If you've waited until the last minute and are out of gift ideas - how about giving the gift of food? More importantly... sweets!!
That's the best kind, right?? If this is an idea that might work for you, keep reading! I'm going to tell you How to Make an Easy Christmas Candy Tray!
PS - this is also an easy way to make some money around Christmas if you like to do this sort of thing! The cookies & candies I'm going to list here are mostly easy and affordable and sell like crazy!!
You'll just have to go shopping and invest some time and love 🙂
Here's the first tray that I made....
I waited until sort of last minute to work on the tray so I had to come up with some goodies I could make in a hurry! I settled on White-Chocolate Dipped Oreos, Peppermint Bark, Chocolate Peanut Clusters, Pecan Pralines and Decorated Sugar Cookies (they actually do not come together in a hurry but I had extras from another order the same day).
Then I made this tray the another day:
...doesn't that look yummy? Same things without the cookies! Anywho... I made a batch of each of these and dipped the Oreos all in around 2 hours. I also made some dipped Nutter Butters for another event.
If you make large batches, you could put several trays together for gift-giving!
And one more...
Here's what I used to make my trays:
- 9x13 Aluminum Pans with Lids. You can get these for a dollar or two in any dollar store, Walmart, or even grocery stores. You could also use the candy tins or plastic bowls they sell this time of year - they're quite festive and inexpensive. I opted for the larger pan so I could get more goodies into them!
- Wax Paper or Parchment Paper to line the pan - it just makes it look nicer.
- A pretty bow or ribbon to put on top!
- And then the candy... I choose to do a variety of 4 or 5 cookies & candies for each tray I've done. You could do more or less depending on how much time you have, how much you want to spend (recipes with pecans cost more, for example), or what your customers or recipients like!
SO, I've rounded up some recipes here on my blog that are not difficult, mostly inexpensive (except for the pecans) and YUMMY (most important!!), plus a couple of other ideas that are a little more work but still fantastic!
With the exception of the marshmallow dips, they would all work beautifully in a candy tray and actually, you could do the marshmallows without the stick and they'd work too!
Here you go:
Chocolate Peanut Clusters - these don't have to be "dark" - use milk chocolate or semi-sweet!
Fresh Baked Cookies - Sugar Cookies or White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies or the Easy Chocolate Crackle Cookies or the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies or these Oatmeal Pecan Cookies.... the sky is the limit - any cookie you like to bake that is no-fuss!
Okay - now for a few other ideas - not as convenient to pack into a tray, but easy nonetheless and you could make them work!
Christmas Crunch - this one might not be so easy to put into a tray, but you could put it into small sandwich bags to give as classroom gifts, teacher gifts, or sell them by the dozen!
Giant Dipped Pretzel Sticks - these were dipped for Valentines, but use Christmas Sprinkles instead and you can have them ready in no-time and they're festive and yummy!
Do you have any questions? Other ideas? I'd love to hear them! You can truly make a candy & cookie tray as simple or as fancy as you like but I can guarantee you... whoever you give it to will love it!!
You can pin this image to save the idea for later...