Christmas Candy Recipes??

Updated on December 11, 2007
J.M. asks from Saint Joseph, MN
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I am getting together with some girl friends to make holiday goodies. I am looking for a recipe. Something that is fairly simple and requires no baking. The cookies will keep the oven busy!! I have enjoyed a holiday treat and I can not find recipes on how to make them. Maybe some of you an help? It is chocolate with chow mein noodles in it, it is kept in fridge, another one is choc with what seemed to be oatmeal in it, not sure. Any siple candy recipes welcome. Thanks

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answers from Janesville-Beloit on

Here is the recipe for the chocolate cookies with chow mein noodles in it. Happy baking!!!


12 oz. chow mein noodles
1 (12 oz.) chocolate chips
1 (12 oz.) butterscotch chips
1 c. peanuts

Melt together chips in double boiler. Add noodles and peanuts. Drop onto wax paper.

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answers from Omaha on
Microwave toffee-- online website above with step-by-step pictures. It's very tasty and quick to make.



answers from Omaha on

I always dip pretzels or crackers in chocolate bark at this time of year. It's a easy thing to do with the kids too. I just buy a package of chocolate of vanilla bark and melt it in a bowl in the microwave. Then toss in a handful of pretzels, cover with chocolate, and remove the pretzel with a fork. Tap the fork on the side of the bowl to get the excess chocolate off the pretzel and place on waxed paper to dry. If you use vanilla bark (which is my family's favorite), the kids can use red and green sugar sprinkles to decorate them before they dry! You can also dip crackers, which my husbands empolyees love! I just take two ritz crackers and make a sandwich with peanut butter in the middle. Dip in the chocolate or vanilla, let dry, and enjoy! They are so easy and the kids love to help!



answers from Salt Lake City on

One of my family favorites is Marshmellow Wreaths.

Start off like you're making rice crispy treats, but color the melted marshmellow green and instead of rice crispy cereal, use corn flakes. Shape the mixture (with well buttered hands) into small wreaths and place on waxed paper and add "Red Hots" candies as the berries. Allow to cool and to retain the shape. (You could use red icing if you can't find "Red Hots" but wait until the wreaths are cool so the icing doesn't melt.)

FYI: Regarding the "No Bake" cookies (the one's with oatmeal), they have a tendency to not set-up properly if there is too much moisture in the air - like on a rainy day. Just wanted to make you aware of that.



answers from Waterloo on

The chocolate with oatmeal one sounds like No-bake Cookies. They are so good! Here's the recipe:

1 stick margarine 2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 cups sugar 3 cups oatmeal
1/3 cup baking cocoa 1/2 cup milk

Melt butter, add sugar, cocoa, milk, and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. When completely mixed, add oatmeal. Drop tsp sized balls on waxed paper and either allow to cool on counter or refridgerate.



answers from Davenport on

Building on the last post, I dipped pretzel rods in the chocolate/almond bark and my kids, age 5 and 3, decorated them with sprinkles and such. We called them "Magic Wands" and took them to a Christmas party. They were a hit!



answers from Madison on

I do a variation of the chow mein noodle one. Chocolate chips and butterscotch chips (one cup of each). Melt in microwave until smooth and then mix in peanuts and pretzels. Drop in clumps on wax paper lined tray and put in fridge unti set. Can be stored in the fridge or out as long as it doesn't get too warm.

I think the original used the noodles instead of pretzles and had mini marshmallows too.



answers from Great Falls on

I just made these yesterday. Trying to save some for the mothers of preschoolers cookie exchange. Will have to hide them from hubby!

peanut butter nanaimo bars on food network website : 12 days of cookies

P.s. these are even easier if you use a silicone non-stick muffin tray



answers from Des Moines on

The chow mein noodle recipe is this:

chow mein noodles
salted peanuts
chocolate chips
butterscotch chips

Melt the chips together, add the peanuts, add the noodles and keep adding until you get the "right" consistency. Drop blobs onto wax paper and let cool. Sorry I don't have the amounts. The other may be what we call "no-bakes", basically peanut butter, oats, cocoa butter and sugar...I don't have the recipe, but it is commom. A fave of mine is this: take mini pretzel twists and lay them flat on a plate. Put a Rolo on top of each one and microwave about 20 seconds or until the rolo starts to melt, but don't let it completely melt through. They will reharden at room temp and are sooo tasty! Easiest thing ever!



answers from Duluth on

Hi J.,

I got my recipe for these of and this one had a 4.5 star rating with 552 ratings... I'm including a couple of reviews. I did boil my ingredients for 2 1/2 minutes per other's suggestions and mine set up, although still a little slowly, but were not runny.

2 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 pinch salt
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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Christmas 2007 • beverages • cookies

In a saucepan bring sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt to a rapid boil for 1 minute.
Add quick cooking oats, peanut butter, and vanilla; mix well.
Working quickly, drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, and let cool.

This is an old familiar favorite of mine since childhood. However, we called them Grandma's "Boiled Cookies," simply because she boiled them on the stovetop. My Grandmother used the exact same ingredients and exact same amounts. However, boiling time is crucial and essential. We add the Peanut Butter with the other ingredients to boil (milk, butter/oleo, sugar, cocoa, salt) and bring the mixture to a hard boil over a medium flame(roughly, 4 - 5 minutes from beginning to boil). We were too poor to afford a candy thermometer, I suppose. THIS IS WHERE GRANDMA TOLD ME THAT THE TEXTURE PROBLEM LIES - " ... Too little boiling time, runny/wet & unable to set properly (because the mix did not reach high enough temperature to become the confection); while too much time produced dry & crumbly cookies (result of too hot too long, burning off moisture)." Also, I choose to use Super Chunky peanut butter for more peanut texture and Grandma is probably rolling in her grave, but it defintely works for me! Then, after we remove the boiling mixture from the flame and stir in the vanilla and quick oats (one-minute), spooning out mixture onto wax-paper lined cookie sheets. Also, I've noticed that if I use baking/cooling racks, these tend to cool and set a little more rapidly. So, if you're like me and can't wait ... I've never had a soft batch. They're definitely one of my all-time favorites. Not to mention the favorites of any guests and all of my neices and nephews!

A little addition to the timing debate--I still have my mother's recipe from 30 years ago and it stresses that you need to bring this recipe to a ROLLING BOIL and then time your minute. If you begin timing when the recipe "just boils" you won't get the same texture or set. Once you hit a full, rolling boil, time for one minute. It's never failed me. There are a few variations on this recipe, but this one is probably my favorite. I prefer the texture you get when you add the peanut butter after removing from heat as opposed to boiling it with the sugar, etc. I also prefer the cocoa added in the beginning, but other good recipes call for it at the end. Different strokes!



answers from Grand Rapids on

One of my fav's is Peppermint bark.
Melt some white chocolate in the microwave, smash up some peppermint candies, if you can get the peppermint puffs (the softer ones) mix together, pour on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper, let cool then break apart.



answers from Missoula on

Hi, J..
I have a recipe my mom & I used to make with Choc., PB, Oatmeal. It's a no bake & always a favorite when I have guests over this time of year. Just make sure to use whole milk & real butter or they won't turn out!!

2 Cups Sugar
2 TBS Cocoa
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
2 Cups Oatmeal (instant)
1 tsp Vanilla

Combine milk, butter, sugar, cocoa in a pot & cook over medium heat until rolling boil. Boil 2-3 mins. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, oatmeal & vanilla & spoon immediately onto wax paper. Let harden & serve!

Have fun!
Angi V



answers from Kalamazoo on

No Bake Cookies

4 ounces butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 to 4 tablespoons peanut butter, optional
3 cups oats, quick or old-fashioned
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place chocolate chips, peanut butter (if used), oats, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Combine the margarine, milk, and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute. Combine the hot mixture with the oatmeal and chocolate chip mixture; stir well. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on waxed paper and chill.

There are other variations of this recipe on the internet. Happy Holidays!



answers from Appleton on

Here are a couple of my favorites that I do with my children who are 5 and 20 months:

Peanut Butter Balls
2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
36 graham crackers crushed
Mix with your hands and form into 1 inch balls. Chill at least 3 hours and dip into melted chocolate and dry on wax paper. Makes 3-4 dozen.

EASY Oreo Truffles
1 pound package of oreo cookies
8oz cream cheese (soft)
8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips melted

Crush 5-6 oreo cookies into fine crumbs and set aside for later.

Crush remaining cookies and add cream cheese until well blended. Form into 1 inch balls. Dip into melted chocolate and place on wax paper. Sprinkle with the crumbs we set aside and chill for 1 hour.

Enjoy....these are simple receipes that I have even done with my daycare kids so you know they are easy!!!
S. - Wisconsin



answers from Salt Lake City on

This is a good thing you posted this, because I found this awesome site. It has a whole heap load of recipes for candy, and all other kinds of yummo things!!

Here it is:

SOOO yummy!! My friend got some recipes off of their for their family Christmas making, and she showed us pictures and they turned awesome!!

Merry Christmas!



answers from Iowa City on

how about popcorn balls? recipes are on-line.

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