Here are 25 of the best easy Christmas candies all in one place! Many of these Christmas candy recipes can be made in just a few minutes and the result is oh so delicious! They come from volume 1 of our Dining On A Dime Cookbook. And be sure to check out our Homemade Christmas E-book for more great Christmas ideas!
25 of the Best Easy Christmas Candies Recipes And Tips
We love to make homemade Christmas candies! We only really make one cookie, Nan’s Gingerbread Men, but oh do we love to bake candies!
Today, I’ve included all of our top favorite easy Christmas candies that we make every Christmas. I don’t like spending hours in the kitchen baking so most of these candies can be made with just a few minutes’ hands-on work!
I’ve also included some candy making tips from our Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Making Christmas candies seems complicated but it really is super simple and several of these easy recipes consist of just two ingredients!!
Tips For Christmas Candies
- Use the leftover syrup from the candied orange peels on your pancakes, waffles or French toast for a gourmet taste.
- If you over cook chocolate, it becomes dull looking. To save it, put the pan on low heat and beat in 1 teaspoon shortening or oil at a time until you have restored the shiny, smooth consistency.
- When you are melting chocolate for the Christmas candies, make sure that all utensils are completely dry. Even a little bit of water will make chocolate grainy and lumpy.
- Buy fortune cookies in large bags from Chinese restaurants. They cost about five cents each when purchased in bulk. They also make great treats for lunch boxes.
- When making Christmas candies like peanut brittle or truffles, you can set them outside on the patio table to cool if you’ve run out of room in the refrigerator. Remember, for most of the country there are no bugs this time of year!
- Save chocolate bunnies and chocolates from Halloween to use for making Christmas candies or buy it on clearance after Halloween.
Candy cooking tests to use if you don’t have a candy thermometer:
When placed in a cold cup of water, candy will:
Soft Ball 234°-240°
form a soft ball that can be flattened
Firm Ball 242°-248°
form a firm ball that holds its shape until pressed
Hard Ball 250°-268°
form a ball that is pliable and holds its shape
Soft Crack 270°-290°
separates into hard but not brittle threads
Hard Crack 300°-310°
mixture coats metal spoon and forms light caramel colored mass when poured onto a plate
For High Altitude‑ lower candy temperature 2° for each 1,000 feet of elevation.
Our Favorite Christmas Candies!
This 2 ingredient fudge recipe is one of our favorite Christmas candies! Who knew rich, creamy chocolate fudge could be so dreamy! Bring this to a family get-together or holiday party and they will think you worked all day perfecting it! (Or just make it for yourself and hide it from the kids! lol)
3 cups of chocolate chips*
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Pour both ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. When melted, pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan. Let cool in the fridge and then cut into pieces.
- Add Nuts as desired
- Cherry Mash: Use cherry chips to make to the fudge. Then pour melted chocolate chips on top with peanuts.
- Peanut Butter: Use peanut butter chips to make to the fudge. Then top with chocolate or don’t, if you prefer not to.
- Dark Chocolate: Use dark chocolate chips
- Mint- Use mint chips, mint pieces or 1 tsp. mint flavoring
This 3 ingredient Andes mint fudge recipe is the perfect Christmas candy recipe if you love decadent chocolate fudge with a distinctly minty flavor! This Christmas candy recipe includes tiny pieces of Andes mint candy, which makes a perfect fudge candy for Christmas!
3 Ingredient Andes Mint Fudge Recipe
3 cups of chocolate chips*
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg. Andes mint chips or other mint chips or pieces
Pour chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk into a microwave proof bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. Stir in butter if desired for a creamier texture. Add mint chips or crushed chocolate mint candy and mix. When melted, pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan. Let cool in the fridge and then cut into pieces.
This 3 ingredient peanut butter fudge is one of our readers’ favorite Christmas candy recipes! It makes a smooth and creamy fudge with the delicious taste of peanut butter!
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
3 cups of white chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
Pour white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk into a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. When melted, stir in butter, if desired, for a creamier texture. Stir in peanut butter. Pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan. Let cool in the fridge and then cut into pieces.
Out of all of our Christmas Candies, this 4 Ingredient English Toffee recipe is my absolute favorite Christmas candy recipe! This easy English toffee has a wonderful crunch with a nutty caramely flavor and a hint of chocolate. It’s great to include in a party dish with other tasty Christmas candies. Mmmm, I’m tempted to go make some now!
1 cup nuts, chopped (pecans or walnuts are best) *
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Butter an 8×8 inch pan (my favorite pan!). Spread the nuts in the bottom of the pan. On medium heat, bring the sugar and butter to a boil and boil 7 minutes. Spread into the pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Let it sit a few minutes. When melted, spread evenly. Let cool before cracking into pieces. Makes 24 pieces.
*Englih Toffee Variations:
- White Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts (not cheap but to die for!)
- Dark Chocolate with Almonds
- Semi-sweet chocolate with Almonds for an Almond Roca flavor
This easy chocolate truffles Christmas candy recipe is super delicious and has a wonderful soft chocolate texture. The basic chocolate truffles are rolled in cocoa powder or nuts, but you can make many tasty variations, including coconut, colored sprinkles, powdered sugar and more!
Easy Chocolate Truffles
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp. desired liquor (optional) – (brandy, amaretto, kahlua, rum etc.) or any flavoring (orange, mint, raspberry, coffee)
1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
Combine the sugar, whipping cream and butter in a 1 quart saucepan. Cook and stir until butter is melted and mixture is very hot but not burned. Remove from heat. Stir in semi‑sweet chocolate until melted and well blended. Stir in liquor. (If desired, halve the batch at this point and stir 1 Tbsp. of 2 different liquors into each portion.)
Cover and chill 1 hour or until mixture is completely cool, stirring often. Drop mixture from a rounded teaspoon onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. or silicone baking mat. Chill 30 minutes or until firm. Roll balls into nuts or unsweetened cocoa powder. Store in a cool, dry location. Makes 15-20 pieces.
*These truffles are one of the more versatile Christmas candy recipes. You may roll truffles in coconut, sprinkles, powdered sugar or dip in melted white, dark or milk chocolate.
38-40 large marshmallows
1 (12 oz.) package chocolate chips
Place marshmallows on a pan that is covered with wax paper and place in the freezer. They will be ready by the time you need to dip them.
Pour coconut, sprinkles and nuts on squares of wax paper. You could use a bowl but wax paper saves time and effort in clean up.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted.
Place frozen marshmallows on a skewer or toothpick and dip in chocolate. Then in roll in your choice of ingredients (below).
Use a fork to slide them back on the wax paper. Chill.
Tasty topping ingredients that work well for Marshmallow Bonbons:
Graham cracker crumbs (like s’mores)
Peppermint sticks, crushed
Candy bars, chopped
Dried fruit, chopped
Sweetened cereal, crushed
Once chilled, you can package in clear cellophane bags.
Mike loves jelly candies and this jelly candy recipe has been another of his favorite Christmas candies! You can experiment with different flavors of gelatin and different fruit purees to see which one your jelly candy lover likes best!
Homemade Jelly Candies Recipe
(called Applesauce Candy in Dining on A Dime)
1 cup applesauce*
1 cup sugar
1 sm. pkg. fruit gelatin (3 oz.)
extra sugar for coating
Combine applesauce and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Dissolve the gelatin in the applesauce mixture. Pour into an 8×8 inch pan. After 24 hours, cut into 1 inch squares and roll in sugar. Roll in the sugar a second time 24 hours later. Makes 64 pieces.
*Puree fruit cocktail, peaches or pears instead of applesauce
This easy peanut brittle recipe is one of my top 2 favorite Christmas candies! I love the peanutty, salty-sweet flavor and especially the crunchy texture! It may seem complicated, but it’s actually super simple to make. Once you get it down, you will make it every year!
3/4 cup corn syrup
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup hot water
2 cups raw peanuts
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Grease 2 jelly roll pans. In a saucepan, add corn syrup, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and cook to a hard ball stage, 260 degrees. Add peanuts and cook to hard crack at 290 degrees. Add baking soda and salt. Stir well. Pour into pans and spread thin. Cool quickly. I usually make this for Christmas and I don’t have room left in my refrigerator so I just set it outside in the snow for a few minutes until it has cooled. Makes 3-4 dozen pieces.
Did I mention I LOVE peanuts? If you love chocolate and peanuts, this 2 ingredient chocolate peanut clusters Christmas candy recipe is just for you! You can also try making this recipe with walnuts or your favorite dried fruit.
Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanuts, walnuts, raisins or chopped dried apricots
Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking, until melted. Stir in the nuts or dried fruit (or a combination of both). Drop the mixture by the teaspoonful onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until firm. Store at a cool room temperature. Makes 15 candies.
This homemade York peppermint patties recipe tastes just like York peppermint patties – actually, better! These chocolate peppermint patties are perfect for the chocolate and mint lovers in your family. It is our kids’ most favorite Christmas candy recipe and we make around 3 batches for them every Christmas!
Homemade York Peppermint Patties (Party Mints)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg white (meringue powder may be substituted)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
4 small lids peppermint flavoring (try 1/2-1 tsp. then add more to taste if you need to)
1 pkg. (12 oz.) almond bark OR chocolate melting wafers
Mix the powdered sugar, egg white or meringue, butter and peppermint flavoring. Make into small balls about the size of a quarter and then flatten on a cookie sheet. Put in the freezer. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. When the chocolate is melted, take the mints out of the freezer. Put a toothpick through the center of a mint and dip into the chocolate. If the mints on the cookie sheet begin to soften and thaw, refreeze because they are easier to dip when they are frozen. Put the dipped mints back on the cookie sheet and let the chocolate harden in the freezer. Wrap each mint in a piece of 5×5 inch foil. Makes twenty 2-inch mints.
This easy homemade peanut butter cups Christmas candy recipe makes smooth and dreamy homemade peanut butter cups that will have you craving more!
Cream the butter. Add the peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe dish and melt. Microwave until melted, stirring frequently. Pour a small amount of melted chocolate in the bottom of paper holders. Place the filling inside and then pour more chocolate on top until the filling is covered. Let the chocolate harden before serving. Makes 2 dozen.
*When this homemade peanut butter cups recipe was originally written, you couldn’t buy dipping chocolate or the wafers. If you prefer, you can use something like that in place of the chocolate chips and paraffin.
Peanut Butter Balls
Shape peanut butter into small 1 1/2 inch balls. Dip the peanut butter balls into chocolate and place on wax paper to harden.
This million dollar fudge recipe makes one of Jill’s favorite Christmas candies, and she makes it every year at Christmas time. It has a creamier texture and a richer fuller flavor because it uses several different kinds of chocolate and some additional ingredients.
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 Tbsp. butter
Mix ingredients. Then boil 5 minutes.
2 1/2 large Hershey’s candy bars, crushed (about 6 oz. total)
1 (12 oz.) bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat until well blended. Pour into 2 greased 9×13 pans for thicker pieces and add another 8×8 pan for thinner pieces.
If you would like to experiment with other kinds of chocolate, you can substitute different chocolate as long as the number of ounces of chocolate remains approximately the same.
This easy chocolate covered pretzels recipe uses just 2 ingredients, but you can also add candy sprinkles! It is a wonderful easy Christmas candy recipe that can be made in just a few minutes! If you like salty and sweet together in your Christmas candies, these pretzels are perfect!
Easy 2 Ingredient Chocolate Covered Pretzels
1 pkg. pretzels*
1 pkg. melting white, dark, milk chocolate or almond bark (or 1 bag chocolate or white chocolate chips)
Candy sprinkles (optional)
Melt chocolate, almond bark, or chocolate chips in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. (You can also melt in the top of a double boiler if you prefer.)
When the chocolate is melted, dip pretzels in the chocolate to cover and set on waxed paper until cool. If you want to use the candy sprinkles, sprinkle them over the pretzels before the chocolate hardens.
*Fortune cookies or Oreo cookies can be used instead of pretzels.
These candied orange peels are reminiscent of old fashioned Christmas candies with an old fashioned sweet and sour citrus taste. They are delicious and if you’re trying to create a nice variety in your Christmas candy platter, this is definitely a nice addition!
Peels from 3 large oranges, grapefruits or lemons*
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar
Cut the peel on each fruit into quarters. Pull the peel off in these quarter sections. Slice peel into 1/4 inch-wide strips. In a saucepan add orange peels and salt, cover with cold water and stir. Boil 15 minutes, pour off water and add fresh water. Boil 20 minutes. Change water again and boil another 20 minutes. Drain and cover with 2 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup water. Simmer, stirring constantly, until all the syrup has boiled away. Do not let the peels scorch. Spread on wax paper. Roll peels in the remaining sugar. Let dry. Store in an airtight container. These will keep one week or can be frozen.
*If non-organic fruit is used, wash the peels thoroughly before peeling.
If you’re looking for something a little different than the chocolate or fruit flavored Christmas candies, this easy spiced nuts recipe might be just the thing! Glazed with sugar and tasty Christmas spices, you will find them addicting! We like them best with walnuts, pecans and almonds!
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
3 cups walnuts, pecan halves, almonds (alone or mixed)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
In a small bowl, beat the egg white with the water. Stir in nuts, mixing until well blended. In a another small bowl, mix together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the moistened nuts. Spread nuts on a pan lined with foil or silicone baking mat. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Do not burn the nuts.
Peppermint bark is another Christmas candy recipe that is super tasty and easy to make, starting with just 2-3 ingredients! This is one of those Christmas candies that is easy to adapt to your mood and your guests! You can also easily make tasty variations with almonds, chocolate, peanut butter and more!
Peppermint Bark Recipe
1 lb. white almond bark
1 cup crushed peppermint candies*
1/4 tsp. peppermint flavoring (optional)
Melt the almond bark in the microwave according to the directions. Stir in peppermints and flavoring. I like my bark really minty so I add more flavoring. Pour onto waxed paper or silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet, spread and let harden. You can put it in the fridge if you prefer. Then break into pieces.
If you like, you can mix bark flavors. For example, you could first melt some chocolate bark, spread it on the waxed paper and let it harden partway before spreading the peppermint and almond bark mixture over the top.
*To crush candy canes, put them in a ziptop bag and smash them with a rolling pin.
Variations: You can put just about anything into almond bark for different flavors!
- Almonds and Cherries
- Peanut Butter Chips
- Caramel Bits
2 Ingredient Cherry Christmas Bark Recipe
1 lb. white almond bark (or 1 bag white chocolate chips)
1 4 oz package candied cherries
Melt the almond bark in the microwave according to the directions. Pour melted almond bark onto waxed paper or a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet. Spread evenly about 1/8″. Sprinkle candied cherries over the top and press gently into the melted candy. Let harden. You can put it in the fridge if you prefer to make it harden faster. Then break into pieces and serve.
2 Ingredient Christmas Sunshine Lemon Bark Recipe
1 lb. white almond bark (or 1 bag white chocolate chips)
1 package lemon drops candy
1 capful lemon flavoring (optional)
Melt the almond bark in the microwave according to the directions. While microwaving almond bark, crush the lemon drops inside the package or a plastic bag with a hammer.
Stir melted almond bark. Add lemon flavoring, if desired. Pour onto waxed paper or a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet. Spread evenly about 1/8″. Sprinkle crushed lemon drops over the top and press gently into the melted almond bark. Let harden. You can put it in the fridge if you prefer to make it harden faster. Then break into pieces and serve.
This homemade caramels recipe makes decadent chewy homemade caramels, perfect as-is but also tasty dipped in chocolate! It’s a great Christmas candy recipe for the caramel lover in your family.
Homemade Caramels Recipe
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup white corn syrup
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup nuts
melted chocolate (optional)
Combine sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, butter and salt in a saucepan. Heat gradually to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil until golden brown, 7-10 minutes (240 degrees). Add vanilla and nuts. Pour into a well buttered 8 inch pan. Cool several hours or overnight. Cut into small squares. Dip in chocolate if desired. Makes 64 pieces.
This chocolate caramel pecan turtles recipe is an easy Christmas candy recipe, perfect for the caramel pecan lover in your family!
Easy Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles
72 pecan halves (about 4 oz.)
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil, shiny side up, and grease. For each candy, place 3 pecan halves into a “Y” shape on the foil. Place 1 caramel on the center of each “Y”. Bake just until the candy is melted. If they looked deformed after baking, reshape while the caramel is warm. Heat chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly, just until melted. Spoon mixture over candies, leaving the ends uncovered. Refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes). Makes about 24 turtles.
These 2 ingredient coconut haystacks are my husband Mike’s favorite Christmas candy recipe! They’re super easy and quick to make and great for the coconut lover in your family.
2 Ingredient Coconut Haystacks
12 oz. chocolate
3-4 cups shredded coconut
Melt chocolate. Add desired amount of coconut. Place by spoonfuls on waxed paper or silpat on a cookie sheet. Place in the fridge to harden.
If you like, you can use white chocolate or almond bark.
2 Ingredient Coconut Snowball Candy
1 cup white baking chips, melted
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Drop melted chocolate by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment paper. Roll in with sweetened flaked coconut and let stand until dry.
This Almond Joy truffle Christmas candy recipe makes tasty chocolate coconut truffles that taste like Almond Joy!
Almond Joy Truffle
24 oz. shredded coconut
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
24 oz. milk chocolate (chips), melted
1 1/2 – 2 cups whole almonds
Mix coconut, sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or silicone baking mat. Place 1 almond in the center of each ball and reform coconut mixture around the ball. You can use extra coconut to make it stiffer. Place in the freezer to set up for 15 minutes. When set (they won’t be hard), dip in the melted chocolate. Place back on waxed paper and let harden in the fridge.
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