I love celebrating Christmas. The baking, gift-giving, and all the time spent making family memories is so special. It’s also a great time to have kids help in the kitchen.
Special homemade treats are perfect gifts that kids can make and give to friends and family. And these simple no bake Christmas sweets are perfect for kids who want to make some special treats.
Simple No-Bake Treats
Easy no-bake treats are perfect for the holiday season. When things get busy and you just don’t have time for lots of holiday baking, some simple no-bake treats are the perfect solution. Even better, let your kids help!
Many of these recipes only require a microwave so kids can help make some simple no-bake Christmas sweets and treats too. They can make treats for the family or package them in pretty boxes and tins for holiday gifts. Even young children can make homemade gifts to give others with these simple recipes.
Helping them with homemade treats and gifts is a perfect way to teach them the meaning of Christmas and the importance of giving to others.
25 Simple No Bake Christmas Sweets
1. Oreo Truffles
Ever wondered whether it is possible to improve Oreos? Why not try combining them with cream cheese to make Oreo truffles?
Crush Oreos in a food processor, add softened cream cheese and blend together. Roll the mixture into balls roughly 1 inch in size, and freeze for 20 minutes. Cover the whole lot with melted chocolate, and voila.
Find out how to make Oreo Truffles here.
2. Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bars
Fancy a guilt-ridden combination of peanut butter and butter? Don’t we all. Mix peanut butter in with melted butter until creamy, add powdered sugar and smashed pretzels, and mix together until they combine together.
Press the mixture evenly into a pan (lined with baking paper sprayed with non-stick cooking spray), cover it with melted chocolate, sprinkle with smashed pretzels, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Cut into pieces and enjoy!
Find out how to make Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Bars here.
3. Caramel Fudge
No trip to the seaside is complete without sampling the local fudge. With this simple, no bake recipe, you can enjoy caramel fudge made to your own taste whenever you want it!
Simply melt butter in a microwave dish, add brown sugar and mix well. Microwave for 2 minutes, and stir until it cools and thickens. Add milk and vanilla, stir well, then mix in chopped nuts. Spread the mixture into a pan and refrigerate for approximately an hour before cutting and serving.
Find out how to make Caramel Fudge here.
4. Reindeer Cookies
This simple recipe puts a festive twist on decorating cookies and biscuits. Turning one into a reindeer is both delicious and entertaining for the kids.
Simply melt chocolate and spread it over the surface of a cookie or biscuit. Use a red sweet for a nose (I recommend smarties), white chocolate buttons for eyes, and pretzels for antlers. Let the whole thing dry, and devour when ready.
Find out how to make Reindeer Cookies here.
5. Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Make you own chocolate by mixing coconut oil, cocoa powder, xylitol, and stevia extract.
Pour the mixture into a muffin pan, and freeze until firm. Combine natural peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and stevia extract to form a scrumptious filling. Pile the filling on top, and top off with more chocolate mixture. Freeze the whole lot until firm, and enjoy!
Find out how to make Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups here.
6. Peanut Butter Balls
This is a really simple recipe to make truly delicious balls out of peanut butter. Mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, crushed crispy rice cereal, and butter in a large bowl or with a mixer.
Roll the mix into ball shapes, chill them for half an hour or so, then dip them in melted chocolate for a sugary finish. Chill them again, then drizzle melted white chocolate for that professional look.
Find out how to make Peanut Butter Balls here.
7. Chocolate Cookie Butter Bars
Done right, these will look a lot like chocolate brownies, with a similar texture. Shove some crackers into a food mixer and crush to a crumble, then add melted butter and cooky butter.
Pulse until mixed. Put it into a lined square pan and distribute it evenly. Pour melted chocolate on top and smooth it out. Melt white chocolate and decorate the top with a pattern of your choice. Refrigerate for about 2 hours, and tuck in.
Find out how to make Chocolate Cookie Butter Bars here.
8. Peppermint Bark Oreos
Give your Oreos a tasty, sugary festive hat with this little recipe. Simply melt a packet of candy melts, and dip your Oreo into the resulting liquid.
Sprinkle crushed peppermint candy onto the dipped Oreo, chill for around 30 minutes, and serve.
Find out how to make Peppermint Bark Oreos here.
9. Christmas Cookies
Turn a boring cracker into a jolly, tasty Santa with a few simple steps. Twist a square cracker so it looks like a diamond, and smear a layer of white icing all over it.
Use red icing to make a hat, white sweets for eyes with a dab of black icing or food colouring for pupils. Use a red sugared jelly sweet for a nose, tiny marshmallows for a beard, and you are ready to enjoy.
Find out how to make Christmas Cookies here.
10. Winter Forest Treats
This decorated ice cream cone treat tastes as colourful as it looks! Simply flip an ice cream cone upside down to form a Christmas tree shape.
Cover the outside with cake frosting to act as a kind of glue, and decorate with shredded coconut, mini marshmallow, colourful sweets, and chocolate sprinkles. With these, imagination is the only limit!
Find out how to make Winter Forest Treats here.
11. Snowflake Cookies
These gorgeous cookie dough snacks covered in decorative snowflakes are a combination that once tried will have you wondering why you hadn’t done it before.
Simply crush some crackers into fine crumbs (with a food processor if you have one), mix with cream cheese and snowflake shaped sprinkles. Mix until it resembles dough, and roll into roughly 1 inch balls, and squash into cookie shapes. Chill them for around 45 minutes, then add snowflake sprinkles to the tops for decoration.
Find out how to make Snowflake Cookies here.
12. Chocolate Dipped Cookies
The clue to these delicious treats is in the title. Simply make a peanut butter sandwich using Vanilla Wafers and dip in melted chocolate. Refrigerate until ready, and eat.
It really is that simple, and they are so tasty you’ll almost instantly want to make more!
Find out how to make Chocolate Dipped Cookies here.
13. White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
If you love peppermint, then this really is for you. It looks great, and tastes even better. Break Oreos into pieces and spread them across a layer of parchment paper, adding half a bag of White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms. Melt white chocolate and spread it over the cookie and sweet mix.
Top the whole lot with crushed candy canes, refrigerate, and break into pieces to serve.
Find out how to make White Chocolate Peppermint Bark here.
14. Christmas Tree Dessert
Is this art or food? The two are often easily confused, and that is very much the case with these Christmas Tree delights. Slice a HOHO cake into thin pieces, and layout flat in the shape of a Christmas Tree.
Cut a star shape out of a sponge cake bar for the top of the tree. Cover the whole shape in green piped icing, and decorate with coloured sweets. If you want the extra festive look, add Sno Balls to the bottom.
Find out how to make Christmas Tree Dessert here.
15. M&M Mints
Delightful mint based delicacies topped with M&Ms, these beauties are so addictive! Combine softened cream cheese with powdered sugar, and roll the mixture into half inch balls.
Slightly flatten them, and roll the balls in a bowl of sugar. Place a dab of corn syrup in the centre of each ball, and press a peppermint M&M into the middle. They can be eaten immediately, or refrigerated for later.
Find out how to make M&M Mints here.
16. Haystack Cookies
These butterscotch snacks are as warming as they are tasty, and are definitely worth the minimum effort it takes to make them.
It is so simple: mix melted chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, and smashed crunchy chow mein noodles together, divide into snack-sized bites, and refrigerate. It really is that simple.
Find out how to make Haystack Cookies here
17. Salted Caramel Slice
This is another really simple recipe that makes for a wonderful snack. Simply layer crispbread crackers with caramel sauce and melted chocolate, slice, and serve.
Instant gratification should never be this guilt free.
Find out how to make Salted Caramel Slice here.
18. Peppermint Bark Cookies
These light and crispy chocolate wafer based bites of greatness are really simple to make. Simply melt white chocolate and spread over cookies.
Before they set, sprinkle sugar and crushed candy canes on top, and chill until the whole thing hardens. Simply, tasty, and addictive, these will have you eating far more in one go than you probably should!
Find out how to make Peppermint Bark Cookies here
19. Coconut Pecan Praline Cookies
These decorated cookies are ridiculously gorgeous, and they taste just as good too! Combine sweetened shredded coconut and pecans in a mixing bowl, and leave to one side. Stir sugar, evaporated milk, corn syrup, and butter on a high heat in a pan.
Leave it to cool and add in vanilla and the coconut and pecan mixture. Stir until fully mixed, and let stand for around 5 minutes. Divide these into ball shapes and shape into cookies. Let them harden four around 2 hours, and serve.
Find out how to make Coconut Pecan Praline Cookies here
20. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
Cookie dough covered with chocolate, with chocolate chips inside… what could be better than these little beauties? Mix butter, sugar, vanilla, and flour in a bowl, stirring in chocolate chips when it has reached a doughy consistency.
Roll them into small balls and freeze them for around 30 minutes. Roll the balls in melted chocolate, and place them onto wax paper before covering them with sprinkles of your choice. Return them to the freezer until hardened, then serve at your leisure.
Find out how to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles here
21. No Bake Coconut Snowballs
These chocolate covered coconut delights are simply gorgeous both to look at and to taste.
Mix shredded coconut and coconut oil in a food processor, adding maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt before mixing again on a high speed setting. Shape the mixture into small balls and chill them for around an hour. Roll them in melted chocolate, return to the fridge until hardened, and enjoy.
Find out how to make No Bake Coconut Snowballs here.
22. Homemade Turtles
These pecan based chocolate treats shaped like turtles are as fun to make as they are to eat. Stack piles of 5 pecan nut halves and cover them with caramel sauce.
Let them harden, then cover them with melted chocolate. Try playing with the chocolate to make the best turtle shape you can. Once they have hardened, sprinkle sea salt on top if you wish, and serve.
Find out how to make Homemade Turtles here
23. Santa’s Coal Cookies
These festive Oreo based cookies will put everyone in the mood for Christmas. Melt marshmallows and butter in a large pot, blend a packet of Oreos, and pour them into the pot once the marshmallows and butter are fully melted.
Pour the mixture out onto a flat surface, and spread it evenly. Cut it into bars, and serve immediately if you wish.
Find out how to make Santa’s Coal Cookies here
24. Rudolph’s Noses Cookie Balls
Make your own very very shiny noses out of candy melts and crackers. Melt a packet of Wilton Candy Melts in condensed milk, and add finely crushed crackers.
Chill for around 20 minutes, roll into nose shaped balls, and let them chill completely before serving.
Find out how to make Rudolph Noses Cookie Balls here
25. White Chocolate Thin Mints
Seasonal white chocolate minty wafers, with a delicious crunch, these little discs of joy are so moreish you will struggle to leave any for later. Cut white bark coating into small pieces and put them in a bowl with some oil.
Microwave for a minute, stir, and if required microwave for 10-15 seconds if the mixture isn’t completely melted. Stir in peppermint extract, and dip a thin crisp chocolate cookie into the chocolate, covering both sides evenly, and leave to one side.
While the chocolate is still wet sprinkle crushed peppermint candy or candy canes over the tops of your cookies, and allow to cool to a firm finish before serving.
Find out how to make White Chocolate Thin Mints here.
Do your kids enjoy cooking? What special treats do they help make during the holiday season?