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The Ultimate Holiday Treats Guide

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Give a sweet gift this Christmas, from chocolates to macarons and more

Jane Bruce

Surprise the host or hostess with these great sweet gifts!

We’re all about presents — both big and small. But at the end of the day, it’s really the thought that counts, isn’t it?

From cookie swaps to ugly sweater bashes to Christmas Day itself, you’ll be in and out of parties for the next few weeks. Whether it is a friend, co-worker, or family member’s house you’re visiting, it’s always nice to bring a gift that has a little bit of thought put into it.

Along with a great bottle of wine, sweets and desserts are always an ideal gift to bring to any host or hostess — they can add it to their table and you’re not insulting them by bringing an unexpected dish.

This season brings us fantastic flavors — peppermint, cinnamon, caramel — all taking center stage in fabulous, Christmas-themed confections.

See what we conjured up in our 2012 Holiday Treats Guide.


You’ll want to add these to your holiday recipe repertoire.

In honor of the holiday season, we’ve gathered some of our favorite celebration-worthy recipes for you, your friends and family to enjoy. Whether you’re an avid home cook or have certain dishes you like to whip up from scratch, this page is one you’ll want to keep on hand.

Learn some of our favorite ways to serve show-stopping entrées like standing rib roast or lobster tails. Make unique soups, salads and sides, and tempt your guests with sweets that really take the cake. We even have drink recipes that are delicious with or without those Christmas spirits.

Don your favorite holiday apron—it’s time to eat, drink and be merry!


60 Classic Christmas Treats You Need to Make This Holiday Season

These festive sweets make for the perfect homemade food gifts, too.

'Tis the season for decorating, caroling and holiday gifting . and of course indulging in some classic Christmas treats. Whether you're craving a post-dinner Christmas dessert or you absolutely need a batch of classic Christmas cookies to start the season off right, there's nothing better than treating yourself to the holiday's most festive sweets. Lucky for you, we've got recipes galore for all of the best Christmas treats you could ever want!

From decadent Christmas cupcakes to delicious candy, fudge and more, these holiday treats make the perfect last-minute homemade food gift for all your friends and family &mdash and they're definitely Santa-approved and guaranteed to spread the holiday cheer, too. With that being said, we also wouldn't blame you if you keep these tasty Christmas treats for yourself &mdashespecially if you're planning to pair it with a Christmas martini or a warm, cozy mug of hot chocolate. Now the hardest part is just waiting to eat them until after the Christmas dinner .


What can you expect from the French&rsquos Green Bean Casserole Snack Mix?

Available for a limited time, the French&rsquos Green Bean Casserole Snack Mix brings that classic flavor to a more convenient, poppable format, no fork or plate required. It combines the classic French&rsquos Fried Onions with green beans and mushrooms.

Having being given an opportunity to try this new snack mix, it is even better than expected. While everyone knows, and loves, the fried onions, the green beans are really the star of this snack mix. The crunchy, crispy texture makes you go back bite after bite. The green bean seems to absorb that tangy flavor, which makes it totally irresistible.

French&rsquos Green Bean Casserole Snack Mix, photo provided by McCormick

Also, the mushrooms have a crisp texture, too. While there is a crunch in every bite, the textures are slightly different which lends itself grabbing handful after handful. And, since the ingredients are mostly vegetables, you do not feel that pesky &ldquog&rdquo word for eating an extra portion of the snack mix.

The only downside with this snack mix is that it is available for just a limited time. Although no one should overbuy any food item, it is totally acceptable to buy a few extra bags of this snack mix. And, maybe French&rsquos will keep the snack mix as a permanent offering at some point.

A bag of French&rsquos Green Bean Casserole Mix is available online for a price of $8.95.

What other classic holiday food would you like transformed into a snack mix? Could the entire Thanksgiving meal become a snack food?


12 Yummy Recipes for Four Ingredient Easy Christmas Treats

1. 4 ingredients and in the slow cooker – this crock pot candy is a great one to start with. I’m all about saving time and effort during the holiday season.

2. You can’t go wrong with oreo bites! See how easy they are here!

3. Gingerbread cheesecake bites. Two of my favorite ingredients right there!

4. These soft caramels are definitely going on my Christmas baking list this year!

5. One of my favorite four ingredient easy Christmas treats are these chocolate peanut butter pretzels.

6. Get those cookies ready to leave out for Santa with these Easy Peanut Butter Cookies! Santa will appreciate how delicious they are and you will love how quick and easy they are.

7. My kids love anything with cinnamon and sugar on top, so I’m thinking these cinnamon sugar snowflakes would be a hit here.

8. Take these homemade turtles to your next Christmas party. You’ll be the star of the party and everyone will be clamoring for one of these.

9. Nothing says Christmas time like these easy four-ingredient snowball cookies!

10. Try this rocky road fudge for a fun time with the kids.

11. These chocolate caramel cookies have a delicious surprise inside!

12. Easy Reese’s Fudge looks like an amazing party treat or a great treat to wrap up as a neighbor gift.

YUMMY! Just think how much time you will save by using these recipes for your Christmas Treats. Which ones will you bake up?

About Katie

Katie is a stay at home mom of 5, married to her best friend and enjoys attending the theater, being creative, spending time with her family, and eating Mexican food. She loves working at HowDoesShe!


Table of Contents

4th of July free eCookbooks

22 Easy 4th of July Dessert Recipes eCookbook - With summer here it&rsquos time to make the most of the season and the fun holidays that come with it. Fourth of July is the ultimate summer holiday and the perfect time to whip up some delicious treats for your family and friends. With this latest eCookbook, 22 Easy 4th of July Dessert Recipes, you can get ready for this patriotic holiday with some easy treats that are sure to get you into the spirit.

4th of July Recipe and Craft eBook We know you love to cook, but don't want to spend your holiday slaving over a hot stove. So we've put together a collection of our favorite 4th of July recipes. Plus, thanks to FaveCrafts, this eBook includes a number of free 4th of July craft projects as well.

Christmas free eCookbooks

Magical Holiday Cookie Recipes: 12 Easy Christmas Cookies - When the holiday season rolls around, you want to be well stocked with the best Christmas cookie recipes, so we've gathered a collection of delicious holiday cookie recipes from the recipe boxes of some of our favorite bloggers. In this free Christmas cookie recipe collection you'll find everything from traditional favorites to some unexpected yet totally delicious surprises. One thing's for sure: every single one of these twelve Christmas cookie recipes is sure to make your holiday season truly magical, so get out your baking ingredients and enjoy!

Mason Jar Recipes: 30 Holiday Ideas for Gifts in a Jar &mdash What better way to save some money this holiday season than giving heartfelt, homemade gifts? Gifts in a jar are fun to create, and you can get the whole family involved.

How To: 20 Christmas Gifts To Make and Christmas Dessert Recipes - Just in time for the holiday season, we've gathered some of the most festive holiday cookie recipes to make your Christmas celebration sweet and delicious. In How To: 20 Christmas Gifts to Make and Christmas Dessert Recipes eCookbook, you'll find a collection of some of our seasonal favorite cookie recipes that are perfect for gifts and sharing with friends and family.

12 Overnight Breakfast Casseroles for Christmas Morning eCookbook - Christmas can always be stressful, especially when the whole family's staying over. With everyone dashing to and fro, a large Christmas breakfast or brunch can be a challenge. The best way to feed the entire family at once and still add that oh-so-special homemade touch is with delicious breakfast casseroles. With our latest eCookbook, 12 Overnight Breakfast Casseroles for Christmas Morning, you&rsquoll have plenty of make-ahead casserole options to impress your family and friends.

23 Gingerbread House Designs and Recipes eCookbook and craft guide - RecipeLion has teamed up with FaveCrafts to bring you the ideal collection of 23 Gingerbread House Designs and Recipes. These gingerbread house recipes are a great way to celebrate the joys of Christmas with your loved ones. The projects in this collection make excellent Christmas hobbies for an artistic chef or baker. If you want to learn how to make a gingerbread house, this eBook full of gingerbread house designs is just for you!

17 Fabulous Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas eCookbook - Make planning your Christmas dinner menus easy with our latest eCookbook. With these 17 Fabulous Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas you&rsquoll find simple and delicious ideas for every course of your meal. Here at RecipeLion.com we&rsquore making it easy and stress free with Christmas dinner menu ideas to make your mouth water. In this free to download eCookbook we&rsquove compiled recipes for Christmas dinner which are sure to cover everything you need to complete an amazing Christmas dinner.

12 Wonderful Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas &mdash This collection of Christmas dinner ideas includes easy-to-follow recipes: from Christmas tree dishes, to Christmas side dish recipes and main course options. Your Christmas dinner menu will shine this year if you stick to our guide.

7 Family-Friendly Christmas Dessert Recipes &mdash It's never too early to start planning your Christmas dessert menu! Treats for Christmas can be delicious, decadent and, best of all, they can bring the whole family together. Here at RecipeLion, we know you're looking for children's Christmas dessert recipes that the whole family can enjoy. That's why we've compiled this 7 Family-Friendly Christmas Dessert Recipes eCookbook. These dishes will get you thinking of treats for Christmas &ndash you may even find a new family favorite. Recipes for Christmas have never looked so good!

50 Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes Free eCookbook Whether you are a fan of the classic decorated sugar cookie, or are looking for a new and unique Christmas cookie recipe, RecipeLion is here to help make your Christmas cookies spectacular.

Easter free eCookbooks

Easter Eggs: Easter Egg Designs, Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs and Egg Recipes Free eCookbook -- Do you know how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs or how to naturally dye Easter eggs? Get egg-stra prepared for Easter with this new free combination eCookbook from the editors of RecipeLion.com and FaveCrafts.com.

17 Excellent Easter Recipes Free eCookbook &mdash In terms of food holidays, Easter ranks up there with the biggies, for certain. That&rsquos why it made perfect sense for us to gather up our favorite Easter recipes into one collection for you, our Valued Reader! Some people relish a leisurely brunch for the holiday, while others are looking for the best ever Easter dinner recipes, and we&rsquove got it all here for you.

Halloween free eCookbooks

26 Unforgettable Halloween Party Recipes eCookbook - Halloween is filled with fun, food, and festivites. And the best part is that people of all ages enjoy celebrating this holiday. Whether you're throwing a Halloween party for children or adults, your guests will like these recipes. There are festive appetizers and snacks as well as sweet treats. Some will even let you show your crafty side!

15 Fun Halloween Recipes eCookbook Make lots of fun Halloween recipes using this free eCookbook. With recipes ranging from drinks to dessert, from gross recipes for Halloween to yummy Halloween treat recipes, there's something for everyone.

23 Spooky Halloween Recipe Ideas free eCookbook &mdash Fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner, which means parties and trick-or-treats. Time to break out your creative cooking skills. This collection of 23 spooky Halloween recipe ideas includes plenty of fun and unique recipes.

Mother's Day free eCookbooks

13 Mother's Day Recipes for Brunch and Dessert - Celebrate Mom this year by cooking or baking something fabulous for her. Rather than heading out to a crowded restaurant, treat your Mom to the best Mother's Day recipes for brunch or dessert, or both! The effort will be all the more appreciated. We've gathered some of the best blogger Mother's Day recipes out there to share in 13 Mother's Day Recipes for Brunch and Dessert free eCookbook.

Celebrate Mom: 26 Terrific Mothers Day Recipes &mdash If it weren&rsquot for Mothers, none of us would be here today. What better reason to celebrate Mom? For many people, no celebration is complete without food, and Mother&rsquos Day should be no exception. Wondering what to cook for your wonderful Mom? Let us help you figure out with this terrific collection of Mother&rsquos Day recipes! Whether your Mother&rsquos Day meal is breakfast, dinner, or somewhere in between, we&rsquove got you covered.

New Year'sfree eCookbooks

14 New Years Eve Party Ideas, Recipes, Drinks & Decorations Free eCookbook&mdash Planning a New Years Eve party? Our 14 New Years Eve Party Ideas, Recipes, Drinks & Decorations Free eCookbook will make that party a smash! Whether you want traditional New Years Eve food or New Years Eve party table centerpieces, try this eCookbook!

Thanksgiving free eCookbooks

9 Simple Thanksgiving Recipes: Our 2016 Thanksgiving Meal Plan - For us, one of the greatest gifts that we can both share with others and receive, is food. For this reason, we wanted to compile a menu of recipes that would work well for any Thanksgiving dinner. Happy feasting!

22 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes: A Traditional Thanksgiving Menu From RecipeLion - We've been busy in our test kitchen creating this ultimate Thanksgiving menu that covers everything from the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, to classic Thanksgiving side dishes, to easy Thanksgiving desserts!

18 Thanksgiving Side Dishes that Steal the Show- Although everyone loves to see a turkey on the table, the side dishes are often what we look forward to the most on Thanksgiving. These 18 Thanksgiving Side Dishes that Steal the Show make it super easy to add color, crunch, and a whole bunch of flavor to your holiday table.

Holiday How-To: Thanksgiving Crafts and Pumpkin Recipes - Welcome friends and family to your home with the abundant blessings of food and handcrafted décor for the season. With our ecookbook Holiday How-To: Thanksgiving Crafts and Pumpkin Recipes , you'll find delicious pumpkkin dessert recipes and great craft ideas that will bring the comfort and care of Thanksgiving to your home.

The Best Desserts for Thanksgiving: 11 Sweet Recipes for the Fall- End your Thanksgiving dinner with a delicious treat the whole family will love. From pies to cakes to tarts and much more, we have plenty of ideas for your holiday meal in our free eCookbook, The Best Desserts for Thanksgiving: 11 Sweet Recipes for the Fall.

24 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes and Fall Craft Projects eCookbook and Craft Guide This eBook is brimming with Thanksgiving craft projects and recipes to make your Thanksgiving dinner celebration a hit! This free eBook will help you establish the perfect atmosphere for giving thanks with the joy of the holidays.

36 Thanksgiving Recipes Free eCookbook &mdash Whether you're a seasoned Thanksgiving pro looking to throw some variety into your repertoire, or a nervous new cook about to host your first Thanksgiving dinner, were here to help!

Valentine's Day free eCookbooks

20 Valentine's Day Recipes: Blogger Edition &mdash Make this Valentine&rsquos Day a special one, rather than heading out to a restaurant with your significant other this year, save money and explore your cooking skills at home instead. This eCookbook includes several decadent and mood setting Valentine's Day dessert recipes, along with scrumptious and unique Valentine's Day dinner recipes. It&rsquos everything you need to create a special night.

Sweets for Your Sweet: 22 Cute Dessert Recipes for Valentine's Day eCookbook- Make something special for your Valentine this year with this collection of cute dessert recipes for Valentine's Day, including flourless chocolate cake, chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes and more.

To view and download the complete collection of free RecipeLion Cookbooks, click here.


If you plan to fill your cookies in with color, the best way to proceed is to outline and then fill. First, uncover one of your icing bowls and mix in enough water so that it can be poured while still maintaining its shape. Transfer the icing to a piping bag with a small decorating tip, then draw an outline around your cookies. Let the icing dry for about five minutes before proceeding.


Cookie Recipes

Everything that’s worthy of a spot on your cookie plate.

Must-Make Christmas Cookies

We love all our children Christmas cookie recipes equally…but here are some of our most festive, from classic sugar cookies to a new twist on chocolate chips. See our must-make Christmas cookie recipes.

Crazy Easy Christmas Cookies

No time for complicated cookies (or no confidence in your baking skills)? We developed these no-fail, no-fuss Christmas cookie recipes for just such scenarios. Get our easy Christmas cookie recipes.

The 15 Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes to Bake (and Eat)

There’s one for everyone on this list, but if you love all cookies, we’re sorry you’ll have a hard time choosing. See the best chocolate chip cookie recipes.

Keto Christmas Cookies Are a Holiday Miracle

A very merry keto Christmas can still include cookies, as long as you have the right recipes and ingredients (since flour and sugar are both out). Check out the best keto Christmas cookie recipes to bake.

Great Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies Everyone Will Love

If sugar’s not an issue for you but gluten would wreck your halls, bake these gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes and rejoice.

These Pistachio Raspberry Cookies Look Like Little Wreaths

Cornflake wreath cookies dyed green with food coloring are cute and all, but these pistachio-raspberry cookies are much more refined and just as festive.

Eat the Rainbow: Make Italian Christmas Cookies

These multilayered confections are much easier to make than you might think, and too delicious (and jolly) not to bake. See how to make Italian rainbow cookies.

Mexican Wedding Cookies Melt in Your Mouth

They look like little snowballs, and they melt away almost as quickly, whether you make them with almonds or pecans. Get the Mexican wedding cookie recipe for your holiday dessert spread.

And see all of our holiday cookie recipes if you’re still hungry for more.


83 Holiday Desserts You Absolutely Have To Make This Winter

'Tis the season to bake all the sweets. Cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes. you name it, we've whipped it up. From classics like gingerbread cookies and peppermint bark to over-the-top mash-ups like our candy cane cookie sandwiches, consider this your go-to guide for holiday baking. For even more festive treats, visit our holiday cookie central or try our twists on gingerbread and Christmas sugar cookies.

Master this classic recipe and make gingerbread men even Santa would be proud of.

The cake represents the yule log that families would burn starting on Christmas Eve.


6 Healthy Holiday Treats & Snacks to Make with Your Kids

Festive recipe projects so easy, the kids can help make them! Try these healthier ideas to help curb the holiday sugar rush.

There&aposs no shortage of sweets, treats and cookies during the holiday season. But sometimes, the kids (and if we&aposre honest, grownups too!) just need a little break from the sugar high. I know that my own kids are much more likely to enjoy their food when they get to help make it. All that dipping and snipping and stirring is so tantalizing for little hands. These festive treats and snacks have celebration written all over them-with just enough sweet or no sweet at all. And I especially love them because they&aposre so easy, even the littlest kids can help! Try not to worry about spills or crooked garnishes let your kids make a mess and have fun. They will be so proud to have made these deliciously healthy holiday treats-great for gifts, parties or just enjoying on a chilly afternoon.

1. Snowman Meringue Cookies

Kids love any project that involves a piping bag. So let them be in charge of the piping and decorating. Try not to worry too much about making a mess or how realistic these guys (or gals) look. In the end, they will taste great no matter what. They are delicious on their own, or float one in a cup of hot chocolate and watch it melt away. And the best part is that they&aposre mostly air-just 17 calories and 3 grams added sugars per cookie.



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