Christmas Recipes: 25 Days of Holiday Treats

25 days of holiday christmas treats

For me, the season wouldn’t be the same without all the delicious holiday .  Whether you’re making some decadent chocolate, homemade Bailey’s Irish cream or cooking with the kids, you’re contributing to the magic of the season and creating wonderful memories.

Do you have a spectacular homemade Christmas treat idea or recipe to share? Email it to us at sydney (at) it along with instructions and a .jpg photo. If we use your frugal recipe or treat idea on our site, we’ll send you a copy of Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for Less!

christmas recipes kids caramel puffcornChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #1

Caramel Puffcorn Caramel Puffcorn tastes great any time of the year, but it lends itself well to the holidays.  Look for inexpensive treat boxes or holiday goody bags and give away to friends and family.  Plus, this one is fun and easy for the kids to help make.

[Caramel Puffcorn Recipe]


olive cream cheese igloo penguinsChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #2

Cream Cheese Igloo with Olive Penguins Create a cream cheese igloo (not only is it adorable, it’s pretty tasty!) and olives made to look like penguins.  This would be wonderful to bring to any holiday party – but the idea is so cute, nobody will want to be the first to dig in!

[Cream Cheese Igloo with Olive Penguins]


melted snowman cookies

Christmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #3

Melted Snowman Cookies This fun holiday recipe is pretty frugal, too.  We use the Betty Crocker Cookie Mix to make the base of the cookie, which we can usually find on sale and pair with a coupon to help save time and money.  The icing can be a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it these guys are SO CUTE.  They’re fun to share with neighbors! 

[Melted Snowman Cookies]

chocolate martini swirlChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #4

Copycat Recipe:  Godiva Chocolate Martini  Not all of our holiday recipes are for the kiddos.  Moms like to have an “adult” treat once in a while too!  Here’s the version of the chocolate martini served at Chicago’s Signature Room… only for a LOT less!  I promise you’ll love this.  Thanks to Susannah and Maggie for helping out with this one!

[Godiva Chocolate Martini]

 merry munchChristmas Recipes: Holiday Treat Idea #5 

Holiday “Merry Munch” Snack Mix  This treat can be made any time of the year, but it’s especially festive with red and green holiday M&Ms.  WARNING:  It’s hard to stop eating!  Perfect to bring to a holiday party because kids love it, and it’s easy to make.  Double the batch and you’re good to go.

[Holiday “Merry Munch” Snack Mix]


peppermint barkChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #6

Peppermint Bark  Another great treat to share with neighbors, Peppermint Bark is easy and quick to make because it contains only two ingredients.

[Holiday Peppermint Bark Recipe]



magnolia-bakery-red-velvet-cupcakeChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #7 

Red Velvet Cupcakes  This recipe is based on the famous Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet Cupcakes.  They taste just as good – but cost a lot less. With their bright red color, they’re perfect to serve as a holiday treat.

[Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe]


rice-krispy-ornamentsChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #8

Rice Krispy Ornament Treats  Turn traditional Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treats into a cute holiday ornament using a Rolo candy and colored sprinkles. These look great on any holiday table!

[How to Make Rice Krispy Ornament Treats]


Christmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #9

Chocolate-Dipped Oreos  Whether you use chocolate, white chocolate, or mint, dipped Oreos are a delicious treat and much more frugal to make at home.

[How to Make Chocolate-Covered Oreos]



Christmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #10

Edible Christmas Tree Cones  This treat is an activity and dessert in one! Have the kids decorate their own Christmas trees using sugar ice cream cones – then eat them for dessert!

[Edible Christmas Tree Cones]


Christmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #11

Grands! Monkey Bread Recipe  Monkey bread is easy to make at home when you use pre-made biscuit dough. Try this delicious recipe for breakfast during winter break – or even on Christmas morning!

[Grands! Monkey Bread Recipe]


Christmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #12

Chocolate Mint Pebbles Treats  These chocolatey, minty treats were so easy and fun to make with the kids.  Perfect for sharing with little friends!

[Chocolate Mint Pebbles Treats Recipe]

chocolate covered cherry christmas mouseChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #13

Chocolate-Covered Christmas Mice Chocolate-covered cherries, Hershey’s kisses, almond slices and Oreos come together to form these adorable little Christmas mice cookies.  They’re not only cute, they’re delicious, too!

[Chocolate-Covered Christmas Mice]


DIY gingerbread houseChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #14 

DIY Gingerbread House  Creating a faux gingerbread house with graham crackers costs well under $5 – and that’s for as many houses as you want to make!   Much less than the gingerbread house kits you see in the stores, plus each child in your household can make their own.

[DIY Gingerbread House]


Snowman PancakeChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #15 

Christmas Breakfast Recipe: Santa, Snowman & Reindeer Pancakes Santa and Reindeer pancakes are the perfect thing to make your preschooler on Christmas morning! Plus, kids will have fun “decorating” them with the whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate chips. YUM!

[Santa, Snowman & Reindeer Pancakes]


baked brieChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #16 

Easy Baked Brie  It’s hard to believe that this recipe is so frugal.  With ingredients from ALDI I made it for under $5.  Plus, since it has only four ingredients, it’s super-easy too!

[Baked Brie Recipe]


Christmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #17

Snowman Cheese Ball  Here’s another fun and easy recipe to make with the kiddos.  This snowman cheese ball is composed mainly of cream cheese and soft, grated cheese (such as Cheddar).  The decorations are up to you!

[Snowman Cheese Ball]


Homemade Caramel Apple Cider Recipe

Christmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #18

Hot Caramel Apple Cider  This simple recipe for homemade caramel apple cider is sure to warm up your day!  Pack in insulated mugs and take on the go.

[Hot Caramel Apple Cider]



andes cookiesChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #19

Andes Creme de Menthe Mint Cookies  These are a bit deceptive – they look a lot like regular chocolate chip cookies, but with the yummy and surprising flavor of Andes Creme de Menthe.

[Andes Creme de Menthe Mint Cookies]

cookie dough truffles chocolateChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #20

Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles  If you’ve got kids that like to “snitch” the cookie dough when you’re baking, they’ll love these!  Plus, they’re really easy to make.

[Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles]

baked french toast recipeChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #21

Baked French Toast  This is great to prepare ahead of time and serve the next morning for the entire family.  Great if relatives are visiting from out of town!

[Baked French Toast]



homemade bailey's irish cream gift ideaChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #22

Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream  Making Bailey’s is a fun project to make, and give out as gifts!  Be sure to do plenty of taste-testing as you go along to make it even more festive.

[ Bailey’s Irish Cream Recipe]



mini snickers cheesecakesChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #23

Mini Snickers Cheesecake Cups  This recipe uses a cheesecake base topped with snickers and caramel sauce.  Truly decadent!  But, the holidays are the time to indulge, right?!

[Mini Snickers Cheesecake Cups]


holiday wreaths rice krispyChristmas Recipes:  Holiday Treat Idea #24

Rice Krispy Wreaths  My mom used to make these Rice Krispy Wreath Treats when I was growing up.  They’re basically just Rice Krisphy treats with green food coloring added.  Red M&Ms serve as the holly berries for the finishing touch.

[Rice Krispy Wreaths]


Christmas Recipes:  25 Days of Holiday Treats #25 Coming Soon!


  1. Deidra says

    Is it just me or are other people not getting the recipe for the gingerbread houses? When I click on the links, it says “page not found”???


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