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Easiest & Yummiest Christmas Sweets You Can Make

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Your Holiday season will be a lot sweeter with treats that you made right in your own kitchen! Whether your guests are candy lovers or cake aficionados, you'll surely find a great recipe you can use to whip up a great dessert for them! 

Just remember - it's all about the love you put into the sweets you bake them that make them delicious! So go ahead and put out your mixing bowls and baking mats, and cook up a storm of goodies that will put smiles in your loved ones' faces! 

 

Great Holiday Candies You Can Make Yourself

There may be a ton of Christmas candies in the market, but nothing will ever be as special as something that you made on your own. Yes, candy making may seem difficult and complicated - you have to control the temperature and texture of the ingredients. But there are candy recipes that are easy to do, you can even make them with kids!

Here are three great DIY holiday candy recipes that are a joy to make and a blast to gorge on! Feast on Christmas light candies, candy cane lights, and chocolate candies adorned with Holiday colors. Your Holidays will definitely become a lot more sweeter with these treats! Even better, you can also make these recipes for other occasions, including Halloween, Valentines and birthdays.

Quick and easy M&M and Mike and Ike Christmas Lights (Hungry Happenings)

 

Ingredients:

  • green Mike and Ike candies
  • Almond M&M's (you can also use Peanut M&M's or Jordan Almonds)
  • Supplies:
  • a sharp knife
  • optional: a hand held lighter

 via Quick and easy M&M and Mike and Ike Christmas Lights (Hungry Happenings)

 Peppermint Bark Candy Cane Hearts (Oh Nuts)

Ingredients

  • 24 large candy canes
  • 12 oz dark chocolate candy coating
  • 12 oz white candy coating
  • 1½ cups miniature candy canes

via Peppermint Bark Candy Cane Hearts (Oh Nuts)

 Easy Christmas Candy Recipe (In Katrina's Kitchen) 

 

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate candies, unwrapped 
  • 1/2 Cup chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 Cup sprinkles 

via Easy Christmas Candy Recipe (In Katrina's Kitchen) 

 

Easy To Make Christmas Candy Barks

Candy barks are genius - they give you the power to make lovely candy with all your favorite tastes and flavors, without the hassle and complications of making actual candy from scratch (yes, you can keep that thermometer on the kitchen cabinet).

Here are candy bark recipes that will surely become a hit this Holiday season! Choose your favorite - whether you're a peppermint lover, a crunchy snacker or a toffee-head, you'll surely find one you'll love. This Christmas, whip up a plate of these awesome goodies for kids and kids at heart!

Peppermint Bark (Sally's Baking Addiction)

Peppermint bark is SO EASY to make at home! And tastes better, too. Makes a wonderful homemade DIY Christmas gift too!

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces (339g) high quality white chocolate, broken into pieces and divided
  • 6 ounces (170g) high quality semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vegetable, coconut, or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
  • 3 regular size candy canes, crushed

via Peppermint Bark (Sally's Baking Addiction)

Oreo Christmas Bark (Mix & Match Mama)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white-chocolate candy coating
  • 10 Christmas Oreos, crushed
  • 1/4 cup pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
  • Christmas M&Ms
  • A few tablespoons of Candy Cane Crunch
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • A handful of white chocolate chips and/or mint chocolate chips

via Oreo Christmas Bark (Mix & Match Mama)

Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark (Mel's Kitchen Cafe)

Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark

Ingredients:

  • About 8 ounces (half of a 1-pound bag) mini pretzels, broken into smaller pieces, more or less to cover the pan
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups (one 12-ounce bag) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Sea salt

via Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark (Mel's Kitchen Cafe)

 

Divine Christmas Cakes You Can Make At Home

Holidays is the time for glorious feasts and special dishes. This year, why not give those cake mix boxes a break and flex your muscles in the kitchen to whip up a great cake perfect with that warm cup of spiced apple cider? 

Today, we're featuring three great cake recipes that will not only make you practice your kitchen prowess, but will also build up your image as a pastry genius among friends and family who will be coming over for Christmas dinner!

There's something for all sorts of cake lovers - vanilla, sugar and spice, and coffee-flavored. Pick one that you love and start baking! 

Christmas Vanilla Roll Cake (A Treats Affair)

A simple vanilla roll cake with red and green dots and spirals of creamy buttercream is the perfect dessert for Christmas parties.

Ingredients:

Vanilla Roll Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (30 grams) sifted cake flour
  • 3 tablespoons (30 grams) cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup red & green Wilton batter bits or edible confetti
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups (360 grams) powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp red & green sprinkles
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3 teaspoons heavy cream

Decorations

  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • red & green sprinkles

via Christmas Vanilla Roll Cake (A Treats Affair)

Date & Honey Cake With A Cinnamon Orange Glaze (Adventures in Cooking)

Ingredients:

Date & Honey Cake

  • 2 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 13 dates, pitted and chopped

Cinnamon Orange Glaze

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

via Date & Honey Cake With A Cinnamon Orange Glaze (Adventures in Cooking)

Chocolate-Espresso Buche De Noel (Portuguese Girl Cooks)

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate Sponge
  • 33 grams (3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) all-purpose flour
  • 25 grams (3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) almond flour/meal (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 16 grams (2 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon) Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 123 grams (1/2 cup, about a little less than 3 eggs) whole eggs, see notes
  • 58 grams ( 3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons, about 3 yolks) egg yolks
  • 111 grams (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon) granulated sugar
  • 23 grams (1 tablespoon + 2 1/2 teaspoons) granulated sugar
  • 74 grams egg whites (1/4 cup +1 tablespoon, less than 3 whites) -see notes
For the Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 4 Egg whites (120g)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, slightly cool and cut into 1 tablespoon chances
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 ounces melted chocolate of your choice, I used 40.5% good quality milk chocolate
For the Bark
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted

via Chocolate-Espresso Buche De Noel (Portuguese Girl Cooks)

 



Make cooking time a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality non-stick silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable, because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean up time in half.

 

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