One of the things I love the most about the holidays are all the sweets! I’m so excited to bake A Dozen Homemade Christmas Treats this year!
Why Make Homemade Christmas Treats?
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Christmas has always meant a full cookie jar. Yes, it’s a busy season and way easier to just buy store-bought Christmas cookies, but for me, it’s just something that we should create together – as a family!
I love how baking homemade Christmas treats is an activity that brings the whole family together. My daughter is in middle school, and would much rather hang out in her room and listen to music, but as soon as she smells one of her favorite cookie recipes baking, she runs out to join in the fun. Cookies are the great equalizer!
One of my most treasured Christmas gifts was a replica of the cookie book my Grandma and my Great-Aunt used to bake all the Christmas cookies of my childhood. My Great-Aunt surprised me with a copy for my first married Christmas. She wrote little notes, advice, and marked her favorite recipes. Now that she is no longer with us, I treasure it even more, and will pass it on down to my daughter eventually.
Homemade Christmas treats become a family legacy, of sorts!
Homemade Christmas Treats
There’s a common strand, threading all of my favorite Christmas memories from childhood to motherhood–being in the kitchen, with my hands in dough! Some of the coziest, and brightest memories I have involve baking yummy holiday creations with the people I love the most. Making Christmas treats is a bonding experience, for all ages!
- Nothing says Christmas like the sweet taste of mint! I can’t to try making this festive Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse, from Raspberri Cupcakes!
- Looking for a fun way to serve drinks at a Christmas party? Use large plastic ornaments as cups! Your kids will think it is so silly to drink from an ornament! When you are finished, rinse them out and use them in a ornament craft.
- Transform a punch bowl of eggnog into a Jolly Snowman with this idea from Better Homes and Gardens!
- These are a super easy gift for your child to make, and the finished product looks stunning! Push a peppermint stick into a marshmallow, then, dip it into white chocolate and add sprinkles! Gift your Marshmallow Stirrers with a jar of homemade hot cocoa mix. Check out the tutorial for the stirrers from Icing Designs.
Easy to Make Christmas Treats
Whether you are prepping road trip snacks for your holiday travels, or looking for healthy snacking options for your holiday gatherings, these Christmas treats are easy (and fun!) to make with your little kitchen helpers.
- Use strawberries to create a fun and healthy Christmas treat– Strawberry Santas!
- Nothing says the holidays like enjoy a glass of hot chocolate! Here are over 20 Different Ways to Make Hot Cocoa!
- Do you live in a place that is pretty warm at Christmastime? Bring the cold to you with this festive treat from Moms by Heart: Freeze Grapes on a Skewer for your kids to nibble on! You gotta love a yummy snack that’s also healthy, especially during the holidays!
- Are you on-the-go a lot during the holiday season? We are! Homemade Granola Bars are the perfect grab-and-go treat. Add some dried cranberry and orange rind, and you will also have a festive yet healthy holiday dish to set out for parties.
Homemade Christmas Treats for Gifts
Every year, one of my neighbors hands out plates of homemade Christmas cookies that she makes, and then wraps in a sweet, decorative way with her grandkids. Then, they pile all the plates into a wagon and go door-to-door handing them out to everyone in the neighborhood. It’s become such a tradition!
The best part about holiday gifts is that they don’t have to cost a lot! A thoughtful present, like homemade Christmas treats, in a cute tin, or paper plate, with colored cellophane, Saran Wrap, ribbon, and bows makes for a gift that is well-received and appreciated, by almost everyone!
- Do you have leftover candy corn from Halloween? Give them second life, transforming powdered sugar donuts into Donut Snowmen, with this sweet tutorial from I Sing in the Kitchen. This is a cute idea for a festive breakfast for school, or the office!
- Popcorn is great as a Christmas decoration! We like to string popcorn on our trees in the yard, as a winter snack for the birds. While popping a snack for the birds, set some to the side, and make a batch of Simply Scratch‘s White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn.
- Another super easy treat for your kids to make – Christmas Cookie Crunch. Thinly pour white chocolate onto a lined baking sheet, layer with cookies, bits of candy, etc. Pour more white chocolate over the cookies. Let it cool and break apart – gift as bark from the North Pole.
- I have yet to make my own marshmallows. Each year it is on our Christmas “Bucket List”. This year, we hope to try this recipe from Celiac Teen and make some Peppermint Marshmallows.
More Christmas Cookies and Treats
What is your favorite homemade Christmas treat? Comment below!