12 Christmas Barks and Brittles to Bake All Season Long
Holiday baking is full of sentimental moments and nostalgic recipes. Some families bake the same chocolate chip cookie recipe for Santa every year. Others faithfully recreate the gorgeous white cake that graced that December’s cover of Southern Living. And plenty can’t imagine a holiday season without the slice-n-bake Christmas cookies from the grocery store (even the best Southern bakers are guilty of this, and we can relate). For decades, Christmas barks and brittles have been part of Southern holiday traditions, and it’s easy to see the allure of these simple desserts. Christmas barks and brittles are giftable, easy to make, and absolutely delicious. With as little as three or four ingredients and often no baking required, Christmas bark is attainable for even the most novice bakers, and it makes it a great dessert to create with the kids while they’re out of school. A few pieces of Christmas bark wrapped thoughtfully make for the cutest gifts, too. Since Christmas barks and brittles keep well, you can make several large batches and hold onto them until you need a last-minute teacher, neighbor, hostess, or drop-by guest gift throughout the season. If making Christmas bark with your family isn’t already part of your holiday schedule, this year should be the year you add it.
Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Bark
This Christmas classic is so simple to make for all your neighbors and friends this season.
Classic Peanut Brittle
Recipe: Classic Peanut Brittle
No Southerner has ever been unhappy to receive a tin of classic homemade peanut brittle around the holidays.
Recipe: Fruitcake Bark
Fruitcake and peppermint bark are both Southern holiday staples, so we combined the two for an original recipe that everyone on your list will love.
Salty-Sweet Nut Brittle
Recipe: Salty-Sweet Nut Brittle
This perfectly salty and sweet treat travels well, so you can bring some to every relative you visit on your Christmas road trip.
Recipe: Cracker Toffee
Would you believe this delicious snack starts with a sleeve of saltine crackers?
Southern Pecan Pralines
Recipe: Southern Pecan Pralines
One of the South’s most iconic candies, pecan pralines are easy to make, but be sure you have a candy thermometer for guaranteed success.
Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy
Recipe: Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy
With just four ingredients, this homemade candy manages to hit the just-right spot of salty and sweet.
Triple-Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters
This sweet treat is made in your slow cooker for total hands-off ease, and it makes about 60 clusters (60!), so no one on your Christmas list will get a skimpy portion.
Recipe: Pecan Toffee
Don’t waste your money on store-bought treats this Christmas. This recipe only takes four ingredients to make a homemade impression on your friends.
Recipe: Buttermilk-Pecan Pralines
This New Orleans favorite is always a must-bake during the holidays.
Mississippi Mud Medallions
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Medallions
These four-ingredient bites are an easy snack to make with the kids while they’re out of school this season.
Recipe: Pecan-Toffee Shortbread
A simple shortbread base separates this festive toffee recipe from its counterparts.