20 Homemade Christmas Treats to Serve at Your Holiday Party

December 1, 2019

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

Candy Cane Cookies – Renana’s Kitchen

Candy Cane Cookies

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. 

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Holiday Scotcheroos

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.

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

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!

Gingerbread Doughnuts

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.

Strawberry Santas

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!

Peppermint Bark Ice Cream

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. 

Christmas Popcorn

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! 

Snowman Pretzels

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! 

Dairy-Free Shortbread Cookies

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.

Brownie Peppermint Cookies

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!

Reindeer Christmas Bark – The Country Chic Cottage

Christmas Bark with Reindeer

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.

Christmas Lights Cookies

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!

Christmas Candied Pecans

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. 

Peanut Butter Lumps of Coal

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.

Christmas Pretzel Treats

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! 

Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies

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. 

Peppermint Chocolate Oreos

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.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Christmas Dream Bars

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!

Vanilla Christmas Cupcakes

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!

North Pole Cupcakes

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!

Take a look at our other Christmas recipes

10 Comments

  • charlotte evans December 1, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I am just imagining dunking those candy cane biscuits in hot chocolate, absolutely lush! Going to have to try and make these this week! xx

  • Linda Hobbis December 1, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I love the look of these – especially peppermint bark ice cream. It’s just finding the time I struggle with. I’m not a natural baker. Wish I was!

  • Fashion and Frappes December 1, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Oh wow. This is a great list. And honestly, most of these look even better than store bought stuff – amazing!

  • Kira December 2, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Oh I absolutely love these ideas . The snowmen are so cute , I might do the candy canes with the girls after school 🙂

  • Nayna Kanabar December 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    These are so cute and delicious, I love the al, the ideas and hope to make some , they will make perfect gifting .

  • Rebecca Smith December 2, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Wow, so many delicious festive treats. I love the sound of the peppermint bark ice cream!

  • Jenni December 2, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Oh my goodness these look so amazing! I am going to have to give so many of these a go. The bark is super cute!

  • Kacie December 3, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    This little round-up has literally got me salivating! I’ll be wiping drool off my keyboard in a minute if I’m not careful. I love the idea of the Christmas popcorn! Might give that a go myself.

  • Melanie williams December 3, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    This is what I love about Christmas. It always provides opportunities to bake and enjoy with family and friends x

  • Cecilia Keinapel December 5, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Omg, this made me so hungry! I love these homemade Christmas treats, seems like they are not that hard to make! This made me want to bake with my mum and sister xx

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