easy Christmas treats

Best and Easy Christmas Treat Recipes (No Bake)

Today is my day to spend in the kitchen creating a bunch of different Christmas treats. I remember watching a TV show many years ago, and they showed a huge spread of different treats covering a kitchen counter, and I remember thinking how I wanted to duplicate that for my own family.

I am so grateful Christmas is falling on a Monday this year. Because for me, this means I have 2 full days to prepare for Christmas without the distraction of earning a paycheck. And this also means that after a date with my husband today, I get to come home and bake Christmas treats like crazy in preparation for the big day!

I think I have shared with you before that I love to bake, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite treats that I make for Christmas. And the best part of these recipes…no real baking involved! All of these sweet treats are made on the cook top, no baking required! Talk about easy!

As I have gotten older, I have found that I love to bake, and make yummy treats in the kitchen. And every year, my family can count on a lot of different goodies to snack on. Last year, I didn’t do very much, and my eldest son actually commented on not having the golden graham treat bars. So I hope he will be happy this year with the treats I will have for him, including the golden graham bars.

So how about we start with those treats?

Golden Graham Smore’s Treats

Like I said above, these are my son’s most favorite Christmas treat. They are chocolaty goodness! Super easy to make, and are ready in just a few hours.

What You Will Need

  • 8 cups Golden Grahams™ cereal
  • 1 bag (10 oz) miniature marshmallows (5 1/2 cups)
  • 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips (9 oz)
  • 5 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

What You Will Do

Grease 13×9-inch pan with butter. Measure cereal into large bowl.

Reserve 1 cup of the marshmallows. In 3-quart saucepan, heat remaining 4 1/2 cups marshmallows, the chocolate chips, butter, sugar and water over low heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour marshmallow mixture over cereal in bowl; stir until evenly coated. Stir in remaining 1 cup marshmallows.

Press firmly in pan. Cool at least 1 hour until firm. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

Rice Krispy Treats

Christmas Treat Recipes

These are another favorite. Honestly, I think they are my favorite. I love rice crispy treats! And you can feed them to your horse’s as well! (In moderation please) They are super easy to make, and can last a long time if you keep them in a sealed container. I think the homemade version tastes much better than the pre-made ones you can purchase at the store. But honestly, everything you make in your kitchen tastes better than what you can buy, in my opinion.

What You Will Need

  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) Miniature Marshmallows
  • 6 cups KELLOGG’S® RICE KRISPIES® cereal

What You Will Do

Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Add cereal and mix everything very well.

Press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray, or butter and allow to cool completely.

Simple, right?

Muddy Buddies

 

Christmas Treat Recipes

I love muddy buddies! I have heard it called puppy chow too, but whatever you call it, I call it delicious. This is the first year I have made this recipe, and I am so glad I did! I thought it would be really hard, but in fact, it was really easy.

What You Will Need

  • 9 cups of any Chex cereal, I used chocolate chex
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

What You Will Do

Into large bowl, measure out the cereal and set aside.

In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into gallon resealable food-storage plastic bags.

Then add the powdered sugar to the bags. Seal the bag and shake until well coated.

Spread the mixture on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container.

Easy Fudge

Christmas Treat Recipes

Here is another easy and yummy treat for Christmas. This is the only time of year I make fudge. Actually, this is the only time of year I go crazy with baking this many different treats! But fudge is a staple treat that is simple to make and tastes so good!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (6 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 cup walnuts
  • Optional: 1 cup mini marshmallows

What You Will Do

Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan and set aside.

In a double boiler or stainless steel bowl over simmering water, combine the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts, if using;. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

If you want to add in some marshmallows, or nuts, this is when you add it in.

Spread the mixture gently into your pre-greased pan. Let your fudge chill in the refrigerator until the fudge is firm, about an hour or two.

Lift the chilled fudge out of the pan and cut into small squares and place into containers, or on a covered plate.

This is my favorite fudge recipe. The sweet treat melts in your mouth and with the addition of the milk chocolate chips, it just tastes more fudge-y.

Treats, Treats Everywhere

In just a few hours, I have made enough treats for everyone in our family. There is something for everyone, and plenty of left overs for each of our children to take home. And to make it easier, I found lots of old treat tins that I can package up for the kids to take home with them. This way I get to give them a little love, and they get a memory of Christmas, and then my husband and I don’t end up with a lot of left over treats that we really don’t need.

Christmas Treat Recipes

So as you can see, it isn’t difficult to make a lot of different treats to share with your family and friends, and it is really affordable too. So while I love my horses, I also love my family and this time of year is reserved for family. Yes, I do consider my horses a part of our family, and they will have their treats too, but today, my focus is on the two-legged family members!

Christmas Treat Recipes

Merry Christmas!


Lisa
Lisa

I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you.

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