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20 Quick and Easy Holiday Candy Recipes To Make And Give

Need a homemade gift in a hurry? These recipes are easy to make and taste terrific!

I’m doing something a little different today. I decided to search the Sprinkle Bakes archives and pull together some of my favorite low-lift recipes. The closer we get to Christmas, the more I rely on these recipes that require few ingredients and take very little time to put together.  Most are no-cook, no-bake treats that depend on nothing more than a microwave and a chill in the fridge.

is a treat I make year-round, but it’s especially good for Christmas candy trays. It’s a smooth and creamy treat with marshmallows that give it a bouncy quality. Totally addictive!

 require very few ingredients and, like bourbon balls, they improve upon standing. They’re a great holiday gift, and they ship well!

 has been my most popular holiday recipe for two years straight! I’ve already made this recipe twice this month – and once for my open house last Sunday. Sometimes I add chopped honey-roasted peanuts on top.

 uses four-ish ingredients and is absolutely gorgeous packaged in cellophane bags. Tie with pretty ribbon for gift-giving.

 has been at the top of my traffic for about three years in a row. It’s a great gift for those who love eating raw cookie dough, but since the flour is toasted in this recipe, it’s totally safe to eat! Yes, technically, it’s not a true candy, but it’s so easy (and cute!) I had to include it here.

 is an old-school recipe that is well-known and loved. You know what you’re getting, which is pretty much peanut butter and chocolate OVERLOAD! These little candies are potent and come together quickly.

 holds a symphony of flavors and textures, and it only takes 5 minutes to cook! Cross sections are gorgeous showing the green pistachios and tart red cranberries.

 uses just four ingredients and it’s super quick to make. I always use my microwave to make this candy, but if you don’t have one then a stove top will work just fine, too.

 is one of my favorite advent recipes from earlier this month. Cream cheese gives this candy tangy flavor and luscious texture. (Pro tip: toast those nuts!)

 will whip up in five minutes flat. You can eat them immediately, but they improve upon standing. I’ve made these every year since first discovering the recipe in 2012.

 are sweet and toasty and the candied fruit gives them a subtle chew. Just 4 ingredients! The candied fruit can be omitted if you’d like to further simplify.

 are irresistible with a sprinkle of sea salt on top. They are dangerously simple to make and take about 8 minutes to melt together in the oven.

 is another favorite from this year’s advent. Pecans, caramel and chocolate all come together to make this craveable, chewy candy. This candy has been popular for decades, and according to reader emails, many of you have happy memories tied to these treats. (Thank you for sharing.)

 cook for about 7 minutes in the microwave, as opposed to 20 + on the stove top.  After a short chill in the refrigerator, they’re ready to be cut and wrapped for giving. Be sure to read my tips for visual cues while zapping this candy!

 couldn’t be easier! Mixing up the candy dough is a no-bake, no-cook affair, and I think the flavor is reminiscent of a minty grasshopper cocktail!

 is a recipe that you mix, pour and refrigerate. If you can’t find smoked almonds, simply use toasted salted almonds in their place.

 is a marshmallowy treat that is holiday party-ready! It’s so much easier to make than the stove top version, and holiday sprinkles will dress them for the occasion.

 are simple treats that I’ve been making for years! This recipe makes 24 (or more!) so dip to your heart’s content. Kids of all ages can help, and it’s so fun picking out the sprinkles for decoration.

 are pretty little cups of chocolate, fruit, and nuts that are neatly portioned into mini cupcake liners. Melt, stir, pour. So easy and great for candy trays!

 are low effort with major payoff, and that’s why they’re great to make at Christmastime! Place them in gold foil candy papers for little holiday sparkle. The hazelnut liqueur in the ganache can be omitted if desired.

These are some of my favorite recipes to make for entertaining and holiday gift-giving. And all of them can be made ahead, so make them now and serve them later! I hope you’ll find all of them useful. xo-h

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