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Delectable Christmas Candies and Treats

Celebrate the holidays with the sweetest of treats: fudge, bar cookies, truffles, caramels, brownies and more.

Candy treats

The recipes for chewy, chocolate-coated Coconut-Caramel Treats and decadent Almond Truffle Temptations come from the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory in Lebanon, Ohio. Small boxes of candies make good stocking stuffers, as well as elegant gifts from the kitchen.

Coconut-Caramel Treats

Almond Truffle Temptations

Christmas Mice

Kids or grandkids can help create these adorable, easy-to-make treats.

Christmas Mice

Click here to see our how-to Christmas mice video

Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge

Chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella) gives this fudge a smooth texture and luscious nutty flavor. The recipe comes from Annie Marshall of the Indianapolis-based blog Annie's Eats.

Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge

Bing Candy

People in Pukwana, South Dakota, come to bake sales just to buy Gwen Swanson's signature chocolate-cherry treat. Cherry-flavor chips create a red center between the chocolate layers. You can substitute peanut butter-flavor pieces if you prefer a peanut butter-chocolate combo.

Bing Candy

Oreo Truffles

These easy candies look elegant but are simple to make. This holiday dessert recipe comes from chef Anthony Schulz at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan, Ohio. He says kids, especially, have fun making these truffles.

Oreo Truffles

Fanciful Peppermint Fudge

Mint flavor infuses this creamy, easy holiday fudge. If you like, use two cups mint-flavor semisweet chocolate pieces instead of the chocolate pieces and extract.

Fanciful Peppermint Fudge

Almond Toffee

Milk chocolate and toasted almonds coat a crunchy toffee base. Be sure to use real butter in toffee; with margarine, the fat separates out onto the candy's surface.

Almond Toffee

Chocolate Truffles

Even novice cooks can master this simplified candy recipe. Just melt chocolate, add whipping cream and follow our easy instructions for Chocolate, Mint-Chocolate or Orange-Chocolate Truffles.

Chocolate Truffles

Heavenly Hash

Mix just three ingredients -- milk chocolate, marshmallows and pecan halves -- for this super-easy candy, from a St. Louis candy shop.

Heavenly Hash

Maple Nutty Candy

These bar cookies combine four winning flavors: peanut butter, maple, butterscotch and chocolate. The easy recipe, from a Wabash, Indiana, reader, makes about 6 pounds of candy. We suggest freezing the bars and thawing them out as needed.

Maple Nutty Candy

Candy-Box Caramels

Dress up packaged caramel squares by dipping them in sprinkles, crushed nuts, and bits of candy. Drizzle with dark or white chocolate to add even more color.

Candy-Box Caramels

Creamy Peanut Butter Truffles

Minnesota's Saint Paul Hotel features these truffles at its annual Chocolate Lovers' Tea. We simplified the recipe by substituting candy coating for the chocolate used at the hotel.

Creamy Peanut Butter Truffles

Latte Fudge

A shot of espresso adds flavor and color to this holiday sweet. The recipe makes about five dozen pieces, so you'll have plenty to give as gifts.

Latte Fudge

Caramel Heavenlies

Graham crackers form the base for this bar cookie with layers of marshmallows, brown sugar, almonds and coconut. "I've made these cookies each Christmas since 1984," says Georgine Simmonds of Genesee, Michigan. "They're one of my family's favorites."

Caramel Heavenlies

Mixed-Nut Brittle

This fresh twist on peanut brittle takes just 15 minutes to make using your microwave. Be sure to use a heavy-duty glass measure that's free from cracks or chips to withstand high temperatures.

Mixed-Nut Brittle

Caramels

Soft and buttery flavored, these classic caramels make a rich and delicious homemade treat. Roll in wax paper or, for the holidays, use colored plastic wrap.

Caramel

Elves' Best Brownies

Guests at the Angel Inn in Green Lake, Wisconsin, enjoy these fudgy brownies on cookie trays.

Elves' Best Brownies

Terrific Toffee

Make classic buttery toffee even tastier by combining two kinds of chocolate, toasted almonds and malted milk powder. Look for the malted milk powder near hot chocolate mixes or chocolate syrup in your grocery store.

Terrific Toffee

Easy Candy-Bar Treats

A mix of popular ingredients -- chocolate, caramel, and peanuts -- makes this easy and delicious microwave candy.

Easy Candy-Bar Treats

Hallelujah Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

A cocoa-graham crust forms the base for these candylike bars, from the Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort near Galena, Illinois.

Hallelujah Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

Cream Cheese-Rum Fudge

Cream cheese flavors these chocolatey squares, a favorite recipe from a Dubuque, Iowa, reader. If you'd prefer a different flavor, try substituting almond, peppermint or orange extract for the rum flavoring.

Cream Cheese-Rum Fudge

Hard Candy

Flavor these confections with peppermint, wintergreen, orange, lemon, cinnamon or spearmint, and color them a festive red and green for the holidays.

Hard Candy

Candy treats

The recipes for chewy, chocolate-coated Coconut-Caramel Treats and decadent Almond Truffle Temptations come from the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory in Lebanon, Ohio. Small boxes of candies make good stocking stuffers, as well as elegant gifts from the kitchen.

Coconut-Caramel Treats

Almond Truffle Temptations

Gooey Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie in a bar? Say no more. The recipe for these rich, buttery, thick cookies comes from Liberty Gathering Place restaurant in West Liberty, Ohio.

Gooey Pecan Pie Bars

Lemon Drop Bark

Melt the candy coating, add the candy, and you're done. It's that simple. The crushed lemon drops give this sweet treat some pucker.

Lemon Drop Bark

Nut candies

Pair Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Clusters with quick and easy Salted Peanut Squares for the nut lovers on your holiday list.

Salted Peanut Squares

Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Clusters

Holiday party treats

Our three-tier display shows off treats for a cookie swap or any holiday gathering. Tri-color Candy Cane Cookies, frosted Sugar Cookies Like You Remember and fudgy Nutcracker Brownies surround small cups of bright-red, green and white candies.

Candy Cane Cookies

Sugar Cookies Like You Remember

Nutcracker Brownies

Krumkake

Enjoy these paper-thin Scandinavian treats plain, or fill with sweetened whipped cream and serve immediately. You'll find krumkake bakers and rangetop irons in specialty food shops or online.

Krumkake

White-Chocolate Candy and Prancher's Penuche

White-Chocolate Candy combines red and green marshmallows, cereal and nuts for a quick-fix holiday treat. Prancer's Penuche takes longer, but family or friends can help you stir this luscious brown-sugar candy.

White-Chocolate Candy

Prancher's Penuche

Date-Orange Bars

The recipe for these moist, nutty bars has been in the Cole family of Wadsworth, Ohio, for more than 50 years. They bake them each holiday season. We added an orange icing to play up the citrusy flavor.

Date-Orange Bars

Festive Candied Popcorn

A pastel sugar coating sweetens Festive Candied Popcorn in a recipe from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland, Nebraska. Another specialty of the Nebraska park: Best-of-the-Season Gingerbread Cookies, with crisp edges, soft centers and a hint of molasses and ginger. Santa's Delight Peppermint Bark is a super-easy candy from the kitchens at Abe Martin Lodge in Indiana's Brown County State Park near Nashville.

Festive Candied Popcorn

Santa's Delight Peppermint Bark

Best-of-the-Season Gingerbread Cookies

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