Peanut-Butter Reindeer Cookies
Three-ingredient, gluten-free dough makes a deliciously chewy peanut-butter cookie with no flour at all. Use your nose: As soon as the cookies smell done, they probably are, so don't over bake.
Painted Sugar Cookies
If the kids are using more than one color of icing, have them apply it thinly and let one color dry before they add the next. For icing that pops, look for gel food coloring rather than the liquid kind.
Cranberry-Almond Chocolate Biscotti
These sturdy Italian-style cookies are ideal for mailing and even better for dunking in coffee or hot chocolate.
Looks like Frosty got a bit too hot! Softened white candy melts make this cute confection oh-so-simple; the only cooking equipment required is a microwave.
These dreidels don't spin, but they will make your kids' taste buds do leaps of joy!
Salted-Caramel Blondie Bites
If you're making these for kids, you might want to skip the sprinkle of salt, but adults adore the toffee flavor with the delicate savory crunch.
Kids will love to roll, twist, and shape these cookies. Cream cheese makes the dough delicate, but firms up when chilled. If the dough becomes too soft while working, return it to the fridge for a few minutes.
Keep these impressive (yet simple) treats in the fridge until just before you serve them. Don't forget to keep a very close watch on the microwave while melting the chocolate.
Spicy Ginger Ornaments
These aromatic treats can be devoured right away or hung on the tree for a homemade touch. Look for meringue powder in better supermarkets or at Walmart.com.
These friendly pops will put a smile on anyone's face! Plus, they're simple and don't require an oven.
Originally published in the December 2014 issue of Parents magazine.