 inch x 2 inch pan with foil, coat the foil with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Butter the sides of a large heavy saucepan with 2 teaspoons butter. Cube remaining butter; place in pan.

Add the sugar, water and corn syrup.

Cook and stir until mixture turns golden brown and a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees ( the hard crack stage)

Remove from the heat and stir in hazelnuts.

Pour into prepared pan without scraping and spread evenly.

Let stand at room temperature until cool. About an hour.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and spread evenly over toffee. Sprinkle with hazelnuts, pressing down gently.

Let stand for 1 hour. Break bark into bite size pieces.

Store in the refrigerator.

Candy Thermometer

If you are going to start making your own candy you will need a good candy thermometer. Get the best one you can afford. It doesn't have to be the most expensive but invest in a good one and you will have it for years. What to look for: how it attaches to your pan. Make sure it attaches firmly and is easy to attach. I have the Wilton Candy Thermometer and love it.


Cream Cheese Candy Recipe

Just 4 ingredients

This is one of those last minute candies. So, if you are pressed for time this little candy is just perfect. This is also a great candy to make with your children or grandchildren. It requires some kneading and children love to get their hands in the food.

Your grocery List:

1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/4 teaspoon peppermint or almond extract

3 cups confectioners' sugar

small drop of green food coloring ( or color of your choice)

sugar or ( colored sugar optional)

In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and extract.

Beat in 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, add your food coloring and mix until well blended.

Knead in remaining confectioners' sugar until smooth.

Shape into 1/2 inch balls then roll in the sugar.

Place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten with a fork. Let stand for 1 hour to harden.

Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Note: If you are going to let your little ones help on this one you might want to make white candy (skip the food coloring because it might turn their hands green) add color by using colored sugar crystals.

Christmas Candy Dishes

Proudly show off your homemade candies. You've gone to all that work making your candy and now you need to serve it in style. Find yourself a cute little candy dish. Here is one of my favorites.

Four Chip Fudge -A recipe from Taste of Home


CHOCOLATE is defined in the dictionary as: a food product made from the seeds of cacao, roasted and ground, often sweetened

If you like fudge this will become one of your very favorite recipes. It is one of those "can't fail" fudge recipes. There is nothing worse than making fudge and not havinig it harden and wasting all of the ingredients.

Grocery List:

1 1/2 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup of butter, divided

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

3 tablespoons milk

1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 package (11-12 ounces) milk chocolate chips

1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts

Line a 13 inch by 9 inch x 2 inch pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter; set aside

In a large heavy saucepan, melt the remaining butter over low heat (be careful not to burn)

Add sweetened condensed milk, 3 tablespoons of milk, package of semi-sweet chocolate chips, package of milk chocolate chips and package of peanut butter chips. Cook and stir constantly until creamy smooth.

Remove from the heat, stir in butterscotch chips, marshmallow creme and the vanilla and almond extracts until well blended.

Stir in the nuts. Of course you may substitute the walnuts for your favorite nut.

Spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate until set. Lift the fudge out of the pan and remove foil. Cut into squares and serve.

If there is any left, store in the refrigerator.

No Substitutions

If a recipe calls for butter - use butter, not margarine. Also buy real vanilla not imitation vanilla. It will make all the difference to the taste buds. Try to never substitute!


Peppermint Fudge

This one is worth the extra effort and will bring oohs and aahs. It looks like you have been in the kitchen all day but it really is a simple recipe that just takes a little more time. If you bake cookies and candies during the Christmas Season and gift a lot of your goodies, this will be the perfect compliment to any gift package.

Grocery List:

Fudge Layer;

1 1/2 teaspoons butter

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons baking cocoa

1/2 teaspoon milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup chopped nuts

Peppermint Layer;

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups confectioners's sugar

1/2 teaspoon milk

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy

Line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch by 4 inch by 2 inch loaf pan with foil. Grease foil with 1 1/2 teaspoons butter; set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla.

Stir in the nuts.

Spread into prepared pan. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.

For peppermint layer; beat cream cheese in a small mixing bowl. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and extract.

Stir in the peppermint candy.

Spread evenly over the chocolate layer. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.

Using foil, lift fudge from pan. Gently peel off foil and cut into squares.

People Making Fudge


Sugared Curry Walnuts Recipe

A unique taste

Walnuts are a healthy way to snack and if you are looking for a special munchie, this one might be the one you are looking for. It has a unique taste blending sweet with salty plus so much more. Don't shake your head no to this until you have tried them. Very yummy.

Your Grocery List:

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon curry powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons honey

3 cups walnut halves, toasted

1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Stir in the ginger, curry powder and cayenne pepper until smooth.

Add sugar and honey, stir until blended.

Stir in toasted walnuts until well coated.

Spread onto a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt.

Cool and break apart. Store in airtight container.

Note: Bake walnuts on a cookie sheet, in a single layer, at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently.


Cashew Brittle Recipe

Microwave this candy

This is probably one of the easiest candies to prepare. You use the microwave and you don't have to use a candy thermometer. But I am warning you, once you start eating it you can't stop, so plan on making several batches so that you can gift some.

Your Grocery List:

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 to 1 1/2 cups salted cashew halves

1 teaspoon butter ( use the real thing)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a microwave safe bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup.

Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes, stir.

Heat 3 minutes longer.

Stir in cashews and butter.

Microwave on high for 30 to 60 secnds or until mixture turns a light amber color. This mixture will be very, very hot!

Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until light and foamy.

Immediately pour onto a buttered baking sheet and spread out with a "metal" spatula.

Chill for 20 minutes or until set; break into small pieces.

If there is any leftovers, store in airtight container.


English Toffee Recipe

For pecan lovers

English toffee is not only delicious but looks pretty in your candy dish. This recipe is an old time favorite so if you know someone that loves pecans this is the candy for them. It's quick and easy to make so make sure you make more than one batch.

Your Grocery List:

1 tablespoon plus 2 cups butter, softened (Please don't substitute)

2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans

Grease a 15 inch by 10 inch by 1 inch baking pan with 1 tablespoon of butter; set aside.

In a heavy 3 quart saucepan, melt the remaining butter.

Add sugar, corn syrup and salt, cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 295 degrees (the hard crack stage). Be patient here it takes a while to get to this temperature.

Quickly pour into the prepared pan. Let stand at room temperature until cool, about 1 hour.

In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and spread over the toffe.

Sprinkle with pecans, gently push into chocolate.

Let stand for about 1 hour. Break into bite size pieces.

Store in airtight container at room temperature.


Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe

They look like store bought!

This recipe takes a little time and some patience but if you like being in the kitchen it is worth the extra effort. If you love maraschino cherries it makes them that much sweeter. If you are looking for a special gift for the person that has everything and needs nothing, then this is the gift to give. Find a beautiful airtight glass container wrap an elegant ribbon around it and you have the perfect gift.

I found this recipe in the Taste of Home magazine several years ago and keep going back to it.

Your Grocery List:

1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries with stems, well drained. If you can't find stemed cherries it is okay because I found you can use toothpicks.

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 square ( 1 ounce ) unsweetened chocolate, melted

2 teaspoons half-and-half cream

2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 cup vanilla or white chocolate chips

2 1/2 teaspoons shortening, divided ( do not use oil)

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Pat cherries dry with paper towels and set aside.

In a bowl combine the butter, corn syrup, unsweetened chocolate and cream.

Stir in the confectioners' sugar. Knead until smooth. Roll into 18 balls.

Flatten each ball into a 2 inch circle.

Wrap each circle around a cherry and lightly roll in hands. Keep the stem out!

Place cherries, stem side up, in a shallow paper lined container.

Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours.

The day before serving or gifting, remove the cherries from the freezer.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt vanilla chips and 1 1/2 teaspoons shortening, stir until smooth.

Holding onto the stem (or using a toothpick) dip each cherry into vanilla mixture; set on waxed paper to set.

Melt chocolate chips and remaining shortening; stir until smooth.

Drizzle over the candies. Refrigerate until firm.


Pecan Clusters Recipe

Taste like Turtles

This candy looks so elegant on your favorite candy dish. No one will believe you made these....they taste that good. Make sure your candy thermometer is working well by testing it. You can test your thermometer by dipping it into boiling water, it should read 212 degrees.

Your Grocery List:

1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter

1 cup light corn syrup

2 1/4 cups packed brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 pounds pecan halves, toasted

3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

4 teaspoons shortening (not oil)

Line baking sheets with waxed paper lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Butter the sides of a heavy saucepan with 1 teaspoon of the butter.

Cube remaining butter, place in pan and add corn syrup, brown sugar and salt.

Cook and stir until sugar is melted.

Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.

Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm ball stage), about 16 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in vanilla and gently add in the pecans.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.

Refrigerate until firm, abut 30 minutes.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chips and shortening, stir until smooth.

Drizzle over clusters. Chill until firm.

Store your Pecan Clusters in the refrigerator.

What kind of candy do you like?

It's a poll on your favorite candy. I'll go for the chocolate everytime but there are some who don't like chocolate. I wonder what they like best??

What's your favorite kind of candy?

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If you have more than one favorite that's ok, list that too.


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