1. Santa Strawberries
Santa strawberries are a cute and easy alternative for a holiday dessert. They’re a great way to infuse some healthy berries in with your holiday cheer. They’re red, sweet, and jolly just like Saint Nick himself. Simply take your fresh strawberries, and slice off the leafy-end so they can sit flush on the plate; then cut the ends off the berries to make Santa’s at. Fill the center of each berry with vanilla frosting and plate the hat back on top. Pipe a ball of frosting to create the puff that dangles off the hat and press two chocolate chips into the frosting to make the eyes.
2. Peppermint Cookies
If you can’t resist whipping up a batch of cookies, then elevate your dessert game with this frosted peppermint cookie recipe. Peppermint is one of the most delectable flavors of Christmas that pairs well with almost any sweet treat. These cookies are soft and pillowy—baked with peppermint candy, buttercream, and crushed candy cane pieces on top. The cookies are light, soft, and packed with holiday flavor. It’s a fun recipe to make from scratch with the entire family. Everyone can get involved mixing the dough, scooping onto cookie sheets, frosting, and sprinkling with peppermint pieces at the end. It’s the perfect Christmas treat for Santa and any peppermint lover.
3. Red Velvet Cake
If you want to fit the color scheme of Christmas, how about a slice of red velvet cake? It’s a bright red dessert that’s rich, buttery, and topped with smooth cream cheese icing. Not only does it match Santa’s suit, but it’s irresistible as well. It’s a decadent flavor of red velvet that matches perfectly with the holiday season. Sprinkle with some red, white, and green sprinkles, add some hand-piped frosting hollies on top, and this Christmas cake is ready to be devoured.
4. Holiday Bark
Christmas bark is a must-have treat for any holiday celebration. This chocolate bark is an easy dessert to make for holiday parties or to enjoy at home all season long. It looks festive on a plate filled with holiday goodies and can be made the night before Santa arrives. Add your unique spin on toppings—anything from Andes mints, M&M’s, chocolate, candy cane bits, you name it! It will surely be devoured before Christmas morning.
5. Holiday Jell-O Stacks
Layered Jell-O cups can be served as a fun and festive snack or dessert. This recipe is made with layers of cherry and lime gelatin for a vibrant, tasty, and jiggly treat. Each stack of Jell-O offers a delicious flavor combination with each color of Christmas layered throughout. It’s hard not to enjoy some old-fashioned Jell-O, and as a holiday treat, it’s that much more fun to eat.
If you prefer an all-red dessert for Santa, substitute the lime gelatin for cranberry—another great holiday flavor. Most importantly, can’t forget the whipped cream!
6. Salted Caramel Squares
This recipe for salted caramel bars is the perfect dessert with sweet and savory notes to provide the pick-me-up Santa needs for a long night of delivering presents. The treat is made with a sweet shortbread crust topped with smooth caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. It’s an indulgent and heavenly dessert bar for all lovers of caramel. The flaky, buttery crust topped with layers of gooey caramel and bits of sea salt throughout is a combination that might be taking over your holiday dessert traditions.
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