I know I’m a little bit behind with this, but better late than never, right? One of my favorite eats of the season is Christmas candy, and peanut brittle is probably my all-time favorite! Unfortunately, the rest of my family loves it, too, so I have to be nice and share! I have been busy all week making goodies, so today I am sharing with you my Christmas Candy Recipes Sampler.
From the time I was a little girl, my mom always made Christmas candy to take to the family get-togethers. I grew up eating lots of peanut brittle at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was definitely my favorite! She also made caramels, and then usually tried a few new ones each year. They were all delicious!
Christmas Candy Recipes
As I said, peanut brittle has always been one of my favorites. But I haven’t always had the best luck with candy thermometers, and have ruined many batches! But several years ago, on the back of a bag of Diamond Raw Peanuts, I found a microwave recipe and decided to try it. I tweaked it a little with the times, and I’ve never had a bad batch of peanut brittle since! You can find my recipe by signing up for my Holiday Recipe Collection at the bottom of the post.
I have always loved caramel, and I love Turtles! Several years ago, I found this recipe for Turtle Caramels in a Women’s Day Magazine. I love the addition of chocolate and nuts! I have blown this recipe a few times, because it has to be done on the stove. But the recipe gives a temperature as well as a time limit, so I usually go with the time and just watch them closely when it gets close. I have found that using the cold water test has been more accurate than the thermometers. This recipe is also part of my Holiday Recipe Collection (sign up below).
These Polar Bear Paws are a new recipe I tried this year. You can find the recipe at Garnish and Glaze. When making these, make sure you let the caramel set in the fridge for at least as long as the recipes recommends. And it also helps to let the candy coating cool a little. Otherwise, the caramel starts melting down into the bowl when you’re trying to tap the excess candy coating off! These are really good—chocolate, caramel, and peanuts, oh, my!!
If you’re looking for something a little more delectable, try these Raspberry Cheesecake Truffles from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts. It’s like chocolate-covered cherries for raspberry-lovers! The recipe calls for melting chocolate chips for the coating, but I had a terrible time with that. It was too thick. So I picked up some dark chocolate candy melts, and it went so much better. They are delicious!
As I said earlier, I love Turtles, so I just had to try this Turtle Fudge from Live Well Bake Often. I have never been much of a fudge-lover, because it’s a little too rich for me, but this is very good—rich, but very good! Mine didn’t turn out quite as beautiful as theirs, but it still tastes good! Next time, I think I will try putting it in the refrigerator for a little while before adding the second layer of chocolate. It was really hard to spread on top of the caramel. Also, the recipe says to cook the chocolate over the stove, but I did it in the microwave, and it worked great (I may or may not have ruined the first bunch!). If you heat it on the stove, DO NOT walk away from it, even for a minute—I speak from experience!
And that’s my Christmas candy sampler for 2016! It’s a good thing I took photos right away, because there is a huge dent in the peanut brittle already!
Listed below are some of the recipes I still want to try, but a family of three can only eat so much candy!
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites from What Megan’s Making
Peanut Butter Buckeye Pretzels from Inside BruCrew Life
Sugar Cookie Truffles from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crunch Balls from Mom On Time Out
Sticky Paws Williams Sonoma Copycat from The First Year
Homemade Take 5 Candy Bars from The Baker Mama
Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Crackers from Sincerely Jean
White Chocolate Caramel Pecan Fudge from Bare Feet Kitchen
And don’t forget to sign up below for my Holiday Recipe Collection that includes the recipes for Microwave Peanut Brittle, Turtle Caramels, and lots more!