Best Maple Cashew Candy for Christmas

Best Christmas Maple Cashew Candy Recipe

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Maple filling coated in dark or white chocolate with chopped cashews for a sweet candy for gift giving or cookie trays.



1/4 cup marshmallow creme

2 tablespoons Land a Lakes butter

1/2 teaspoon maple extract or extract of choice

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips or Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate melting wafers

2 tablespoons shortening

1 cup chopped cashews or nut of choice

36– mini paper cup liners


  1. Line mini cupcake pan with paper cups. Set aside.
  2. Combine marshmallow creme and butter in microwave safe small bowl.  Microwave 40 seconds until melted.
  3. Stir in flavoring and powdered sugar until well mixed.
  4. On confectioner’s sugar dusted surface knead dough.  Using small ice cream scoop or teaspoon, roll dough into 1/2″ balls. Set aside on wax paper.
  5. In microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and shortening.  Microwave 50 seconds, stir, microwave again if needed until chips are melted.
  6. Place 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate into paper cups.  Add maple balls to all the cups.
  7. Mix chopped cashews or nuts to remaining chocolate.  Stir to blend.
  8. Spoon nut chocolate mixture over the filling.
  9. Set candies aside to set before serving.


  1. Store candies in air tight container up to 5 days using wax paper sheets to separate.
  2. Can divide recipe in half, coat half with white chocolate  the remaining with dark chocolate for variety.
  3. Do not use white chocolate chips for melting for they will not melt.
  4. Recipe inspired by Land a lakes, 2014 recipe.
  5. When melting chocolate make sure your container is dry, clean and water does not touch chocolate.  Water causes chocolate to seize up and you will have to through out and start over if chocolate gets wet.