Before we run out to the store to gather our holiday baking supplies, I decided to put together a quick list of easy, mostly no-bake type treats (and their ingredients), so I could be sure we have all the things on hand for those simple, do-on-their-own or we-want-to-bake-but-Mom-needs-a-nap, quick and easy Christmas treats.
We probably won't be making them all. Honestly just the thought of consuming that much sweetened condensed milk and butter in one month makes me queasy. Still, it can't hurt to have the ingredients on hand, just in case, you know...
1. Rice Krispie Treats - Divide them in half and add red food coloring to one half, and green to the other before pressing them into the pan, for festive squares, or choose from one of the many decorated ideas from Google images.
Butter, Rice Krispies, a package of marshmallows, food coloring, optional candy decorations.
2. Grinch Poppers.
Strawberries, green grapes, mini marshmallows, bananas, toothpicks.
3. Mock Turtle Candy (requires oven)
1 bag mini pretzel squares, 1 bag Rolos, 1 bag pecan halves.
Candy Cane "Fudge"
1 BIG bag of Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk.
5. Eagle Brand Fudge
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk, salt, and vanilla.
6. Eagle Brand Peanut Butter Fudge (same recipe but substitute chips)
3 cups peanut butter chips, 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk, salt, and vanilla.
7. Eagle Brand Fudge with nuts (same recipe but add nuts)
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk, salt, vanilla, 1 cup of chopped nuts.
8. Puppy Chow
Rice Chex, peanut butter, 1 package of chocolate chips, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla (plus a large plastic bag).
9. Strawberry Banana Candy Cane
Strawberries and bananas.
10. Green Grape Christmas Tree.
Green grapes, optional pomegranate pieces.
11. Marshmallow Snowmen (elaborate but cute)
Pretzel sticks, large marshmallows, sprinkles or chopped nuts, chocolate chips, 12 vanilla caramels, butter, shortening, sweetened condensed milk.
12. Chocolate Chip Cookies with red and green M&Ms
1 bag Christmas M&Ms, flour, baking soda, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, shortening, butter, eggs and vanilla.
13. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares.
Butter, peanut butter, graham crackers, powdered sugar, chocolate chips
14. Christmas Gummies (uses stove top)
1 (3oz) package flavored Jello, 3 packets unflavored gelatin, Christmas mold (last year's advent calendars)
15. Bread-maker Panettone
Oranges, butter, eggs, flour, sugar, dry powdered milk, bread maker yeast, salt, vanilla, anise, chopped dried fruit/golden raisins/craisins, candied fruit (1/2 cup), chopped nuts.
16. Easy Popcorn Balls
Marshmallows, Butter, Popped Popcorn, optional mini M&Ms
17 Dipped Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks
Candy canes, white chocolate chips, candy sprinkles.
18. Rudolph Noses
1 package of white chocolate chips, 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk, butter, 3 sleeves of Ritz crackers, red food coloring.
19. Frosted Sugar Cookies (add friends to make a party).
Sugar cookies - butter, flour, sugar, egg, vanilla, and Christmas cookie cutters. Frosting - canned, or butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, food coloring. Optional candy sprinkles.
Chex Mix (tried and true).
Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Corn Chex, mini pretzels and bagel bites, butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic and onion powder.
21. Gluten-Free Reindeer Feed
Rice Chex, white chocolate chips, candy canes.
22. Pretzel Stars
Pretzel sticks, peanut butter or butterscotch chips.
23. Cranberry Christmas Cookies (don't forget the story book)
Flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, egg, milk, lemon juice, fresh cranberries, walnut pieces.
24. Maple Cranberry Drops
Rice Krispies, Craisins, peanut butter, maple syrup or extract, white chocolate chips