Our Best Christmas Candy

These gorgeous candies are perfect to give out as party favors or special holiday gifts. They also make fun stocking stuffers.


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Peanut Butter Truffles

    The combo of peanut butter and chocolate is oh-so-divine; top these rolled truffles with finely chopped peanuts and you have a delicious sweet-and-savory match.

Makes: 50 servings
Serving size: about 50 truffles
Prep   50 mins 
Cook   12 mins 
Chill   45 mins  to 1 hr 
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Peanut Brittle

    A Christmas candy staple, peanut brittle offers itself up in must-share slivers. Make a big batch and cover all your food gifting needs.

Makes: 72 servings
Serving size: 2-1/4 pounds
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   45 mins  to  50 mins 
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Pumpkin Fudge

    Bring one of fall's best flavors into the winter giving season. Our pumpkin fudge requires just 10 minutes of prep and features such delectable flavors as pumpkin, cinnamon, marshmallow creme, and chopped walnuts.

Makes: 96 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
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Oreo Truffles

    You won't believe how easy these truffles are to make (hint: Get just three ingredients ready). Thirty minutes of prep gives you 50 truffles to share.

Makes: 40 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
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Cherry-Almond Fudge

    Dried chart cherries add zip to almond fudge. Slivered almonds add a soft crunch to the mix.

Makes: 64 servings
Serving size: 2 pounds (64 pieces)
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   5 mins  350°F 
Chill  6 hrs 
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Ancho Chile Truffles

    Try a new flavor sensation -- spicy cayenne pepper mingled with bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder. The smooth bite offers a new take on a standard Christmas candy.

Makes: 30 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Stand  2 hrs 
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Orange and Nut Toffee

    This buttery brittle features candied orange peel, walnuts, and cashew for a brighter twist on toffee.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   12 mins 
Stand  2 hrs 
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Eggnog Marshmallows

    These angelic homemade marshmallows feature traditional eggnog spices and a cap of white chocolate.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   12 mins  to  15 mins 
Stand  1 hr 
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Candied Cherry Opera Fudge

    Smooth and rich, dotted with sweet candied cherries, this decadent fudge is an update of a classic 1960s recipe. Form the fudge in a loaf pan so it's easy to slice.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
Stand   20 mins 
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Coconut and Grapefruit Gumdrops

    A childhood favorite gets a makeover by infusing the candy with bold flavors and cutting them into sleek squares.

Makes: 45 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   14 mins 
Stand  2 hrs 
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Drunken Sugarplums

    Dried plums are soaked in brandy, and then coated in sweetened butter and dipped in chocolate.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep  1 hr 15 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Stand  overnight plus 2 hours
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Sandwich Cookie Pops

    Combine a Chambord-spiked cookie, raspberry buttercream, and white chocolate to make a sophisticated treat.

Makes: 50 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Chill  4 hrs 
Bake   6 mins  375°F 
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Mint Chocolate Slab

    For a stunning dessert with little effort, melt chocolate, pour it over mint patties, and scatter candies on top.

Makes: 60 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Stand  1 hr 
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Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels

    A sprinkling of coarse salt adds crunch and brings out the creamy sweetness of the caramels. Pink peppercorns have a mild citrus-sweet heat that adds a light flavor and color.

Prep   30 mins 
Cook   40 mins 
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Marshmallow Truffles

    This elegant chocolate candy recipe features a fluffy marshmallow mousse and an irresistible filling of toasted nuts and dried fruits.

Makes: 40 servings
Serving size: About 40 truffles
Prep  1 hr 
Chill  1 hr 
Freeze   20 mins 
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Mixed-Nut Brittle

    Tight on time? This fresh twist on peanut brittle takes just 15 minutes to make.

Serving size: 1/2 pound
Start to Finish   15 mins 
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Sweet Cherry Truffles

    These elegant truffles are very simple to make. Coat candied cherries in chocolate, then chill and roll in cocoa powder and finely chopped walnuts.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: about 24 truffles
Prep  1 hr 
Chill  1 hr 
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Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge

    This quick fudge features the irresistible combo of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and toasted walnuts.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 pieces
Prep   5 mins 
Chill   30 mins 
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Mock Toffee

    With just five ingredients, 15 minutes of prep, and a microwave, you have all you need to make this super simple toffee recipe.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Chill  1 hr 
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Old-Time Fudge

    This spiffed-up fudge recipe is drizzled with white chocolate and topped with a chocolate-dipped pecan.

Serving size: about 1-1/4 pounds (32 pieces)
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
Stand   50 mins 
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Mocha Truffles

    Laced with coffee liqueur, these sophisticated truffles feature a luscious combination of white and dark chocolate.

Serving size: about 48 cookies
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Stand   5 mins 
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Double-Dipped Dominoes

    This candy recipe looks as pretty as any you could buy in a specialty catalog, but it can be made for a fraction of the cost.

Serving size: 24 cookies
Prep   20 mins 
Chill   10 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
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Latte Fudge

    A shot of espresso adds depth of flavor and rich color to this holiday sweet. The recipe makes about five dozen, so package a few candies to give as gifts.

Serving size: about 1-7/8 pounds (64 pieces)
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   50 mins 
Cook   25 mins 
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White Cranberry-Cashew Truffles

    Buttery cashews, jewel-toned cranberries, and lavish white chocolate combine to make this dreamy candy that's an ideal holiday gift.

Makes: 60 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Chill  3 hrs 10 mins 
Freeze   15 mins 
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Candy-Box Caramels

    Dress up caramel squares by dipping them in sprinkles, crushed nuts, and bits of candy. Add a drizzling of dark or white chocolate to make them even prettier.

Makes: 48 servings
Serving size: 48 pieces
Prep   40 mins 
Stand  1 hr 
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Candy Cane Bark

    This candy is so simple to make that the kids can help out -- and it makes a great party favor or stocking stuffer.

Serving size: 1-1/4 pounds
Prep   25 mins 
Chill   30 mins 
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Peppermint Sticks

    To make this simple candy, dip peppermint sticks in dark chocolate and then roll in crushed nuts, cinnamon sugar, or sweetened coconut.

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 16 gifts
Prep   20 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
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Honey and Macadamia Nut Fudge

    Honey and chopped macadamia nuts add a fresh twist to classic holiday fudge.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: 1-1/4 pounds (about 36 pieces)
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   23 mins 
Cool   40 mins 
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Terrific Toffee

    Two different kinds of chocolate and toasted almonds make classic buttery toffee even more delicious.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: about 2 pounds (36 servings)
Prep   15 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Cook   15 mins 
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Double-Dipped Caramels

    Try this so-easy recipe that starts with purchased vanilla caramels that you dip into melted chocolate and nuts or toffee pieces.

Makes: 48 servings
Serving size: 48 caramels
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
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Simple Fudge

    Pressed for time? You can make this decadent fudge in less than 30 minutes.

Makes: 64 servings
Serving size: about 2 pounds
Prep   10 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Cook   16 mins 
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Peanut Butter Balls

    These pretty candies don't require any oven time and can be made up to two weeks ahead. Dress them up with tiny flower buds.

Makes: 30 servings
Start to Finish  1 hr 
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Almond Sweets

    Almond-flavored icing and coarse sugar (or tiny candies) jazz up these bite-size sweets.

Makes: 60 servings
Serving size: about 60 cookies
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   12 mins  350°F per batch
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Hazelnut-and-Cherry Caramel Clusters

    These luscious candies combine white chocolate, hazelnuts, dried cherries, and caramels.

Serving size: 18 pieces
Stand  1 hr 10 mins 
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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Toffee Butter Crunch

    Chocolate and peanuts add a delicious twist to classic toffee.

Makes: 48 servings
Serving size: 1-1/2 pounds
Prep   20 mins 
Chill   15 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
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