Every year around mid-December, I feel overwhelmed. There are essays to grade, gifts to buy, meals to prep, and parties to plan and attend. With two school-aged children, after-school activities, work obligations, and friends to see, I try to keep things simple where I can. So I wrote up a list of easy holiday treats to make when I attend or host a party — yummy desserts that are simple to put together and even easier to devour. Here are my top five go-to recipes for the holiday season!
I learned about “Christmas crack” a few years ago, and I’m not sure how I ever lived without it. The recipe is simple, featuring saltine crackers, brown sugar, butter, chocolate, and nuts/sprinkles — it’s a surefire way to win the hearts of anyone with a sweet tooth. Adapt the recipe with appropriately colored sprinkles for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Year’s, or leave it simple with walnuts or pecans on top.
A delicious alternative to the pie, these pecan pie truffles are decadent. This year, I enlisted the help of my children to roll the balls before I dipped them in chocolate. I received more compliments about these than any pie I’ve ever made, and it took me around 30 minutes of work! (The truffles do need to set up in the refrigerator/freezer after shaping and dipping.) Try this recipe if you love pecan pie — you will not be disappointed!
If you’re looking for easy, look no further. This mama bought a pre-made pumpkin pie at Target, smushed it up, rolled it in balls, and dipped them in white chocolate. These pumpkin pie truffles are ridiculously easy to make, but they taste like they’re from an upscale bakery. Sprinkles make them look extra special, and the taste is out of this world!
This holiday classic is so easy I often task my girls with assembling the tasty bites. A simple pretzel with a Rolo on top is a yummy bite-sized treat for all to enjoy, and when you add red and green M&Ms to the top, it’s a Christmas delight! Or, add a pecan on top for homemade turtles. Any way you top it, this treat is always a quick and easy winner when it’s time for a holiday party!
This cookie butter dip combines six ingredients to create one amazing dessert. All you need is a bowl and a mixer to turn cookie butter, cream cheese, sugar, milk, and bits of heaven into the most delicious dessert dip. Grab some chocolate graham crackers, Nilla wafers, or Biscoff cookies, and you are ready to dip and party.
Listen, mamas, none of these treats are healthy. But they are all delicious and totally worthy of the 15-30 minutes it will take you to put them together. Your hosts will thank you, your guests will thank you, your kids will thank you, and your schedule will not be compromised. When time is precious, and making treats for the holidays can be quick and delicious, it’s a win/win celebration!