I think that Christmas is probably the time that we eat more treats than any other time of the year. Good thing that New Years is just around the corner with all of those new resolutions to diet! Anyway, for one last splurge before year end, you might want to try one of these exceptionally delicious recipes to delight your family or serve at one of your holiday parties. I think they are some of the best Christmas treats recipes out there for decadency and visual appeal.
No Christmas party or gathering is complete without a tantalizing treat table. To really entice your guests, make more than one of these fabulous choices. Not only do they taste fantastic, but they also will look pretty and festive on your table.
Christmas Treats Recipes
I have a couple of my own best Christmas recipes that I like to make over and over. My family’s all time favorite indulgent treat is fudge. Luckily, I found a recipe that is both delicious and an absolute no fail. I found the recipe in a newspaper about twenty years ago and have been using the same recipe ever since. It is called Fanny May Fudge.
Fanny May Fudge Recipe
This is a treat that I normally only indulge in over the holidays. Starting with Thanksgiving and on through New Years, this fudge recipe is always a hit. The texture and flavor reminds me of some of the fudge from Mackinaw Island. Oh, and that maybe is another time that I will partake in a little fudge. If we make a summer trip up to the island, then it is a must.
Since this fudge recipe is made up of both milk chocolate and dark chocolates, the flavor is amazing.
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup butter ( do not substitute margarine)
- 25 large marshmallows, cut up
- 13 oz. bag milk chocolate chips
- 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, cut up
- 1 cup nuts (optional)
1. Combine sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil two minutes (do not stir or touch the mixture in any other way while it boils); turn off heat. Leave saucepan on burner without the heat turned on.
2. Add cut up marshmallows and stir until melted. Add chocolate, one kind at a time, stirring rapidly until melted. Stir in nuts if desired.
3. Spread fudge evenly in a buttered 9 by 13 inch pan. Cut into squares after fudge has cooled completely. Freezes well.
Mrs. Fields Brownies Espresso Recipe
Another favorite comes from Mrs. Fields. Brownies espresso is such a rich and tasty treat – especially with a hot cup of coffee!
This is definitely my favorite brownie recipe to make at Christmas time. The chocolately goodness is enhanced with a little bit of expresso and sweet almond extract.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso or instant coffee granules
- 1 tablespoon boiling water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 oz. semisweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup salted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 by 8 inch baking pan.
- In a medium bowl combine flour and soda. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside.
- In a large bowl blend sugars with an electric mixer at medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste.
- Melt baking chocolate in a double boiler. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, dissolve espresso or coffee granules in boiling water.
- Add chocolate and coffee to sugar and butter; beat at medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla and extracts; beat until smooth.
- Scrape down sides of bowl. Add the flour mixture gradually and blend at low speed until just combined. Do not over mix. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into greased baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert on rack.
To make glaze: Melt together the chocolate and butter in a double boiler, stirring until smooth. Spread glaze over brownies and sprinkle with almonds. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Besides these two chocolately Christmas recipes, I also have what I considered to be the best Christmas recipe for sugar cookies. Check out my rolled sugar cookie recipe with a hint of almond flavoring.
More Of The Best Christmas Recipes That I Found
Fancy Almond Cookies
These pretty almond cookies by BHG will complement any cookie platter.
Frosting With Edible Ink
The frosting on these cookies from Sweetopia are super impressive. See how she used edible ink and frosting sheets to print out these fun designs.
Pretty Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are always a big hit and these are exceptionally pretty. Karas Party Ideas put together these almost too pretty to eat treats.
Festive Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Here is an easy one by, The Wicked Noodle, that your kids will be sure to love! They may even want to help you make these. It’s almost like a chocolate covered pretzel but in a fun and festive design.
Red And White Sugar Cookies
Finally, The Idea Room gives another fun idea for making sugar cookies.
Enjoy trying some of these Christmas treats recipes to eat yourself or give away as gifts!