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Gift Wrap Something Sweet For The Holidays- Easy 10 Minute Chocolate Candy And Dessert Recipes

Updated on February 14, 2014

Need a great, unique gift for the holidays? These easy and mouth watering recipes are sure to please and make the perfect gift for giving during the holiday season! These easy homemade candy and dessert recipes only take 10 minutes and make the perfect gift for teachers, coaches, collegues, friends and family! Whether gift wrapped and given individual or all together as a sampler in a holiday gift basket, these sensational desserts are great for any occasion: birthdays, dinner parties, thanksgiving, valentines, christmas, mothers day, etc.

Here are a few of my favorite quick and easy recipes.

photo courtesy of kraft foods
photo courtesy of kraft foods

Delicious Chocolate Truffles

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Servings: Makes about 36 Truffles

What You Need:

2.5 packages ( about 20 squares) of Semi Sweet Chocolate

1 -8.0 oz Package of Cream Cheese, Softened ( I always use Philadelphia but feel free to substitute)

Decorations: ( choose your favorite or do a combination of all) multi -colored sprinkles, chopped peanuts, coconut, crushed oreo cookies, white chocolate, cinnamon, powdered sugar,etc.

small paper backing cups, white, or colored red or green foil

Get Cooking!

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy and set aside.

Next, melt approxiamately 8 squares of chocolate. This can be done either on the stove or in the microwave.

Blend melted chocolate in with the cream cheese. Refrigerate until firm.

Once firm, shape into balls and place on a wax paper covered dish or baking sheet.

Melt remaining chocolate and dip truffles, making sure to completely coat with chocolate. This is best done by using a fork . Then decorate and refrigerate 1 hour. (If using white chocolate to decorate, melt completely and drizzle.)

Gift Wrap!

Place each truffle in a paper baking cup (plain white or colored foil). I usually use about 9 per gift. Place about 9 truffles in a holiday tin or bakers box. Organize and add holiday candy: hershey kisses, small candy canes, etc. Close box and wrap with ribbon. Use curled ribbon ( about 5 colored pieces) as a garnishment or bow on the top of the box. These are just basic tips, feel free to be as creative as you want. As an extra gift I will sometimes loop a small holiday tree ornament to the box by using the ribbon garnishment.

  photo courtesy of kraft foods
photo courtesy of kraft foods

Sensational Fudge

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Servings: 24 pieces

What You Need:

2 packages ( 8 squares each) Semi-Sweet Chocolate

1- 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Get Cooking!

First, line a 9 inch square pan with tin foil.

Microwave chocolate and condensed milk ( use a microwavable bowl) on high for 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted.

Stir milk and chocolate until completely melted.

Stir in chopped nuts and vannilla extract.

Spread evenly in pan and then refrigerate for approxiamatly 2 hours or until firm.

Use the foil to lift out the fudge and separate from the pan. Cut into small pieces and serve. For creamier fudge let sit for 1-2 hours after refrigeration at room temp.

Gift Wrap!

Usually a holiday tin is best for gift wrapping fudge as it is soft and sticky. Place a sheet of wax paper on the bottom of the tin and neatly arrange fudge pieces. Add some candy as well for the perfect touch! Feel free to combine the fudge with the truffles. A variety of goodies is great!

courtesy of kraft foods
courtesy of kraft foods

Peppermint Double Truffle Triangles

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Servings: 18 Triangles or 9 squares

What You Need:

2 tablespoons Whipping Cream

1 package ( 6 squares) White Chocolate

1 package ( 8 squares) Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided

1/4 cup crumbled candy canes

8 inch square pan lined with wax paper

Get Cooking!

Combine whipping cream and white chocolate in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on medium power (50%) for 2 minutes and stir. Set aside.

Melt 7 squares of chocalate in a microwavable bowl for 3 minutes and stir until completely melted. Spread evenly on wax paper in pan. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.

After refrigeration spread the whipping cream and white chocolate mix evenly over the dark chocolate spread.

Sprinkle with candy canes.

Melt last chocolate square in a microwaveable bowl. Drizzle over the chocolate layers in pan.

Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.

Let stand at room tempeture for 15 minutes after refrigeration.

Cut chocolate truffle into 9 squares. Cut squares diagonally across to form triangles.

Gift Wrap!

Once again a tin or a bakers box can be used to gift wrap this tasty treat but a holiday coffee cup, mug, or wine glass can also be used. Arrange triangles inside of the cup. Add some candy or truffles to garnish and wrap the entire cup in colored shrink film. Tie the loose ends together with curled colored ribbon. Attach a candy cane to the ribbon and finito!

photo courtesy of kraft foods
photo courtesy of kraft foods

Delectable Brownies

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Servings: 24 brownies

What You Need:

4 squares Unsweetened Chocolate, melted

1/3 cup Canola Oil

1/3 cup Unsweetened Applesauce

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 cups Sugar

8 Large Egg Whites

1 cup Flour

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 teaspoon Powdered Sugar

13 X 9 inch backing pan lined with greased tin foil. Make sure edges of foil extend over sides of pan.

Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 350F

Mix chocolate, canola oil, applesauce and vanilla in a large bowl.

Stir in sugar and egg whites.

Add flour and nuts and mix well.

Spread evenly in pan.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Let cool . Once cooled, Lift brownies out of pan by using the tin foil. Cut.

Sprinkle on powdered sugar and serve.

Gift Wrap!

Cut brownies into slices and arrange on a holiday serving tray or tin. For a great dessert tray combo arrange brownies with fudge pieces and truffles.

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    • IslandBites profile image

      IslandBites 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice ideas!

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      Benoitsmidget 

      6 years ago from Boston

      Great hub! Thanks.

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      Benoitsmidget 

      6 years ago from Boston

      Great hub! Thanks.

    • efeyas profile imageAUTHOR

      Elizabeth 

      7 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Great! Glad you found a useful recipe. They are delicious!

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      Hendrika 

      7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      The double truffle triangles sounds very nice. I will keep them in mind as I am doing research for our chocolate business and this will be a treat!

    • efeyas profile imageAUTHOR

      Elizabeth 

      8 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Trish_M, mwatkins, & nikki1 thank you for your comments and for taking the time to read my hub! Enjoy these delicious morsels!

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      nikki1 

      8 years ago

      Definitely yum!! very useful hub. I love chocolate

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      mwatkins 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      All of these look so good to eat! Brownies are my favorite! thank you for so many choices and such delicious ones, too!

    • Trish_M profile image

      Tricia Mason 

      8 years ago from The English Midlands

      Yummy!

    • efeyas profile imageAUTHOR

      Elizabeth 

      8 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hope you enjoy them Wendy!

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      wendy 

      8 years ago

      I can't wait to try the reciepes you put here. Thank you for sharing them!!

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