These five-ingredient truffles come together in a snap. Blending jam into the chocolate makes for a subtle fruit flavor perfectly balancing the rich, smooth chocolate. 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.