Easy DIY Holiday Treats

The holidays are here! Where did the time go? Need last minute holiday treat ideas? Here are cookies that are sure to please! Not only are they delicious, but they make a pretty presentation, even for those who aren’t artists in the kitchen! 

I found the Sugar Cookie M&M’s Bars recipe on bettycrocker.com. This is great because all you need to do is use a packet of sugar cookie mix, butter, egg, M&Ms and vanilla baking chips and you’re good to go! They’re super easy to make and are sure to be a hit with kids and anyone who loves cookie bars or M&M’s!

Boxed cookie kits are also great for when you’re busy. Target has good ones! I picked up a box of Chocolate Crinkles mix, which I made thumb prints out of. I also got their Hot Cocoa Cookie Cups.

The Chocolate Crinkles were easy to make. (One thing to note, though, is that you’ll need to chill the dough for an hour at one point. So, if you’re looking for something very last minute, this might not be the best option.) Just add eggs and butter to the mix, roll the dough into balls, chill for an hour, roll the chilled dough balls in powdered sugar (included with the mix) and bake! About halfway through the baking process, imprint the center of each cookie with the handle side of a wooden spoon. Do the same as soon as the baking process is finished. Then, use the filling of your choice for the thumbprints. I used icing and sprinkles, but you can use anything you’d like. Jam, mini chips, candied cherries, sprinkles, mini candies or mini marshmallows are suggested on the cookie mix box.

The Hot Cocoa Cookie Cups were easy and fun to make as well! These are mini cookie cups filled with chocolate pudding and topped with mini marshmallows. (This one also requires an hour to chill the pudding.) First, make the chocolate pudding per the directions on the box. The only ingredient you need to add to the pudding mix is milk. Chill the pudding for an hour. Then, make the cookies, mixing together the cookie mix, eggs and butter. Then, roll the dough into mini balls. Press each dough ball into the cups of a mini muffin pan. About halfway through the baking process, you’ll need to press the dough back into he muffin pan cups with the handle side of a wooden spoon. You may need to repeat this at the end of the baking cycle too. After the cookie cups have cooled, fill them with the chocolate pudding and top with mini marshmallows. (You’ll probably want to keep these cookies refrigerated since the pudding contains milk.)

Let me know in the comments section what your favorite holiday treats are.

Happy Holidays!!


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