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Homemade Holiday Treats: Beyond the Cookie

Time to break out of the holiday cookie making mold (or cutter) and make something special, something with pizzazz that will get your loved ones excited. I’ve found over 20 recipes to inspire a new holiday tradition. Take the jump and make something new…

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  • Chocolate Candy Cane Dipped Marshamllows 1 of 21
    Chocolate Candy Cane Dipped Marshamllows
    Picture this! You're sipping a warm mug of cocoa and swirling one of these around, adding more and more flavor. These treats make all prepackaged cocoa taste like it has been made from scratch!
    Get the recipe from Simple Organized Living
  • Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn 2 of 21
    Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn
    This might be the easiest and cutest 'homemade' holiday treat of all time. A jar, some corn kernels and a recipe. Who wouldn't love to give AND receive this?
    Get the recipe from Cooking With My Kid
  • Cinnamon Roasted Almonds 3 of 21
    Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
    A delicious wintertime treat! Plus, you can almost convince yourself to have a second handful since, after all, they are almonds.
    Get the recipe for cinnamon roasted almonds
  • Holiday Reindeer Treat 4 of 21
    Holiday Reindeer Treat
    How cute are these? Kids would get such a kick out of making these adorable little guys. In fact, I just might have some of my daughter's friends over to enjoy a little cooking session. (Okay, that was her chiming in as she peeked over my shoulder.)
    Get the recipe from Land O Lakes
  • Hot Fudge 5 of 21
    Hot Fudge
    Did someone say Hot Fudge holiday treat? Why haven't I ever gotten some of this?!
    Get the recipe from Simple Organized Living
  • Skinny Chocolate Covered Apples 6 of 21
    Skinny Chocolate Covered Apples
    One of these and a bag of cinnamon roasted almonds and I'm good to go for a week.
    Get the recipe for skinny chocolate covered apples
  • Hot Chocolate on a Stick 7 of 21
    Hot Chocolate on a Stick
    This is awesome and sure to be a huge hit. You could even add some crushed candy canes to make it more festive.
    Get the recipe from Givers Log
  • Homemade Brownie Mix in a Jar 8 of 21
    Homemade Brownie Mix in a Jar
    This is brilliant because everyone gets so many yummy treats around the holidays. This mix will be there, waiting to be made, when all the other good stuff runs out.
    Get the recipe for homemade brownie mix in a jar
  • Grapefruit Cranberry Marmalade 9 of 21
    Grapefruit Cranberry Marmalade
    It sounds so fancy and it's so pretty and festive. I love grapefruit and cranberries, never thought to put them together.
    Get the recipe for grapefruit cranberry marmalade
  • Candy Cane Marshmallows 10 of 21
    Candy Cane Marshmallows
    I have made these several times and they are divine. Everyone who receives them is so impressed. (And I never tell them how easy they are to make!).
    Get the recipe from Merriment Design
  • Holiday Granola 11 of 21
    Holiday Granola
    Fun, different, adorable. Granola in a holiday flavor? Sign me up.
    Get the recipe from Cooking With My Kid
  • Hot Chocolate Mix 12 of 21
    Hot Chocolate Mix
    Another super easy, yet wonderful, holiday treat that those in the rigid temps will appreciate.
    Get the recipe for hot chocolate mix
  • Sparkly Pomegranate Cranberries 13 of 21
    Sparkly Pomegranate Cranberries
    They almost look to pretty to eat. Almost being the key word here. I made a ton of these last year and ate half a ton myself.
    Get the recipe from Cooking With My Kid
  • Your Own Bailey’s Irish Cream 14 of 21
    Your Own Bailey's Irish Cream
    Homemade liquor is such a treat. I remember receiving a bottle of homemade Kahlua one year and it was like I won the lottery.
    Get the recipe for homemade Bailey's Irish Cream
  • Lemon Parsley Garlic Compound Butter 15 of 21
    Lemon Parsley Garlic Compound Butter
    Mix up the holiday treats by giving out something savory instead of sweet.
    Get the recipe for lemon parsley garlic compound butter
  • Trimmed Christmas Tree Treats 16 of 21
    Trimmed Christmas Tree Treats
    Prefect for the kiddos to get their creative juices flowing and chip in with all the holiday decorating.
    Get the recipe from Foodily
  • Nuts For Candies Pecans 17 of 21
    Nuts For Candies Pecans
    Mmmmm, I love the smell of the Nuts-for-Nuts carts scattered around NYC. Now I can recreate this delicious scent in my own home.
    Get the recipe from Cooking With My Kid
  • Divinity 18 of 21
    Divinity
    This classic is the perfect holiday goodie. It looks like a winter wonderland on a plate.
    Get the recipe from My Recipes
  • Cinnamon Honey Butter 19 of 21
    Cinnamon Honey Butter
    What's better than butter? Cinnamon honey butter spread on a fresh muffin or toast or scone. Imagine all the possibilities!
    Get the recipe for cinnamon honey butter
  • Pumpkin Pup Cakes 20 of 21
    Pumpkin Pup Cakes
    We can't leave out Fido. Here's a homemade treat for for your family pets too!
    Get the recipe from Cooking With My Kid
  • Candy Cane White Chocolate Pretzels 21 of 21
    Candy Cane White Chocolate Pretzels
    Everyone knows what they are getting from me this year... it's a traditional favorite!
    Get the recipe for candy cane white chocolate pretzels

50 Best holiday recipes — Breakfast, dessert, and everything in between

 

 

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