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4 Fast, Easy, and Yummy Christmas Treats!

Thanks to my obsession with Pinterest, combined with my need to make yummy Christmas treats fast, I would love to tell you about these four top contenders that will be a hit at just about any holiday gathering you will attend this year. They are fast (although I will link to the ‘not so fast but probably yummier’ versions), very easy to make, and best of all… they are quite yummy. Seriously, they even pass the 2-year old finicky eater taste test.

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Grinch Kebabs

Grinch KebabsI first stumbled upon this cute little treat at the site, Everyday Savvy. These cute and healthy little treats really don’t need much of an explanation but just in case, I will tell you about how I did them.

Ingredients
Green Grapes
Strawberries
1-2 Bananas
Mini Marshmallows
Toothpicks

To assemble the kebabs, simply thread the grape, banana slice, strawberry cap, and marshmallow onto a toothpick. It is really as easy as that! Ok, I can provide a few other minor hints. Don’t slice the banana too thin or jam it on the toothpick too forcefully or else it will split. That was a minor issue. Also, don’t make your strawberry Santa cap too big or else it will overwhelm the rest of the kebab. You will most likely have strawberry pieces left over. I simple cut those up as I assembled the kebabs and they made a great breakfast and/or snack for Sweet Pea the next day.

Total time to make– 20-30 minutes depending on how many you are making (~1 minute per kebab)

Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Buttons

Caramel Chocolate Pretzel ButtonsThere are so many variations of this super easy and super yummy Christmas treat. You have probably seen them around. For some reason I had been living a deprived life, because I had not heard of them until my coworker brought them into work a few years ago. Ever since they have been a ‘must-make’ Christmas sweet tooth item. They are addictive! In the past I roasted pecans instead of using M&M’s. However, it seemed like the M&M version would go over better with Sweet Pea.

Ingredients
Pretzels- You can either use the square kind, or the mini pretzel-shaped kind.
Rolos
Holiday M&Ms (you know, the green and red ones)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees
2. Place one Rolo on top of each pretzel. Tip: If you buy the Rolos in the individual sale package, you don’t have to unwrap each individual piece. If you are really pressed for time this could matter to you.
3. ‘Bake’ for about 3 to 5 minutes– just until the chocolate is melted but the Rolo still retains its shape.
4. Press the M&M (or Pecan) onto the Rolo, pressing down.
5. Transfer to the refrigerator until the chocolate has completely cooled and set. At this point you just made yourself some delectable little candies!
If you decide to stick with the pecans (which I personally love much better), do yourself a favor and roast the pecans first. It really brings out their yummy nutty flavor!

Total time to Make– ~20 minutes. Unwrapping the Rolos took the most time.

Some other versions of this little treat can be found here:
http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentine-prezel-buttons.html
http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2011/10/rolo-pretzel-bites-frighteningly-good.html
http://www.sugarloco.com/2012/12/one-of-the-easiest-and-quickest-recipes-ever-recipe/?_szp=234510

Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Marshmallows

Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane MarshmallowsOk, don’t these look like the cutest, most delectable little treats you have ever seen?! I stumbled upon the idea for these at Liv Life and knew I had to try them! They were a hit both at a Christmas party and at the office. However, I once I realized that they would be perfect dipped in hot cocoa, I really fell in love. Yummmmmmy! Here is how they are made:

Ingredients
Large marshmallows
Mini Candy Canes (or you could just use a candy cane stick)
Dipping chocolate (I used Wilton’s Dark Chocolate Melts and the entire melting process took less than 5 minutes)
Crushed Candy Canes

Instructions
Again, you could probably guess by looking at the picture how to assemble this tasty treat. However, here are some tips I can offer. I crushed the candy canes in a food processor. This was moderately successful. I am willing to admit that it was user error on my part. However, a lot of my candy cane pieces were awfully big. Everything else was merely candy cane dust. This was not a problem though because despite how glorious Liv Life’s picture was, the bigger candy cane pieces just slid right off the dipped chocolate marshmallow. I ended up going on a search and rescue mission for that candy cane dust because it stayed on better. In the end, it didn’t matter because both dark chocolate covered in candy cane dust and dark chocolate covered in candy cane pieces tasted absolutely divine.

To assemble, I stuck the mini candy cane into the marshmallow first and then used it as a handle to dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate and roll through the crushed candy cane. You will want to line a plate or cookie sheet with wax paper so you can place you chocolate-dipped marshmallows on it until they set.

After action Tip! You will probably have melted chocolate left over. Impromptu fondue party! Honeybear and I had a blast dipping extra marshmallows, strawberries, potato chips, etc… into the melted chocolate. Happy lips, happy bellies.

Total Time to Make– 30 minutes or less (depends on how adept you are at using your food processor or otherwise crushing the candy canes)

Strawberry Brownie Santa Hats

Strawberry Brownie Santa HatsThis little treat was almost too easy to count. I got the inspiration for these Santa Hats from Daisy’s World but I admit to cutting a few corners to save time. Daisy suggested you bake your favorite brownie recipe (there are so many to choose from) and she included her yummy sounding recipe for vanilla buttercream frosting. I didn’t have time for all of that. So, I bought the brownie bites from Wegmans (the source of much culinary goodness) and picked up store bought frosting as well. I am sure these treats are better with homemade frosting but I was interested in something fast. Store bought worked best for me!

Ingredients
Brownie Bites
Strawberry Caps
Vanilla Frosting (I think you could also use whipped cream or even marshmallow fluff and have a yummy treat!)

Instructions
Assemble? Ok, It does look kind of obvious though, right? I do have a few minor tips. Unlike with the Grinch Kebabs, you can be more generous with Santa’s strawberry hat. I definitely used more of the strawberry for these treats, especially since the brownie bites were very generous. Also, for about 30-35 Santa Hats, I used 1 1/2-2 containers of frosting. I am willing to admit this is mostly due to the fact that I am not good at squeezing the last drop out of the piping bag. ‘Sigh’– practice makes perfect, right?

Total Time to Make– 15 minutes or less. Clearly, the time on task will be longer if you bake your own brownies or whip up your own frosting.

There are so many fast, easy, and super yummy treats you can make that are perfect for Christmas. Other ideas can be found here:
http://www.somethingswanky.com/50-cute-christmas-treat-ideas/
http://www.inthekidskitchen.com/kid-snacks/20-healthy-christmas-kids-snacks-meals/
http://www.cuttingtinybites.com/2014/11/25-healthy-holiday-snacks.html

What Christmas treats do you love to make during the holiday season! I would love to get more ideas.

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!
Sara

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Jennifer Tammy

Wednesday 17th of December 2014

Thanks so much for including my Christmas snacks post -- your ideas are gorgeous! Those pretzel buttons look very necessary right now...

sara

Saturday 20th of December 2014

Thanks for your post about all the great treats in the first place! I will probably try some this season. :-)

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