Admiring the lights that adorn your city and taking in the warm glow of your own decor every time you come home have gotten you into the holiday spirit. Now that your kids are off from school and you have some days off from work, we've put together our favorite desserts and drinks that will help you dive head-first into holiday cheer! Here are some super easy holiday dessert activities for you and the kiddos to do, topped off with fabulous adult-only seasonal drinks for when those kids are tucked away in bed.
The holiday season isn't complete without indulging in delicious treats. These fun desserts are bursting with seasonal sweetness. They're so easy that even Santa’s smallest helpers can pitch in, making them the perfect family activity for the snowy days ahead.
Everyone loves cupcakes! Treat your kids to a fun surprise activity by creating silly snowman cupcakes together in the warmth of your home after building real snowmen in the cold outside (weather permitting)!
Use your favorite chocolate of vanilla cupcake recipe to prepare cupcakes in advance
Chocolate or vanilla icing
Large marshmallows for snowman heads
Colored sprinkles for face and body
Mini M&Ms, Reese's Pieces or chocolate chips for cupcake decoration
- Once cupcakes have completely cooled use a spatula to spread icing on top of the cupcake.
- Use toothpick to attach two marshmallows together. Use sprinkles to make silly snowman faces.
- Decorate top of cupcake with M&Ma, Reese's Pieces and chocolate chips.
- Stick toothpick with marshmallows on it into the cupcake and enjoy your snowman creation!
Christmas Cookie Ornaments
This decadent and original treat is impossible to beat. It makes for a fun activity to do with the kiddos on a lazy day in and is super easy to execute!
3 tbsp milk
Oreo cookies or your favorite homemade cookies
Miniature Reeses’s Cups
Assorted candies and sprinkles
Alternatives to chocolate chips: peanut butter, icing or frosting
- Place chocolate chips and milk in a microwavable bowl and heat in microwave until completely melted.
- Dip Oreos one at a time into the melted chocolate, covering the Oreo completely in chocolate. (If you prefer not to melt chocolate chips, cover the Oreos in peanut butter or icing/frosting instead).
- Immediately attach miniature peanut butter cup on top so that it can stick.
- Place Oreos on parchment paper or baking sheet and decorate with various candies and sprinkles. Let everything set and enjoy!
One of our content writers, Rachel Brown, shared her favorite potato latke recipe. It's the perfect snack for those celebrating Channukah and is a delicious savory alternative for those who prefer salty over sweet treats!
1 pound of large red potatoes 1 large onion 2 eggs 1/2 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt, plus more for sprinkling 1/2 tsp black pepper Oil for frying Sour cream or apple sauce for serving
- Grate potatoes and onion. Place in colander and wring out liquid.
- Move mixture to bowl and add eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Mix well until flour is fully absorbed.
- Heat pan on medium to high heat and add 1/4 inch of oil.
- Once oil is hot, take tablespoons of your potato mixture and drop it into the oil.
- When the edges are browned and crispy, flip the latke and cook the other side until it is browned, about 5 minutes on each side.
- Put latkes on paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. Sprinkle salt on top and enjoy.
- Serve warm with sour cream or apple sauce on the side for dipping.
Christmas Tree Brownies
For Brownies (to be made in advance):
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Candy cane pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour square or rectangle pan.
- Melt butter in saucepan then remove from heat and add sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
- Mix dry ingredients to wet mixture (cocoa powder, flour salt, and baking powder. Then pour brownie batter into pan.
- Bake for 25 to 30 mins.
- Allow to cool completely before removing brownies from pan and
For decoration: Vanilla icing Green food coloring Colorful sprinkles (red and white or any other colors) Star sprinkles Mini M&Ms Candy canes
- Cut brownies into Christmas tree shapes.
- Cut candy canes into 1 inch pieces. Stick a candy cane piece into the bottom of the brownie Christmas tree to create a tree stump.
- Place icing in a bowl and add the food coloring until your desired green is met.
- Use a spatula to cover the brownie triangles with green frosting.
- Use the sprinkles and M&Ms to decorate the brownies. Admire and enjoy your beautiful Christmas tree brownies!
While creative activities with the kids are always fun, once the little ones are off in dreamland, it's time for you to have some grown-up fun! Here are our favorite holiday drinks that are perfect for kicking up your feet, relaxing and savoring the holidays with your favorite adults.
Ginger Spiced Eggnog
Everyone loves a good gingerbread man and no holiday would be complete without eggnog. Incorporate the best of both worlds into your drink with our Ginger Spiced Eggnog.Makes 2 servings.
8 oz. eggnog
4 oz. brandy
4 oz. kahlua
2 tsp. molasses
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Whipped cream for topping
- Pour eggnog, brandy, kahlua, molasses, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon into cocktail shaker and shake well.
- Add ice to two glasses and pour mixture over ice.
- Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
Cranberry Christmas Punch
Cranberry sauce is a sweet addition to any holiday meal and now you can turn one of your favorite side dishes into what is sure to become one of your favorite holiday drinks with this cranberry inspired drink. We love this recipe from Erin at Well Plated!
Makes 2 pitchers.
1.5 cups brandy or dark rum
1.5 cups ginger ale
5 cups cranberry juice
2 cups apple cider
2 bottles dry sparkling wine
2 oranges (sliced)
1 cup cranberries
Large bag of ice
- Store all ingredients in the fridge overnight to ensure they are well chilled.
- Pour ice, cranberry juice, sparkling wine, apple cider, ginger ale, and dark rum into desired serving bowl and stir well.
- Top with sliced oranges and cranberries and you are ready to serve
Frosty Coconut Colada
Piña Coladas are one of the most popular summertime drinks. Invite over a rum lover to enjoy this summertime favorite with a festive twist.
Makes 1 pitcher.
2 cups crushed ice
1 cup white rum
1 cup coconut cream
1 cup pineapple juice
Bunch of mint leaves & pomegranate seeds for garnish
- Put ice, rum, coconut cream and pineapple in a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty.
- Pour into glasses and decorate top with mint leaves and pomegranate seeds.