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.See Popular Christmas Candy Recipes
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.
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).
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
The holidays wouldn't be the same without a traditional fudge recipe. A great make ahead recipe for your Christmas platter.
These stir-together sweet treats can be served at parties or given away as gifts.
Great for gift-giving, homemade marshmallows are a fun do-it-yourself project that you can customize with favorite flavors and colors.
A wonderful Christmas gift from the kitchen, this chocolate and peppermint candy is simply delicious. For easy cleanup, line the baking sheet with foil.
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.
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.
A perfect make-ahead treat to have around the house during the holidays.
Use candy and melted chocolate to craft these festive reindeer cookies-on-a-stick with the kids.
These festive little candies make tempting Christmas treats to stuff into stockings or share with guests.
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.
Just stir the nuts and cherries into melted white chocolate, then drizzle each cluster with caramel for this easy candy recipe.
To get a headstart on candy-making for Christmas or other special occasions, make and freeze this fudge up to two months.