10 easy 15-minute Christmas treats

It’s an age-old dilemma: you’re invited to a Christmas event and have been asked to bring a dish. But, you ain’t got time for complicated festive baking (because who the f*ck does, especially with kids). 

We feel you, mama. And we’re all for making life easier. So, here are 10 easy Christmas treats that take 15-minutes or less to make, that are tasty AF, and that are perfect for any event you might be hitting this holiday season.

No-bake peppermint chocolate bites

No-bake treats are the best. There’s no denying it. So a festive treat that’s not only ready in 15 minutes and doesn’t require turning on an oven? Now that’s a Christmas miracle.

Simply blitz almonds, pepitas, and dates. Then combine with cocoa powder, peppermint extract, and milk. Bring the mixture together and roll into little balls. Dunk said balls in crushed candy canes or drizzle them with white chocolate, and – hey presto – you’ve got a snazzy Christmas treat.

Pro tip: you can freeze these little delights too, defrosting them as you need throughout the festive season.

No bake peppermint chocolate bites

Source: The Lean Green Bean

White chocolate cinnamon sugar pretzels

This treat is the ultimate combination of crunchy, salty, and sweet. Plus it’s super easy to make.

Grab a microwave-proof bowl. Pop in pretzels, oil, sugar, and cinnamon, and microwave (this helps to melt the sugar and cinnamon to the pretzels). Then, line the pretzels out in a single layer on a baking tray and dust with cinnamon sugar (you gotta double down on that delicious sh*t, girl). Complete with a drizzle of melted white chocolate.

*Chef’s kiss*

White chocolate cinnamon sugar pretzels

Source: Your Cup of Cake

Santa crunch popcorn

This treat is so simple, yet so festive.

Pop your popcorn (this recipe calls for you to make it fresh, but we think you could make it with pre-made, supermarket-bought popcorn too!) and sprinkle it with salt. Melt butter and marshmallows together (we didn’t say this was healthy…), and mix half of it with the popcorn. Lay the popcorn out on a baking tray, and drizzle with the remaining butter and marshmallow mix – scatter red and green M&Ms and Christmas-themed sprinkles over the top. Allow the whole thing to set, then break into pieces and arrange into a bowl (bonus points if it’s a festive one).

It’s one that both adults and kids will love. 

santa crunch popcorn

Source: Two Sisters Crafting

Raw date and nut salami

Now, despite the word salami in the name of this recipe, there’s actually no meat involved… rather it’s a sort of sliced version of a snack ball. 

Blitz dates and coconut oil. Stir in shredded coconut, cashews, pistachios, and almonds. Roll the mixture into a log and refrigerate (at least overnight). When you’re ready to serve, cut the log into slices and arrange it prettily on a plate (this is where the salami concept comes from). Boom: you’ve got a boss a*s raw vegan treat. 

Raw date and nut salami

Source: Kitchen at Hoskins

Pistachio and pomegranate frozen yogurt bark

Bark is such a Christmas baking staple – it’s always so tasty and just looks so damn good laid out at parties.

And we love this low fuss recipe: mix Greek yogurt with a dash of maple syrup (for sweetness, yum), spread it out evenly on a baking tray, sprinkle with chopped pistachios and pomegranate seeds, and freeze for at least four hours! Yep, that’s literally it.

You can keep it in the freezer throughout the festive season, though do note it’s best to serve this treat chilled (because snowmen are the only things that should be melting at Christmas, girl).

Pistachio and pomegranate frozen yogurt bark

Source: Recipes From a Pantry

Hot chocolate stirrers

Hot chocolate is an O.G. Christmas treat (especially if you live in a cold climate and if not, f*ck the haters, you enjoy that chocolatey goodness on a sweltering day, girl).

So we love this recipe that will make your Christmas hot chocolate fancy AF.

Pour melted chocolate into cupcake liners, slide a popsicle stick into the center, and sprinkle decorations of your choice on top – think crushed candy canes, mini bits of fudge, or chocolate buttons. Then, stash them in the fridge overnight to harden. The next morning, simply remove the cupcake liners then serve – you just pop them into a mug of hot milk and the whole thing dissolves to make hot chocolate. YUM.

These also make for a delightful festive gift – just wrap the hot chocolate stirrers in cellophane and accompany them with a little note explaining how to use them to make hot chocolate. So cute.

hot chocolate stirrers

Source: BBC Good Food

5-minute candied walnuts

Why make a 15-minute treat when you can make a FIVE-minute treat?! Ha. But seriously, these candied walnuts are addictively delicious and perfect for festive season snacking.

Place walnuts, golden brown sugar, and butter into a non-stick (key word there, chef) skillet. Cook for five minutes until the nuts become dark and glossy and begin to clump together. Remove from the skillet, and lay out in a single layer on a plate, using spoons to break up the nuts. Once cooled, arrange into a bowl of your choice (though something festive-themed would look particularly fetching, given the season). You can enjoy them by the handful, or even serve them over ice cream for a holiday treat. 

5 minute candied walnuts

Source: Natasha’s Kitchen

White chocolate bark

Upon first glance, this chocolate bark recipe looks like a wonderful addition to the ‘too hard’ bucket. But don’t discount it so fast – it’s only five ingredients and is made largely in the microwave (YES). And it’s so damn pretty. 

You melt white chocolate and vegetable oil in the microwave, then pour it into a baking tray. While it’s cooling, you melt milk chocolate in – you guessed it – the microwave. Then, you pour the milk chocolate into a piping bag and use it to draw little ‘branches’ over the white chocolate. Finally, you place mini red M&Ms along the branches, like berries. Let it harden at room temperature or in the freezer, and enjoy. 

white chocolate bark

Source: Kitchen at Hoskins

Gingerbread syrup

This delicious treat is the perfect accompaniment for ice cream during the holiday season. Seriously.

Add caster sugar, ground ginger, and – get this – edible glitter (you fancy b*tch) to a pot, and bring to boil. Once all the sugar has dissolved, pour into a bottle (if you want to eat over multiple days) or a serving jug if eating immediately, and go to town on that ice cream.

The syrup actually makes for the cutest festive gift, too. Because why not!

gingerbread syrup

Source: BBC Good Food

Cornflake Christmas wreaths

Cornflake wreaths are a classic Christmas treat. And there’s a reason why: they’re so easy to make but they look and taste so damn good.

Melt butter and marshmallows together in a large pot. Once gooey, stir in green food coloring and cornflakes. Then – working fast so the mixture doesn’t set! – start to arrange the sticky cornflakes into wreath shapes on a baking tray, and decorate with mini red M&Ms. Leave to set. Then enjoy one every hour, on the hour until gone (we’re only sort of joking…). 

cornflake christmas wreaths

Source: Spicy Southern Kitchen

We know these treats will be snapped up fast… so be sure to set some aside for yourself, too, mama. You deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labor (even if it was less than 15 minutes of work). 

Read next: 30 quick mom wins that will make feel like you have your sh*t together (now that you’ve officially hacked holiday baking). 

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