As the festive season rolls around, we’re always scrambling around, trying to get everything organized. That includes Christmas candy and desserts because it is, after all, a tradition.
Below are 51 great Christmas candy and dessert ideas. Some are seriously easy to prepare, some take a bit of time and/or skill. If a recipe is hard and time-consuming, that is mentioned in the description.
Christmas Candy & Desserts To Impress
Christmas Tree Rice Krispies
These little Christmas trees are too adorable to eat! As cute as they are and relatively easy to prepare, they are time-consuming. Recipe and instructions here.
Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms
Peanut butter blossoms are a classic dessert. Sprinkle them with green and red sugar, and you have a pretty Christmas dessert.
Peppermint Rice Krispie Snowball Treats
These adorable Christmas treats can be enjoyed as is, or with hot chocolate.
Snow Globe Cupcakes With Gelatin Bubbles
Warning – These adorable snowglobe cupcakes are time-consuming. There is a helpful video and instructions to show you how to make the globes.
Christmas Marshmallow Pops
It is very hard to go wrong with marshmallow pops because they’re easy to make, plus they’re utterly delicious. Here’s the helpful recipe.
In a sea of complicated Christmas candy recipes, Rudolph noses are easy to make because you only need 3 store-bought ingredients.
Christmas Lights Cookies
Christmas light cookies are so adorable. Children love them because of the colorful m&m’s.
You can make this recipe “easier” by decorating store-bought cookies.
Rice Krispie Christmas Tree Treats
These Rice Krispie Christmas Trees are a little easier than the previous ones because you don’t need to put these in a mold. Yet, they’re equally as adorable.
Easy Peanut Clusters Made In A Crock Pot
Gingerbread House White Chocolate Bark
This chocolate bark recipe can be as colorful as you like. To make it festive, you can stick with red, green and white Christmas candy, like red and green m&m’s, mini marshmallows, peppermint drops, etc.
White Chocolate Truffles
White chocolate truffles may seem intimidating to make if you’re not a dessert chef, but it is not. Check out this easy recipe.
If you are concerned about the content of the candy your kids are eating, homemade gumdrops are a great way to control that. This recipe has no high fructose corn syrup and other yuckies. They’re not too complicated to make, either.
Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookie Cups
This Christmas candy recipe is not as hard as it seems, but it is very time-consuming. It’s a fun recipe to make with your children.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Spoons
This is a beginner-level Christmas candy to make, with only 3 ingredients!
Easy Melted Snowman Chocolate Bark
Chocolate bark is easy to make. The melted snowman parts make this super adorable too.
Holiday Peanut Butter Chocolate Meltaways
This is another recipe that looks hard and complicated, but it’s really very easy to prepare.
Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths
Edible Christmas Wreaths with marshmallows, corn flakes, and red-hot candies. This recipe does take a little more skill because you’ll need to shape the little wreaths.
Melted Snowmen Oreo Balls
This recipe is both adorable AND easy. It will, however, take you a little time to add the cute snowman faces.
Christmas Light Cupcakes
This recipe is relatively easy because you can use a chocolate cake box mix.
Triple Chocolate Truffle Christmas Mice
This recipe was created by a chocolatier – so it does take a bit of skill. However, helpful images are provided to help you through every step of the way.
Linzer Cookies are common in the UK around the festive season. They’re really pretty, and they’re actually not that hard to make.
You can use any kind of jam or Nutella for the inside. Yum!
Christmas Cake Pops
Chocolate Cake Pops are dangerously decadent and delicious. They will be a hit in any home.
These cake pops are a little bit of a process but if you like the look, you can make easy cake pops and just decorate them as above. (Scroll down to the bottom for an easy cake pop video.)
Gingerbread Tree Cookies
Instead of gingerbread men, gingerbread Christmas trees with m&m’s are a delightful change. The little m&m’s are the Christmas tree lights.
Peppermint Crunch White Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers
Here’s an easy recipe with only 3 ingredients – white chocolate, graham crackers and crushed peppermint!
Peanut Butter Sandwich Reindeer Cookies
Very creative! This is another easy recipe that kids will enjoy making and eating. All you’ll need are nutter butter cookies, m&m’s, pretzels and peanut butter frosting to attach everything.
Melting Snowman Sugar Cookies
These cookies are adorable! They’ll be fun to make… and eat.
If you’d rather not bake cookies, you can always decorate store-bought cookies.
Holiday Nutella Bites
These Nutella bites will likely not last long in any homes because they’re quite addictive. They’re seriously easy to make, but that does not help either. (However, it’s the holiday season and holiday calories don’t count.)
Christmas Pretzel Rods
Winter Penguin Cake Pops
If you are skilled at making creative desserts, this is right down your ally. If you’re a regular mom who just wants to put something festive on the table, this is not your thing because this will take some time and effort to create the little faces. Full instructions here.
Homemade Christmas Candy Lollipops
Homemade Lollipops are great! If you’re not intimidated by a candy thermometer, they’re easy to make too!
Christmas Trail Mix
This is the perfect nibbling recipe! It’s got everything – the sweet, salty and crunchy… and it’s oh-so-colorful.
This is a boxed brownie mix made deliciously festive, with cream, Oreos and m&m’s.
Eggnog Christmas Cookies
Eggnog cookies are great for holiday parties. They’re a marriage of snickerdoodle and eggnog flavors.
Delightful Grinch Popcorn – it’s a delicious combination of crunchy popcorn and chocolate!
Boozy Christmas Cherry Bombs
Alcohol soaked maraschino cherries – this is obviously an Adult Christmas Candy. It’s easy to make but time-consuming.
Snowflake Peppermint Bark
For the inexperienced, this recipe may seem too hard, but it’s actually quite easy! All you need is dark/milk chocolate, white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and a snowflake mold.
Gingerbread House Stand Up Sugar Cookies
This recipe is for the experienced baker – it is delicious and adorable but quite time-consuming!
Red Velvet Candy Cane Fudge
This decadent fudge recipe has, amongst other – condensed milk, cream cheese and peppermint!
Chocolate Olaf Pretzel Craft
This is an easy recipe but it’s very time-consuming because you have to attach the pretzels to one another, then create the little faces.
Rice Krispies Treats Presents with a Surprise
These Rice Krispie Treats with surprise are seriously adorable and will obviously take a bit of time to prepare. Helpful pictures are included to show how it is put together.
Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies
These are Oreo cookies taken to another level. The recipe is easy in that you only need two ingredients – Oreo cookies and chocolate melts. However, you’ll need a chocolate mold to create the little bows.
Gingerbread men are a traditional Christmas cookie.
Snowman Hat Cookies
These little Snowman hats are made with marshmallows and Keebler mint cookies.
Mini Elf (and Santa) Christmas Candy
This recipe involves tweezers. It’s very intricate but oh-so-cute!
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
This is a traditional pinwheel recipe, beautifully made festive with red and green food coloring.
Christmas Candy Cane Hearts
Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts are a 3-ingredient-recipe! It’s a marriage of festive favorites – candy canes and chocolate.
Christmas Chocolate Truffles
This is a 4-ingredient recipe, so it’s really easy to make. There is no baking involved either!
Cream Cheese Peppermint Christmas Buttons
Cream cheese peppermint buttons are rich and decadent because they’re basically just powdered sugar, cream cheese, white chocolate, cream, and a little bit of peppermint and food coloring.
This is a no-bake recipe.
Chocolate Christmas Mice
Very cute, and actually not that hard to make! If you have older kids, they would enjoy putting these together. It’s basically just Oreo cookies, maraschino cherries, Hershey’s kisses and slivered almonds for the ears. Here are the complete instructions.
Holiday Poinsettia Pretzel Bites
Poinsettias are traditional Christmas plants. That makes these little poinsettia Christmas candies very festive. These are super easy to make but will take you a bit of time.
Mini Santa Hat Cheesecakes
Most people love cheesecake. These Santa Hat Cheesecakes make the dessert very festive. This does take some baking and decorating.
How To Make Cake Pops – Easy Video Instructions
Cake pops are adorable but some of us find them intimidating. Here is a helpful video to show you how you can quickly and easily make them with store-bought cake box ingredients, or left-over cake.
Since we are making Christmas candy and desserts, you can decorate them with festive colors.
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