Christmas is in a month, which means ‘Tis the Season’ for holiday joy and sweets. This is true even with the pandemic being around this Christmas. Nothing spreads joy and love like making holiday sweets for family and friends. When I think of holiday treats, the main sweets that come to mind are Christmas Cookies, Candy Canes, and Gingerbread Men. When asking college students, “What are some of your favorite Christmas treats?”, some responses were “Peppermint Bark“, “Christmas Cookies“, “Candy Canes” and “Fruit Cake“. Yet, today I’m here to give recipes for the not so traditional sweets that are cute, simple, creative, small, and delicious. Here are some recipes for these awesome sweets to share. 

Pretzel M&M Hugs (Christmas Style)

Starting with the simplest to make, these sweet yet salty treats are only made with three ingredients! They are small and can be packaged in individual bags to give to others! 

Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs! Source: Eva Webb

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Grab a metal tray and lay out the square pretzels.
  3. Grab the Hershey Kisses and put them on top of each square pretzel.
  4. Put the tray in the oven. Leave it for 4-6 minutes or until the chocolate has a shine and is soft (but not melting!)
  5. Take the tray out of the oven and quickly put the M&M’s in the center of the Hershey Kiss and push down (not too hard). 
  6. Put the tray in the refrigerator for about 5-15 minutes.
  7. Take the tray out of the refrigerator when the time is up. Make sure they are completely cooled down before packing them in little bags.

Sugar Cookie Truffles

Do you have extra sugar cookies left over? This treat is perfect for turning those leftover cookies into small snacks you can pop in your mouth. 

Sugar Cookie Truffles dipped in white chocolate with chocolate drizzle.
Source: Pxfuel

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Put parchment or freezer paper on the baking sheet
  2. Blend the sugar cookies in a blender until the crumbs are tiny.
  3. Add in the cream cheese and vanilla extract, and pulse the blender until it is all combined.
  4. Then use a small spoon to scoop up the dough and roll them into balls. Next, place the rolled dough on the baking sheet you retrieve from the freezer.
  5. After you have the desired amount of truffles, put the tray into the freezer again for around 20 minutes, or until firm.
  6. When the waiting time for the dough to harden is almost up, melt the chocolate in a bowl (microwavable) for about 1 minute. Then stir until there are no chunks and melt for an additional 15-30 seconds if needed.
  7. After the time is up, take the tray out of the freezer. Place each truffle on a fork gently and dip it into the chocolate. Pick it up and let all the extra chocolate drip off the truffle. Then grab a toothpick, and stick it into the side of the truffle to assist in getting it off the fork. Next, lay the truffle on the tray. Add sprinkles if desired.
  8. Finally, put the tray into the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens and is ready to be served.

Santa Oreos

This cute Santa cookie puts a spin on those boring Golden Oreos and turns them into everyone’s favorite big red jolly guy. If you’re into very sugary treats, this is perfect for you. If you made the “Pretzel M&M Hugs”, then you can use the leftover M&M’s for this dessert. In addition, you can use the remainder of the marshmallows for hot cocoa.   

Don’t feel like making them Santa themed? Just cover them in chocolate! Source: Wikimedia Commons

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Heat up the red and white candy melts in the microwave separately. (Follow the rules on the back of the packaging due to brands having different times. The amount of candy melts you microwave also depends on the amount of cookies you are making. About one package should be enough to make one dozen.)
  2. Then grab an Oreo cookie, dip the top ⅓ of the cookie in the red melts (or at the desirable angle). Next, put the cookie on wax paper. After you finish all the desired amount of cookies, wait until the cookies dry and set. 
  3. Repeating step 2 only with the white melts now, dip the bottom ⅓ of the cookie in the white melts (or at the desirable angle). Put the cookie on the wax paper and wait for it to dry and set.
  4. Next, use the white icing to make a border of dots along the edge of the red chocolate coating (resembling the fur on Santa’s hat). Then add a dot of icing where you want Santa’s nose to be.
  5. If desired, add marshmallows on top of the white border of fur on Santa’s hat. Then put an M&M on the dot where Santa’s nose is supposed to be.
  6. For the final touches, use the black icing to create Santa’s eyes.

These treats are meant to show off your creative side and be easy to share with family and friends this holiday season. It is a cute idea to give to them out in little treat bags. If you enjoyed making Christmas sweets, check out “Out of the Box Thanksgiving Treat” for some treats to make during Thanksgiving.


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