Frugal Christmas Candy Recipe!

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Homemade Skor Bars

I picked up this recipe a couple of years ago and it has become a Christmas tradition to make it every year since. It is super easy and cheap!  My son has been requesting this for weeks already! Have you ever tried this recipe before?

Frugal Christmas Candy Recipe:

Ingredients

Saltine Crackers
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
2 Sticks of Butter (1 cup)
2 Bags of Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place a layer saltines onto a cookie sheet.

Then put 2 sticks of butter and a cup of Brown sugar into a sauce pan and melt, stirring continuously.  Once the sugar has completely melted and the mixture has come to a slight boil pour it over the layer of saltines and carefully spread evenly.

Place into oven and bake for about 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and pour 2 bags of chocolate chips over tops evenly.  Once the chips begin to melt you can carefully spread them to make sure to cover the entire pan.

Place cookie sheet into the fridge and allow to cool completely before cutting up into bite size pieces.

M&M’s Cookie Recipe

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M&M Cookies 2

These classic M&M Cookies are a must have during the holidays, and they are super easy to make.

INGREDIENTS (Makes 24 cookies)M&M cookies 1

1 cup M&M’s
2 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup softened Butter
1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cream butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar.
Add vanilla and eggs.
Mix flour, baking powder and salt.
Combine dry ingredient mixture into wet ingredient mixture.
Gently fold in M&M’s.

M&M cookies

Place approx tablespoon size drops of mixture onto cookie sheet.
Bake about 10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
Cool on wire rack.

Once they have cooled you can place them on a nice platter for a beautiful dessert display or package them up to give away for gifts to visitors or neighbors.

M&M Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert/Snack
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Serves: 24
 
1 cup M&M’s 2 cup Flour 1 tsp Baking Soda ½ tsp Salt ½ cup softened Butter ½ cup Shortening ½ cup sugar ¾ cup Brown Sugar 2 tsp Vanilla 2 Eggs
Ingredients
  • 1 cup M&M’s
  • 2 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup softened Butter
  • ½ cup Shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs.
  5. Mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Combine dry ingredient mixture into wet ingredient mixture.
  7. Gently fold in M&M's.
  8. Place approx tablespoon size drops of mixture onto cookie sheet.
  9. Bake about 10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  10. Cool on wire rack.

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Maraschino Mice Recipe

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cherry mice

These adorable Maraschino Mice are fairly easy to make and could be just the perfect thing for your kiddos to to make during their vacation home from school.

INGREDIENTS

12 drained Maraschino Cherries with stems
12 Hersheys Kisses
1/2 cup Light Cocoa Candy Melts
1/8 cup White Candy Melts
24 Almond slices

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DIRECTIONS

Heat Light Cocoa Candy Chips in small bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
Hold cherry by stem and dip in chocolate making sure to get complete coverage
Place bottom of cherry against bottom of Hershey Kiss and place on wax paper.

cherry mice 2

Gently insert 2 Almond slices between the cherry and the kiss to create ears.
Allow to cool and set and refrigerator for 5 minutes.
Heat White Candy Chips in small bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
Using toothpick, gather up small bit of melted white chocolate and paint on each eye.
Allow chocolate to set.

Maraschino Mice Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 12 drained Maraschino Cherries with stems
  • 12 Hersheys Kisses
  • ½ cup Light Cocoa Candy Melts
  • ⅛ cup White Candy Melts
  • 24 Almond slices
Instructions
  1. Heat Light Cocoa Candy Chips in small bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
  2. Hold cherry by stem and dip in chocolate making sure to get complete coverage
  3. Place bottom of cherry against bottom of Hershey Kiss and place on wax paper.
  4. Gently insert 2 Almond slices between the cherry and the kiss to create ears.
  5. Allow to cool and set and refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  6. Heat White Candy Chips in small bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
  7. Using toothpick, gather up small bit of melted white chocolate and paint on each eye.
  8. Allow chocolate to set.

 

All Natural Health Booster Gummies

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Healthy Kids



I have never met a kid that didn’t like fruit snacks or gummy candies.

A couple years ago I began making my own homemade gummy candies which were a hit since I had stopped buying fruit snacks.29082289_sI experimented with several different juices, then began adding in some ingredients that I knew would help support proper immune systems functions.

That meant I could make candy that helped keep the ickies away.

It’s easy to do, and I suggest that you do some of your own experimenting until you find the perfect All Natural Health Boosters recipe that works for you.

3042I decided to add some NingXia Red juice and Young Living Essential Oils to help support a healthy immune system.

NingXia Red® is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. NingXia Wolfberries have been cherished for centuries for its health, energy, and longevity benefits. Whole Ningxia wolfberries and other nutrient-dense fruit juices make NingXia Red the perfect choice for optimizing wellness and stepping up to a whole new level of health.

I believe that it becomes very difficult to get sick when your immune system is functioning exactly as it should be.

5088505_sNingXia Red Health Boosting Gummies

1/4 cup juice (any kind, we loved cherry juice)
1/4 cup NingXia Red
1 1/4 envelope gelatin
3-6 drops Young Living Orange Oil
(I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils when using in food.)
1 1/2 TBSP Honey
Candy Mold

  1. Add juice and gelatin to a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir juice & gelatin on low heat until gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Stir in NingXia Red, honey and essential oil. I recommend starting with one drop and adding more if you like.
  4. Pour into molds and allow to cool completely.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: It’s easy to tell if a specific Young Living Oil is safe for food.  Just check the side of your oil bottle for the proper usage.  If there is a dietary section, it means you can use it in food products.

All Natural Health Booster Gummies
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup juice (any kind, we loved cherry juice)
  • ¼ cup NingXia Red
  • 1¼ envelope gelatin
  • 3-6 drops Young Living Orange Oil (I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils when using in food.)
  • 1½ TBSP Honey
  • Candy Mold
Instructions
  1. Add juice and gelatin to a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir juice & gelatin on low heat until gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Stir in NingXia Red, honey and essential oil. I recommend starting with one drop and adding more if you like.
  4. up to 6 drops of essential oil. Pour into molds and allow to cool completely.

 

Candy Cane Cupcakes

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peppermint cupcakes



These Candy Cane Cupcakes are sure to be a show stopper at your next holiday party, and they couldn’t be easier to make!!

peppermint cupcakes 2

Serve these up with some hot chocolate for you little ones this month and allow them to use the candy cane stick to stir in their hot chocolate for a mint chocolate treat to go with their Candy Cane Cupcakes!

peppermint cupcake 4

INGREDIENTS

1 box Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
24 small candy canes
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup crushed starlight mints or candy canes

peppermint 5

 

DIRECTIONS

Make cupcakes according to directions.
Let cool.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and add vanilla.
Mix in the sugar one cup at a time.
Beat in the milk mixing until fluffy.
Tranfer icing to the corner of large size zipper bag, try to minimalize trapped air and close. Clip a small piece off the corner to pipe.
Ice the top of the cupcake.
Sprinkle top with crushed mints.
Stick a candy cane in the top of each.

peppermint cupcake 1

Candy Cane Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Water
  • ⅓ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 24 small candy canes
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup crushed starlight mints or candy canes
Instructions
  1. Make cupcakes according to directions.
  2. Let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and add vanilla.
  4. Mix in the sugar one cup at a time.
  5. Beat in the milk mixing until fluffy.
  6. Tranfer icing to the corner of large size zipper bag, try to minimalize trapped air and close. Clip a small piece off the corner to pipe.
  7. Ice the top of the cupcake.
  8. Sprinkle top with crushed mints.
  9. Stick a candy cane in the top of each.

 

Oreo Strawberry Santa Hats

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Strawberry Santa Hats

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit, and the best way I know how to is by making special treats that only come around during the holidays.

These Oreo Strawberry Santa Hats are so simple to make.

They make a fun and easy cooking activity for kids of all ages.

santa hats ingredients

INGREDIENTS
1 lb Strawberries
About 12 Oreo Cookies
1/2 cup softened Butter
1 tbsp Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 cup Powdered Sugar

Oreo Santa Hats Process

DIRECTIONS
Wash and remove hulls from strawberries and place on paper towel to dry.
After drying place in freezer for 30 minutes until firm.
Cream butter in a medium bowl
Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency.

frosting

Transfer to piping bag or zippered bag and clip corner to pipe.
Pipe a cirle on top of the Oreo to hold strawberry in place and to make “fur” ring.
Gently press strawberry into icing.
Pipe a fur ball on the tip of the strawberry.

Take a look at some of my other popular Holiday recipes for inspiration.

The first one is my most recent holiday recipe to try and I was beyond pleased with the results.

In fact, if we see each other during the holidays this year it is very likely you will receive some of these from me.

Essential Oil Creamy Mints

 

Creamy Peppermints

Crock Pot Spiral Sliced Glazed Ham

Cordial Cherry Cupcakes

Magic Reindeer Food

Frugal Christmas Candy

Peppermint Bark

Marachino Mice