50 Christmas Candy Recipes Guaranteed to Spread Holiday Cheer

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Forget the turkey and the eggnog—everyone knows that the real stars of the holiday season are the delicious homemade treats. Here are 50 Christmas candy recipes to whip up and have on hand all month long.

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Erin McDowell

1. Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Baking the mini meringues is easy, but using store-bought can save time.

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Erin McDowell

2. Chocolate Coconut Almond Bars

They're like a homemade Almond Joy.

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Half Baked Harvest

3. Salted Chocolate Covered Bourbon Cider Caramels

Chewy, gooey winter magic.

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Laura Wing/Jim Kamoosi

4. Red Wine Chocolate Truffles

Two of our favorite things in one bite-sized package.

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5. Brownie Pops

Dessert is just…better on a stick.

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6. Peppermint Patties

Buy a pretty holiday tin and consider your gift for the host handled.

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7. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles

We have exciting plans for the leftover sugar cookies you’ll be stuck with on the 26th.

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8. ‘Potato’ Candy

Unless you’re from the Philadelphia area, odds are you’ve never had Irish potato candy, starring cream cheese and shredded coconut.

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9. Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Cups

The caramel is made with apple cider, so good luck stopping after just one.

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10. Homemade Vegan ‘Twix’ Bars

The store-bought kind will be ruined for you.

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11. Jolly Rancher Candy Apples

If the Christmas color scheme fits…

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12. Candied-Up Balboa Bars

Your kids can decorate their own ice cream bars with all their favorite holiday candy.

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Half Baked Harvest

13. Homemade Tim Tams

These Australian gems are a fan favorite for a reason.

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Erin McDowell

14. Baileys Chocolate Truffles

Five ingredients including lots of sprinkles? We can handle that.

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15. Raw Apricot Candy

Pulse apricots, almonds and coconut with a few pantry staples, then roll and refrigerate. Ta-da!

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Spend with Pennies

16. Peppermint Bark

A holiday icon if we’ve ever seen one.

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17. Mini Pumpkin Seed Candy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Toasting your own pepitas is so simple.

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18. 5-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chocolate Bars

Oh, slow cooker. Is there anything you can’t do?

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19. Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Lollipops

Smashing the candies into powder is shockingly fun.

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20. Salted Caramel and Chocolate Rice Krispies Squares

Not a second of stove or oven time required.

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Plays Well with Butter

21. Tahini Buckeyes

Tahini (aka sesame seed paste) is used in place of traditional peanut butter, meaning these cuties are nut-free.

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Gimme Some Oven

22. Fleur de Sel Caramels

Flaky salt is a Christmas miracle all on its own. This recipe will prove it to you.

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23. Chocolate-Stuffed Brownie Bites

The batter is super intense, thanks to both cocoa and melted chocolate.

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Erin McDowell

24. Peppermint Candy Platter

This DIY project is way less work than a gingerbread house.

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Carlene Thomas

25. Adaptogen Chocolate Bark

Presenting the prettiest 25-minute dessert ever made.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

26. Gingerbread Swirl Fudge

In case you needed one more reason to love sweetened condensed milk.

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27. Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

Waiting for them to solidify is tough.

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28. Salted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Snickers Bars

Take 5 bar lovers, this one’s for you.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

29. Homemade Candied Pecans

If you’re not eating them by the pound, you’re doing it wrong.

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30. Easy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Guys, it’s topped with salted bourbon-vanilla sugar…

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Dinner at the Zoo

31. Peanut Brittle

A candy store-caliber confection in 45 minutes? We must be on the good list.

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Recipe Tin Eats

32. Easy Chocolate Truffles

Should we go for the cocoa- or coconut-coated. Decisions, decisions.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

33. Chocolate Cake Pops

Make sure to top them with lots of festive sprinkles.

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Averie Cooks

34. Christmas Crack

This salty-sweet holiday delicacy has a secret: Saltine crackers.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

35. Peppermint Bark Fudge

It’s truly the most epic holiday mashup of all time.

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A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

36. Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Psst: They only require four ingredients.

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40 Aprons

37. Matcha Marshmallows

Destined for your mug of white hot chocolate.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

38. Peanut Butter Balls

Each batch makes 32 truffles, but we wouldn’t blame you for making two.

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The Recipe Critic

39. Vanilla Fudge

Don’t worry if your fudge is on the tan side—it means the butter, sugar and evaporated milk caramelized.

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Minimalist Baker

40. 2-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles

Can you believe they’re vegan?

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Dinner at the Zoo

41. Christmas Crack Saltine Toffee

Splurge on good-quality chocolate chips for this one.

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Snixy Kitchen

42. Dark Chocolate Honey Fig Walnut Truffles

Well, well, well. Aren’t you sophisticated?

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Snixy Kitchen

43. Chocolate Mint Matcha Cups

No offense, but odds are your friends won’t believe you made them yourself.

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Minimalist Baker

44. Caramel Almond Butter Cups

Seven ingredients + 25 minutes = sweet-and-salty splendor.

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The Recipe Critic

45. Christmas Crack

This one’s topped with chopped pecans instead of sprinkles.

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Minimalist Baker

46. 2-Ingredient Vegan Pay Day Bites

Who knew Medjool dates had *this* kind of power?

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

47. Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge

Sweet, decadent and positively hypnotizing.

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Dinner at the Zoo

48. Crock-Pot Candy

These slow-cooker peanut clusters basically make themselves.

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49. White Chocolate Trash Snack Mix

Don’t bring this out before dinner unless you want to triple your leftovers.

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Damn Delicious

50. Easy Toffee

It’s well worth the cavities, we promise.

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