1. Snowman Cake Pops
Much cozier than going out in the cold and building a real snowman. Instructions here.
2. Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes
Ever cut a snowflake out of a folded piece of paper? Turns out, tortillas work, too. Instructions here.
3. Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees
Instead of fussing with lots of colored icings and making a mess, just coat all of your sugar cookies with a simple white frosting, and use sprinkles to decorate. Recipe here.
4. Rice Krispie Wreaths
Put the elves to work forming the sticky rice krispies into wreaths. Instructions here.
5. Christmas Caramel Corn
Because food coloring just makes everything better. Recipe here.
6. Candy Cane Bark
So simple, but, the end product makes a great hostess gift. Making the bark is a great way to get in the holiday spirit without having to commit a whole afternoon to baking. Recipe here.
8. Christmas Puppy Chow
Throw all the ingredients in a ziploc bag, and shake. Just make sure it’s totally sealed. Recipe here.
10. Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
Recipe and instructions here.
This one will really impress your kids; just know that you’ll be the one doing most of the work. Instructions here.
If a sugar cookie tree is too much, try this much easier rice krispie version. Instructions here.
13. Tootsie Roll Menorah
100% foolproof. Instructions (SPOILER: chocolate frosting base, tootsie rolls, and jellybeans on top) here.
14. Christmas Candy Carolers
Take a moment to appreciate that gummy worm scarf. Instructions here.
16. Chocolate-Cherry Clusters
These three-ingredient, no-bake clusters are simple enough to make with your kids, but classic enough that they’re a good last minute option for a holiday party or cookie swap. Recipe here.
Making your own gingerbread takes a little extra time, but it’s not as hard as you might think. Full instructions here.
18. Easy Gingerbread House
You can go the extra mile and make a really beautiful, legitimate gingerbread house. OR, you can use graham crackers, make icing from powdered sugar, and let your kids go to town decorating with whatever candies they want. Really, the easy way sounds like more fun. Instructions here.
19. Cookies in a Jar for Santa
Have your kids help fill jars with cookie ingredients and decorate them. The finished product makes a really cute hostess gift, too. Instructions here.
22. O Christmas Treat Pizza
Take a break from sweet treats and serve a Christmas tree for dinner. Bonus: your kids might be so distracted by the presentation that they’ll actually eat the spinach. Recipe and instructions here.
23. Christmas Pretzel Buttons
Pressing the M&Ms into the slightly melted chocolate kisses is bizarrely satisfying. Instructions here.
Two steps, minimal clean-up. Instructions here.
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