Every holiday season, we look forward to our favorite Christmas treats. With Santa’s arrival inevitable, it is always fun to flex those baking muscles and try something new each year.
What is wonderful about the yuletide season is the air of love, peace, and feeling merry and bright. Making your favorite Christmas treats and creating culinary gifts is a fun, meaningful way to say thank you or I love you to friends and family.
Many treats are quick and easy to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen to save time during the holiday season rush.
But if you love baking as much as I do, set aside a weekend and enjoy making these easy Christmas treats. Whether you have a naughty and nice list or not, everyone deserves some Christmas cheer this holiday season.
1. Peppermint Bark
Just as pumpkin spice screams fall and the Halloween season, peppermint is the flavor of the Christmas season. Peppermint bark is a fabulous fusion of semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, and crushed candy canes. It has a sweet, refreshing flavor that only chocolate and peppermint can create. This heavenly Christmas treat is always wonderful to enjoy during the holiday season.
2. Snowman Oreo Balls
These are the cutest little snowmen. Mint chocolate cookies are crushed and combined with cream cheese to form balls. Once dipped into white chocolate, the snowmen are assembled. These charming Christmas treats are a fun addition to any dessert tray with their show-stopping appearance. Sure to bring holiday cheer to your next gathering.
3. Sugar Cookie Bites
Traditional frosted sugar cookies get a unique twist in this joyful recipe. Sugar cookies are made into bite-sized morsels and then drizzled with frosting. Festive red and green sprinkles create a dashing appearance. These dainty cookies are fun, sweet treats and make wonderful gifts during the holiday season.
4. Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs
Among our favorite Christmas treats are these gorgeous, tasty bite-sized pretzel hugs. They are little culinary hugs to your palate. A sweet and salty treat, these take 3 ingredients and 15 minutes to make. This is a must-have recipe for a joyful holiday season.
5. Christmas Peppermint Patties
Deck the halls of your kitchen with this refreshing Christmas treat. These make wonderful additions to your cookie platters and culinary gifts. Easy to make, this scrumptious homemade peppermint patty recipe comes together in just 20 minutes and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
6. Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs
These hot chocolate bombs are a happy, fun Christmas treat. These wonderful balls of goodness take 30 minutes to make and a few hours to chill. Once chilled, put your bomb in your mug, then pour hot milk over it. Watch it burst into a festive cup of hot cocoa. A cozy, exciting recipe that makes a great Christmas gift for kids and adults.
7. Eggnog Cookie Cups
The holiday season isn’t complete without these impressive cookie cups. This favorite Christmas treat is a unique blend of two preferred holiday treats; eggnog and sugar cookies. Use a mini muffin pan, bake sugar cookies, then top with an eggnog pudding. A flavorful, delicious holiday dessert that will please your little angels.
8. Fruitcake Cookies
Fruitcake cookies are a fun, delicious twist on the traditional fruitcake. You don’t have to be a fan of the old-school fruitcake to enjoy these festive cookies. They are their own special tasty treat. Even the Grinch will be feeling jolly after a fruitcake cookie.
9. Spritz Cookies
Holiday cookies come in many shapes and forms. These traditional spritz cookies are buttery, sweet, and oh-so-good. Even Santa can’t get enough of them. Simple to make in under 25 minutes, they are mouthwatering, marvelous morsels of goodness and Santa Claus approved.
10. Crockpot Candy
Christmas candy is a treat everyone enjoys during the holiday season. This is an easy recipe since your crockpot does the work for you. Also known as rocky road peanut clusters, these Christmas treats are a beautiful blend of sweet and salty. Peanuts, marshmallows, chocolate, and holiday sprinkles all make these a must-have treat.
11. Hot Chocolate Fudge
There is something about hot chocolate that feels cozy and soul-warming. Now you can enjoy the palate-pleasing warmth of hot chocolate in dainty pieces of fudge. With milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, mini marshmallows, and peppermint, this is a must-have recipe. These divine morsels of chocolate fudge are a favorite Christmas treat every holiday season.
12. Christmas Cherries
Cherries infused with alcohol and dipped in chocolate are the perfect party favors for your next holiday gathering. Cherries are soaked in vodka or bourbon overnight, then dipped in white chocolate and festive sanding sugar. These boozy cherries are a fun gift-wrapped treat that will have everyone feeling merry and bright.
13. Avalanche No Bake Cookies
Your little elves will jump for joy when you whip up a batch of these incredibly delicious cookies. The best part is that they take a whopping 10 minutes to make. Peanut butter, almond bark, dry roasted peanuts, Rice Krispies, and marshmallows combine to make out-of-this-world delicious cookies. As far as favorite Christmas treats go, this one may be at the top of Santa’s list.
14. Holiday Haystack Cookies
Not your average cookie, this easy recipe takes 3 ingredients and a microwave to make. A unique take on the holiday cookie, you have to give this recipe a try. White almond bark is melted and combined with chow mein noodles and M&Ms. Scooped into bite-sized haystacks and chilled, they are a fun blend of crunchy and sweet.
15. Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
Espresso beans covered in melted chocolate are an appetizing, sweet treat. Easy to make, they take 10 minutes to create and are great gifts for the coffee lover in your life. Also great for a light dessert or snack, these chocolate-covered espresso beans are always a good choice.
16. Santa Munch Popcorn
Grab a blanket, your favorite Christmas movie, and some Santa munch popcorn for a fun, festive night in. This irresistible Christmas treat is a pleasurable mix of popcorn, chocolate, white cake mix, and M&Ms. Sweet, salty, and chocolatey, it makes a great gift too.
17. Grinch Cookies
These are heart-warming, lovely Santa-approved cookies. Sugar cookies in the shape of hearts with red and green food coloring are festive, fun, and tasty. So good, they’ll make any grinch’s heart grow 3 sizes with just one bite.
18. Easy Reindeer Sugar Cookies
Super cute reindeer sugar cookies are fun and simple Christmas cookies. Just a few ingredients are needed to make these cute treats perfect for your cookie platter.
19. Brownie Christmas Trees
Boring brownies get a Christmas makeover in this adorable recipe. Brownies are baked in the shape of a Christmas tree and decorated with green frosting, sprinkles, and a candy cane. A wonderful, easy recipe to make with your little elves that are sure to be a favorite Christmas treat.
20. Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
If you love to bake during the holiday season (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), then you will love this exquisite recipe. These mouthwatering gingerbread cookies are coated in sugar and have exposed cracks giving them their crinkle look. They are full of sweet ginger flavor and have a chewy texture. They are the kind of cookies that taste as if grandma made them. Full of love and like a big hug.
21. Christmas Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispie treats are a favorite treat everyone loves. They get a festive makeover for the holiday season by adding red and green sprinkles and M&Ms. It is an easy recipe to make in 15 minutes, is Santa-approved, and your little elves will be joyful angels after eating them.
22. Reindeer Marshmallows
Stretch your creative muscles with this easy recipe. While these adorable reindeer marshmallows appear elf-made and came straight from Santa’s workshop, they are super simple to create. Marshmallows are dipped in chocolate and decorated with pretzels for antlers, red M&Ms for noses, and candy eyeballs. These stunning treats are a fun addition to any holiday table and will wow party guests.
23. Candy Can Cookies
In the realm of holiday cookies, these candy cane cookies are a delight. Buttery cookie dough has a hint of peppermint and is shaped into cute candy canes. Half the dough has red food coloring, so when they are assembled before baking, they appear like candy canes. A favorite Christmas treat, these cookies are merry and bright.
24. Christmas Snowball Cookies
Snowball cookies are a great holiday treat. These jolly treats are quick and easy to make with 6 ingredients. They are lovable little cookies that look like snowballs but taste like heaven. This recipe skips the nuts and includes M&Ms for an added crunch of sweetness. Leave these out for Santa, and there won’t be any left.
25. Christmas Light Cupcakes
The holiday season isn’t complete without an array of fun and charming Christmas treats. This cute cupcake recipe makes decadent chocolate cupcakes with a buttercream frosting. M&Ms decorated on top give them the look of Christmas lights. Adorable, delicious, and a favorite Christmas treat, these are great for bake sales, gifts, or to grace your holiday dessert table.
26. Christmas Toffee
One of the easiest Christmas treats to make, this is also to-die-for delicious. A beautiful blend of sweet and salty, it’s hard to not eat it all in one sitting. Saltine crackers are topped with vanilla caramel and chocolate. Once cooled, the toffee is cracked into pieces. This holiday season wouldn’t be complete without this amazing treat.
27. Reindeer Chow
Reindeer chow is divine creation and a great make-ahead treat option. Holiday baking can get overwhelming, so making this, then freezing allows you to have a fun Christmas treat at the ready. This easy recipe is a heavenly blend of Chex cereals, pretzels, peanut butter cups, and M&Ms. Kids love this festive blend, and it’s wonderful for holiday parties too.
28. Red Velvet Brownies
Red velvet brownies are what dreams are made of. These lavish brownies aren’t your ordinary brownie. Decadent, luscious, and exquisite, they are an impressive dessert. Topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting, they are the perfect Christmas treat. Add green and red sprinkles to level up the presentation, and this must-have dessert will be the hit of the holiday season.
29. Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
If you love eggnog, you will fall in love with these cheesecake bars. Three layers mean three times the eggnog. A vanilla eggnog cake is the base, followed by an eggnog cheesecake. Then this decadent dessert is topped with an eggnog-flavored glaze. They are a marvelous, merry Christmas treat to serve this holiday season.
30. Chocolate Kiss Cookies
Chocolate lovers will be jolly over these decadent, delightful cookies. Chocolate cookies are rolled in red and green sprinkles and topped with a chocolate kiss. They are rich, sublime cookies that are always a favorite Christmas treat.
Which one of these Christmas treats will you try first?
Festive Christmas Treats
- 1 8 ounce cream cheese softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 3 sugar cookies broken into small pieces
- Christmas sprinkles
- Using an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and eggnog until creamy.
- Stir in broken sugar cookies. Place in a serving dish and top with sprinkles.
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