Share your delicious Christmas candy recipes...

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Cara, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    Last year I made my first food gifts. I bought sets of nesting boxes, and gave several friends/relatives a stack of different candies. It took a long time but was a lot more rewarding than just buying gifts, and they were well-received especially the Oreo Truffles. These are the recipes I used last year:

    Oreo Truffles (makes approx. 40)

    1 lb Oreo cookies (3 sleeves)
    8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (using different extracts allows for subtle flavour changes...I've used mint extract, upped to 1 tsp) (optional)
    1 lb milk chocolate
    1/2 lb white chocolate

    1 Using a food processor, grind cookies to a fine powder. With a mixer, blend cookie powder, cream cheese and vanilla extract until thoroughly mixed (there should be no white traces of cream cheese).
    2 Roll into small balls and place on wax-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
    3 Line two cookie sheets with wax paper. In double-boiler, melt milk chocolate. Dip balls and coat thoroughly. With slotted spoon, lift balls out of chocolate and let excess chocolate drip off. Place on wax-paper-lined cookie sheet.
    4 In separate double boiler, melt white chocolate. Using a fork, drizzle white chocolate over balls. Let cool.
    5 Store in airtight container, in refrigerator.
    6 Note: When I am exceedingly lazy (most often the case these days), I forego the chocolate 'dip' and merely roll my truffles into various mixtures - chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkles, vari-coloured candy sprinkles, cocoa powder, chocolate shavings, coloured sugars -- still pretty -- less work.

    White Peppermint Candy Cane Bark

    2 lbs white chocolate (preferably Guittard brand white chocolate chips- they seem to melt smoother)
    12 candy canes, crushed into 1/4 inch pieces
    1 teaspoon peppermint extract (1/2 tsp. if using oil)

    1 Melt white chocolate either in a double boiler or in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
    2 Stir in crushed candy cane and peppermint flavoring into melted white chocolate.
    3 Line a 11x17" baking pan with wax paper.
    4 Pour and spread chocolate mixture onto wax paper.
    5 Chill until firm and break into pieces.
    6 Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Peppermint Fudge (not chocolate)

    2 1/2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup margarine
    1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
    1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme (2 cups)
    8 ounces vanilla chips
    1/2 cup peppermint candy, finely crushed
    red food coloring

    1 Line 9-inch square pan with foil so that foil extends over sides of pan.
    2 Butter the foil.
    3 In large saucepan, combine sugar, margarine, and milk.
    4 Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
    5 Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly.
    6 Remove from heat.
    7 Add marshmallow creme and vanilla chips.
    8 Blend until smooth.
    9 Stir in crushed peppermint and desired amount of food coloring (don't stir too much or it will be pink instead of swirly).
    10 Pour into prepared pan.
    11 Cool to room temperature.
    12 Score fudge into 36 or 48 squares.
    13 Sprinkle top with additional crushed peppermint candy.
    14 Refrigerate until firm.
    15 Remove fudge from pan by lifting foil.
    16 Remove foil from fudge.
    17 Cut through scored lines.
    18 Store in refrigerator.

    What's your favourite cookie/candy recipe?
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska

    1 1/2 cups sugar
    7 oz jar of marshmallow crème
    2/3 cup evaporated milk
    ¼ cup butter
    ¼ cup Kahlua
    2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
    1 cup of milk chocolate chips
    1 tsp vanilla

    Line an 8 inch square pan with foil

    In a 2 quart sauce pan combine sugar, marshmallow crème, evaporated milk, butter and Kahlua. Bring to a rapid boil. Stir constantly and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in all of the chocolate. Stir in vanilla. Pour into the foil-lined pan and refrigerate until hardened
  3. sewingca

    sewingca Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    I will try all of the above. I loves loves loves candy. I make candied orange peel at Christmas. My mother always did 'cause that was the only time we had oranges. Now that I live in Florida - well - I can have oranges whenever! Boil and rinse your julienne orange peel (Navel is the best) three times. Then return peel to boil with 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Simmer until syrup is really thick. Roll the peel in sugar and spread out on wax paper. Best done on a non-humid day. Fat chance in Florida! You can also dip the candied peel in chocolate. Yum! [​IMG]
  4. Damummis

    Damummis Chickenista

    Apr 29, 2009
  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    awesome! I was just looking for recipes last night. This year Im making several different kinds of cookies and candy as gifts for family. I would love some unique easy cookie recipes too.
  6. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
  7. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    Quote:It must be the equivalent of Spanish Turron. That stuff is delicious but sticks to your teeth hard!
  8. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    I have never made much candy but I may try some of these. [​IMG] Thanks.
  9. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Cara, I have a batch of those truffles in the fridge...the kids say THANK YOU! [​IMG]

    They are loving them!
  10. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    Great! I made the mistake of doubling the recipe last year. I thought there was no way it would make 40. Turns out I was very wrong, and we ended up with 140-something truffles... briefly.

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