As a stay at home mom, we’re on a tight budget. We don’t have a lot of disposable income to buy gifts for everyone that we’d like to, especially now that we have childcare workers and preschool staff that are involved with my kids. A great way to show appreciation while not breaking the bank is to bake something for them! But like I said, I’m a stay at home mom, which means I don’t have hours upon hours to dedicate to baking either, so I need something easy peasy. This is even more true for those hard working moms out there! Here are the three easy Christmas desserts I’ll be making for this holiday season to show my appreciation for those in my life.
Easy Christmas desserts are a great option for those short on funds and time!
Easy Christmas Desserts
When I’m perusing for easy Christmas desserts recipes, I have a couple criteria I look for:
- Does this require any specialty ingredients that are expensive? I’m not about to purchase an expensive extract that’s $12 per ounce that won’t get used otherwise.
- Does this require baking? I love recipes that don’t require baking! They often take less time.
- Do I have a majority of the ingredients on hand already? Even if the specialty ingredients aren’t expensive, if it requires too many specialty ingredients then the cost really ads up.
- Can I break up this recipe to better fit my schedule? I like if recipes have resting/chilling/setting time because then I can break it up to better fit my schedule. Like I said, I don’t have hours to dedicate at one time.
Who are easy Christmas desserts ideal for?
Everyone. Literally everyone.
Probably the most popular, crowd-pleasing, and easy Christmas treat there is! Oreo truffles are decadent, can be broken up into different steps, and only require three ingredients! I make these every year and people loose their freaking minds over them.
And you can customize them by using different kinds of chocolate and toppings. Try white chocolate and crushed candy cane for a fun, festive look!
This recipe comes from the master himself, Alton Brown. These homemade marshmallows are the most time consuming, but also the most impressive. Who do you know that makes homemade marshmallows? My bet is on no one, so everyone is always super impressed with them!
Be warned that you may not want to make this recipe if you don’t have a stand mixer. It requires to be whisked for 12-15 minutes. You could do it with an electric mixer, but I imagine your arm would hurt a lot afterward. Also, if you’re worried about sticky, sugary clean up…just let everything soak in water to dissolve the sugar and it basically wipes clean.
Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars
Have you ever had a cranberry bliss bar from Starbucks?! They’re absolutely incredible and undoubtedly my favorite holiday treat. They’re dense and chewy, full of sweet white chocolate chips and topped with a luxurious cream cheese frosting and tart craisins. I got the idea to bake a copycat recipe from my friend Christine and instantly knew this is what I would do!
While this recipe does call for some specialty ingredients, such as craisins and orange extract, neither are expensive!
Honestly, even if you aren’t on a tight budget, baking some easy Christmas desserts for the people in your life is a great way to show them that you appreciate them!
What recipes do you like to make for the holidays to share? What’s been your most popular?
If you found this post helpful or informative, share with someone you know who is looking for an affordable gift idea!