By Vicky McDonald

Let's be honest, most of us don't have the time to make a Pinterest-perfect Gingerbread house. I'd love to, but I am stressed just thinking about the construction of those cookie walls, and the sticky mess in the kitchen. Let's just say I'm still having flashbacks from previous Christmas baking projects. Instead, I will be keeping it simple this year, with easy festive treats that are kid-proof and won't have me reaching for the extra eggnog.

1. Candy Cane Marshmallows

Photo by Stasty

No real recipe required for this cute little treats. All you need are some large marshmallows, which you dip in melted chocolate and roll in crushed candy canes. Stick mini candy canes into the center of each marshmallow as a handle. Serve with cups of hot cocoa if you like and let the kids use the candy cane marshmallows as stirrers. It couldn't be easier.

2. Peppermint Bark

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Bonus item! If you are melting chocolate and crushing candy canes, you might as well make this amazingly easy bark. It also makes a terrific gift. Get more recipes for chocolate bark.

3. Mini Strawberry Santas

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

These festive strawberry treats are the cutest little Santas ever. They'll take you just minutes to make, and everyone will love eating them.

4. Reindeer Cookies

Photo by Ashleyschof

Oh, pretzels, where would we be without you? You taste great, and you also make cookies look like reindeers!

5. Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes

Turn ordinary cupcakes into reindeer cupcakes with just a few easy moves. Watch the video to see how it's done, and get more ideas for decorating Christmas cupcakes.

6. Grinch Kabobs

Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen

These fresh fruit treats are the perfect healthy snack for the little ones during the holidays. They're delicious served with a little chocolate sauce on the side.

7. Chocolate Pretzels

Photo by Melissa Goff

Pretzels, once again, you've saved Christmas. This easy recipe is so simple, the kids can help out. Just, *try* to resist eating them as you make them!

8. White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Photo by Christina

If you can melt chocolate, you can make these easy chocolate-dipped pretzels. The only hard part will be deciding how to decorate them. Before the chocolate hardens, you can top them with red and green sprinkles for a classic Christmas color scheme. To make these even easier, dip pretzel sticks about halfway into the melted chocolate and add sprinkles to make wands.

9. Christmas Cornflake Wreath Cookies

Photo by delish

Add a little green coloring to your cornflake treats, to make these mini Christmas wreaths with some red hot candy ornaments. You could also make these into one large wreath for an impressive, festive dessert.

10. Candy Cane Cocoa

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Let's wrap up all this Christmas cuteness with a warm and cozy cup of cocoa, topped with whipped cream and embellished with crushed candy cane.

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