Over the past few years, I’ve really focused on expanding my Christmas baking to include some candy making. The whole process of making homemade candies has always intrigued me, but I avoided it because I didn’t want to have to buy expensive ingredients or equipment.
Then one day, I stumbled across a recipe for a homemade candy that didn’t involve either of those things. So I began keeping my out for more recipes like that and I now have a fairly sizable collection of homemade candy recipes that can be made with our regular staples.
I really like this recipe because it’s so easy and versatile. The basic dough can be turned any color and it is so pliable it can be shaped into almost anything. It really dresses up a platter of Christmas cookies.
I personally find the candy almost a little too sweet, but the kids really enjoy it. So I tend to use it as more of a decorative element, but if you have a really strong sweet tooth, you might disagree.
Almond Candy Snowmen
- 6 oz. cream cheese
- 1 t. almond extract
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- Granulated sugar
1. Beat cream cheese and almond extract until smooth. Add powdered sugar in small batches, scraping the bowl often, until the dough is firm and not sticky. (Note – if you want to color dough, add the coloring at some point with the powdered sugar.)
2. Roll small pieces of dough in granulated sugar and form into desired shapes, press into candy molds or flatten with the tines of a fork to create discs.
3. Place formed candies on aluminum foil or parchment paper and allow to dry thoroughly, at least 1 hour. Store candies in the refrigerator.
For each snowman, roll 3 proportionately sized balls of dough and press together. Then roll in granulated sugar.