10 Quick and Easy Christmas Desserts

With Thanksgiving here, I now freely accept the Christmasifying of all the things (…Yes, I did start decorating my house for Halloween in September. Judge elsewhere).

If your holiday experience is anything like mine, it is one mad rush after another as you run from holiday celebration to holiday celebration, with each demanding a festive sacrifice to the hungry masses. Invariably, I run out of time to make treats and either have to cave and buy something or be a freeloader (Grandma hasn’t minded yet, but I do!). The trick is finding a few quick-and-easy options, a few of which I have thrown together for you here.

Step one to all of these is the same: turn on your favorite Christmas tunes.

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1. Eggnog pudding

What you need:
Instant pudding mix
Eggnog
Pumpkin pie spice

Making instant pudding really can’t get any simpler. Follow the directions on the box, but instead of milk, you mix the pudding powder with eggnog. Refrigerate as directed, and when you serve it up, add a dash of pumpkin pie spice over it! It’s a great twist on a favorite dessert.

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2. White chocolate with peppermint bark

What you need:
White chocolate chips
Peppermint hard candies
Wax paper
Microwave-safe container, double boiler, or slow cooker (to melt the chocolate)

I use a slow cooker on low and slow cooker bags to melt my chocolate. It lets me prep the other ingredients while the chocolate melts, and it makes for a nice easy clean up.

While the chocolate melts, break up the peppermints (I wrap them in a kitchen towel and use an old rolling pin). Once the chocolate is melted, mix most of the peppermint bits into the chocolate and pour it into a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Then, sprinkle the remaining peppermint bits over top.

3. Melting Snowman bark

What you need:
White chocolate chips
Marshmallows (small)
Black icing (for the coal eyes and mouths)
Orange icing (for noses)
Mini pretzel rods (arms)
Wax paper
Microwave-safe container, double boiler, or slow cooker (to melt the chocolate)

While the chocolate melts, break up the peppermints (I wrap them in a kitchen towel and use an old rolling pin). Once the chocolate is melted, pour it into a wax paper lined cookie sheet and add the marshmallows. Use the icing to draw on your snowmen’s faces onto the marshmallows, and use the pretzel rods to have a few reaching for help!

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4. Dipped marshmallow pops

What you need:
Marshmallows (jumbo)
White chocolate chips
Variety of sprinkles
Candy canes
Wax paper
Microwave-safe container, double boiler, or slow cooker (to melt the chocolate)

Pierce the marshmallows on the end of a candy cane. Once the chocolates are melted, dip the marshmallow in the chocolate, then swirl in the bowl of sprinkles while the chocolate is still gooey.

I recommend making these at the same time as the peppermint bark. They take the same ingredients and any leftover candy / sprinkles from making the pops can be added to the bark for extra yumminess!

5. Dipped candy canes

Too much sweet? Ditch the marshmallow and just dip the candy cane!

What you need:
White chocolate chips
Variety of sprinkles
Candy canes
Wax paper
Microwave-safe container, double boiler, or slow cooker (to melt the chocolate)

Once the chocolates are melted, dip the candy cane in the chocolate, then swirl in the bowl of sprinkles while the chocolate is still gooey. Try crumbling some of your favorite candy as a topping for these!

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6. Candy pretzels

Pretzels
Rolos
Reese’s cup minis
Hershey Kisses
M&Ms

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Lay pretzels out on a cookie sheet, then top with Rolo, Reese’s cup, or Kiss. Put in the oven for 5 minutes. When you take them out, immediately top with an M&M (or change it up and use a pecan or walnut) and refrigerate until set.

7. Drizzled pretzel trees

Green chocolate melts
Pretzel rods
Sprinkles
M&Ms
Piping bag

Melt green chocolate.

Lay out pretzel rods on wax paper. Using a piping bag, drizzle the chocolate back and forth over the rod, starting at the top and working your way down to make a tree shape. Use the candy and sprinkles to add “ornaments” to your tree, then refrigerate!

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8. Apple pie bites

Warning! These are dangerously good! I love the crescent dogs (cheese and mini sausages wrapped in crescents) for an easy snack, and switching from savory to sweet did not disappoint!

Pillsbury crescent rolls
One granny smith apple, sliced thin
2 TBS brown sugar
¼ cup chopped pecans
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Layout crescent rolls and coat them with brown sugar. Then add pecans and apple slices. Roll into crescents and bake for 10 minutes.

While baking, make the icing by combining the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. If too runny, add more powdered sugar; if too thick, more milk.

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When the crescents come out of the oven, top with the icing and eat while warm. Enjoy!

9. Pumpkin pie bites

Pillsbury crescent rolls
One can pumpkin pie filling
My filling called for one can evaporated milk and two eggs
Pumpkin pie spice
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the filling according to the directions on the can.

Layout crescent rolls and coat them with pumpkin pie filling. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice, then roll into crescents and bake for 10 minutes.

While baking, make the icing by combining the milk, maple syrup, and powdered sugar. If too runny, add more powdered sugar; if too thick, more milk.

When the crescents come out of the oven, top with the icing and eat while warm. Enjoy!

10. Melting snowman sugar cookies

Sugar cookies (from a mix or your favorite recipe)
White icing
Black icing
Orange icing
Other colors of icing (by preference)
Marshmallows

Bake your cookies. Once they’ve cooled, top with white icing. While the icing is still gooey, add a marshmallow. Use the colored icings to draw on the eyes, mouth, and arms (black), nose (orange), and scarf (other colors) for your snowman. Have fun with it!

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