Easy Cookies and Candies

Easy Cookies and Candies

If you tend to put off your holiday baking until the last minute or just don’t have much time for it this year, these recipes are for you! You can easily whip up any of the candies shared below in about 15 minutes or less. They’re perfect for nights when you’ve had to work late or need to finish some holiday shopping before finding your way to the kitchen.

Warm hearts and heat up the holidays with melt-in-your-mouth Spicy Chocolate Bark from our Test Kitchen. It sets up nicely when chilled, saving the peppery bite ‘til the very end. With just four ingredients, it makes an easy gift idea. Folks who like spicy foods may just put it at the top of their holiday wish lists!

Just three offbeat ingredients add up to one unique, lip-smacking, no-bake treat from Donna Brockett in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. These super-easy, sweet-and-salty Potato Chip Clusters make for merry munching during holiday trips or parties. “They travel well in containers without melting or getting soft,” Donna notes, making them an ideal hostess gift, too!

Sparkling Candy Swizzle Sticks were created by our Test Kitchen. You can serve these sweet sticks with tea, cider and hot chocolate or wrap them up as a last-minute gift from the kitchen.

"I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother’s cookbook collection along with all of her recipe notations," says Brandy LaFountain from Marion, Michigan. "This Mocha Nut Fudge earned high marks."

"A friend fixed these Peppermint Pretzel Dippers and gave them away in pretty canning jars," recalls Michelle Krzmarzick of Redondo Beach, California. "The combination of sweet, salty and peppermint is just right," she adds. Try dipping them in white candy coating and rolling them in crushed candy canes for variety.

"I found this Butterscotch Peanut Fudge recipe in a very old book in our school library," writes Peggy Key of Grant, Alabama. "It was written before microwaves, so I modified it to make a quick treat. The faculty and staff gave it rave reviews."

Pat Tubach rolls these soft Lemon Nut Balls in a crunchy coating of chopped pecans. "They are nice and easy for young children to help make," suggests the Manhahattan, Kansas reader.

These melt-in-your-mouth Tempting Truffles are sure to woo your true love…and anyone else who has a sweet tooth! Our Test Kitchen staff came up with the recipe for the silky smooth truffles.

From the January/February 2008 Issue of Simple & Delicious