Easy Christmas Treats

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The holiday season is all about giving and sharing with family and friends, and what better thing to share than some easy Christmas treats!

I always dedicate one weekend each season for baking and making all kinds of holiday treats with my family. I’ve rounded up a bunch of my very favorite quick and easy holiday treats, and I thought you might like to have them all in one place too!

On this list you’ll find no bake Christmas treats, cakes, cupcakes and cookies that are perfect for gifting, sharing or for treating yourself! You’re bound to find something you love on this list.

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Quick and Easy Holiday Treats

Here you’ll find a variety of delicious Christmas desserts, like Peanut Butter Fudge, Cheesecake Christmas Cookies and Oreo Truffles. These easy Christmas treats will satisfy your simultaneous craving for something sweet and something festive!

My Favorite Christmas Treats

We love baking and making treats for the holidays. These are my Top 5 favorites that you’ll find on my cookie tray just about every year!

  • Molasses Cookies These are actually my daughter’s favorite cookie, and I love that she loves to bake them! In fact, she’s baked them for her friends for the last few years as gifts!
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms A childhood favorite, some of my earliest memories are baking these with my mom.
  • Peppermint Fudge My dad’s favorite candy, he absolutely loved fudge so this one brings back memories of him.
  • Gingerbread Bars A recipe I came across years ago and immediately fell in love with, The warm spices are so inviting and they’re way easier than rolling and cutting out cookies.
  • Magic Layer Christmas BrowniesMy own special concoction! Everyone loves them so they are on our must-make list every single year.

Christmas Cookies

Be sure to check the recipe because while all of these cookies are easy, some do require you to chill the dough so you want to be sure to add that to your time. You’re bound to find a few of Santa’s favorites of this list!

Nut-Free Snowball Cookies made with Cake Mix
An easy cake mix cookie with powered sugar "snow."
Molasses cookies
Molasses Cookies are filled with the warm fall flavors of cinnamon, ginger, clove and molasses. They are crispy on the edges, soft and chewy on the inside.
Molasses cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have irresistibly fudgy centers with a crackly finish on the outside, and they as pretty as they are delicious!
Eggnog Cookie Recipe
Eggnog cookies are buttery tender and melt in your mouth. With just a hint of spiced rum flavor, these Christmas cookies will steal the show!
Iced Thumbprint Grinch Cookies
Grinch Cookies are fun and festive iced thumbprint cookies, with colorful candy centers and a bright red Grinch's heart.
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Peanut Butter Blossoms are a classic peanut butter cookie that’s thick and chewy with a big chocolate kiss on top. 
Christmas Cheesecake Cookies
These Christmas Cheesecake Cookies are the perfect, festive cookie to feed to Santa!
These Christmas Cheesecake Cookies are the perfect, festive cookie to feed to Santa!
Christmas Cookie Pinwheels
Christmas Cookie Pinwheels are a festive holiday treat that’ll be the star of your Christmas cookie plate!
Christmas Cookie Pinwheels are a festive holiday treat that'll be the star of your Christmas cookie plate!
5 Ingredient Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Chocolate and Peppermint is my all time favorite flavor combination so it’s no surprise that these cookies are a holiday staple in our house. These Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are super easy and quick to make with just 5 ingredients!
A tray of cookies
Candy Cane Cookies
These candy cane cookies are a holiday favorite. They're buttery cookies with a hint of peppermint and adorable candy cane shape!
A plate of peppermint candy cane cookies.
Red Velvet Cookies
Red Velvet Cookies are soft and chewy with a delicious chocolatey flavor. Dip them in white chocolate for an extra special holiday treat.
Butter Cookies
Homemade Christmas Butter Cookies are a must-make for the holidays! Soft and tender with amazing buttery flavor, and a festive presentation. 
Italian Ricotta Cookies
Italian Ricotta Cookies are a fluffy treat that begs to be eaten! Top them with your favorite seasonal sprinkles for an irresistible cookie perfect for the holidays!
Italian Ricotta Cookies are a fluffy treat that begs to be eaten! Top them with your favorite seasonal sprinkles for an irresistible cookie perfect for the holidays!
Close up of Peanut Butter Blossom cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms (aka “Kiss Cookies”)

Peppermint Treats

If you love the flavor of peppermint, especially around the holidays, you’ll love these minty treats. If you want to get extra minty this season, check out my favorite scented holiday candle, too!

Peppermint Bark
Peppermint Bark is one of the easiest Christmas treats you can make! With just 3 ingredients it definitely belongs on your annual cookie tray.
Peppermint Cheesecake Brownie Parfaits
With layers of sweet and creamy peppermint cheesecake and fudgy chunks of brownie, these Peppermint Cheesecake Brownie Parfaits are THE dessert of the season!
A close up of a peppermint brownie parfait
Cream Cheese Mints
The BEST cream cheese mints are creamy, perfectly minty and melt-in-your mouth. This easy recipe is the perfect old-fashioned treat.
Cookie sheet of cream cheese candies.
Peppermint Patty Brownies
Peppermint Patty Brownies are rich, chocolate brownies stuffed with York Peppermint Patties – a holiday treat that everyone will love!
Peppermint Patty brownies on a white plate
Peppermint Fudge
This Peppermint Fudge is an easy fudge recipe that’s so simple to throw together and will be the favorite of your parties!
Peppermint S’Mores Brownies
Cool peppermint meets the delicious flavors of S’Mores in these amazing Peppermint S’Mores Brownies!
A close up of a brownie with peppermint on top
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bundt Cake
This Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bundt Cake is a rich, dense chocolate cake with just a hint of peppermint. The chocolate ganache topping is sweet and decadent and topped with Andes Peppermint Crunch. It's the perfect holiday dessert!
A close up of a piece of chocolate cake
No Bake White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
This delicious, yet simple no bake white chocolate peppermint cheesecake is perfect for the holidays. The cheesecake mousse is creamy and quite fluffy. There are peppermint chunks folded into the cheesecake and it’s topped with a white chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, and peppermint candies. 
A piece of peppermint cheesecake
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes are decadently rich but surprisingly easy to make with my simple cake mix hack!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes lined up.
white chocolate peppermint bark with crushed candy canes
Peppermint Bark

No-Bake Christmas Treats

Don’t want to turn on your oven? Or maybe your oven is busy baking cookies and you just want something quick and easy. These no bake Christmas treats are the perfect way to pass the time on a cold winter’s night.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Chocolate Covered Pretzels are fun and easy to make! Customize for any occasion with fun toppings like sprinkles, nuts, coconut and candies.
Buttered Rum Fudge
White Chocolate Rum Fudge is a decadent grown-up treat you won't be able to resist, with buttered rum flavor, cinnamon and white chocolate.
Peanut Brittle
Learn how to make Peanut Brittle with a few ingredients! Homemade Peanut Brittle is sweet and salty and perfect for snacking and gifting.
Peppermint Oreo Truffles
Need an easy Christmas dessert? Check out these Peppermint Oreo Truffles made with cream cheese, mint Oreo cookies, and chocolate almond bark!
Social media image of peppermint oreo truffles
Sugar Cookie Dough Dip
A simple, but delicious 3 ingredient sugar cookie dip great for a Christmas party! It only takes minutes to make and tastes great with graham crackers!
Sugar Cookie Dip
Hot Chocolate Dip Recipe
This Hot Chocolate Dip is the easiest and most festive dessert you’ll have this season!
Cup filled with Hot Chocolate Dip with marshmallows and a graham cracker
Cream Cheese Mints
The BEST cream cheese mints are creamy, perfectly minty and melt-in-your mouth. This easy recipe is the perfect old-fashioned treat.
Cookie sheet of cream cheese candies.
Peanut Butter Fudge
This easy Peanut Butter Fudge is cooked in your microwave with just 4 easy ingredients. Let is chill in the fridge and you have an amazing treat that everyone is going to love!
Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate No Bake Cookies
Chocolate No Bake Cookies are a simple, classic dessert recipe that takes hardly any time at all!
A stack of chocolate oat cookies
Crockpot Candy
Crockpot Candy is the perfect easy holiday recipe. It’s creamy, chocolatey and filled with crunchy peanuts for a salty-sweet treat. Made in the slow cooker with only 4 ingredients!
Chocolate Crockpot Candy on a white plate.
Cookie Butter No-Bake Cheesecake
Fans of Biscoff cookies will love this creamy Biscoff Cheesecake! It's the perfect addition to any holiday or celebration dessert table.
Peanut Butter Balls
These peanut butter balls are an easy no-bake treat that’s perfect for peanut butter lovers. They’re made with only 5 simple ingredients and impossible to resist. 
A plate of peanut butter balls stacked in a pyramid with one peanut butter ball with a bite taken out of it.
A plate of peanut butter balls stacked in a pyramid with one peanut butter ball with a bite taken out of it.
Peanut Butter Balls

More Christmas Treats

The treats under this category are just fun and festive goodies we love to enjoy during the holidays.

Pecan Bars
Pecan Bars bring you the flavor of pecan pie in an easy-to-eat bar! Made with a buttery shortbread crust topped with a sweet pecan filling.
White Hot Chocolate
White Hot Chocolate is a rich and creamy drink that will warm you from head to toe. Ready in 20 minutes and requires just a few ingredients.
Gingerbread Muffins
Great with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate on Christmas morning, these Gingerbread Muffins are full of spices and topped with white sugar sprinkles for just a hint of sweetness. They are a perfect compliment to the sugar overload that is Christmas!
A close up of a muffin
Cranberry Bliss Bars
These copycat cranberry bliss bars are a homemade version of the Starbucks holiday treat. With cranberries, white chocolate and cream cheese frosting – this homemade version is even better than the original.
Salted Graham Cracker Pretzel Toffee
Graham Cracker Toffee is a simple treat that's perfect for gift giving! Graham crackers topped with buttery caramel, chocolate, pretzels and sea salt.
Chocolate covered toffee with pretzels
Christmas Magic Layer Brownie Bars
Christmas Brownies have a layer of chocolate brownie, topped with layers of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, M&Ms and sprinkles.
Spiced Gingerbread Cookie Bars
These Spiced Gingerbread Cookie Bars will definitely fill you with the spirit of the holiday season. They are slightly spicy, tender and sweet and just delicious.
A close up of gingerbread bars with frosting and sprinkles
Slice of cranberry bar with cream cheese frosting

FAQs

What are the most popular Christmas Treats?

The most popular treats you always see at Christmastime are sugar cookies, fudge, truffles, toffee and gingerbread.

What snacks are good for Christmas?

Popular snacks for Christmas aren’t just the sweets! Savory snacks, like Sausage Rolls and Cranberry Meatballs are also quite popular.

What is your favorite Christmas treat? Let me know in the comments!

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Why all the mint ? I like mint but not THAT much . Is there something else I could substitute instead. My stomach dr says no mint or very little . It has something to do with ARD . Acid reflux .