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The weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday are filled with plenty of parties and get-togethers, so what are you going to bring the host? These six-ingredient-or-less candy recipes are the answer—an easy and impressive homemade gift. Plus, many of these candies keep for a few weeks; simply double the batch and store in the fridge for the next occasion to come around.

Classic candies like peppermint, peanut brittle, and fudge come together with only a few ingredients and only take a little bit of time and love to make. Check out these easy Christmas candy recipes, from quintessential Peppermint Patties to festive Christmas Chocolate Truffles.

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

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🎄HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT PATTIES🎄 . . 🎄Ingredients🎄 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon peppermint extract or more to taste 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups powdered sugar plus extra for sprinkling 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips 2 teaspoons shortening 1/2 cup holiday sprinkles . . 🎄Instructions🎄 Place the condensed milk, peppermint extract and vanilla extract in the bowl of a mixer. Add half of the powered sugar and beat with a mixer on low speed. Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar. Beat until a smooth dough forms. Sprinkle powdered sugar over a piece of parchment paper. Place the peppermint dough on the parchment and sprinkle powdered sugar over the top. Roll into a 1/2 inch thick circle. Using a 1 or 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles from the dough. If your dough does not cut easily, simply place it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up, then try again. Transfer the peppermint rounds to a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover and freeze for 10-15 minutes. ace the chocolate and shortening in a medium microwave safe bowl. Cook at 30 second intervals until melted, stirring occasionally. Using a fork, dip the patties one by one in the chocolate, then place on a piece of parchment. Add sprinkles immediately. Let cool until set, then serve. Store in the refrigerator. . . #teamchomp #beautifulcuisines #spoonfeed #sugarandclothloves #abmlifeissweet #abmfoodie #show_me_your_food #eeeeeats #instafood #tastingtable #thekitchn #mywilliamssonoma #foodwinewomen #bareaders #imsomartha #realsimple #onmyplate #foodblogeats #saveurmag #food52grams #mycommontable #inmykitchen #thenewhealthy #nourishingfood #feelgoodfood #colourfulfood #eatwelllivewell #nutritiousanddelicious #inthekitchen #easyrecipe

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Mint is so classically Christmas—its fresh and bright flavor cuts through the decadence of quality dark chocolate. If you’re looking to really punch up the holiday flair, add some red or green food coloring to the minty center. (And we’re not counting the sprinkles as an ingredient.) Get the Homemade Peppermint Patties recipe.

Microwave Caramels

Forget the cookies! These easy homemade caramels are exactly what Santa is looking for. Wrap these treats in waxed paper for easy storing and gifting. Get the Easy Microwave Caramels recipe.

Homemade Holiday Lollipops

Looking for a last-minute treat to fill up the stockings? These simple lollipops are made with just three ingredients: water, sugar, and a few sprinkles! The only specialty item you’re going to need is the lollipop stick, found at most craft stores. Get the Homemade Holiday Lollipops recipe.

Peanut Brittle

Peanut brittle may be old school, but it sure is delicious! This retro candy tastes even better when it comes out of your own kitchen—break off pieces and store in pretty gift tins for an easy present. Get the Peanut Brittle recipe.

Chocolate Reindeer Marshmallow Pops

Candy doesn’t have to be complicated. These marshmallow treats are made from three store-bought ingredients (plus some candy decorations); for an extra layer of delicious, follow this Chocolate Caramel Marshmallows recipe but decorate them like reindeer. Get the Chocolate Reindeer Marshmallow Pops recipe.

Candy Cane Meringue Kisses

Meringues are so sweet and satisfying, but they do take a little skill and a candy thermometer. These cloud-like candies are made from whipped meringue, ribboned with peppermint, and hardened in a warm oven until ready for packaging. Get the Candy Cane Meringues Kisses recipe.

Homemade Christmas Gumdrops

When’s the last time you had a gumdrop? Skip the store-bought and set out a bowl of homemade gummy treats. These candies get their texture from no-sugar-added applesauce and a little color from packaged Jell-O! Get the Homemade Christmas Gumdrops recipe.

2-Ingredient Christmas Fudge

Get creative with color combinations with this classic fudge recipe. These sugary treats use frosting and white chocolate melting candies to make the basic batter. Divide into three bowls, dye with food coloring, and layer as you wish! Get the 2-Ingredient Christmas Fudge recipe. (If you prefer chocolate, try our 6-ingredient Nutella Fudge recipe for something a bit less sweet.)

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

These come in under the six ingredient max if you don’t count the water, salt, and sugar. It might be fudging it a bit, but it’s worth it for these beautifully minty, fluffy marshmallows, perfect for cocoa. Get the Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows recipe.

Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees

These adorable treats have exactly zero baking or cooking time—ideal for getting the kids involved! Simply stack pre-made candies with sturdy royal icing to decorate these mini Christmas trees. Get the Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees recipe.

3-Ingredient Christmas Candies

This candy recipe could not be easier. Two mini candy canes touch to form a heart and are filled with delicious white chocolate! Garnish with festive sprinkles to jazz up the presentation. Get the 3-Ingredient Christmas Candies recipe.

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Oreo cookies are crushed and mixed with cream cheese to make the most delicious truffle filling ever. Simply dip the chilled balls into melted chocolate and garnish with crushed candy canes for a super simple treat. Get the Peppermint Oreo Truffles recipe. (Try our Oreo snowmen truffles too!)

Crock Pot Christmas Candy

Want to make a big batch of candy with as little effort as possible? Place peanuts, chocolate, and almond bark into your slow cooker, stir once, and then spoon it out onto parchment, sprinkle decorations on top, and let it cool. Get the Crock Pot Christmas Candy recipe.

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Cream Cheese Mints

These simple, melt-in-your-mouth mints are made from cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and peppermint extract. Add as much (or as little) food coloring as you like. Get the Cream Cheese Mints recipe.

Christmas Chocolate Truffles

These truffles require a little bit of cooking, but the decadent centers make it all worth it. Set the truffles into mini muffin liners and into small gift boxes for a thoughtful present idea. Get the Christmas Chocolate Truffles recipe.

For more holiday hacks, tips, tricks, and recipes, check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas and Holiday Entertaining Headquarters.

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