10 Holiday Cookies, Candy and Treats

by Kathy Strahs on December 4, 2013 · 4 comments

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Even though I share treats with friends throughout the year (as happens when you cook and bake as often as I do!), there’s nothing like cooking and sharing during the holidays. I’ve rounded up my 10 Favorite Cookies, Candies and Treats from Cooking On the Side – ten delicious ways to make someone’s holidays a little sweeter!

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies1. Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A tried-and-true classic, this recipe makes a good number of cookies which makes it possible to eat a few out of the oven, save a few to have around the house and still have enough left over to freeze and share later.

Two-Layer Peppermint Bark2. Two-Layer Peppermint Bark

Package this rich and minty treat in a nice tin for an excellent edible gift!

Cheese Ball Pops3. Cheese Ball Pops

Here’s a fun spin on the traditional holiday cheese ball…turn them into bite-sized lollipops for your next potluck!

Milk Chocolate Truffles4. Milk Chocolate Truffles

The best part about a basic truffle recipe like this is that you can customize it however you like – rolling them in nuts, adding spices, drizzling more chocolate.

Stovetop Cocoa with Toasted Homemade Marshmallows5. Stovetop Cocoa with Toasted Homemade Marshmallows

Just unsweetened cocoa, sugar, milk, water and a little vanilla…top it with a fluffy homemade marshmallow, with a toasty tan outer shell from a quick minute under the broiler. It seriously makes me wish for more rainy gray days.

Sea-Salted Smoky Almond Chocolate Bark6. Sea-Salted Smoky Almond Chocolate Bark

Whoever discovered that salt brings out amazing flavors in chocolate is my personal hero. The combination of smoky almonds and rich dark chocolate is also striking. In a fabulous way.

Holiday Spritz Cookies7. Holiday Spritz Cookies

Bring back your childhood memories of these classic little butter cookies – extruding dough through a cookie press is actually pretty fun!

Pecan and Caramel Clusters8. Pecan and Caramel Clusters

Biting into one of these clusters and tasting that silky caramel stretch out from under the chocolate… it just doesn’t get any better.

Clementine Orange Snickerdoodles9. Clementine Orange Snickerdoodles

If a flavor tastes great with cinnamon and sugar, it’ll probably taste great in snickerdoodles. This theory definitely holds true when it comes to when it comes to the light citrus flavor of clementines!

Chocolate Snowswirl Fudge10. Chocolate Snowswirl Fudge

A swirly layer of marshmallow tops classic rich, chocolate and walnut fudge.

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Let the season of giving (and eating) begin!

See the Recipe Index for all the recipes on Cooking On the Side.

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Mike from Class December 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Love the post – great list. My top 3 from this post are:

1. Stovetop Cocoa with Toasted Homemade Marshmellows (I’m all about the homemade marshmellows)
2. Milk Chocolate Truffles
3. Clementine Orange Snickerdoodles

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Kate@Diethood December 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Everything looks fantastic! Seriously, now I’m in Christmas-mood!! I’d like to start with the cheese ball pops! :)
Kate@Diethood´s last blog post ..Peppermint Raspberry Chocolate OREO Cookie Balls

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Aggie December 6, 2013 at 4:11 AM

What a fantastic round up! It all looks so yummy!
Aggie´s last blog post ..Pumpkin-Ricotta Whole Wheat Pasta Bake

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Kim Beaulieu December 10, 2013 at 4:27 AM

I want one of each. Great treats for the holidays. I’m a fudge girl, can’t get enough of that stuff.

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