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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)!

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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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Christmas Traditions to Enjoy With Your Family

This is such a magical time of year, especially if you have little ones. Their excitement is contagious and you can’t help but share in their joy. It is also the perfect time to plan some family fun. Our family loves to decorate the tree together, look at Christmas lights, watch Christmas movies and drink hot cocoa. If you are looking for some unique Christmas Traditions to enjoy with your family, keep reading!

25 Nights of Christmas Stories

This was my children’s favorite tradition last year. Beginning December 1st,  they unwrapped one Christmas themed book each night for us to read as a bed time story. The kids thought it was great because they got to open a gift each night. I thought it was great because it built up my children’s book library and was a wonderful, fairly inexpensive way to spend quality time as a family. If this is something you would like to do with your family, it’s not too late to get started! You can plan on reading a book every night for 5, 7, 10, 15, or any other number of nights you choose! And if you need to purchase some books, here are some GREAT affordable options from eBay:

15 Children’s CHRISTMAS Holiday WINTER Early Reader Book Lot Level 1 2 3 ($24.99)

Lot of 12 Merry Christmas children’s Books Winter Snow Santa Claus child kids (16.99)

15 Children Winter Christmas Picture Books Lot Teacher Read Snowman Sled Early (15.29)

The last book for Christmas Day was personalized for each of my kids. This is an absolutely wonderful gift that your child can treasure forever. Here are some different options if you would like to order a book for your child:

Goodnight Little Me Personalized Storybook

The Little Boy Who Lost His Name: Personalized children’s book 

The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name: Personalized Children’s Book

My Very Own Trucks Personalized Book: I See Me! Book

My Very Own Fairy Tale Personalized Book: I See Me! Book

Personalized Story Picture Book for Children – A Unique Story Based on the Letters of a Child’s Name

Christmas Journal

A new tradition I am starting this year is keeping a Christmas journal. I purchased Christmas Memories: A Keepsake Book from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch to help keep track of our 2017 Christmas. There are places for photographs of your family, decorations, your children’s picture with Santa, friends, and more! You can write about your family traditions, your favorite Christmas, your letters to Santa, Christmas dinner, and much more! The best part is that you can keep track of the next four years all in this journal for $10.98! I look forward to looking back and treasuring the memories written in this journal.

Donating Toys

If your children are like mine, they have SO many toys. And when new toys are received, the ones they already own seem to go unnoticed. That’s why I think it is a great idea to start the tradition of purging toys BEFORE Christmas. Have your children go through their toys and choose the ones they would like to get rid of and find a place to donate them. To get the full experience, take your kids with you when you give them away. I also like to have my children pick out toys to purchase for programs such as Operation Christmas Child, Toys for Tots, or other nonprofit organizations. It’s important that they understand that not all children are as blessed as they are and it is our Christian duty to give to those less fortunate. I hope to teach them to look to the needs of others and not just their own wants.

Candy Making

My husband and I started the tradition of making candy as gifts when we first were married. His family makes Christmas candy every year, and we adopted the tradition to share with others! We spend the day making yummy treats, put them in nice decorative tins, and give to our friends, co-workers, bosses, and other loved ones. Some of our recipes include Oreo balls, peanut butter balls, Ritz cracker sandwiches, coconut balls, and more! I will share some of our yummy recipes in a later post :).

The Christmas Eve Box

A Christmas Eve box is another fun tradition for your family. I love this Personalized Christmas Eve Box from eBay that you can fill with your child’s favorite things for an evening of Christmas Eve fun. You can include a new set of new pajamas, a Christmas book, Christmas movie, hot chocolate, popcorn, and more! Looking for an already done for you Christmas Eve box? Here is a great option from Amazon:

 Waiting for Santa Christmas Eve Gift Set: Pajamas, DVD Movie & Family Fun

Holiday Traditions

What Christmas Traditions do you celebrate with your family? I would love to hear about them! Still searching for affordable and unique Christmas gifts? Be sure to check out my gift guide for the entire family here. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season with your family. Spend time making memories you will treasure forever.