15 Super Easy and Cute Christmas Treats

strawberries with whipped cream that look like Santa on a white plate
Photo: Allrecipes Magazine

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 extra eggnog.

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5-Ingredient Peppermint Bark

pieces of peppermint bark on a white plate
Kat G

This amazingly easy bark has the elegance of the store-bought stuff.

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Mini Strawberry Santas

strawberries with whipped cream that look like Santa on a white plate
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.

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Reindeer Cookies

reindeer cookies with pretzel antlers

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

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Grinch Kabobs

grapes, strawberries, bananas, and marshmallows threaded on toothpicks

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.

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Chocolate Pretzels

Square Pretzels
Melissa Goff

Pretzels save Christmas again. This recipe is so simple, the kids can help out. Just try to resist eating them all as you make them!

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White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

pretzels dipped in white chocolate and decorated with red and green christmas tree sprinkles

Let it snow with sweetness when you make these easy dipped pretzels. 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!

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Christmas Cornflake Wreath Cookies

miniature green rice Krispy wreaths with red hot candy ornaments
Photo by delish. delish

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

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Candy Cane Cocoa

hot chocolate with candy canes and whipped cream
Buckwheat Queen

Christmas cuteness in a warm and cozy cup of cocoa, topped with whipped cream and embellished with crushed candy cane.

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Holiday White Chocolate Popcorn

buttered popcorn with white chocolate pieces and peppermint bark

Popcorn is one of the greatest snacks ever made, so why not put it to use during the holidays? This is a very simple and delicious recipe.

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Candy Cane Cookies

Regular and dyed cookie dough twisted together to emulate a candy cane

A great peppermint flavored cookie that's Santa approved! A sweet, vibrantly colored twist on a traditional sugar cookie.

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Hard Rock Candy

hard red sugar candy sprawled on granite counter
Joni Newell

Spicy, cinnamon-flavored hard candy. Wrap pieces of it in decorative bags for perfect stocking stuffers. You can vary the flavor by substituting lemon, orange, anise, or other oils.

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Butter Snow Flakes

ridged sugar cookies with lilac and blue sprinkles
Doxies Rule

A wonderful Spritz cookie recipe with a touch of cinnamon— These are simple, elegant, and freezer-friendly for make-ahead holiday menus.

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Christmas Santa Cupcakes

frosted vanilla cupcakes with red sprinkles and circular candy flats made to resemble Santa Claus

Children love these easy-to-assemble cupcakes decorated as little Santas. Make the holidays special for the little ones by using candy appliqués to bring Santa Claus to life!

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Sugar Cookie Icing

iced mouse shaped cookies with assorted holiday decorative elements

A must-have in your holiday baking arsenal. This icing dries hard and shiny, while the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire.

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Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes

reindeer cupcake with cookie snout and pretzel antlers

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.

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