Holiday food … yum!  So many wonderful foods adorn our tables this time of the year.  We could talk about green bean casseroles, sweet potatoes, banana pudding, cranberry salad, and on and on and on!  However, I’m going to share with you two no-fail candy recipes that always manage to get a smile from the receivers.  These recipes are so easy – they are perfect for beginning bakers!

Pecan Praline Morsels (courtesy Paula Deen and The Food Network)

2 cups whole pecans

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

4 tablespoons heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.  Spread into a square baking pan, sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until coating is dry and slightly crystallized, stirring once.  Remove from oven to cool and stir once more.  If not serving immediately, store in an airtight container.

Festive Fudge (courtesy of Eagle Brand)

3 cups (18 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Dash of salt

1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt.  Remove from heat; stir in nuts (optional) and vanilla.  Spread evenly into wax paper lined 8- or 9- inch square pan.  Chill for two hours, or until firm.  Turn fudge onto cutting board, peel off paper and cut into squares.  Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Other fudge flavors-

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Glazed Fudge:  Proceed as above but stir in 3/4 cup peanut butter chips in place of nuts.  Glaze: Melt 1/2 cup peanut butter chips with 1/2 cup whipping cream, stir until thick and smooth.  Spread over fudge.

Marshmallow Fudge:  Proceed as above but omit nuts and add 2 tablespoons butter to mixture; fold in 2 cups miniature marshmallows.