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15 Holiday Treats To Leave For Santa Instead Of Cookies

Don't bore Santa with the same old milk and cookies! Mix it up this year with a few fun and easy alternatives. And make sure to leave him some extra holiday magic with Chex Party Mix.

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1. Itty Bitty Cinnamon Rolls

Everyone likes freshly baked cinnamon rolls! And these mini ones are the perfect treat for when you're tired of cookies. Get the recipe at Picky Palate.

2. Lemon Curd Doughnut Holes

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On a cold winter night, there's nothing better than a mug of warm cocoa and some doughnut holes. Find out how to make these at home from 10th Kitchen.

3. Peppermint Bark

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Peppermint is without a doubt one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit. And this bark is super easy to make! See how to do it at A Southern Fairytale.

4. Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Pops

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Cake pops are the perfect bite-size alternative to cookies. And these minty ones are great for the holidays. Get the complete recipe at Sprinkles for Breakfast.

5. Gingerbread Caramel Corn

If you're tired of cookies but you're still craving gingerbread, try this gingerbread caramel corn. See how you can make it at Heather Christo.

6. Chocolate Marshmallow Cups

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There aren't many cookie substitutes as great as candy, right? These cups are chocolatey on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Find out how to make them at Completely Delicious.

7. Homemade Spiced Sugared Cranberries

If you're craving sugar and spice but something a little more balanced than cookies, these festive cranberries fit the bill! See how easy these are to make at Cookie Monster Cooking.

8. Homemade Snack Cakes

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These homemade snack cakes will give you serious nostalgia but are airier and lighter than their processed alternative. The perfect holiday treat! Get the recipe from Sweet C Designs.

9. Peanut Butter Truffles

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These truffles are bite-size, rich, and make a fabulous holiday gift for anyone — including Santa. And the recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog, is so simple!

10. Roasted Chestnuts

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"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" screams holiday season, but have you ever actually roasted chestnuts? Well, it's totally worth it. and Butter With a Side of Bread has the instructions.

11. Peppermint Fudge

Fudge is a must at the holidays, and this extra-festive recipe made with cookie cutters is a rich alternative to cookies. See how it's done at Biscuits and Such.

12. Peppermint Marshmallows

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Homemade marshmallows are delicious by themselves and pure magic in a cup of hot cocoa. And making your own marshmallows is surprisingly simple. Get the recipe at Hello Natural.

13. Reindeer Treats

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These reindeer treats are perfect for kids, perfect for Santa, and perfect for anyone really! Find the incredibly easy tutorial at Lil' Luna.

14. Strawberry Hand Pies

Regular pie is a little too hearty and messy to be a cookie substitute...but hand pies hit the mark! Get the recipe for these fruity and easy-to-grab treats at This Heart of Mine.

15. Coconut Cacao-covered Strawberries

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Elegant chocolate-covered strawberries are always in season. And these can be made in just three steps. Find out how at In Sonnet's Kitchen.

And try this Chex Muddy Buddies recipe for another treat Santa is sure to love!

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