Pull out your aprons, crank up the Christmas tunes and grab your little helper, because it’s time to do some holiday baking. Homemade treats are great gifts for your friends and neighbors, and sharing will give you an excuse to make more (which is half the fun). It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro in the kitchen or you prefer to keep things simple — we found 14 festive treats with something for everyone and every skill level. Just be sure to save some for Santa.
1. Powdered Donut Snowmen: Your kids will love making (and eating) these adorable snowmen, and you’ll love how easy they are to put together. Stack the donuts on a wooden skewer and secure the gumdrop buttons and candy corn nose with dots of frosting. (via Worth Pinning)
2. Reindeer Cookies: Transform chewy chocolate cookies into ridiculously cute reindeer even old St. Nick would approve of. The pretzel antlers add the perfect amount of salt to this sweet treat. (via Your Cup of Cake)
3. Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees: If you need a project to do with a group of kiddos, look no further. The simple and straightforward assembly means they can do almost everything themselves, so you’ll all leave the party feeling pretty proud. (via One Little Project at a Time)
4. Gingerbread Reindeer: Bake a bunch of gingerbread men like you normally would, then when it comes time to decorate them, turn the cookies upside down and make reindeer instead. Sprinkle sanding sugar over the antlers and add a red candy nose to finish it off. (via Martha Stewart)
5. Santa Hat Brownie Bites: Leave Santa something besides cookies this year. Bake your go-to brownie recipe in a mini muffin tin and top each one with a strawberry and a ring of white chocolate. Now comes the hard part: trying not to eat them all. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)
6. Thumbprint Snowman Cookies: Your kids will get a kick out of sticking their thumbs in the sugar cookie dough before you put it in the oven. Once cooled, fill the indentations with royal icing and let it fully harden before adding the buttons and face. (via In Katrina’s Kitchen)
7. Christmas Tree Brownie Pops: Make a batch of brownies while your kid is napping and set out all your holiday sprinkles and a bowl of frosting. When the little ones wake up, work together decorating these delicious Christmas trees. Break off the curved end of a candy cane and insert the straight end into the brownie for a convenient little handle. (via Five Heart Home)
8. Reindeer Truffles: Put out a plate of these truffles and they’ll be devoured faster than you can say “North Pole.” Made from cookie crumbs, cream cheese and semi-sweet chocolate, they’re nothing short of scrumptious. Did we mention they’re cute too? (via Meaningful Mama)
9. Snowflake Cookies: Just when you thought Oreos couldn’t get any better, we went ahead and found this recipe. Roll out a batch of blue fondant and have your tiny sous chef use a cookie cutter to make the circles. Pour the frosting in a ziplock bag and snip off one of the corners for a quick make-shift pastry bag to easily pipe the snowflakes. (via Cake Whiz)
11. Snowman Treats: Even Santa’s tiniest helper can handle this one. Let them take care of the marshmallow bodies and pretzel arms while you tackle the small details. A scarf made from a thin strip of fruit leather is the perfect finishing touch. (via Flexible Dreams)
12. Penguin Cookies: These peanut butter + chocolate penguins will be gone so fast, you’ll think they waddled right off the plate. Looks like you’re just going to have to make another batch. (via Delightful E Made)
13. Pretzel Snowmen: You won’t have to worry about these snowmen melting, but you will have to worry about making enough for seconds. This project is great for your kid to try their hand at dipping — there’s plenty of room to hold on to one end without getting their fingers in the chocolate. (via Hungry Happenings)
Which project are you going to make first? Do you have another favorite activity we should try? Let us know in the comments.