‘Tis the season to both be jolly and to start in on your holiday baking marathon, because let’s be realistic – you’ve got enough to worry about during this time of year to put this off for too long. Gift buying, family dinner planning, guests to host, decorations to put up…it’s hard to know where to fit in some time to figure out what sweet treats to tackle for the season! To get you all started, here are 7 creative holiday treat ideas to help you start brainstorming!
Candy Cane Christmas Tree Cupcakes – Bakerella
These beautiful Christmas tree cupcakes are perfect for those holiday parties with friends and family (or even the office). Bakerella is known for her creative dessert designs, and in her blog post on this delectable holiday treat, she details her entire decorative process. Protip: She recommends using a dense cupcake instead of something light and fluffy to help the trees stay in place.
Santa and Reindeer Truffles
I think these truffles are just adorable, and they couldn’t be easier to make! This classic chocolate truffle recipe will get you started, and once your truffles are chilled and ready to eat, decorating them with mini-pretzel antlers, chocolate chip eyes, and M&M noses will be a blast. Make sure to have one red-nosed reindeer mixed in there!
Santa Hat Cake Pops – Bakerella
Okay, okay. I’m a bit of a Bakerella fangirl. But who could resist wanting to make these Santa Hat cake pops? I think these would be especially tasty with devil’s food cake pops, and she explains how to shape the pops and decorate them using red and white candy melts in this blog post.
Santa Hat Brownies – Daisy’s World
Another food blog worth following is Daisy’s World - there’s always something delicious lurking there waiting to pounce on my waistline. These Santa Hat Brownies are simple and easy to make, and with that strawberry and vanilla-mascarpone buttercream, they’d be easy to eat too!
Nutter Butter Reindeer
These reindeer Nutter Butters are a very kid-friendly treat, and they’d be a lot of fun to make with the whole family! Simply use cookie icing or frosting to glue M&Ms and the pretzel antlers to Nutter Butters and you’re good to go. Your biggest challenge here will be to keep the kids from eating the cookies before the eyes, noses, and antlers make it on!
Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites – Erica’s Sweet Tooth
Erica’s Sweet Tooth is another great blog to follow for creative, sugary sweet treats, and when a dessert blog is run by a dental student (true story), you know it’s going to be full of some interesting concoctions. These Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites look amazing and taste delicious – if there was ever a treat to blow the socks off of everyone at the office holiday party, these would be it.
Cookie Cutter Fudge
Fudge is responsible for about 99% of my annual holiday weight gain, and thanks to this awesome idea from Betty Crocker on making the fudge using your Christmas cookie cutters to help set the fudge in Christmas-y shapes, I’m pretty sure it’ll still be responsible for those extra pounds once again this year. *sigh*
I hope you all enjoyed these creative holiday treats, and if you’ve got any of your own, we’d love to hear about them in the comments!