The BEST Last Minute Christmas Recipe Roundup!



Merry almost Christmas!

We’re a mere 4 days away and I am READY. Bring on the presents, Christmas music and movie marathons, and allllll the food!

But if you’re still looking for some last minute edible gifts or treats to make for your family, friends, neighbors, and more, this is THE roundup for you! I polled my Instagram if they wanted a recipe roundup post like this and the overwhelming response was YES, so here you go!

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I’ve broken it down to categories, so scroll through to find what you’re looking for! Let’s kick it off with CANDY!

CANDY RECIPES

These Maple Pecan Truffles are buttery, sweet, crunchy, nutty and so flavorful as they're made with pure maple syrup in every bite! Easy, no-bake, comes together quickly and are so fantastic!Maple Walnut Truffles – makes about 20-24, these bite-size truffles are packed with maple flavor!
Difficulty level: easy

Christmas Cracker Toffee is buttery, chocolaty, gooey, crispy toffee made with salted crackers, a golden toffee mixture, chocolate, and seasonal candies! Super simple, comes together in minutes and is so addictive and irresistible, some people call it Christmas Crack!Christmas Cracker Toffee – makes a big pan of toffee; break it up into little pieces for multiple gift baskets.
Difficulty level: easy

Honeycomb Sponge Candy – an old-fashioned recipe that tastes just like pure honey.
Difficulty level: advanced

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Pretzel Candy – one of my faves, this sweet-and-salty treat is so flavorful and simple!
Difficulty level: easy

Homemade Marshmallows – tie these up in a cellophane bag, add in a packet of hot cocoa mix and tuck into a cute mug for a simple gift for teachers or neighbors!
Difficulty level: intermediate

Kahlua Fudge – my friend Kim’s fave, this easy fudge makes a HUGE pan and is so buttery and delicious!
Difficulty level: easy

Oreo Truffle Cherries – a fun twist on Oreo balls, the Oreo truffle is wrapped around a juicy maraschino cherry!
Difficulty level: easy

These COPYCAT STICKY PAWS taste even BETTER than Williams Sonoma's holiday version! Made with buttery caramel, nutty almonds and creamy milk chocolate, they're an easy, quick candy recipe you'll LOVE making year-round!Copycat Williams Sonoma Sticky Paws – a delicious, homemade version of the expensive seasonal candy!
Difficulty level: easy

Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles – gooey, crunchy, creamy truffles made from scratch that taste even better than Ferrero Rocher!
Difficulty level: intermediate

Pecan Pralines – one of my top 5 FAVORITE recipes, these pralines are melt-in-your-mouth PERFECTION!
Difficulty level: advanced

Peanut Butter Buckeyes – a simple, straightforward candy for peanut butter lover’s! This makes a BIG batch!
Difficulty level: easy

Copycat See’s Candy Polar Bear Paws – one of my fave Christmas candies, these caramel and peanut-filled white chocolate wonders are so delicious!
Difficulty level: easy

Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee – another version of Christmas cracker toffee but with white chocolate and cranberries. Elegant, easy, and makes a big batch!
Difficulty level: easy

Homemade Divinity Candy – a Christmastime staple! These pillowy puffs are a cross between fudge, meringue and nougat and are so addictive!
Difficulty level: advanced

Buttercream Frosting Fudge – a fudge for serious buttercream frosting lovers, this tastes exactly like the icing on a birthday cake!
Difficulty level: easy

Bourbon Balls – potent, nutty balls that pack a bourbon-y punch!
Difficulty: easy

Pecan Praline Pie Bark – crunchy, buttery bark made with a praline topping and lots of crisp pecans.
Difficulty level: easy

Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark is a unique spin on classic bark candy! Dark chocolate, crisp brownie brittle pieces, white chocolate and lots of crunchy peppermint candies combine to make this EASY holiday favorite!Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark – a one-of-a-kind twist on regular peppermint bark, this one has brownie crisps nestled in the middle!
Difficulty level: easy

COOKIE RECIPES

Perfect Snowball Cookies – it wouldn’t be Christmas without my favorite cookie! Often called Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes, these nutty cookies are my fave!
Difficulty level: easy

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!The Best Coconut Macaroons – easy, fast, limited ingredient cookies that look like snowy mountain tops!
Difficulty level: easy

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies – soft and chewy cookies flavored with tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate!
Difficulty level: easy

Classic, All-Butter Peanut Butter Blossoms – made entirely with butter (no gross shortening!), these tender cookies are a classic!
Difficulty level: easy

Gingerbread Molasses Cookies – one of my most popular Christmastime recipes, this makes a BIG batch of soft and chewy cookies.
Difficulty level: easy

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles – one of my favorites, this classic cookie can’t be beat!
Difficulty level: easy

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies – one of my top 5 favorite Christmastime treats, I love these soft, buttery, minty cookies with a hint of crunch. Makes a huge batch!
Difficulty level: easy

Eggnog Crinkle Cookies – soft and gooey cookies flavored with perfectly spiced eggnog!
Difficulty level: easy

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – a great cross between fudgy brownies and chewy cookies, they’re super chocolaty and simple!
Difficulty level: easy

Gingerbread Blondies – cut them as big or small as you’d like, but save some for yourself: these perfectly spiced blondies are addictive!
Difficulty level: easy

Cranberry Pistachio Pudding Cookies – a super soft cookie flavored with sweet pistachio and tart cranberries!
Difficulty level: easy

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies – buttery, chewy cookies flavored with gooey white chocolate and crunchy, creamy macadamia nuts.
Difficulty level: easy

These are the PERFECT Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars - the best I've tried! Fudge-like, chewy brown sugar blondies stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate, topped with a fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, tart cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Heaven for the holidays, and great for Christmas cookie trays!Cranberry Bliss Bars – just like Starbucks’ but BETTER. So chewy, soft and packed with amazing flavor.
Difficulty level: easy

These Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees are a 3-D Christmas cookie everyone will love! A triple-decker cookie with vanilla buttercream decorated to look like a beautiful Christmas tree! So fun to make with kids, too! #krusteaz #adSugar Cookie Christmas Trees – such a fun way to decorate cookies with kids!
Difficulty level: easy, but messy

Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies – very buttery, soft and chewy cookies that make a big batch!
Difficulty level: easy

CAKES & PIES

This Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake is moist and tender... but it's also PACKED with flavor from rich, syrupy molasses and LOTS of gingerbread spices. A perfect little EASY cake for the holidays!Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake – this is traditional gingerbread so it isn’t very sweet, but is VERY flavorful!
Difficulty level: easy

These Easy Eggnog Cupcakes have a simple shortcut but they're PACKED with creamy, buttery, rich eggnog flavor! Moist, fluffy eggnog and nutmeg-spiced cupcakes topped with a sinful eggnog buttercream. So simple, fast, and perfect for any eggnog lover!Easy Eggnog Cupcakes – packed with eggnog flavor in the cake and frosting, these easy cupcakes are for serious eggnog lovers!
Difficulty level: easy

This recipe is the BEST for Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! Moist and tender red velvet cake with a hint of cocoa powder is crowned with a decadent cream cheese frosting! Such an easy, crowd-pleasing, show-stopping dessert!Red Velvet Layer Cake – supremely moist and fluffy cake with a hint of cocoa and a luscious cream cheese icing!
Difficulty level: easy

This Peppermint Brownie Cheesecake is such an impressive, show-stopping, EASY dessert for the holidays! Cool, creamy, minty no-bake peppermint cheesecake sits atop a fudgy baked brownie in this decadent and beautiful dessert! Can be made ahead and feeds a crowd!Peppermint Brownie Cheesecake – a fudge-brownie bottom with a cool and minty no-bake peppermint cheesecake topping. So good!
Difficulty level: easy

These Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes are FANTASTIC! Moist, fluffy, spicy gingerbread molasses cupcakes are topped with a fluffy, creamy brown sugar buttercream frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. So delicious, perfect for the holidays, and festive!Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes – fabulous cupcakes flavored with coffee and gingerbread spices and topped with a brown sugar buttercream.
Difficulty level: easy

This is as authentic as it gets! German Cheesecake (AKA, Käsekuchen) flavored with vanilla and lemon. Light, airy, and fluffy, it's more delicate and less dense than American cheesecake due to a special cheese and fluffier batter. A must-make!German Cheesecake – a traditional German kasekuchen that’s fluffy, airy and so different from America’s version.
Difficulty level: intermediate

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun!Hot Chocolate Cupcakes – moist chocolate cupcakes flavored with a sinfully delicious marshmallow frosting!
Difficulty level: easy

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy!Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake – a moist and dense cake with a walnut brown sugar streusel. So fabulous!
Difficulty level: easy

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas!Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars – cool, creamy and minty cheesecake bars flavored with peppermint bark!
Difficulty level: easy

This is the BEST from-scratch Butterscotch Pudding Pie recipe! Entirely homemade, it consists of a spicy Biscoff cookie crust, a silky smooth, ultra creamy brown sugar & butterscotch pudding and a mountain of fresh whipped cream. The perfect comfort food that will be sure to please anyone!Butterscotch Pie – a silky, caramel-flavored pie with an irresistible Biscoff cookie crust. I LOVE this pie!
Difficulty level: easy

Dad's Favorite Bourbon Pecan Pie is a fun twist on a classic: rich, complex bourbon adds tremendous flavor to this rich and gooey pecan pie! Perfect for the holidays, it's super easy and everyone will adore the incredible flavor!Dad’s Favorite Pecan Pie – my family’s all-time favorite pecan pie recipe!
Difficulty level: easy

No Bake White Chocolate Velvet Pie: a creamy, silky-smooth no-bake pie that's packed with white chocolate. So easy, impressive and utterly delicious!White Chocolate Velvet Pie – a smooth-as-silk pie flavored with rich white chocolate. Simple but perfect.
Difficulty level: easy

This Sugar Cream Pie tastes like creme brulee in pie form! Buttery, creamy, sugary custard fills a flaky pie crust that's topped with sweet cinnamon sugar. Amazingly heavenly and so easy!Sugar Cream Pie – a custard-based pie that tastes like creme brulee in pie form!
Difficulty level: easy

This No-Bake Eggnog Cream Pie is so perfect for the holidays! Creamy, smooth vanilla & nutmeg-flavored cream pie with a buttery graham cracker crust. Easy, impressive and a one of a kind dessert!No-Bake Eggnog Cream Pie – such a creamy, cool and easy no-bake pie that tastes exactly like eggnog!
Difficulty level: easy

Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the roundup and found some things to make for Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

xo, Hayley

 

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