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5 Easy Holiday Treats That Everyone Can Make (Yes, Everyone)

Looking for something to occupy your time with after finals? Craving some desserts made from scratch? Here are a few holiday favorites to try, ranging from salty snacks to sweet sugary goodness.

Peanut butter blossoms

These easy cookies are a holiday staple. Who hasn’t had one of these delicious cookies topped with a Hershey Kiss? They’re bite-sized and not too rich, so younever have to feel guilty for eating more than one! For a fresh take on this classic, try using a peanut butter cup instead of a Kiss, you won't regret it.

Mint brownies

Try this recipe for the perfect mix of classic flavors. Anyone who loves the holidays will appreciate the combination of rich brownie flavors and refreshing mint! Eat these with a glass of milk or mug of hot chocolate for the best results!

Chocolate pretzel treats

You only need three ingredients for these holiday classics: pretzels, Hershey kisses and M&Ms. These bite-sized treats are perfect for parties, snackingg or dessert and are easily customizable! There’s something to like in them for everyone, whether it’s the crunch, chocolate or salt. 

Sugar cookies

It wouldn’t be the holidays without decorated sugar cookies. This recipe provides the basis for the normal sugar cookies that everyone loves, while adding a little intrigue to the mix with almond extract. Frosting instructions are included for even more family (or solo) fun.

Peppermint popcorn

Looking for some poppin’ fun? Have some extra candy canes laying around? This recipe incorporates a little of everything: peppermint, white chocolate and popcorn. It's perfect for tossing at each other or snacking on during The Polar Express. It’s quick, too, with a total prep and bake time of 20 minutes.

Whether you're alone or with family, there's something so quintessential about baking during the holidays. There's nothing like the smell of cookies wafting from the oven to signify that it's that time of year. May these recipes bring you comfort and joy to wrap up one of the craziest years yet!

Anna DeGoede

Hofstra '24

Anna is a journalism major with a passion for true crime, Minecraft and good food. When she isn't writing for HerCampus or The Hofstra Chronicle, Anna plays the trumpet and crochets.
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