For me, the Christmas season wouldn’t be the same without all the delicious holiday recipes. 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.
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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 at the Dollar Store and give this stuff away to friends and family. Plus, this one is fun and easy for the kids to help make. It’s hull-less, so it’s also friendly for toddlers.
Cream Cheese Igloo with Olive Penguins This season, create a cream cheese igloo (not only is it adorable, it’s pretty tasty!) and olives made to look like penguins to bring to your holiday party. The idea is so cute, nobody will want to be the first to dig in! A sprig of rosemary on the igloo makes it even more festive.
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Melted Snowman Cookies This fun holiday cookie recipe is pretty frugal, too. We used the Betty Crocker Cookie Mix to make the base of the cookie, but you can use any sugar cookie recipe. 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!
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 the perfect frugal copycat version of this holiday treat!
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 so “addictive” it can be hard to stop eating! It’s also 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. You can also put it in holiday treat bags or boxes to give to friends and neighbors.
Peppermint Bark Here’s another great treat to share with friends and neighbors. Peppermint Bark is easy and quick to make because it contains only two ingredients.
Red Velvet Cupcakes This recipe is based on the famous Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet Cupcakes that every New Yorker knows and loves. They taste just as good – but cost a lot less. With their bright red color, they’re perfect to serve as a holiday treat.
Rice Krispy Ornament Treats You can turn traditional Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treats into a cute holiday ornament using a Rolo candy and colored sprinkles for glimmer and shine. These look great on any holiday table and are great to bring to parties as well.
Chocolate-Dipped Oreos Whether you use chocolate, white chocolate, or mint flavored candy coating, dipped Oreos are a delicious treat and much more frugal to make at home than to purchase in-store.
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Edible Christmas Tree Cones This treat is an activity and dessert for kiddos all in one! Have the kids decorate their own Christmas trees using sugar ice cream cones – then eat them for dessert!
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Grands! Monkey Bread Recipe Monkey bread is easy to make at home when you use pre-made biscuit dough. Look at ALDI to get it at a fraction of the price of other supermarket brands. Try this delicious recipe for breakfast during winter break – or even on Christmas morning!
Chocolate Mint Pebbles Treats These chocolatey, minty treats are so easy and fun to make with the kids. Its’ another holiday recipe that doubles as an activity for kids, and is perfect for sharing with little friends!
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!
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.
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!
Easy Baked Brie It’s hard to believe that this baked brie recipe is so frugal, since it seems so upscale and elegant. With ingredients from ALDI I made it for under $5. Plus, since it has only four ingredients, it’s super-easy too!
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! A carrot nose and chocolate chips for eyes and buttons work well.
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Hot Caramel Apple Cider This simple recipe for homemade caramel apple cider is sure to warm up your day! Pack the cider insulated mugs and take on the go while you go out Christmas shopping!
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. Just like the mints, they are great as an after-dinner treat during the holiday season!
Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles If you’ve got kids that like to “snitch” the cookie dough when you’re baking, they’ll love these treats! They’re easy to make and don’t require baking.
Baked French Toast This is great to prepare ahead of time and serve the next morning for the entire family. It’s perfect if relatives are visiting from out of town!
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. Store in tiny Mason jars with decorate bows and give as gifts!
Mini Snickers Cheesecake Cups This recipe uses a cheesecake base topped with snickers and caramel sauce. They’re truly decadent! But, the holidays are the time to indulge, right?!
Rice Krispy Wreaths My mom used to make these Rice Krispy Wreath Treats when I was growing up. They’re basically just Rice Krispy treats with green food coloring added. Red M&Ms serve as the holly berries for the finishing touch. You can also choose to use Red Hot candies.
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French Toast Cupcakes This is a really simple recipe, and is a great way to use up stale bread. Besides, who says you can’t eat cupcakes in the morning?![French Toast Cupcakes]