Last Minute Holiday Cookies

There’s still time to make some easy, homemade treats to bring to a celebration or give as a gift. I’ve been down with that nasty cold going around but I still wanted to bring something homemade for Christmas so I pulled out my easiest recipes.

My last minute cookie platter.

First up are the Hershey’s Hugs Pretzel Treats. There are many recipes online, but here are the basics: Preheat the oven to 200. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place square pretzels on the sheet and placed an unwrapped Hershey’s Hugs on each each pretzel. Bake for 4-5 minutes until the chocolate gets soft. Remove from the oven and immediately press an M&M onto each Hug, pressing gently to flatten the chocolate. Place the sheet somewhere cool, or in the refrigerator, for about 20 minutes until the chocolate sets. My garage was cool enough today to store these batches so I didn’t have to make fridge space.

This recipe also works nicely with Rolo candy in place of the Hugs.

Before baking. The hardest part of the recipe is to unwrap all the candy!

Next up is a Tastefully Simple recipe I’ve been making for a while. Check it out here. You can make them on the same pretzel squares used in the previous recipe for a sweet and salty version. I make some with pecans and then a batch with M&Ms in place of the nuts for those in the family who are nut free. The turtle name comes from the candy featuring pecans, caramel and chocolate.

My finished combo – some on pretzels, some on cookies. Some with Hugs, some with Rolos. Some with nuts, some with M&Ms. I baked the sheet at 250 for 4 minutes.

Finally, I dug out my favorite Passover dessert recipe to make for Christmas. I found the recipe on Pinterest years ago. You can check it out here.

Although you are making your own caramel for this recipe don’t worry! It’s easy. I used saltine crackers in place of the matzah. And I skipped the step with the nuts and salt. I put green and red sprinkles on some of the batch to make it festive for my holiday cookie platter.

Holiday crack.

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed these recipe ideas! Please comment if you have your own easy holiday dessert. Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating!

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