Festive Winter Holiday Treats

Our desserts look super elegant, but they're oh so easy to prepare.

1 of 20

Reindeer Pops

Photograph by Aaron Dyer

Reindeer Pops

Keep the kids happy at your holiday party with a no-mess project. Using our template, cut face pieces and hooves from dark and light brown felt. Adhere each hoof with double-sided tape to a packaged candy cane. Wrap a dark brown head piece around both candy canes, as shown, and secure it with tape. Use more tape to attach the light brown snout. Adhere a pair of googly eyes and a pom-pom nose with glue dots.

Originally published in the January 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

2 of 20

Gingerkids!

Photograph By Doug Merriam and Idea By Lindsay Ann Of Dollhousebakeshoppe.Com

Gingerkids!

These plump marshmallow pals are adorned with sugar, spice, and everything nice.

To make four of them, combine 1/2 cup sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ginger in a medium bowl and set it aside. Fill another medium bowl with water. Melt 1 cup white chocolate chips according to the package directions, then transfer the chocolate to a ziplock bag and snip off a corner. To form each pop, slide two marshmallows onto a lollipop stick. Use the melted chocolate to adhere mini marshmallow arms and legs as shown. Let the chocolate set. Dip the pop in the water, then roll it in the sugar mixture until coated. Pipe on a chocolate face, then use more chocolate to attach heart and confetti sprinkle buttons, bows, and bow ties.

3 of 20

Not-so Frosty the Snowman

Not-so Frosty the Snowman

Not-so Frosty the Snowman

Made from melted candy, this sweet treat is sure to warm the heart of your Christmas crowd.

To make a snowman, melt white candy wafers in a bowl according to the package instructions. Scoop a rounded tablespoon of the candy onto a sheet of waxed paper, and with the back of a spoon, spread the candy into a puddle. Working quickly, stick on a light cocoa candy melt, add a dot of white melted candy, and place a Rolo on top. Add an orange Tic-Tac nose and some mini chocolate chip eyes and a mouth. Let the snowman set before serving, then watch him disappear!

4 of 20

Frosty and Friends Cupcakes

Jim Franco

Frosty and Friends Cupcakes

Your kids will love our cute edible snowmen. (The secret ingredient? Doughnut holes!)

Makes: 12 snowmen

Get the Recipe
5 of 20

Ice Cubes

Jim Franco

Ice Cubes

We gave creamy truffles a new flavor.

Makes: 24 cubes

Get the Recipe
6 of 20

Gift Boxes

Baby Shower Desserts: Gift Boxes

Gift Boxes

Don't be intimidated by the fondant -- our amazing presents are actually really easy to make.

Makes: 5 gift boxes

7 of 20

Gift Boxes

Gift Boxes

These little presents have a raspberry filled cake inside. Give them away for a holiday gift or serve for dessert at a party.

Get the Recipe
8 of 20

White Hot Chocolate

White Hot Chocolate

Warm up with a gourmet version of the classic winter drink.

Makes: 2 to 3 servings

Get the Recipe
9 of 20

Holiday Brownie Tree

Alison Miksch

Holiday Brownie Tree

Arrange brownies on a cake stand to make a gorgeous holiday dessert. Makes: 1 Brownie Tree

Get the Recipe
10 of 20

Santa Claus Cake

Santa Claus Cake

Billowy mint-flavored frosting forms Santa's bushy beard.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes

Recipe by Michael Tyrrell; Originally published in the November 29, 2006 issue of Family Circle magazine.

Get the Recipe
11 of 20

Christmas Fudge

Paula Hible

Christmas Fudge

Colorful fruit studs this no-bake holiday confection.

Get the Recipe
12 of 20

Santa Caps

Miki Duisterhof

Santa Caps

Turn meringue into a festive treat with food coloring and white chocolate. Makes: 8 dozen caps

Get the Recipe
13 of 20

Ice-Skate and Mitten Cookies

Rita Maas

Ice-Skate and Mitten Cookies

Make these simple butter-cookie cutouts ahead of time and let your kids add the flourishes later. Makes: 24 cookies

Get the Recipe
14 of 20

Gift-Wrapped Brownies

Rita Maas

Gift-Wrapped Brownies

The beautiful packaging is actually made from easy-to-use fondant. Makes: 18 brownies

Get the Recipe
15 of 20

Sugarplum Snowflakes

Rita Maas

Sugarplum Snowflakes

Pack these fruity candies in a pretty box for the perfect teacher gift. Makes: about 50 jellies

Get the Recipe
16 of 20

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Rita Maas

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

You choose -- serve these yummy treats or hang them from your tree. Makes: 12 wreaths

Get the Recipe
17 of 20

Little Drummer Cakes

Little Drummer Cakes

The recipe calls for yellow cake, but you can use your kid's favorite flavor. Makes: 8 drums

Get the Recipe
18 of 20

Mouse Macaroons

Mary Ellen Bartley

Mouse Macaroons

Leave these 'Twas the Night Before Christmas-inspired treats out for Santa this year. Makes: 2 dozen

Get the Recipe
19 of 20

Reindeer Gingerbread Cremes

Mary Ellen Bartley

Reindeer Gingerbread Cremes

Gingerbread reindeer are sandwiched with creamy frosting to make these festive cookies. Makes: 4 dozen sandwich cookies

Get the Recipe
20 of 20

Reindeer Names

Mary Ellen Bartley

Reindeer Names

Your kids will learn all of Santa's Reindeer names by heart with these colorful cookies. Makes: 2-1/2 dozen cookies

Originally published in the December 2002, 2007 & 2008 issues of Parents magazine.

Get the Recipe

Comments

Add a comment