Every year families get together and have a baking extravaganza. And, I do mean an extravaganza! I look forward to this every year, spending either the day or week making these holiday staples. I typically end up with A LOT of leftovers allowing me to gift them to family members, friends, teachers, day care providers and our bus driver!
In case you’re overwhelmed, I have put together a nice mixture of goodies, some with only a few ingredients you can whip up in no time! I’m listing off 14 treats that made the cut this year, plus a peppermint plate to display them on. Enjoy!
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1. Peanut Butter Balls
These are a favorite in our house! My husband could eat his weight in these and let’s not kid, so could I! I love these because they have an added crunch with the Rice Krispie cereal. Add that finishing touch with crushed up peanuts, sprinkles or drizzle of chocolate.
2. Lemon Shortbread cookies
I once had a dear neighbor bring me a tin of lemon shortbread cookies after we moved into the neighborhood, and I’m pretty sure they didn’t even last a day! Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? These are simple, quick and delicious and only a few ingredients! I love Rosemary’s blog because she shares authentic Italian recipes that not only look beautiful but sound delicious. It will make you wish you had a seat at her dinner table! Here is her recipe for these amazing cookies.
3. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
These are so, so simple! They taste amazing, and you can decorate them in a variety of ways to add some variation in color to that cookie tin! Head over to Tastefully Eclectic for the recipe.
4. 5-Minute No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal cookies
These have been a classic for me growing up. They melt in your mouth and again SO easy! Can you see a theme here? 😉 I love easy, quick recipes. My boys will devour these if I leave them within their grasp. Head over to Sugar Apron for the recipe.
5. Peanut Brittle
A Christmas staple! These will add that special crunch of sweetness that will stand out from your typical cookie/fudge recipes. If you are a fan of Old Fashioned candies, you will want to make this homemade peanut brittle from Cincy Shopper.
6. Chocolate Peanut Clusters
Two ingredients, ya’ll! That’s it! Dry Roasted Peanuts and Chocolate bark and BAM! You have a quick and easy holiday treat! You can also add some mini marshmallows, crushed up pretzels, chocolate chips, sprinkles or even toffee to spruce it up! Check out the recipe over at Dinner At The Zoo.
7. Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge
You can’t go wrong when it comes to fudge during the holiday season. It is an essential! This is one of my favorite fudge recipes. The best part? 5 ingredients and a microwave is all you need! You can thank Chelsea from Chelsea’s Messy Apron for this recipe, because lets face it, we do not want to spend hours in the kitchen! These will surely impress! Check out the recipe.
8. Sugar Cookie Truffles
Only 4 ingredients, and you’ll have a sweet treat for the holidays! Jamielyn delivers a delicious melt in your mouth recipe over at I Heart Naptime.
9. Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
This recipe is a great gift for the caramel and chocolate lovers in your life. They are so festive with the sprinkles! You won’t be able to keep these around for very long. They are a crowd favorite over at Anna’s house. Get the recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet.
10. Homemade Turtles
I love candy turtles, even better homemade turtles! Growing up, I always asked for a package of these each Christmas! Get cooking with this recipe.
11. Peanut Butter Cup Pretzels
During the holiday season, you can purchase a bag of holiday pretzels (stockings, trees, stars, bells) for an added festive look. These will look great in a cellophane bag that is perfect for quick gifting! Check out the recipe from The Gunny Sack. Aren’t these cellophane bags fun for the holidays?
12. No Bake Coconut Snowball Bites
Now, aren’t these a great idea for that Holiday candy exchange you have fast approaching? These no-bake snowballs take 5 minutes to make and taste just like candy. Head over to For The Family for the recipe.
13. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
I am obsessed with these cookies! If you haven’t tried them, you need to! They are rich and light and oh so good! You can also spruce it up by adding mint extract. Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.
14. Oreo Dipped Snowflakes
What’s better than Oreo’s? Oh yes, Oreo’s dipped in chocolate of course! These are a must on my baking list. Head over to I Heart Naptime for the recipe.
Contributed by: Andrea
16. Need a way to package all of these yummy goodies for a gift?
Check out my favorite gift options here:
- Christmas White Snowflake Plastic Bags – Plastic party bags for Christmas goodies.
- Joyousa Christmas Treat Cookie Boxes – Vintage Christmas cookie boxes.
- Christmas Cookie Gift Boxes – Tree in Pickup – Adorable Christmas cookie boxes with trees in the back of a pickup.
- Christmas Tin Set – Set of two tins in the shape of Christmas Trees.
- Christmas Gift Tin Set – Set of four round tins.