Do you love Christmas and Christmas treats? Making Christmas treats is one of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions. Lots and lots of treats, to be exact. Here are more than 40 easy and fun Christmas Treats that we can’t wait to make this holiday season.
Classic Christmas Treats
Isn’t it funny how sights, sounds, and tastes make up so much of those special holiday memories?
My great-aunt passed recently, and she was the major cookie maker in our family. With just a bite of one of her cookies, I am transported back to my childhood Christmases with her! We have found some easy recipes for favorite Christmas treats that I know that she would have loved.
1. Penguin Bites
Penguin Bites are made with a nutter butter of your choice for a special occasion. You can swap that out for sunflower seed butter if you are baking for someone with a nut allergy, too! Delightfule Made
2. Elf Rice Krispie Treats
Elf Rice Krispie Treats totally look like little elf hats, and they are so fun to make and make the most festive treats! From Totally The Bomb
3. Santa Nutter Butter Cookies
I don’t need to say any more, these are sweet, salty, and delicious! Loving this yummy recipe from Simplistically Living! What a cute addition to any cookie platter.
4. Christmas Crack
This Christmas Crack recipe, is such a Christmas classic and reminds us that it really is the most wonderful time of the year! So easy it is to make, too! From I Heart Naptime
5. Christmas Tree Brownies
6. Cookie Cutter Fudge Treat
Fudge Inside Cookie Cutters are the cutest way to gift fudge! I never would have thought to package them inside a cookie cutter. This has become one of my favorite things! From Betty Crocker‘s
7. Snowman Cookies
Snowman Cookies are so sweet! Complete with jaunty hats made from chocolate chips! From Taste of Home
8. Buck-Eye Brownie Cookies
Buck-Eye Brownie Cookies are the best mix of chocolate and peanut butter! I dare you to take this to cookie exchanges…stay safe! From Tastes of Lizzy T‘s
Kid-Friendly Christmas Treats
That’s kind of an oxymoron… kids love all Christmas treats, but these recipes in particular will leave visions of sugarplums dancing in their sweet little heads!
9. Cookie Butter
Cookie Butter is basically a spreadable cookie! You can use it to help decorate your gingerbread house, too! It makes an unexpected Christmas gift from the kitchen.
10. Holiday Mug Cake
My daughter loves helping me make Simplistically Living‘s Holiday Mug Cake. She gets a kick out of the fact that her cake is in a mug and it is one of the super easy treats in our list.
11. Pretzel Reindeer
Pretzel Reindeer, from Hungry Happenings, is a super chocolatey Christmas cookie recipe that’s easy to make! Perfect for your sweet tooth this Christmas.
12. Snowman’s Bark
The Decorated Cookie‘s Snowman Bark is a cute way to decorate your bark! It is like holiday sprinkles snowing around the festive bark snowmen.
13. Pretzel Log Cabins
Who wants to have a gingerbread house, when you can have a log cabin? Create Pretzel Log Cabins with this cool idea from Worth Pinning!
Christmas Treats and Traditions
Some of my favorite holiday memories have taken place in the kitchen, making Christmas treats with my family and friends. There is something that is so comforting about knowing that each year I will be making the same beloved recipes with my favorite humans. But, there is always room for new recipe ideas!
14. Angel Pretzel Pops
Angel Pretzel Pops are a cute crossover of a cookie and a pretzel! What a delicious Christmas idea!
15. Pecan Pie Cookies
Do you like pecan pie? Try Pecan Pie Cookies, from Spend With Pennies! They are even better! I love southern inspired delicious recipes.
16. Snowman Donut Pops
Snowman Donut Pops, from Mommy Musings, are quick and easy. The cutest idea for Christmas morning made with the most basic ingredients.
17. Stained Glass Cookies
Stained Glass Cookies are super fun to make. Try using jolly ranchers when you make them. This 2 ingredient holiday treat is great for last minute treat needs.
18. Marshmallow Top Hats
Transform a marshmallow into a top hat with this Marshmallow Top Hats idea from Inside Bru Crew Life!
Easy Christmas Treats
The best part of Christmas is the magic! I love how Christmas treats remind us of that. It’s magic in and of itself that flour and sugar can transform into delicious creations with a little work and love!
19. Star Studded Sugar Cookies
Star Studded Sugar Cookies are a tried and true recipe! You can’t go wrong with these sugar cookies!
20. Snowflake Cookies
Simplistically Living‘s Snowflake Cookies are so dainty and elegant. They are almost too pretty to eat!
21. Strawberry and Cream Santas
Leanne Bakes‘s Strawberry and Cream Santa’s are the easiest healthier version of a Christmas treat! What an easy no bake treat.
22. Snowman Truffles
Snowman Truffles, from The Girl Who Ate Everything, are such a cute way to decorate truffles!
Christmas Treat Ideas
Christmas treats are not only yummy, they can help set the atmosphere and make your table more festive!
23. Grinch Cupcakes
These Grinch Cupcakes, from Taste Made, are super easy and fun! Sure to ward off the Grinch from your Christmas party!
24. Reindeer Bites
Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons‘s Reindeer Bites are a fun change from Christmas sweets. They are made from hot dogs and biscuits!
25. Santa Topped Cheesecake Bites
Santa Topped Cheesecake Bites, from Cooking Classy, are super simple and a yummy tasty dessert.
26. Oreo Pops
Want something “fancy” and fun, but don’t have time? These Oreo Pops, from It’s Always Autumn, take seconds to make!
Christmas Treats For Kids
27. Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Just A Taste‘s Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting are gorgeous and easy! Just use green-dyed, melted white chocolate, and pretzels!
28. Elf Hat Cupcakes
Decorate your cupcakes with elf hats! Loving this Elf Hat Cupcake recipe, from Betty Crocker!
29. Grinch Snacks
Green apples just got a grin with Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons‘s Healthy Grinch Fruit Snack.
Christmas Treats DIY Your Family Will Treasure For Years To Come
30. Peppermint Bark Treat
This Peppermint Bark recipe from, Sally’s Baking Addiction, is a keeper! The layers in this bar are super tasty and bring on the candy canes!
31. Grinch Cookies
Grinch Cookies, from In Katrina’s Kitchen, are a new staple on our holiday cookie table!
32. Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees
Decorating a Christmas tree doesn’t get any better than these Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees, from Better Homes And Gardens!
33. Peppermint Stick Mice
How adorable are these Peppermint Stick Mice, from Sprinkle Bakes?
34. Peppermint Patties
Mom On Timeout‘s Peppermint Patties are easy to make, and addictive!
35. Chocolate Crackles
Make these fun rice crackles that are a chocolatey treat!
36. Ultimate Snow Treat
Make snow ice cream with this simple recipe…you will need some snow outside!
37. Harry Potter Treat
I think the tastes associated with butterbeer are perfect for the holidays. Be inspired by Harry Potter and whip up a batch of homemade butterbeer.
38. Cake Pops for Kids!
Alright, cake pops for anyone! Make these donut cake pops and add the colors of Christmas you want to celebrate.
39. Make Easy Fudge
Are you limited in time on your holiday treat making? Check out our microwave fudge recipe that is surprisingly delicious.
40. Add a Cup of Hot Chocolate!
This crockpot hot chocolate recipe is sure to please and can be added to any of the sweet holiday treats mentioned above.
How Do I Wrap Christmas Treats?
This is the fun part! Get creative!
The fun Fudge In A Cookie Cutter idea from above would look really sweet wrapped in decorated cellophane bags with ribbon or a bow.
You can also wrap little boxes with wrapping paper, gift treats in a cute mug! Use your imagination, just make sure they are properly sealed to maintain freshness. Christmas treats literally make the sweetest gifts! Perfect for teachers, staff/ co-worker gifts, and favor bags! My daughter and I love wrapping plates of goodies for our neighbors!
How Long Do Christmas Treats and Christmas Cookies Last?
It really depends on each recipe and the ingredients involved, but most Christmas cookies and candies last up to a couple of weeks if chilled, and even longer if they are frozen. Doughs that mostly consist of butter tend to taste the best up to a few days after making them, but they are still good for a couple of weeks.
The most important thing to do to keep your Christmas treats and Christmas cookies fresh longer is to package them properly. It is so worth it to invest in good quality airtight storage containers! You need to protect those goodies, after you put in all that hard work!
Video: Melted Ice Cream Playdough
While not edible, this playful treat is fun to make and play…make a batch of ice cream play dough!
More Christmas Treat Ideas from Kids Activities Blog
Which sweet holiday treats do you plan on making first? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear.