Holiday Recipes

holiday treats

quick recipes for festive fun

rice krispie trees

rice krispie trees

prep time: 15 minutes
total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
makes 16 servings

These trees are fun to make, and fun to eat! Press the red and green cereal mixture into round cake pans. Cut the circles into wedges for instant festive trees that help celebrate the season.

ingredients
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 (10-ounce) package marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal with Holiday Colors
  • 1 cup white melting wafers
  • green food coloring
  • 16 small candy canes or pretzel sticks
  • sprinkles or additional cereal
directions

Spray two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan on low heat. Stir in marshmallows; continue to cook and stir until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal. Stir until well-coated. Press evenly into pans. Allow to cool completely.

Remove bars from pans. Heat melting wafers as directed on package until they can be stirred smooth. Stir in few drops food coloring, if desired. Drizzle in circles on bars. Decorate with sprinkles or additional cereal. Cut each into 8 wedges. Insert candy canes into short sides for “tree trunks.”

Tip: To evenly apply frosting, spoon melted wafers into a small food-storage bag. Cut off a small corner. Squeeze to drizzle over bars.

nutrition information (per serving)

160 calories; 4g total fat; 2.5g total saturated fat; 10mg cholesterol; 80mg sodium; 30g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 18g total sugars; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Target. All rights reserved.

white chocolate popcorn balls

white chocolate popcorn balls

prep time: 30 minutes
total time: 45 minutes
makes about 20 (2-inch) balls

Find a young person and stir up some holiday fun together making these pretty, chewy popcorn balls.

ingredients
  • 12 cups lightly salted popcorn
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 (10-ounce) package marshmallows
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 (8-ounce) package M&M’s Shimmery White Chocolate
directions

Line a large baking pan with parchment; set aside. Place popcorn into a very large heatproof bowl.

Combine butter, marshmallows and baking chips in a large saucepan. Heat on low heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn. Stir until popcorn is coated. Add candies. Toss lightly.

Using buttered hands, form into 2-inch balls. Arrange on a lined baking pan. Allow to cool completely.

Tip: Wrap popcorn balls individually with plastic wrap and tie with festive ribbon for your holiday get-together parting gifts.

nutrition information (per serving)

190 calories; 8g total fat; 4.5g total saturated fat; 10mg cholesterol; 45mg sodium; 28g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 20g total sugars; 2g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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buddy bars

buddy bars

hands on time: 15 minutes
total time: 30 minutes
makes 16 bars

Make these treats for family holiday movie night and cozy-in for an evening of good times and good eats.

ingredients
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ (10-ounce) package Market Pantry Marshmallows (about 22 large or 4 ½ cups mini marshmallows)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coarsely crushed candy canes
  • ¼ cup gummies or holiday candy corn
  • ¼ cup chocolate candies, such as M&M’s
directions

Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside. Place cereal in a large heat-proof bowl. Heat butter, marshmallows and maple syrup in a large saucepan on low heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted. Pour over cereal. Stir until coated. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Press evenly into pan. Allow to set up. Cut into bars.

Tip: Sprinkle a handful of additional candy on top, if desired.

nutrition information (per serving)

100 calories; 2g total fat; 1.5g total saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 65mg sodium; 20g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 12g total sugars; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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Santa hat cookies

Santa hat cookies

prep time: 15 minutes
total time: 15 minutes
makes 20 cookies

Fresh strawberries are just the right color and shape to turn favorite cookies into adorable Santa hats.

ingredients
  • ½ (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 20 OREO cookies
  • 20 strawberries, stems removed
directions

Mix cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in whipped topping. Spoon into a small plastic food-storage bag. Cut off a small corner of bag.

Pipe most but not all cream cheese mixture onto cookies. Top with strawberries, stem-side down, pressing to secure.

Pipe remaining cream cheese mixture onto tips of strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

nutrition information (per serving)

90 calories; 4.5g total fat; 2g total saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 70mg sodium; 12g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 8g total sugars; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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reindeer sugar cookies

reindeer sugar cookies

prep time: 1 hour
total time: 2 hours 15 minutes
makes 20 cookies

These cute reindeer cookies will be flying off holiday cookie platters.

ingredients
  • 1 (17.5-ounce) pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
  • Flour, butter and egg called for on sugar cookie mix pouch for cutout cookies
  • 1 (16-ounce) container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Chocolate Frosting
  • 40 candy eyeballs
  • 20 Hershey’s Kisses brand milk chocolates, unwrapped
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) tube sparkle gel icing (red, green or white), if desired
  • Assorted holiday candy sprinkles (red, green or white), if desired
  • 4-inch gingerbread boy cookie cutter
directions

Heat oven to 375℉. In a large bowl, mix cookie mix, flour, butter and egg with spoon until a soft dough forms. Divide dough in half; shape into flattened squares. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 15 minutes until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable.

Unwrap one portion of dough. On a work surface sprinkled generously with flour, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a floured cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Repeat steps with second half of dough, adding leftover pieces into the mix to reroll.

Turn each cookie so “head” is pointed down so it looks like a reindeer’s face. Spread slightly less than 2 teaspoons frosting over each cookie. Attach 2 candy eyeballs and 1 milk chocolate for a nose. Decorate with gel icing to look like antlers on each cookie. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Let stand until set.

nutrition information (per serving)

220 calories; 11g total fat; 5g total saturated fat; 25mg cholesterol; 100mg sodium; 28g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 20g total sugars; 2g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Target. All rights reserved.

reindeer chow

reindeer chow

prep time: 20 minutes
total time: 20 minutes
makes 6 servings

These snack-filled reindeer make the perfect treat for your holiday get-together or as a sweet snack to leave for Santa and his reindeer.

ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or melted chocolate
  • 12 candy eyeballs (cake decoration)
  • 6 sugar cones
  • 1 tube black icing writer
  • 12 pretzel sticks
  • 6 pretzel twists, each cut in half
  • 1 ½ cups Archer Farms Reindeer Mix Trail Mix
directions

Dab peanut butter or melted chocolate onto the back of eyeball candies and arrange 2 on each cone for a face. Use black icing to create eye lashes. Dab more peanut butter onto the backs of pretzels and arrange for antlers. Remove 6 red M&M’s from the trail mix. Dab peanut butter onto the backs of red M&M’s and place toward the tips of cones for noses. Fill each cone with about ¼ cup trail mix.

Tip: Decorate reindeer cones a day in advance. Store at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to fill with trail mix.

nutrition information (per serving)

260 calories; 13g total fat; 4g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 110mg sodium; 33g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 20g total sugars; 6g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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hot cocoa snowmen

hot cocoa snowmen

total time: 15 minutes
makes 4 servings

There’ll be smiles all around when they come in from the cold and are greeted with these smiling snowmen adorning cups of warm, sea salt-caramel cocoa.

ingredients
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 1 tube black icing writer
  • 1 tablespoon orange ready-to-spread frosting
  • 1 quart milk
  • ½ box Archer Farms Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa Mix (4 packets)
directions

To prepare snowmen, cut each marshmallow in half crosswise to form 2 circles. Use black icing to dot eyes and mouth on 4 marshmallow halves. Spoon orange frosting into corner of a small food-storage bag. Cut off very small tip of corner. Squeeze onto center of each face for carrot “nose.”

Heat milk in a large saucepan on medium heat until very warm and bubbles form around the edge.

Empty contents of packets into 4 mugs. Add 1 cup warm milk to each and stir until dissolved. Top each with a marshmallow face and a plain marshmallow to form a snowman. Serve warm.

Tip: Make marshmallow snowmen in advance. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

nutrition information (per serving)

220 calories; 5g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 370mg sodium; 38g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 33g total sugars; 9g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Target. All rights reserved.