Holiday Candy


Parties this weekend.  Got some.  You?

Every year we head over to my aunts house for a lot of finger foods, silliness, present swapping, and ridiculous sweets.

Gotta love the sweets…but the silliness is a lot of fun, too.  I’d go even if there wasn’t a pile of food.  Luckily, I don’t have to face that.

This year, I can’t decide what to make.  Can NOT decide.

Fudge? Cookies?  Bark, chocolate covered everything?


Here are things I’ve made, or have looked at making, but honestly cannot choose.  What do YOU think?  One of these recipe, or, something else?  Got a link? I’d LOVE to see it!





Okay – what looks good?  Besides ALL of it??

Oh…one more thing.  Don’t forget to stop by here later today – I’ve got another Giveaway!


  1. The cookie dough dip looks good but so do the pecan pie bars. But I would make nut goodie bars, I don’t know if there is a recipe for them online, I got it from my MIL a number of years ago & it’s always a hit, very very rich & sweet.

    • doughmesstic says:

      Um, that’s a tease! You must email me the recipe!

      • As soon as I can type it up again I will email it. My copy is handwritten & greasy (I finally put it in a page protector) from when I first got it from my MIL 11 years ago. I think I’ve typed it up before but if so it’s stuck on the anchor that used to be our home computer. I really need to get stuff off those hard drives. Is the best email address for you susan@doughmesstic? I think that’s where I sent you my info because I won the giveaway.

  2. At our house, it’s not Christmas without the peanut butter fudge. But those pecan pie bars look delicious!

    • doughmesstic says:

      I leave the PB fudge to the aunts – but I’ll admit, those pecan bars DO look good. I may have to give it a whirl!

  3. Natalie Merkel says:

    Candy Cane Truffles or Homemade Peppermint Patties.

  4. Making caramels scares me a bit, but I think I will HAVE to try these bourbon ones. Yum!

    • doughmesstic says:

      Don’t be scared. Honestly, just bring it to 230-235, hold it there until it starts climbing again. it will probably boil at those temps for 5 minutes. Then just pull it off and pour. SO easy!

      • Thanks for the vote of confidence! I have a candy thermometer gathering dust in my gadget drawer, so I’ll have to pull it out and give it a whirl. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  5. The peppermint fudge and the peppermint patties loo AWESOME! Do you have a recipe for turtles?

    • doughmesstic says:

      Are you needing a turtle recipe? I am planning on making some next week – hope you can hang on for that long!

  6. I feel totally sugared out but all of these recipes still look so good! I can’t stop eating….

  7. Dawn @Kitchenrx says:

    Dang you, Doughmesstic, I think I gained 5 pounds just reading this post. The red stag carmels look fan-freaking-tastic… but I bet I make the cookie dough dip, because it looks easier.

    • doughmesstic says:

      Dawn – I am definitely making a version of that cookie dough dip. How can I NOT? Hope you have a great Christmas!

  8. I am just too busy this year to make the sweets like I normally do (and I am saving those caramel shortbread bites for when I DO have time), but I am going to find time to whip up that cookie dough dip this year, believe you me!

  9. I made the pecan pie bars for Thanksgiving and they were a hit with my family!! And they freeze well too! Truffles are my thing, but I Love, Love salted caramel candy, although I’ve never made it. I may try to make some……without the shortbread!

  10. These look amazing! I only made cookies this year, I’ll have to add candy to my list. Happy Holidays, Susan!

  11. I am reposting my comment over on this post in case you missed my comment. ;)
    Dear lord, are these caramels good! Thank you for encouraging me to try these! My first attempt failed spectacularly (note to self, when you run out of light corn syrup, dark is NOT a good substitute), but the second time around, with appropriate ingredients, these were straight from heaven!

    On a separate note, though…would margarine work in a pinch or must it be butter and only butter?

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