Even people who don’t celebrate Christmas love desserts like gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies, and candy canes. Winter holidays are all about being with loved ones and celebrating the start of a new year, but having delicious treats at your holiday party gives your guests another thing to be thankful for!
These Christmas treats are easy and fun to make at home. You can even turn to make these snacks into a bonding experience with your family. No Christmas party is complete with just one treat, so pick a few to serve at a winter party!
Homemade Christmas treats
Instead of buying candy canes from a store, bake some cookies! Get the candy cane effect by breaking your dough in half and completely dying one-half red (or any other colour). Pair these yummy cookies with tea, hot chocolate, or coffee.
Scotcheroos are treats made with peanut butter, chocolate, butterscotch, and Rice Krispies cereal. This take on the classic recipe turns normal scotcheroos into Christmas trees! Use a light corn syrup to make these treats chewy and a little bit sweeter.
These cookies add Christmas colours to your serving tray, along with traditional Christmas flavours. Simply put, this is a recipe for vanilla and peppermint flavoured sugar cookies. It only takes 22 minutes to bake and prepare 30 cookies – that’s likely enough to give you leftovers!
Add a gluten-free dessert to your menu with gingerbread doughnuts! These doughnuts incorporate quite a few Christmas flavours, like nutmeg, ginger, and chocolate. Although each batch only yields 4 doughnuts, they only take 17 minutes to make, leaving you with enough time to make more if needed.
Whip up a gluten-free and dairy-free treat for your guests with allergy concerns. Santa’s face is made using marshmallows and chocolate chips, while his hat and body are made out of the strawberries. These snacks are healthy and adorable!
Make a crunchy, minty ice cream to enjoy by the fireplace! This recipe is “guilt-free,” leaving out dairy and added sugar. It also manages to remain vegan without using coconut milk.
Mix white chocolate, popcorn, candy melts, and M & M’s to create some festive finger food! It only takes 10 minutes to prepare this sweet treat, so whip some up to eat as you watch your favourite Christmas movie!
Use name-brand candies to create cute snowman pretzels! Fruit Roll-Ups make perfect scarves, while orange Starburst candies work great as carrot noses. Play around with different Fruit Roll-Up flavours to make things exciting!
Shortbread cookies are a holiday classic. Make them accessible to your dairy-free family members by using margarine instead of butter! The cookies will taste the same, but you’ll need to throw them in the freezer before serving because the margarine makes them softer than they otherwise would be.
These brownies don’t have any dairy, oil, or refined sugar in them. They do, however, contain peanut butter (or almond butter, if you prefer). Use candy canes as a garnish!
If you don’t have time to bake, bark is a great treat to serve at your holiday parties! Use pretzels and various candies to make reindeer faces on homemade chocolate bark.
Colourful Christmas lights are festive, and they’re also a staple of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. That means you can bake these for Halloween, too! You can either bake a batch of cookies or buy frosted sugar cookies from a store. Just use mini M & M’s to make the lights!
We’ve all heard of candied fruit, but have you ever tried candied nuts? The directions for this recipe are in metric measurements, so you’ll want to pull up a conversion calculator if you’re from the United States.
Have your kids been naughty or nice this year? Even the most well-behaved kids deserve coal in their stocking – the edible kind, that is! To make the lumps look more like coal, don’t form them into perfect balls.
These pretzels are so easy to make! Use a slow cooker to melt down the colourful candy, then dip your pretzels in the melted candy until they’re halfway covered. Add sprinkles, let them cool off, and then they’re ready to serve!
As the winter holidays come to an end, you might become sick of sugar cookies. Switch things up by making them with cream cheese! Using cream cheese as your main ingredient makes these cookies super soft.
Oreo cookies taste even better when they’re covered in chocolate! Use white chocolate melting wafers and peppermint extract to turn regular Double Stuffed Oreos into a seasonal delight. Use icing to draw Christmas designs on your cookies, like snowflakes and Christmas trees.
Whenever you’re making gluten-free snacks, make sure all of your ingredients are certified as gluten-free. Otherwise, you’re taking a chance that your recipe has some gluten in it. That’s why every ingredient in this recipe has brand recommendations to ensure that your dream bars are safe to eat!
If you don’t want to bake a whole batch of cupcakes, buy vanilla cupcakes with green frosting from the food store. The rest of this recipe will show you how to make the stars that go on top!
Use premade suckers that look like Santa to make these North Pole cupcakes! White glitter makes your icing look like snow to create an adorable Christmas scene.
Become everyone’s favourite party host by preparing some of these festive treats for your guests! Many of these treats are also suitable for classroom parties (just avoid the peanut butter recipes). Make this holiday season fun and memorable with snacks your guests will want to bring home with them!