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Christmas Candy Recipes

Christmas Candy Recipes

To me, Christmas Traditions are the very best part of the season. One of my favorite traditions is making candy. My family (especially on my husband’s side), has made candy for many years, and they’ve perfected their own recipes. In this post, I’m including some of the yummy recipes we make every Christmas. I hope you will enjoy them with your loved ones this year! (Want a printable version of ALL of my favorites for free? Sign up at the bottom, and they’re yours!)

Important Note: All of these recipes are dipped in either white or milk chocolate. The quality of the chocolate matters. I recommend Ghirardelli melting wafers or Plymouth Pantry Almond Bark.

Oreo Balls

These are my absolute favorite, and so easy to make!

Ingredients:

1 pkg. of Oreo cookies
1 pkg. of cream cheese
1 pkg. of Plymouth Pantry almond bark vanilla baking bar

Directions:

1. Blend Oreos in a food processor until finely crushed.

2. Mix Oreos with the pkg. of cream cheese until blended well.

3. Roll mixture into small balls and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper. Put in the freezer until firm.

4. Melt the almond bark, dip the balls, and place them back onto the baking sheet. Return them to the freezer until firm.

5. Serve and enjoy.

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Another delicious recipe. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate!

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons of butter or margarine
2 tablespoons of evaporated milk
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
dash salt
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon of dark corn syrup
Almond bark (vanilla or chocolate or both)

Directions:

1. In 3 qt saucepan, over low heat, melt butter.  Stir in evaporated milk, vanilla and salt.  Mix well.  Remove from heat

2. Gradually add 1 ½ cups confectioners sugar, stirring until mixture is thick and smooth.  Add peanut butter and corn syrup.  Mix well.

3. Turn out onto board lightly sprinkled with remaining confectioner sugar.  Knead until consistency of fondant.

4. Form slightly rounded teaspoons of dough into balls.

Refrigerate until cooled. Melt chocolate and dip.

Coconut Balls

These are my husband’s favorite. You can use dark chocolate to make a homemade mounds bar. Yum!

Ingredients:

½ lb butter or margarine
15 oz Eagle Brand Milk (1 can)
8 cups of powdered sugar
14 oz flaked coconut
1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla
Almond Bark (white or chocolate)

Directions:

Mix all but the chocolate together and shape into balls or make flat by spreading the mixture onto a cookie sheet.

Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Dip into melted chocolate.

Old Fashioned Cornflake Candy

Another family favorite!

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 heaping cup of creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
4 to 6 cups of plain cornflakes
Parchment paper

Directions:

1. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside. Combine sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan and cook on medium high heat, stirring regularly.

2. When the mixture begins to boil, remove from heat, stir in the peanut butter and vanilla.

3. Add the cornflakes one cup at a time until the mixture thickens.

4. Quickly drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking sheet to cool.

5. Let set, enjoy!

Small Batch Cookies

This is the best ever chocolate chip recipe! If a small batch is not enough for your family, you can easily make double!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of white sugar
1 cup of milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of softened butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Combine butter, egg, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Beat until creamy.

3. Add the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.

4. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

5. Let cool and enjoy!

There you have it! Some of my family’s favorite recipes for making candy. Don’t forget to sign up below if you want FREE access to a printable version of these recipes, plus more (including peanut butter roll, pumpkin roll, and peanut butter fudge)!

Looking for last-minute gift ideas? Check out my post: Your Christmas Shopping Guide for the Entire Family

You can also read about other unique traditions to start with your family in my post Christmas Traditions to Enjoy With Your Family

 

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Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love

Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love

It can be such a struggle to get my kids to try new foods. They want to eat the same things over and over. Luckily, they like to eat lots of fruit and some veggies, so I can’t complain too much. But I do strive to widen their palate while they are young, because I was such a picky eater growing up. Now I like many different foods and wish to expose my kids to a healthy variety and hope they like some of them. My children tend to eat small portions throughout the day, so I’m constantly searching for new recipes. If you are also in need of some new ideas, I’ve included 8 healthy snacks your kids will love in this post.

Click on the pictures for the original posts and recipes…

Oatmeal Energy Bites

Oatmeal energy bites are a tasty, filling bite of goodness your children will love. Mix 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup almond or peanut butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup honey, and 1/4 cup ground flax-seed together in a bowl. Roll into balls and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You can store them in a Ziploc bag for 3 or 4 days, but I doubt they will last that long. You can also substitute other ingredients your kids enjoy, such as fruit, nuts, or other small candies.

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

I have made these muffins a few times now, and they are delicious! Simply add 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 medium ripe bananas, 2 large eggs, 2 cups of oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of baking soda to a blender. Blend on high until smooth, then fold in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips (regular is fine too). Pour the batter into a muffin pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the tops are set. This recipe would also make a delicious bread. I put my muffins in a zip lock back and they stayed good for a week.

Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread

I LOVE this zucchini bread! I will warn you though, it is very rich and chocolatey. You might consider leaving out some of the cocoa powder or chocolate chips if you don’t want it to be too rich. Another suggestion I have is to puree the zucchini. It smooths out the texture so your kids won’t even know there are healthy vegetables in there! Check out the full recipe on the image above.

Healthy Apple Donuts

Who doesn’t love a snack with a healthy balance of fruit and candy! Theses healthy apple donuts allow your kids to use their imagination when creating their own snack. Use peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella, melted chocolate or white chocolate, with sprinkles or chocolate chips, the list goes on.

Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries

These frozen yogurt covered blueberries are a real treat, and super easy to make. Just simply cover the blueberries with your child’s favorite flavor of yogurt and freeze. Store them in individual baggies and you’ve got a healthy ready to go snack when you need it. Click on the picture above to find other unique snack ideas.

Apple Turtle Snack

We all know that our children are more likely to eat something if it’s visually appealing. These sea turtle snacks are so cute, and your kids will think they are so fun! The post above has other appealing snacks with fruit, including a sheep, octopus, and an owl. Check it out!

Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a versatile snack that allows you to add your child’s favorite fruits, and maybe sneak in something new for them to try. You can also use up the fruit that is in your fridge so that it is not wasted. Use the recipe above or create your own. I tend to leave out the honey and lime and just mix the fruit together. I also like to serve this with cinnamon sugar pita chips.

Nutella and Banana Sushi

Another easy snack idea is the Nutella and banana sushi. Just spread Nutella on a tortilla, add your banana, and roll up. You can cut it into easy to grab slices for a yummy treat on the go.  Another option would be to use peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips with the banana. Other ideas in the link above include Frozen Fruit Yogurt Bark, Back Yard Bug Snacks, and Dolphin Banana and Fruit Cups.

I hope this post provided some new and unique snack options for you to try with your children. Looking for more ideas? Be sure to follow my Healthy Snack Ideas Pinterest Board. And I would love to hear about your kids’ favorite snacks in the comments!

 

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