Santa Cookies and Treats That Are Almost Too Cute to Eat
Upgrade your usual cookies and milk with festive desserts that are inspired by Santa himself.
Santa Hat Peppermint Sugar Cookies
Elevate a batch of sugar cookies with Candy Cane Hershey Kisses. The seasonal chocolates are crushed and mixed into the sugar cookie dough to add a distinctly peppermint flavor, while a handful of the chocolates are kept whole and nestled atop a store-bought marshmallow frosting to look like Santa hats.
Idea and photo from Living Locurto. See the recipe and how-to here.
Red Velvet Santa Hat Brownies
This festive snack is easy to make: Simply combine a box of red velvet cake mix with a few pantry staples and bake. While the brownies cook, mix up a white chocolate buttercream. Once cool, cut brownies into triangles and pipe frosting onto the top and bottom of each “hat.”
Idea and photo from Life in the Lofthouse. See the recipe and how-to here.
Santa Hat Pretzels
Transform regular pretzels into a sweet and salty holiday treat. All you need are pretzels, red and white candy coating, marshmallows, and nonpareils. Dip one end of the pretzel into melted red candy coating and the other into melted white candy coating. While the coating is still wet, sprinkle the nonpareils onto the white half and top with a mini marshmallow.
Idea and photo from Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’. See the recipe and how-to here.
Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites
The star of this decadent dessert is a creamy homemade cheesecake with a crunchy chocolate cookie crust. To recreate the dish in a pinch, purchase frozen cheesecake, cut it into squares, and top each with whipped cream and an upside-down strawberry. Add an extra dollop of whipped cream to the top of each strawberry to complete the look.
Idea and photo from Cooking Classy. See the recipe and how-to here.
Oreo Truffle Santa Hats
To make these rich and indulgent chocolate desserts, first prepare a batch of Oreo truffles by mixing crushed Oreos with cream cheese. Roll the mixture into 8 cones and chill. Dip the base of each cone into a white chocolate candy coating, place the truffle atop an Oreo, and let harden. While holding the base, dip each cone into the white chocolate coating, let cool, then dip into a red candy coating and sprinkle with red sanding sugar.
Idea and photo from Love From the Oven. See the recipe and how-to here.
Santa Hat Brownie Bites
These holiday-inspired brownie bites play on a classic combination—chocolate and strawberries. Simply bake brownie mix in a mini muffin pan to create perfectly poppable bites. Once the brownies have cooled, top each one with an upside-down hulled strawberry. Then, melt white chocolate chips and use a pastry bag to pipe a ring around the base and a small dollop atop each piece of fruit.
Idea and photo from Erica’s Sweet Tooth. See the recipe and how-to here.