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12 Easy, Mouthwatering No-Bake Treats for Santa and Friends

{Image Credit: Eat Drink Love}

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s pretty clear that our yuletide-inspired spirits are reaching new heights this season. Between all that shopping, festive home décor, and music that just speaks so deep to our soul, we are on a roll for a smooth and peaceful holiday. However, there’s just one more thing we have to consider.

What will we leave out for Santa? For years, the cookie has been a staple for jolly old Saint Nick, along with that cold glass of milk. But if everyone’s giving him the same thing year after year, don’t you think he might be a little bored by now?

The short answer is yes — plus, we really love to think outside the dessert box!

To help you score bonus points this Christmas, consider some of our favorite no-bake treats. Not only are these festive-inspired desserts fun to make with the kids, but they also double as wonderful gifts when paired with clever packaging.

No-Bake Gingerbread Cheesecakes {via eat drink love}

Using crushed gingersnap cookies for a crust, these single serving sized cheesecakes are loaded with flavors, thanks to the added molasses and spices that really brighten up that cream cheese. Easily topped with whipped cream and a little gingerbread man — this might be your favorite holiday dessert to prepare.

{Image Credit: Domestic Superhero}

Holiday Reindeer Cookies {via domestic superhero}

It might seem a little like a nightmare for Santa, but even he will find these to be a dream! Putting a spin on the old Nutter Butter, these cookies are designed in a fun way to look like adorable reindeer, thanks to a chocolate coating and pretzels.

Cookies and Cream Krispie Treats {via the 36th avenue}

Easy to make in just under 10 minutes, these are perfect for just about all-year round and absolutely ‘dippable’ for that cold glass of milk thanks to its unique flavors. However, just a warning, these are insanely addictive, so leave out quite a bit for Santa — if you catch our drift.

Santa’s Snack Mix {via smart school house}

It’s no secret Santa has places to be come Christmas, so prepare his favorite ‘Snack Mix’ that is made in literally minutes. Remarkably easy and fun to make with the kids, this 10-ingredient treat will be everyone’s favorite finger food this season.

{Image Credit: Cooking Classy}

Christmas Crunch: Funfetti Popcorn Style {via cooking classy}

Delight Santa and your family with some festive ‘Funfetti’ infused popcorn that will be a favorite throughout the holiday season. Simply pop some popcorn in the microwave, toss in pretzel pieces and M&Ms, then drizzle with candy melts and add yuletide-inspired sprinkles. Sweet and salty, it’s a treat that looks and tastes super gourmet.

No-Bake Coconut Pecan Praline Cookies {via confessions of a cookbook queen}

These may sound too good to be true, but trust us when we say they are the real deal this holiday season. With just seven ingredients and less than 20 minutes to prepare, these cookies have a rich texture and taste, and are incredibly “praline-y, pecan-y and coconut-y.”

Strawberry Whipped Cream Santas {via jeanette’s healthy living}

To help Santa and your kids stay on the healthy track this holiday, make these easy whipped cream Santas made entirely of strawberries. Pro trick: use a ‘Whip Cream Stabilizer’ to the whipped cream to keep it from getting watery and hold its shape.

{Image Credit: Lauren’s Latest}

Cinnamon Roll Pretzels {via lauren’s latest}

Santa’s coming — there isn’t any time for actually baking cinnamon rolls! But what about the next best thing? Easy to make and super quick, these fancy looking treats are made with coating pretzels in cinnamon powder and then drizzling with white chocolate or candy melts.

Raspberry Fools with Honey Butter Croissants {via half baked harvest}

This beautiful treat combines mashed fruits with mascarpone cheese and honey. Easily customizable for every season, opt for rich berries, pomegranates or persimmon in the winter. Moreover, if you want to skip the sweet, toasted croissants, add golden pound cake chunks instead.

Elf Party Mix {via layers of happiness}

If you’re looking for Santa to kick his feet up this holiday season on your cozy coach, treat him to a fun sweet and salty party mix featuring favorites like, chocolate, pretzels, Bugles and Chex made by his ‘elves’ from that ‘satellite office.’ (We mean you and your kitchen.)

Christmas Sugar Cookie Truffles {via if you give a blonde a kitchen}

It isn’t the holidays without sugar cookies, but these ones add a brilliant spin to an all-time classic. Maintaining their delicious sugar cookie flavor in just four ingredients, the sweet, cream cheese texture makes these a smooth and rich treat.

Happy holidays!


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