11 Easy Christmas Baking Treats Ideas You Will Like

 Easy Christmas Baking Treats Ideas – We don’t know about you, but Christmas is our favorite holiday of the year. The decorations, gifts, and the excitement in the air give us a lovely feeling.

Food is the biggest part of the season for us. That’s why we thought to share with you some of our Christmas baking treat ideas you can feed your clan with.

You can make it a fun activity by involving everyone. Bake them together as a family.

Even the youngest ones can at least sprinkle on the toppings or decorate with icing. However, you choose to go about it, remember to have fun.

It’s Christmas, remember.

 

11 Easy Christmas Baking Treats Ideas You Will Like

1. Little Gingerbread Men

These popular Christmas desserts are cute and delicious. Have your kids join you in making these and it’ll be fun.

Your little ones will enjoy munching on the tiny figurines.

It’s the fruit of their labor, anyway.

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for work surface
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. of ground ginger
  • ½ c. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ c. molasses

 

11 Easy Christmas Baking Treats Ideas You Will Like

 

 

Preparation:

  • Whisk flour, ginger, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and cloves together in a bowl.
  • Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until it’s creamy.
  • Add brown sugar and molasses and beat until it’s fluffy. Beat in the egg until combined.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually beat in the flour mixture until combined.
  • Shape dough into 2 disks and wrap with plastic.
  • Chill until firm should take at least 3 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour a work surface, roll each disk to ⅛-inch thickness.
  • Cut with a 1 ¾–inch gingerbread man-shaped cookie cutter and place on prepared baking sheets.
  • Re-roll the scraps to make more if sufficient. Bake until the edges are golden.
  • Transfer them to wire racks to cool.

 

2. Vibrant Sugar Cookies

This Christmas baking treat idea is ideal for the season.

Get some colorful desserts on the table and everyone would love to have a bite or two!

Ingredients:

  • A  tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 5 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. pure almond extract
  • ¼ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • Food coloring

Preparation

  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, then set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until combined, then add the flour mixture gradually until totally combined.
  • Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • When you’re ready to roll, preheat the oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out the dough until ⅛” thick. Cut out shapes and transfer to baking sheets you’ve prepared. Freeze for 10 minutes (so your shapes will hold while baking!).
  • Making the frosting: Beat butter until smooth with a hand mixer in a large bowl, then add powdered sugar and beat further until no lumps remain. Add cream, almond extract, and salt and beat until combined.
  • Bake cookies until the edges are lightly golden.
  • Let cool, then frost and decorate as desired.

 

3. Tahini Shortbread Cookies

If you’ve had one of these, you’ll agree this is one of the best Christmas treat recipes. The tahini in these cookies gives it some deep flavor that anyone will find hard to resist.

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for work surface
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tbsps. black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ c. tahini paste
  • ¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 c. sugar

Preparation:

  • Whisk flour and salt together in a bowl. Beat butter and tahini with an electric mixer on medium speed until it’s creamy. This will take 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually beat in the flour mixture until combined.
  • Remove two-thirds of the dough.
  • Beat cocoa powder into the remaining dough just until combined.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour a work surface, roll each dough portion into 10 ½-inch circle (about ¼ inch thick).
  • Stack chocolate dough on top of plain dough. Cut the circle in half and stack one half onto the other.
  • Using your hands, gently fold and knead the stack into a marbled ball. Shape into a 12 by 8-inch rectangle.
  • Place it on a prepared baking sheet and chill for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cut the dough into 1 ½ by 2 ½-inch rectangles and roll the edges in sesame seeds, then place on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake, in batches, until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool them.

 

4. Christmas Tree Brownies

Brownies are a popular treat, and theme-ing them for the season makes them gorgeous.

This is an ideal Christmas baking treat idea if you don’t have a lot of time but still want to make an elegant Christmas dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 6 candy canes
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsps. heavy cream
  • 1 box brownie mix, plus the required ingredients on the box
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ c. of softened butter
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Green food coloring
  • Sprinkles, for decorating

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9×13” with parchment, leaving a 2” overhang on the long sides, then grease with cooking spray.
  • Make the brownie mix according to the directions on the package.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out with a few moist crumbs. Leave it to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl use a hand mixer to beat butter until it’s smooth.
  • Add powdered sugar and beat until combined, then add vanilla, heavy cream, and salt. (If you desire a thinner consistency, add one more tablespoon of cream.)
  • Add green food coloring until you achieve your desired color. Transfer to a piping bag with a small open star tip.
  • Remove the brownie from the pan and cut it into 3 long rows, then cut each row into 6 triangles for a total of 18 triangles.
  • Cut candy canes into 3” long pieces and insert them into the bottom of each brownie to create a trunk.
  • Pipe a zigzagging line on top of the brownie and top with sprinkles for ornaments for the Christmas tree effect.

 

5. Almond Biscotti

This is a classic Italian Christmas dessert that suits great as a Christmas baking treat idea.

It’s baked twice for extra crispness.

You’ll love it with a cup of hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. anise seed, crushed
  • 3 ¼ c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. pure almond extract
  • 1 c. chopped whole almonds
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. sugar

Preparation:

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and anise seed in a bowl.
  • Add eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until pale yellow.
  • Beat in oil and almond extract. Beat in flour mixture until combined.
  • Stir in almonds. Cover and chill until firm, at least for 2 hours or up to a day.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Divide dough in half and shape each into an 8 by 5-inch log on a prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake until they’re firm. When it’s done, let it cool for 45 minutes.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cut each log diagonally into ½-inch pieces with a serrated knife. Place on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake, while rotating baking sheets and turning biscotti halfway through, until lightly browned.
  • Transfer them to wire racks to cool.

 

6. Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites

This Christmas baking treat idea looks like miniature Santas, and of course, they’re delicious.

It’s probably the easiest Christmas baking recipe you’ll get.

Ingredients:

  • 12 strawberries with the tops sliced off
  • 1 plain cheesecake (homemade or buy from a store
  • 1 ½ c. whipped cream

Preparation:

  • Punch holes out of the cheesecake using a round biscuit cutter.
  • (Depending on the size of cheesecake, you should be able to get 8 to 12 cheesecake bites.)
  • Transfer the whipped cream to a piping bag and pipe a layer on top of each cheesecake.
  • Top each cheesecake with strawberry, sliced side down.
  • Pipe a dot on top of the strawberry and serve.

 

7. White Chocolate Peppermint Patties

Impress your guests with this creative Christmas treat recipe. ‘Tis the season of peppermint, anyway.

 

 

White Chocolate Peppermint Patties -11 Easy Christmas Baking Treats Ideas You Will Like

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. white chocolate, chopped
  • 4 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsps. solid coconut oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. pure peppermint extract
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ c. heavy cream
  • cooking spray
  • crushed peppermints for garnish
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt

Preparation:

  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, cream, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, and salt with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth.
  • Roll them into 30 balls.
  • Place them on prepared baking sheets and flatten them into ¼-inch thick disks with a greased piece of wax paper.
  • Cover and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Microwave chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl for 30 seconds, and stir.
  • Continue to microwave and stir in 10-second intervals until melted.
  • Place 1 chilled peppermint disk on the tines of a fork and dip into melted chocolate, tapping off any excess, then return to the baking sheet.
  • Repeat with remaining peppermint disks. Sprinkle the tops with crushed peppermints.
  • Chill them for 15 to 20 minutes, until they’re set. Store, refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

 

8. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

This Christmas baking treat idea is so cute, you might not want to eat them.

However, once you perceive the chocolatey aroma, your taste buds will take over.

Ingredients:

FOR THE CUPS

  • 1 box brownie mix, plus the required ingredients stated on the box
  • 10 oz. mini marshmallows

FOR THE TOPPING

  • ⅓ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. chocolate-covered pretzels
  • red, green, and white nonpareils

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a cupcake pan with cooking spray.
  • Fill each well of the cupcake pan about ¾ full with brownie batter using an ice cream scoop.
  • Bake until the edges look set but centers still look a little undercooked, that should be 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove the brownie cups from the oven and press marshmallows into the centers. Return them to the oven until the marshmallows puff and melt.
  • Afterward, let them cool for 15 to 20 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. When the cups are done cooling, melt chocolate chips in a microwave.
  • Break C-shaped pieces of chocolate-covered pretzels and use melted chocolate to stick them to the sides of cookie cups. Allow it to set.
  • Drizzle chocolate over the tops of marshmallows and garnish with sprinkles. You can store it in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

9. Cinnamon Hard Candies

If you want some kick in your dessert, you’re welcome.

This Christmas baking treat idea is the thing for anyone who loves sweet and spicy desserts.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ c. granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp. red liquid food coloring
  • ½ tsp. pure cinnamon oil
  • ½ c. light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt

Preparation:

  • Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet. Stir sugar, corn syrup, salt, and ½ cup water in a large saucepan.
  • Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 310°F.
  • Remove from heat and immediately stir in food coloring and cinnamon oil (stand back from the pot when adding oil, it might sting your eyes and nose).
  • Stir until the bubbles are gone from the mixture.
  • Transfer it to the prepared baking sheet and let it stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Crack it into pieces and package immediately in cellophane bags or any other airtight container. You can store at room temperature up to 2 months.

 

10. Santa Trash Cookies

This Christmas baking treat idea is simple to make.

Just throw it all in a mixing bowl, and that’s it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • ½ c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ c. crushed potato chips
  • ¾ c. crushed pretzels
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • ½ c. red and green sprinkles
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • flaky sea salt, for garnish

 

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment. Mix butter and sugar in a bowl using a hand mixer until fluffy.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix until combined.
  • Gently fold in most of the potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chips, and sprinkles (reserve some for pressing on tops of cookies).
  • Scoop balls of dough (about 2 tablespoons each) onto a prepared baking sheet using a medium cookie scoop.
  • Press down lightly on each cookie to flatten, then press the remaining potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chips, and sprinkles on top. Sprinkle the cookies with flaky salt.
  • Bake until the edges are golden.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to the cooling rack to cool completely.

 

11. Millionaire’s Bars

Don’t get stuck on the name, you don’t need millions to enjoy this Christmas baking treat idea.

You only need fancy taste buds. You’ll need them to enjoy this triple threat of goodness.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ¼ c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • flaky sea salt (such as Maldon) for garnish
  • 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 c. packed dark brown sugar
  • ¾ c. heavy cream, divided
  • ½ c. pure honey
  • ½ c. finely chopped, toasted slivered almonds

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 by a 13-inch baking pan with foil, and leave 2 inches of overhang on the long sides. Then, lightly grease foil.
  • Beat confectioners’ sugar and ¾ cup butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in almonds, flour, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt just until combined.
  • Press on the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and cool on a wire rack.
  • Combine condensed milk, brown sugar, honey, ½ cup of cream, and the remaining ½ teaspoon of kosher salt and ½ of cup butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly, until a thermometer reads 236°F.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Immediately pour caramel over the shortbread. Let it sit at room temperature until it sets.
  • Microwave the chocolate and remaining ¼ cup of cream in a bowl for 30 seconds and stir.
  • Continue to microwave and stir in 10-second intervals until it has melted.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel and spread with an offset spatula. Sprinkle it with sea salt. Then freeze until it sets. Use the foil overhangs to lift the bars from the pan. Cut into 32 squares.
  • Store, refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

 

 

11 Easy Christmas Baking Treats Ideas You Will Like

 

Conclusion

Your family and guests are literally in for a great treat this season.

Since these Christmas baking treats ideas are easy to make and some can store pretty well, you can try some of them this Christmas.

You can rest assured they’ll finish way before their shelf times.

That’s it from us today.

Over to you with bringing these Christmas treats recipes to life and sharing with family and friends.

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