It seems like Christmas cookies take center stage around the holidays, but they’re not the ONLY sweet treat you should be having this time of year. Sure, there’s some adorable bite-sized holiday sweets you can make with the kiddies and there’s 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 candy cane, but there’s more to it than that. These 17 Christmas candy recipes 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. Goodie Goodie Gumdrops: You’ll really mean it when you say *goodie* gumdrops. These colorful, chewy treats will take you straight back to Grandma’s house ASAP. (via Bakerella)

Easy Peppermint Bark Christmas Candy Recipes

2. Easy Peppermint Bark: 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. Peanut Butter-Pretzel Truffles: Is there anything that peanut butter can’t do? PB takes these truffles from great candy to absolute favorite candy treat. (via Brown Eyed Baker)

Green Ombre Christmas Fudge Candy Recipes

4. Green Ombre Christmas Fudge: 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. Swiss Meringue Kisses: 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’ll go fast. (via Lauren Caris Cooks)


6. Buckeyes (Peanut Butter Balls): If you’re in Ohio during the holidays, you’ll 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. Cream Cheese Mints: This candy is super easy to make and only takes a few ingredients. That’s totally welcome during this busy time of year, isn’t it? (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)


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


9. Chocolate Bark With Pistachios and Sea Salt: This treat couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s perfect for gift giving. Pro tip: Try it with different nuts or crushed candy canes for a prettier effect. (via Grab a Plate)


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


11. Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees: These trees are SO adorable and sweet, you’ll 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. DIY Peppermint Candy Spoons: When you want a fun treat for your hot chocolate or coffee, these sweet spoons hit the spot. Bonus: They’ll make cute stocking stuffers to boot. (via Princess Pinky Girl)


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


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


15. Easy Homemade Mallo Cups: Chocolate, marshmallow and coconut couldn’t possibly make a better combo. These little cups are dreamy any time of year, but especially around the holidays. (via How Sweet Eats)


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


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

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