Barbara's Beat: Easy to make holiday treats

Friday, December 23, 2011

Easy to make holiday treats

I love to start baking and have the smells of the holidays lingering throughout the house. But, these days I don't have time to ake like I use to, so I need quick and easy treats.
The Mini Sausage Wreath is great for the holidays.

Mini Sausages
Refrigerated Crescent Dough Rolls
Red Bell Pepper
Diced Rosemary
1/3 cup Butter
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

1. Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the package of Refrigerated Crescent Dough Rolls. Drain the liquid off of the mini sausages.

2. Unroll the crescent dough and separate at the perforations to create 4 rectangles. Press together the remaining perforation in each rectangle. With a knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 8 strips making a total of 32 strips.

3. Wrap one strip of dough around each mini sausage. Lay out the crescent-wrapped sausages with their sides touching on an ungreased cookie sheet in a circle forming a wreath shape.

4. Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown. Melt 1/3 cup of butter and brush the butter on top of the crescent-wrapped sausages. Sprinkle the rosemary on top of the butter.

5. Cut a red bell pepper into a bow shape for garnish. Combine the BBQ sauce and cranberry sauce in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until heated through. Serve with wreath for dipping.

Christmas Santa Crackers are sure to be a hit.

Round Butter Crackers
Pepperoni Slices
Ricotta Cheese

1.Cut the pepperoni slices into triangles. Place the ricotta into a Ziploc® plastic bag, making sure the bag is securely closed. Cut a small hole in one corner of the plastic bag. Attach the pepperoni to the cracker with a dab of the ricotta.

2.Pipe the ricotta along the bottom of the pepperoni “hat” and to form the beard. Use the ricotta to adhere the capers to the cracker for eyes.

3.Slice the celery and adhere to the cracker for the moustache and a dab of ricotta for the nose.

4.Store covered in the refrigerator.

Santa Hat Pretzels are a great sweet treat.

Mini Twist Pretzels
White Chocolate Almond Bark
Red Sanding Sugar
Mini Marshmallows

1.Melt the white chocolate almond bark according to the directions on the package.

2.Dip each mini twist pretzel halfway into the melted white chocolate almond bark.

3.Dip each almond bark covered pretzel into the red sanding sugar until only a small amount of the almond bark is showing. Place on waxed paper.

4.Cut the mini marshmallows in half. Use additional melted almond bark to adhere a mini marshmallow half onto the side of each pretzel. Allow time for the almond bark to set.

Snowman Mini Donuts will be a favorite with the kids.

Mini Powdered Donuts
Candy Corn
Mini Chocolate Chips
White Frosting

1.Press the big end of a candy corn into the hole of the mini powdered donut for the nose.

2.Use the white frosting to adhere the mini chocolate chips onto the mini powdered donut for the face.

Christmas Reindeer Mini Donuts make the perfect Santa treat.


Chocolate Frosted Mini Donuts
Peanut M&M’s®
Round Pearl Sprinkles
Mini Pretzel Twists

1.Press a red peanut M&M® into the hole of the chocolate frosted mini donut.

2.Press two round pearl sprinkles into the chocolate frosted mini donut for the eyes.

3.Break a mini pretzel twist in half and press them into the top of the donut for antlers.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer are so cute.

Large Marshmallows
Lollipop Sticks
Chocolate Almond Bark
Red Chocolate Covered Candies
Mini Twist Pretzels
Round Pearl Sprinkles

1.Melt the chocolate almond bark according to the directions on the package.

2.Break the mini twist pretzels in half and place them on waxed paper.

3.Place a lollipop stick into one side of a large marshmallow. Dip the marshmallow into the melted almond bark, making sure that the marshmallow is completely covered. Place the chocolate dipped marshmallow on top of the pretzel halves on the waxed paper.

4.Place the round pearl sprinkles onto the melted chocolate dipped marshmallow to form the eyes and a red chocolate covered candy to form the mouth. Allow time for the chocolate to set.

Christmas Tree Cones are a smart idea to decorate and eat.


Sugar Cones

Green Gel Food Coloring

White Frosting




1. Stir drops of green gel food coloring into the white frosting until your desired color has been


2. Spread the frosting onto the sugar cones.

3. Decorate with sprinkles and/or candy. Set out as a fun Christmas dinner decoration.

These and more recipes can be found on Oriental Trading.


Double Duty Mommy said...

That wreath is awesome - it would be a huge hit in my family!

also I love the santa hat prezels and marshmallow reindeer!

Thanks for these!

April Decheine said...

I need easy peasy baking recipes, I have time I can say but I am not a good baker at all!

Faith and Family Reviews said...

Oh, yummy! Those look so good!

Donna said...

What great ideas! I love 'em all!


Those look delicious!!

Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah said...

Those reindeer are too cute!