Best Christmas Treats: 3 Easy Christmas Treat Recipes (2024)

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It may not be the most important aspect of the holiday season, but it’s hard to imagine having a properly festive Christmas without Christmas treats. Where would we be without recipes like crockpot hot chocolate, sour cream cookies, hot chocolate bombs, gingerbread houses (and their easier cousin, graham cracker houses), fudge brownies — I could go on and on!

While some of my favorite holiday treats are classics like sugar cookies and peppermint bark, I’ve also expanded my collection of recipes for tasty holiday snacks over the past few years! We just can’t get enough of these addictiveChristmas treats, so I thought I’d share 3 Christmas goodie recipes with you here that not only would make fabulous snacks for Christmas, but wonderful gifts for family and friends, too!

The fact that all 3 recipes are easy Christmas treats is the icing on the cake (or the cream cheese frosting on the Christmas cake, so to speak!)In addition to being quick and easy holiday snacks, they’d make great Christmas party desserts or prizes for Christmas party games!

If you have a favorite Christmas treat that other OGT readers should know about, please share it in a comment at the bottom of this post!

My 3 Favorite Christmas Treat Recipes

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1. Ritz Cracker Toffee

This is the recipe most often associated with the name “Christmas Crack,” and for good reason! It’s hard not to be hooked on this crunchy, chocolatey bark from the very first bite. Consider making a double batch of this easy holiday treat, because it will disappear before your eyes! It’s one of my very favorite Christmas treat recipes, and makes a fun Christmas dessert, too.

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Ingredients:

  • 20 Ritz crackers or similar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Pinch sea salt (optional)
  • Crushed candy cane, to garnish (optional)
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Directions:

Start by lining an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper, then arrangean even layer of Ritz crackers so that it covers the bottom of the pan.

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Next, combine butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat until melted. Boil the mixture for 2-3 minutes — WITHOUT stirring — then immediately pour the caramel over the crackers, using a spatula to spread it into an even layer.

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Place the pan in a 425 degree oven for 5 minutes to help set the caramel layer. Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the caramel, then put the pan back in the hot oven for 1-2 more minutes to melt the chocolate chips.

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Immediately after removing the pan from the oven, spread the melted chips into an even layer, then sprinkle crushed peppermints or candy canes over the chocolate to give it a fun, festive look. Let the pan cool completely before breaking the finished toffee into snack-sized pieces.

Mix It Up!

  • Instead of peppermint, sprinkle crushed pecans or walnuts on top, or add some Christmas cookie sprinkles.
  • Use dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chip, or even butterscotch chips (or a mix!)
  • Sprinkle crushed pretzels on top to give it even more of a sweet and salty flair.
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2. “Pigeon Mix” (Christmas Chex Mix)

This recipe was shared with me by our long-time neighbors (and my daughter Britta’s in-laws) the Hopkins, who call it by the name “Pigeon Mix” (though I’m sure it’s known by other names, as Christmas Chex mixes often are!) This sweet, crunchy, buttery snack mix is as easy to make as it is hard to put down! If your family is anything like mine, you won’t be able to get enough of it.

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Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 box Corn Chex
  • 1/2 box Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4cupbutter
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Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the Chex, Golden Grahams, slivered almonds, and shredded coconut, then set the bowl aside.

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To a saucepan, add the corn syrup, sugar, and butter, then place it on your stovetop over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

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Pour the liquid over the cereal mixture and stir to combine, then spread the mixture out onto a lined baking sheet. Allow it to cool before breaking it up and storing it in ziplock bags.

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3. Snowstorm Popcorn

I made this soft and chewy popcorn treat one year while were stuck inside during a snowstorm, and that’s how it earned its moniker. Snacking on a big bowl of this popcorn while watching a Christmas movie in the glow of the lights of your Christmas tree sounds the perfect way to spend time with those you love around the holidays. It’s surprisingly easy to make, and goes great with a steaming mug of hot cocoa!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 bags microwave popcorn, popped
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 16 oz marshmallows
  • 1 cup brown sugar
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Directions:

Start by picking out any unpopped kernels from the popcorn and discarding them, then place the popped popcorn in a large bowl.

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In a separate, microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, marshmallows, and brown sugar, then and microwave it for 2 minutes.Remove the bowl, stir, then microwave again for 1-2 minutes. Stir again, repeating until the mixture is thin enough to pour.

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Pour the buttery marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and stir well with a spatula to ensure the popcorn gets coated evenly. Let cool and serve.

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BONUS: Packaging Treats For Quick And Easy Holiday Gifts

These Christmas treats are fun and easy to make with your kids, and would make great gifts to boot! Here are a few ideas for packaging your delicious Christmas goodies to make them extra festive:

  • Mold the popcorn into balls and wrap them in wax paper or plastic wrap. Use a fun Christmas sticker to secure the paper or plastic.
  • Scoop Pigeon Mix into cellophane bags or holiday ziplock bag to give to coworkers, mail delivery people, neighbors, etc.
  • Break the toffee into bite-size pieces, pile them into a cellophane bag, then tie the bag closed with red and green ribbon.
  • Scoop any of these festive holiday treats into a mason jar for a delicious (and practical) gift!

What are your favorite Christmas treats to make during the holidays?

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Ritz Cracker Toffee Recipe

Jill Nystul

Buttery crackers, chewy caramel, and chocolate layered together and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies — need I say more?

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 2 hours hrs 25 minutes mins

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 20 Ritz Crackers
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 pinch sea salt (optional)
  • crushed candy cane for sprinkling on top (optional)

Instructions

  • Start by lining an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper.

  • Place Ritz crackers in an even layer covering the bottom of the pan.

  • Next, combine butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat until melted. Boil the mixture for 2-3 minutes WITHOUT stirring.

  • After boiling, immediately pour the caramel mixture over the Ritz crackers in your pan. Use a spatula to spread the caramel out in an even layer.

  • Place the pan in a 425 degree oven for 5 minutes to help thicken and set the caramel.

  • Next, remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips in an even layer on top of the caramel. Then pop the tray back in the oven for 2-3 minutes to melt the chocolate chips.

  • Spread the melted chocolate immediately after removing the pan from the oven and sprinkle with crushed candy cane for a festive look! Let the whole thing cool completely in the fridge (about 2 hours) before breaking into serving-sized pieces.

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Pigeon Mix Recipe (AKA Christmas Chex Mix)

Jill Nystul

A delicious mix of crunchy cereal and almonds coated in a sweet, sticky, coconut goodness.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 2 minutes mins

Total Time 9 minutes mins

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • ½ box Corn Chex
  • ½ box Golden Grahams
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup butter

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together the Chex, Golden Grahams, slivered almonds, and shredded coconut. Set the bowl aside.

  • Combine the corn syrup, sugar, and butter into a saucepan and place it on your stove over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

  • Pour the liquid over the cereal mixture and stir to combine. Spread out on a lined cookie sheet and let it cool before storing in airtight container.

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Snowstorm Popcorn Recipe

Jill Nystul

Buttery popcorn covered in a gooey mixture of brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows!

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 10 minutes mins

Course Dessert, Snack

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 3 bags Microwave Popcorn popped (9-12 cups popped corn)
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 16 oz Marshmallows
  • 2 cup Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • Start by removing any unpopped kernels from the popcorn to discard. Place the popcorn in a large bowl and set it aside.

  • Place the butter, marshmallows, and brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave it for 2 1/2 minutes.

  • Take the bowl out, stir the mixture, then place it back in the microwave for another minute. Stir again. Repeat until the mixture is thin enough to pour easily.

  • Pour the liquid mixture over the popcorn and use a spatula to stir them together, making sure that the popcorn is evenly coated.

  • Let cool and serve.

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FAQs

What do you put in a Christmas treat box for Christmas? ›

In addition to cookies, I love adding chewy caramel candies, marshmallows, English toffee, peppermint bark, and even little packages of savoury crackers in my holiday treat boxes. An added bonus is that many confections last for several weeks when stored properly, so you can make these ahead of time.

What is a Christmas treat? ›

There are tons of peppermint treats, chocolate desserts, gingerbread cookies, and fruit cake ahead. There's also seasonal snacks such as candied pecans and Christmas chex to fuel all your Christmas movie marathons!

What is the most sold food at Christmas? ›

Nationally, these are the most popular Christmas foods in America:
  • Roasted potatoes (91%)
  • Scalloped potatoes (83%)
  • Roast beef (77%)
  • Red velvet cake (76%)
  • Ham (76%)
  • Christmas nuts (76%)
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What is the most bought Christmas food? ›

The 5 best selling Christmas foods for your business include:
  1. Mince Pies. It's only right that we start this list off with arguably one of the best things about Christmas time, mince pies. ...
  2. Chocolates. Another popular food commonly associated with Christmas festivities is chocolate. ...
  3. Stuffing. ...
  4. Mulled Wine. ...
  5. Christmas Pudding.
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What should be in a treat box? ›

For a nice balance in the box, alternate large treats with small treats. Don't go bigger than donuts and cupcakes in size. You often only add one or two of these to your box. Cookies should certainly not be missed!

What do you put in a sweet treat box? ›

Simply a box of home baked sweet treats - normally including cupcakes, brownies, rocky road, cookies, popcorn & fresh fruit.

What do you put in a sweet box? ›

Candy, chocolates, candies, and other confections are packaged and presented in sweet boxes. Guests frequently get these as gifts or party favors on a variety of occasions.

What are the 5 rules of Christmas? ›

The 5 Gift Rule for Christmas: Find Peace in the Holidays - Frozen Pennies. Want to simplify your Christmas traditions? Follow the 5 gift rule for kids. Something you want, need, wear, read, and someplace to be.

What do most people eat on Christmas? ›

Traditional Christmas dinner features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. Other types of poultry, roast beef, or ham, are also used. Pumpkin or apple pie, raisin pudding, Christmas pudding, or fruitcake are staples for dessert.

What is Santa's favorite treat? ›

Now that you know Santa's favorite food is cookies, make him one !

What is the number 1 Christmas candy? ›

Peppermint bark is also the No. 1 loved Christmas candy in eight states and in the top three in 20 states. Reindeer corn is the No. 1 candy in just one state (Alabama) and ranks in the top three in 15 states.

What is the most sold Christmas candy? ›

Hubscore also delved into America's Favorite Christmas Candy by State, and the most popular candy came out to be the chocolatey classic: Kit Kat.

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