Christmas Candy

Homemade candy makes an extra thoughtful Christmas gift. Treat those you love to their own dessert selection of candy cane bark, candy-coated strawberries, chocolate truffles and more -- all made from our special dessert recipes.

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Christmas Candy For Every Sweet Tooth

Pretty shards of chocolate bark sprinkled with peppermints; rich dark-chocolate fudge; candy canes poking out the top of gaily decorated Christmas stockings; or little packets of truffles all tied up with a bow. Homemade Christmas candy--whether it's to have at the ready for holiday visitors or to give as sweet gifts--is a touch of Santa's workshop come to your kitchen. Most of us have memories of special candies made by aunts, moms, and grandparents.

Make Candy, Make Sweet Christmas Gifts

I'm a big fan of food gifts. especially when they involve candy or preserves. This year I only bought one single solitary gift--the rest of our giftables were made months ago when we had summer produce galore (I'm not sharing any more details, lest I give away the scoop on everyone's holiday gifts).

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Candy Cane Thumbprints

The kids are all right! Candy Cane Thumbprints (click here for the recipe) are not something that's going to get anyone grounded over the holidays. Far from it. In fact, the kids can earn plenty of get-out-of-jail-free points by helping to make these wonderful Christmas cookies -- a simple combo of buttery cookie dough and tingling peppermint candy. If these cookies sound a little bit more interesting than the usual sugar cookies, or those Christmas-tree-shaped things you're already tired of, that might be because Candy Cane Thumbprints are more interesting -- more fun, too! -- a classic cookie withread more

Opera Fudge

Better Homes and Gardens

The holidays wouldn't be the same without a traditional fudge recipe. A great make ahead recipe for your Christmas platter.

Peppermint Sticks

Better Homes and Gardens

These stir-together sweet treats can be served at parties or given away as gifts.

Flavored Marshmallows

Better Homes and Gardens

Great for gift-giving, homemade marshmallows are a fun do-it-yourself project that you can customize with favorite flavors and colors.

Candy Cane Bark

Better Homes and Gardens

A wonderful Christmas gift from the kitchen, this chocolate and peppermint candy is simply delicious. For easy cleanup, line the baking sheet with foil.

Do-It-Yourself Truffles

Food & Wine

F&W's Melissa Rubel Jacobson sets out bowls of flavored ganache and dishes of coatings so guests can create their own truffles to give as gifts.

Total: 5 hrs 45 mins

Espresso Date Log with Greek Yogurt

Food & Wine

Sticky, dried dates are supersweet, so Maura Kilpatrick simmers them with espresso to make a thick paste, which she molds and freezes. When she slices the log to serve, she tops it with pistachios and tangy Greek yogurt.

Total: 30 mins

Cashew Brittle


A perfect make-ahead treat to have around the house during the holidays.

Total: 12 mins

Nutter Butter Reindeer

Family Circle

Use candy and melted chocolate to craft these festive reindeer cookies-on-a-stick with the kids.

Soft Honey Nougat

Better Homes and Gardens

These festive little candies make tempting Christmas treats to stuff into stockings or share with guests.

Total: 2 hrs

Oreo Snowmen

Family Circle

Move over cake pops, cookie pops are the newest way to celebrate the season with sweets. Chocolate frosting and candies help these treats come together quickly.

Hazelnut and Cherry Caramel Clusters

Better Homes and Gardens

Just stir the nuts and cherries into melted white chocolate, then drizzle each cluster with caramel for this easy candy recipe.

Total: 30 mins


Better Homes and Gardens

To get a headstart on candy-making for Christmas or other special occasions, make and freeze this fudge up to two months.

Peanut Butter Truffles

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