Delectable Christmas Candies and Treats
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mix just three ingredients -- milk chocolate, marshmallows and pecan halves -- for this super-easy candy, from a St. Louis candy shop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Elves' Best Brownies
Guests at the Angel Inn in Green Lake, Wisconsin, enjoy these fudgy brownies on cookie trays.
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.
Easy Candy-Bar Treats
A mix of popular ingredients -- chocolate, caramel, and peanuts -- makes this easy and delicious microwave candy.
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.
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.
Flavor these confections with peppermint, wintergreen, orange, lemon, cinnamon or spearmint, and color them a festive red and green for the holidays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
White-Chocolate Candy and Prancher's Penuche
Date-nut desserts can be cloyingly sweet, but orange juice brightens these simple 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.