Need a few quick and easy treats for the holidays this year? Try these 3 simple Christmas treats. So easy your kids can make them!
The holiday season seems to have sneaked right up on me this year! I always find that sometime before Christmas I forget that I needed to make treats for something or other. It’s always good to have something quick and easy to be able to throw together in a hurry that will still “wow” people, right? Here are 3 simple Christmas treats that are really easy to make and are absolutely delicious. How easy you ask? Well, my youngest two children actually helped me with these today so we could get things done faster.
I also have a bunch of awesome Christmas cookie recipes. Check out my Oatmeal Nut Rolled Raspberry Thumbprints, my Bite Size Butter Rich Cookies, or my Iced Gingerbread Men! Follow me and share these recipes on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram !
First up is Easy Turtle Pretzels. These disappear almost as fast as i can make them. Seriously, sooooo yummy!
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line your baking sheets with some parchment paper. Line up as many pretzels as you have Rolos. I like the square grid pretzels for these because the chocolate and caramel stay better contained. Top each pretzel with a Rolo. Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle the melty Rolos with pecan chips and top with another pretzel. Cool and eat!
Don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you! These easy turtle pretzels are absolutely amazing!
- Square Grid Pretzels
- Pecan Chips
- I have not added measurements for this recipe because the amount of easy turtle pretzels will depend on how many Rolos you have.
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay out the as many pretzels as you have Rolos across the baking sheet.
- Top each pretzel with an unwrapped Rolo.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle the pecan chips onto the melty Rolos and top with an additional pretzel.
- Cool and eat!
If you are worried about nut allergies, just leave out the pecans.
Next is these chocolate covered peanut butter ritz. My neighbor brought some of these to me years ago. They were so good and so easy to make that we make them every year now.
I start out by placing my chocolate almond bark in my chocolate pot to melt. For easy dipping I use a sturdy plastic fork and break out the center prongs. When the chocolate bark is nearly melted spread a generous amount of creamy peanut butter on Ritz cracker and top with another one. Place the peanut butter ritz “sandwiches” in the freezer for 30 minutes before dipping them in the melted chocolate. Dip each peanut butter ritz in the melted chocolate and let the excess drip off. Place the dipped crackers on a sheet of wax paper to cool and harden. If you want a more festive look then melt some red and/or green candy melts and drizzle them over the cooled chocolate dipped peanut butter ritz.
These crunchy, peanut butter packed, chocolate dipped ritz crackers are easy and delicious. So easy that your kids can help you make them!
- 2 1/2 Sleeves Butter Ritz Crackers
- 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 3/4 of a (24 oz)package Chocolate Almond Bark
- 1/3 Cup each Red and Green Candy Melts ((optional))
- Sandwich about a 1/2 Tbs. of peanut butter between 2 ritz crackers. Place all the peanut butter ritz “sandwiches” in the freezer for 30 minutes before dipping.
- Melt the chocolate almond bark carefully in the microwave or in a chocolate melting pot. Break the center prongs of a good quality plastic fork out and use as a dipping tool.
- Dip the well chilled ritz sandwiches in the melted chocolate bark. Let the excess drip off and place them on wax paper to cool and harden. Then if desired, melt the red and green candy melts and drizzle them over the chocolate dipped peanut butter ritz crackers.
I saved the best for last! These are Caramel Krispy Treats! If you are a caramel popcorn lover then these are definitely for you! They are better than caramel popcorn because there are absolutely no hard kernels to worry about.
Measure out the rice krispies into a large mixing bowl. Just a note here…use name brand rice krispies for these. I’ve found the off brand ones get soggy and don’t work as well. Make the caramel sauce, pour it over the rice krispies and mix well. I scoop mine out with an 1/8 cup measuring cup. I spray a little non-stick cooking spray in it and scoop out the caramel krispies and dump them out on wax paper. Let them stand for 30-60 minutes to cool and set.
CARAMEL KRISPY TREATS ARE UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO JUST EAT ONE. THEIR MOUTHWATERING, CARAMEL-Y GOODNESS IS IRRESISTIBLE!
Makes about 75 (1/8 Cup) sized treats
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Butter (no subs)
- 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 13 Cups Rice Krispies (one 13 oz box)
- Spread sheets of wax paper across a table or countertop. Lightly spray a 1/8 size measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Measure out the rice krispies into a large bowl and set aside.
- In a medium pot, bring the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the sweetened condensed milk.
- Pour over the krispies and mix until all the krispies are well coated.
- Scoop out the caramel krispies by the 1/8 cup full, pressing the measuring cup against the inside of the bowl to pack them in a bit.
- Dump onto the wax paper. Allow to cool and set.
- Store these in layers between sheets of wax paper. Just cover the top lightly with saran wrap or just set the lid on the container without snapping it shut. Caramel krispies need a little bit of air flow or they with become sticky and soggy.
For best results use name brand Rice Krispies. I’ve found the off brands tend to end up soggy and not set up as well.