It seems like Christmas cookies take center stage around the holidays, but they鈥檙e not the ONLY sweet treat you should be having this time of year. Sure, there鈥檚 some adorable bite-sized holiday sweets聽you can make with the kiddies and there鈥檚 always no-bake holiday desserts for the lazy hostess (no shame!). But why not try something new this year and make some room on your cookie platter for candy instead? You can easily resort to the ever-versatile聽candy cane, but there鈥檚 more to it than that.聽These 17 Christmas candy recipes聽will leave your guests licking their lips and wondering how you found the time to put together such fabulous homemade treats.

Goodie Goodie Gumdrops Christmas Candy Recipes

1.聽Goodie Goodie Gumdrops:聽You鈥檒l really mean it when you say *goodie* gumdrops. These colorful, chewy treats will take you straight back to Grandma鈥檚 house ASAP. (via Bakerella)

Easy Peppermint Bark Christmas Candy Recipes

2.聽Easy Peppermint Bark:聽Chocolate-y layers and a burst of peppermint are true holiday treats. The best part? It only takes four ingredients to make! (via Sugar Apron)

Peanut Butter-Pretzel Truffles Christmas Candy Recipes

3.聽Peanut Butter-Pretzel Truffles:聽Is there anything that peanut butter can鈥檛 do? PB takes聽these truffles from great candy to absolute favorite candy treat. (via Brown Eyed Baker)

Green Ombre Christmas Fudge Candy Recipes

4.聽Green Ombre Christmas Fudge:聽Fudge with built-in style? Yes, please! This candy will look fab on your dessert table during the holidays. (via Tablespoon)

Swiss Meringue Kisses Christmas Candy Recipe

5.聽Swiss Meringue Kisses:聽Almost better than the real thing, these crumbly, airy and melt-in-your-mouth kisses are something everyone will love. Make a double or triple batch, though, because they鈥檒l go fast. (via Lauren Caris Cooks)


6.聽Buckeyes (Peanut Butter Balls):聽If you鈥檙e in Ohio during the holidays, you鈥檒l see these sweet Buckeyes all over the place (the Buckeye is the state tree of Ohio and its nuts look like these treats). But trust us: Try them no matter where you are this season. (via Chocolate With Grace)


7.聽Cream Cheese Mints: This candy is super easy to make and only聽takes a few ingredients. That鈥檚 totally welcome during this busy time of year, isn鈥檛 it? (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)


8.聽Icicle Candy:聽If all icicles were this sweet and colorful, you might not mind the harsh winter weather. Even if you鈥檙e living in a warmer state (lucky you!), you鈥檒l appreciate these OH-SO-pretty candies. (via Tablespoon)


9.聽Chocolate Bark With Pistachios and Sea Salt:聽This treat couldn鈥檛 be easier to make, and it鈥檚 perfect for gift giving. Pro tip: Try it with different nuts or crushed candy canes for a prettier effect.聽(via Grab a Plate)


10.聽Springy Fluffy Marshmallows:聽Can you imagine homemade marshmallows floating in your boozy hot chocolate? The time is NOW to enjoy a sinful treat that鈥檚 for adults only this holiday season. (via Smitten Kitchen)


11.聽Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees:聽These trees are SO adorable and sweet, you鈥檒l want your own little forest of them. Plus, they take minimal prep and you can put them together with the little ones. (via One Little Project)


12.聽DIY Peppermint Candy Spoons:聽When you want a fun treat for your hot chocolate or coffee, these sweet spoons hit the spot. Bonus: They鈥檒l make cute stocking stuffers to boot. (via Princess Pinky Girl)


13.聽Polar Bear Paws:聽This copycat version of your favorite candy will leave you with more cash for buying gifts. Now *that鈥檚* a sweet result we can get behind. (via Garnish and Glaze)


14.聽Homemade Candied Citrus Peels:聽Fruity and fabulous is how we describe these citrus-based sweets. They鈥檙e simple and definitely scrumptious. (via The Cookie Writer)


15.聽Easy Homemade Mallo Cups:聽Chocolate, marshmallow and coconut couldn鈥檛 possibly make a better combo. These little cups are dreamy any time of year, but especially around the holidays. (via How Sweet Eats)


16.聽Candy Cane Oreo Truffles:聽You鈥檒l love how easy it is to make these little gems. With just four ingredients, they鈥檒l be聽perfect for (any and all) parties this time of year. (via Cakescottage)


17.聽Homemade Almond Rocca:聽Rocca rocks, for sure! Almonds, chocolate and a toffee-like crunch are ideal聽for serving or giving as gifts. (via Chef in Training)

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