Impress your guests with effortless, melt-in-your-mouth Christmas treats and easy holiday desserts! Ditch the complicated recipes & whip up these 10 show-stopping treats in no time.

The snow glistens outside, carols jingle in the air, and holiday cheer spills from every corner. But hold on to your jingle bells, friends, because amidst the merry mayhem, a familiar foe lurks: the holiday-baking stress monster.

Yes, the urge to craft elaborate gingerbread masterpieces and knead mountains of sugar cookie dough is strong. But between gift-wrapping marathons, family gatherings, and that ever-growing “to-do” list, wouldn’t a bit of stress-free sweetness be a welcome gift?

That’s where these 10 effortless Christmas treats come in, ready to make you look like a baking wizard without turning your kitchen into a flour-dusted warzone.

Whether you are attending a cookie swap, going to book club, brunch, or holiday party, you’ll want to try some of these easy holiday desserts that are sure to wow your friends and family.

Wait until you try these festive Christmas treats recipes that you should make this year.

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Embrace the “Quick and Easy” Mantra:

Let’s be honest, December is packed like Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Time is precious, sanity is fleeting, and intricate pastries with 17-step instructions?

Well, they can wait until next year.

This year, we’re all about celebrating the joy of the season, not stressing over perfect pie crusts. So why not embrace the magic of simple ingredients, minimal fuss, and maximum flavor?

Yes, please!

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10 Effortless Christmas Treats That Steal the Show (Without Stealing Your Sanity)

While I’m excited about all of the glitz, glam, and the season of giving brings, I am super pumped for the Christmas cookie exchanges, hot cocoa bars, and all other things sweet and savory for the holidays.

Are you?

Every year, I promise myself that I’ll spend a lot of time baking and then wind up waiting until the last minute and scrambling for a quick and easy recipe.

Do you do that too?

This year, I’m all about keeping things simple and these Christmas treats and easy holiday dessert ideas fit the bill. They are simple to make and take minutes to prepare without sacrificing flavor.

Wait until you try these festive Christmas snacks!

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Irresistible Tiger Butter Fudge: A Treat That’s Sure to Stripe Away Your Sweet Tooth

If you are looking for an easy candy to make for Christmas, wait until you try this tiger butter fudge recipe that's super easy to make! Simply mix some peanut butter with chocolate to make this sweet treat the whole family will love.

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Sweet and Salty Perfection: Easy Christmas Cookies with a Pretzel Twist

Pretzel cookies with Hershey Kisses and your favorite M&M’s are a simple Christmas treat to make for those last-minute baking ideas or simple dishes with kids. Wait until you see how these easy Christmas cookies are to make!

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The Best Peanut Butter Pie No Bake Recipe

Looking for a sinfully delicious dessert that’s simple to make? Wait until you try this mouthwatering peanut butter pie no-bake recipe!

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Christmas White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Seriously is there anything tastier than chocolate with pretzels? My good friend Brendt from She Gave It a Go thinks it makes a fun gift to make for Christmas too! Because who doesn’t love receiving something delicious, am I right?! These Christmas white chocolate-covered pretzel rods are the perfect homemade Christmas gift for everyone on your list. They take under 20 minutes

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Quick and Easy Christmas Treats: Shortbread Cookies

Looking for a simple cookie recipe that will be the talk of your Christmas cookie exchange? My good friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew shared these 3 ingredient cookies are some of the easiest to make and have the sweetest buttery flavor that will leave you wanting more.

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Ice Skate Cookies from Ready-to-Bake Cookie Dough

My good friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms shared how to make these easy ice skate cookies from ready-to-bake cookie dough and peppermint candy canes. Perfect with hot chocolate and marshmallows.

low carb peppermint cheesecake that looks so good by simply 2 moms

Low Carb Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Want a delicious and easy holiday dessert for the holidays? My good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms shared this low-carb peppermint Cheesecake that is sure to impress everyone you serve it to! No one will ever guess that it’s sugar-free or gluten-free, and they’ll be shocked if you happen to tell them.

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Nana’s Italian Cookies

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill makes Nana’s Italian cookies every Christmas in memory of her…they were her favorite! And I know they’ll be one of your favorite easy holiday desserts too!

The best southern christmas candy by cottage in the mitten

The Best Southern Christmas Candy Made Simple

Looking for easy Christmas treats to make? My good friend Kim from Cottage in the Mitten shared that this simple southern candy will be perfect for Christmas parties. Wait until you see how easy these are to make too!

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Christmas Treats With Mom’s Special Recipes

My good friend Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest shares some ideas from her mom’s special recipes. Wait until you try the sweet and savory Chestnuts wrapped in bacon! Yummo!

Easy cranberry apple baked brie by the ponds farmhouse

Easy Cranberry and Apple Bake Recipe

This cranberry and apple Bake Recipe is one of my good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse family’s all-time favorite Christmas treats for the holidays. It’s so easy that even I will make it, and it’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart.

Remember, the holidays are about joy, not baking burnout. So this year, embrace the quick, the easy, and the effortlessly delicious. Let these Christmas treats do the talking, while you jingle your bells and soak up the season’s magic. Because at the end of the day, the best dessert is the one that tastes like peace, love, and a little less holiday stress.

Now go forth, sprinkle some joy, and ditch the baking monster once and for all!

Happy holidays!

More About Christmas Treats and Easy Holiday Desserts

Do you have a favorite Christmas treats or easy holiday desserts recipes that you enjoy making? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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Wait until you see these holiday decorating, entertaining, and food ideas to create a cozy home for Christmas.

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling
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It’s Day 5 of the 10 days of Christmas where my friends and I are bringing you daily inspiration to get psyched up and ready for the holidays.

From Christmas decorating ideas to gift-wrapping ideas, these posts have you covered with lots of creative and budget-friendly ideas.

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If you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in north-central New Jersey, zone 6a.

We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures, and statues.

I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.

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I’m not the biggest baker in the family but since we moved to our vintage farmhouse less than a year ago, my family and I have been enjoying the kitchen cooking up all kinds of great dishes that I’ll share at the end of this post.

But I’m a big fan of making soups like creamy balsamic tomato soup, homemade chicken soup, meatballs in Sunday sauce, baked shrimp scampi, and so much more.

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