As the holidays approach, it’s time to start baking and cooking up the special treats that you only indulge in once a year. From the most traditional Christmas treats to fun new ideas that are perfect to make with kids young or old, you’re sure to find an awesome idea or two to make this year.
Start making the season merry and bright with some homemade snacks to give to the people you love and appreciate the most. ‘Tis the season!
Let’s get cooking so we can get snacking!
Homemade Gumdrops – Gumdrops aren’t exactly a popular Christmas treat anymore, but there’s no reason why we can’t bring them back! Make these and your kids will definitely have a new favorite snack!
Candy Cane Blossoms – This is a great take on the popular Peanut Butter Blossom cookie that substitutes sugar cookie dough, colored sugar, and peppermint chocolate kisses. The result is a really festive cookie that is as pretty as a picture!
Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees – Everyone loves Rice Krispie Treats, and they’re incredibly easy to work with, so you can form them into cones and add the candy decorations. A tray of these are sure to please!
Cornflake Christmas Wreaths – These are a classic holiday treat made with marshmallows and dyed cornflakes. The little groups of holly berries are made with cinnamon drops!
Chocolate Truffle Cocoa Spoons – A nice cup of cocoa really hits the spot on Christmas Eve. These delightful spoons are perfect for adding another chocolatey dash to a cup of cocoa.
Reindeer Cupcakes – These adorable cupcakes are perfect for any school holiday party, and they’re fun for the kids to help decorate!
Banana Snowman Sticks – This is a healthier take on Christmas goodies that you can feel good about packing in your kid’s lunchbox. Fresh fruit can be as sweet a treat as chocolate!
Gingerbread Men – Gingerbread Men are a classic cookie that your kids will love to decorate! This recipe is for a vegan, gluten free variety. They taste so good that you won’t miss the extra ingredients!
Grinch Kabobs – Another fresh treat utilizing green grapes, banana slices, strawberries and mini marshmallows to represent a Santa Hat adorned Grinch head! Another perfect party treat!
Grinch Pretzel Bites – This Grinchy treat is sure to please even picky eaters! The combination of sweet and salty is always a hit with party guests!
Peppermint Bark – Peppermint bark is another must-have traditional treat, but this recipe kicks it up a notch by casting the bark in beautiful snowflake molds. Such a pretty way to give peppermint bark as a gift!
Candy Cane Brownie Trifle – This is a very showy treat that you’ll love to serve at an adults only holiday party. Elegantly served in wine glasses, this is an incredible way to make an impression on your guests.
Frozen Yogurt Christmas Tree Pops – It isn’t cold everywhere at Christmastime. For those of us who live in hotter climates, a cold treat might be what hits the spot! These frozen yogurt trees are so easy to make, even for kids!
North Pole Dirt Cake Cones – These are awesome treats for kids (and adults!) that are anything but ordinary. Just look at those adorable edible penguins!
Reindeer PB & J – If you just want to make your child’s lunchbox a little more special, make them these super cute peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, with pretzels for antlers!
Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites – Another awesome bite size snack that is just perfect to serve at parties! These treats are more than just adorable; they’re the perfect way to get a bite of cheesecake without feeling guilty about eating a whole slice!
Melting Snowman Truffles – These snowmen might be melting, but they sure don’t look too unhappy about it! These are yummy little Oreo truffles that can be packed into gift bags for a homemade gift!
Snowman Marshmallows – These are a great treat to make with the kids! Have them build their very own candy-wearing snowmen out of marshmallows.
Pretzel Snowmen – Another take on pretzels, this time using them to create a frame for a smiling snowman figure! Add a fruit strip as a scarf and you’re all set!
Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites – You’d never guess that these yummy Christmas trees were made from whole strawberries covered in green frosting! So festive, and not too sweet!