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25 Unexpected Treats for Santa

  • 25 Unexpected Treats for Santa 1 of 26
  • Mini Christmas Biscotti 2 of 26

    Leave these mini Christmas biscotti out for Santa, and you might just become his favorite house on the block!

    Make mini Christmas biscotti

  • White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies 3 of 26

    Everyone loves a perfectly made Christmas cookie, and Santa is no exception! These peanut butter treats are made even creamier with heaping spoonfuls of white chocolate icing.

    Make white chocolate peanut butter cookies

  • Red-Nosed Reindeer Cookies 4 of 26

    Your kids will love helping you decorate these adorable Rudolph cookies, and Santa will surely "ho ho ho!" when he sees his favorite reindeer in dessert form!

    Make red-nosed reindeer cookies

  • 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies 5 of 26

    Forget to bake cookies for Santa? Don't fret. These shortbread cookies only need three ingredients, and they're tasty enough to earn you a permanent spot on Santa's "nice" list.

    Make 3-ingredient shortbread cookies

  • Chocolate Peppermint Bars 6 of 26
    Chocolate Peppermint Bars

    The best part about these chocolate-y bars? You can get little hands to help make them! Your kids will feel like they'’re leaving Santa a gift — make sure they write a card, too!

    Make chocolate peppermint bars

  • Stroopwafels 7 of 26

    These sandwich cookies from the Netherlands (filled with caramel or Nutella) are the perfect treat for the jolly ole' globetrotter.

    Make stroopwafels

  • Chocolate and Peppermint-Covered Oreos 8 of 26
    Chocolate- and Peppermint-Covered Oreos

    Chocolate-covered Oreos are foolproof favorites that will surely satisfy Santa’'s notorious sweet tooth.

    Make chocolate and peppermint-covered Oreos

  • Stained-Glass Cookies 9 of 26
    Stained-Glass Cookies

    These beautiful cookies will make sure everyone in the house, even your late-night visitor, has a very holy night.

    Make stained-glass cookies

  • Peppermint Kiss Cookies 10 of 26
    Peppermint Kiss Cookies

    Let your kids be the ones to press the kisses into the dough when you'’re baking these gorgeous cookies! They’'ll love feeling like they played a hand in making Santa'’s treat.

    Make peppermint kiss cookies

  • Gingerbread Men 11 of 26
    Gingerbread Men

    Give little ones some icing and candy, and watch as they go crazy decorating their gingerbread men to perfection!

    Make gingerbread men

  • Gingerbread Snowflakes 12 of 26
    Gingerbread Snowflakes

    Or, if your kids aren'’t crazy about the thought of Santa chowing down on mini men, bake a batch of these, er, harmless gingerbread snowflakes instead.

    Make gingerbread snowflakes

  • Winterfresh Fudge 13 of 26
    Winterfresh Fudge

    Leave a treat as fresh as the brisk night air with this minty twist on a classic fudge recipe.

    Make winterfresh fudge

  • Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Sticks 14 of 26
    Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Sticks

    Making these sweet-salty favorites requires minimal supervision and is the perfect way to get even your youngest children involved in the treat-making process.

    Make chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks

  • Classic Sugar Cookies 15 of 26
    Classic Sugar Cookies

    You can wait ’'til the last minute to whip up these easy, classic cookies. (Plus, we think they’'re Santa'’s favorite.)

    Make classic sugar cookies

  • Mexican Wedding Cookies 16 of 26
    Mexican Wedding Cookies

    They may be called wedding cookies, but these snowball-shaped wonders taste just as good on Christmas, too!

    Make Mexican wedding cookies

  • Pillsbury Candy Cane Crunch Rolls 17 of 26
    Pillsbury Candy Cane Crunch Rolls

    If Santa’'s snack was last on your to-do list this year, don'’t fret! These simple candy cane rolls are ready in just minutes.

    Make Pillsbury candy cane crunch rolls

  • Double Gingerbread Cupcakes 18 of 26
    Double Gingerbread Cupcakes

    No need to build an entire gingerbread house when you can make these gorgeous cupcakes for St. Nick. Top them off with festively-shaped cookies for a double dose of gingerbread!

    Make double gingerbread cupcakes

  • Mini Apple Pie Pops 19 of 26
    Mini Apple Pie Pops

    Counting on the big man to slice his own pie could prove to be a messy midnight snack. Instead, leave him these adorable pie pops—, perfect for a quick bite during a night full of international travel.

    Make mini apple pie pops

  • Mint Chocolate Cupcake Truffles 20 of 26
    Mint Chocolate Cupcake Truffles

    Don'’t fancy yourself a chocolatier? Impress St. Nick —and yourself with these no-fuss, 10-minute truffles! They'’re so addicting, you might just find a few extra presents under the tree.

    Make mint chocolate cupcake truffles

  • Pecan Chocolate Chip Ginger Blondies 21 of 26
    Pecan Chocolate Chip Ginger Blondies

    Forego the standard brownies by going blondie. And don’'t be surprised if you catch the big guy in your kitchen, looking for the recipe!

    Make pecan chocolate chip ginger blondies

  • Candy Cane White Chocolate Pretzels 22 of 26
    Candy Cane White Chocolate Pretzels

    Here'’s a Christmas Eve recipe your kids can practically whip up themselves! Just make sure you remember to leave some behind for the guest of the evening.

    Make candy cane white chocolate pretzels

  • Nutella Brownies with Hazelnuts and Dried Cherries 23 of 26
    Nutella Brownies with Hazelnuts and Dried Cherries

    If regular ol'’ brownies just won'’t do for Father Christmas this year, dress them up for the holidays by adding nuts and cherries.

    Make Nutella brownies with hazelnuts and dried cherries

  • Cinnamon-Sugar Hazelnut Flute Twists 24 of 26
    Cinnamon-sugar Hazelnut Flute Twists

    Switch out the traditional cookie for a festive flute! These twists may look super fancy and classy, but we'’ll let you in on a little secret: they'’re actually ideal for dunking into milk, Santa'’s beverage of choice!

    Make cinnamon-sugar hazelnut flute twists


    Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky

  • Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream Icing 25 of 26
    Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream Icing

    Surprise Santa this year by sneaking the beloved holiday drink into dessert. Instead of just quenching his thirst, you'’ll be sure to fill his belly like a bowl full of jelly for his long return trip to the North Pole.

    Make eggnog cupcakes with eggnog buttercream icing

  • Vegan Orange Spice Cookies 26 of 26

    You never know what Santa's dietary restrictions might be! Play it safe and leave him a vegan treat, just in case. These spiced orange cookies have a bit of a kick and are a fun departure from traditional chocolate chip.

    Make vegan orange spice cookies


    Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky

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