‘Tis the Season for Holiday Baking + Food Gifts!

Find 20+ recipes for baking or gifting to make your holidays extra sweet! Additionally you’ll find easy, no-bake treats for bars, snack mix and cocoa mix too.

20+ recipes for baking or gifting to make your holidays extra sweet! You’ll also find quick and easy no-bake treats for bars, snack mix and cocoa mix too | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #recipes #cookies #bars #nobake #foodgifts

Whooooo’s ready for some holiday treats to bake and give?

Easy Owl Cookies, a hoot to make! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #cookies #recipes

I’m sharing a round up of holiday goodies to make your holidays extra sweet, including some no-bake treats! Whether you’re looking for a cookie to enjoy or fill up a cookie tin or a special loaf to share with your neighbors or loved ones, you’ll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Click on the links in red for the complete recipe or tips!

Melted Snowmen Cookies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #snowman #cookies

Melted Snowmen Cookies

These Melted Snowmen are fun to ‘build’! Start with your favorite cookie as a base. Add almond bark or melted white chocolate chips for the ‘snow’. Peanut butter cups provide the snowman’s hat with miniature chocolate chips eyes and an orange sprinkle for a carrot nose!

Christmas Wreath Macaroons | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Christmas cookies #recipes #glutenfree

Christmas Wreath Macaroons

Christmas Wreath Macaroons are as fun to decorate as they are to eat!

Only four ingredients are required for this recipe, plus sprinkles to decorate the wreaths.

Like all macaroons, since they’re flourless, they’re also gluten-free.

Chewy, Chunky, Sweet + Salty Smorgasbord Cookies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net cookies #recipes

Chewy, Chunky, Sweet + Salty Smorgasbord Cookies

The photos don’t do these cookies justice! These are the ultimate chewy, chocolate chip

cookies, packed with sweet and salty mix-ins for a smorgasbord of flavor!

Shortcut Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cookies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #cookies #redvelvet

Shortcut Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cookies

An easy and festive Christmas cookie that uses a short cut!

Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprints | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #cookies #recipes

Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprints

Red Velvet = Christmas and these festive red velvet cookies are infused

with a burst of peppermint flavor and white chocolate in their centers.

Bourbon-Pecan-Gingerbread Cookies for Santa | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #cookies #recipes #bourbon

Bourbon-Pecan-Gingerbread Cookies for Santa

These spirited cookies combine the flavor of gingerbread and bourbon

in a fluffy muffin like texture. Make the dough ahead and chill 4 up to 12 hours.

Easy Owl Cookies, a hoot to make! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #cookies #recipes

These Easy Owl Cookies are a hoot to make!

Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make a parliament of owls!

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #cookies #recipes

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

White chocolate, dried cranberries, pecans and oats make this a satisfying and delicious cookie

to add to your holiday baking! Drizzle with additional melted white chocolate if desired.

Nigella Lawson's Christmas Chocolate Cookies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #cookies #recipes

Nigella Lawson’s Christmas Chocolate Cookies

These chocolate shortbread cookies have a chocolate glaze with with decorative sprinkles.

They’re easy to whip up  or in Nigella-speak, a “doddle” to make :)

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #apple #bread #recipes

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread

A reader favorite recipe and a delicious loaf to enjoy anytime or give for the holidays!

Cranberry-Orange-Pistachio Loaves | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #foodgift #christmas #baking

Cranberry-Orange-Pistachio Loaves

The red and green from the cranberries and pistachios make these mini loaves of bread merry and bright,

as well as sweet, tart and nutty. A perfect little loaf to give or enjoy for the holidays!

Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #foodgift #christmas #baking

Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Glaze

Welcome cranberry season with Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Glaze. The crunchy streusel topping and orange glaze makes this quick bread a moist and flavorful treat anytime you slice it!

And some no bake treats. . .

No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #cookies #nobake #recipes

No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs

 I made countless dozens of these cookies in my former life and they are always a crowd-pleaser!

They can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to gift and serve.

An Easy No-Bake Treat: Christmas Peanut Butter Bars | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #easy #nobake #recipes

An Easy No-Bake Treat: Christmas Peanut Butter Bars

An easy, no-bake treat that is both naughty and nice!

Nice, since they’re so easy to make and naughty, because they too hard to resist!

Easy Christmas Santa and Snowman Bark | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #easy #nobake #recipes

Easy Christmas Santa and Snowman Bark

This easy no-bake treat comes together in under an hour to enjoy, gift and share with friends and family.

Reindeer Corn Snack Mix | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #easy #nobake #recipes

Reindeer Corn Snack Mix

An easy, no-bake treat that’s perfect for last-minute gift giving and holiday snacking!

You can whip up a batch in about 20 minutes, almost as fast as you can say

“On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen . . .”!

Spicy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #easy #nobake #recipes

Spicy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

A sweet treat that comes together in 5 minutes!

Perfect for sharing with neighbors, teachers, friends and gifting for the holidays.

Pecan Bourbon Balls | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #nobake #recipes

Pecan Bourbon Balls

An easy no-bake Southern treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or for Christmas gift giving!

Candy Cane Cocoa Mix | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #nobake #recipes #foodgift

Candy Cane Cocoa Mix

Quick and easy for seasonal sipping and ideal for gift giving!

 Homemade Vanilla Extract | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #recipes #foodgift

 Homemade Vanilla Extract!

It comes together in five minutes and is ready to use in two months, improving as it ages.

20+ recipes for baking or gifting to make your holidays extra sweet! You’ll also find quick and easy no-bake treats for bars, snack mix and cocoa mix too | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #recipes #cookies #bars #nobake #foodgifts

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  24 comments for “‘Tis the Season for Holiday Baking + Food Gifts!

  1. Franki Parde
    December 9, 2020 at 7:52 am

    “Suh- Weet!!!! franki

  2. Ruthie Miller
    December 9, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Amazing baking, amazing photos, everything done with such care and creativity. Love that spoon with the candy cane cocoa mix and the plaid mug with roses. Several of my grandkids have nut allergies so this sadly, eliminates a lot of the recipes. I will return to this again and again.

    • Clara
      December 9, 2020 at 8:48 am

      Mary, What beautiful, delicious goodies! Thanks for a wide variety of tasty choices. Enjoy your day. Clara ❤️

  3. December 9, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Mary, what a fabulous round up of goodies. I love the orange coconut balls, I have made them for years. If only I had one of your sweets to go with my Snickerdoodle coffee this morning…Happy Wednesday!

  4. Debbie Joens
    December 9, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Mary, thanks for so many delicious looking options. I will definitely be adding some of these to my list to try! The Apple Fritter bread is always a hit and a personal favorite!! Merry Christmas and thanks for always giving us great ideas!

  5. December 9, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Mary, such a delight for the eyes nod of course our palettes. The photos are artfully posed so pretty. Lots of yummy cookies to soothe our giving a for sweets. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays.

  6. Karen
    December 9, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Wow! I remember a lot of these in your earlier blogs but having them all here in one post is terrific. Question (if you can be objective, may be hard if they are all yummy!): I want to make treats for first responders and front line workers this year. Which of these treats got the best reactions when they took a bite? I know, for instance, that your chocolate lovers will prefer the chocolate ones but I’d like to make a variety. This year, of all years, it’s important for people to know they are valued. Thanks Mary!

  7. Rita C.
    December 9, 2020 at 10:19 am

    What a round up! The coconut macaroons are calling me, and I’ve made the orange coconut balls in a former life so I know how good those are. I pinned this as a round up and the macaroons individually. Thanks, Mary.

  8. Dorinda Selke
    December 9, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Mary – what a beautiful assortment of delicious-looking cookies, breads and treats. There’s nothing better than the smell of your home when you’re baking Christmas cookies !! Merry Christmas~Dorinda

  9. Linda
    December 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Where to start!

  10. Melody Reed
    December 9, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Love it! My family demands my variety of Christmas cookies each year but I like to try one or two new recipes each year as well. I ordered a special stamp from a woman in the UK via Etsy last year for our church which took part in a village cookie tour. It was so fun! Your photographs are so beautiful, a sweet treat for the eyes too!

  11. Cyndi Raines
    December 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Sweet temptations, oh my! I want to try your orange coconut balls. They look similar to the Russian Nut Balls we make and love. I also want to try the peanut butter no bake treat, love peanut butter. The reindeer mix is oh, so good which we have enjoyed in the past along with the the apple fritter bread and the recent cranberry chocolate chip orange glaze loaf, yum! Thanks Mary, more fun and yum for the holidays! 🌲🌲🌲

  12. Donna
    December 9, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Love the owl cookies, what a “hoot” . . . those quick breads are my style and you make everything look so very, very special. We feast first with our eyes. Thanks.

  13. December 9, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    How fun to look through all these Christmas goodies you posted and see how many of them I have made as you posted them through the years. Every one of them I’ve made has been great. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipes with us and for the festive photos you give us of them. Our holidays are better because of your blog! Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours!

  14. December 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    So many wonderful treats to make, Mary! I’ve been doing the vanilla, but haven’t bottled it up yet. I still have a few more treats to make. Thanks for sharing! ❤️🎄❤️

  15. Betsy
    December 9, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Mary,

    While they all looking amazingly tempting, the no-bake options are terrific. My daughter is the neighborhhood babysitter and always takes an activity for the kids. The no-bake option is perfect for working with the younger kids!

    Ho Ho Ho and Happy Baking!

  16. December 9, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Mary, I think I just gained five pounds scrolling through. What a lovely assortment of goodies. Of course I like the owl cookies. I remember years ago, I made some owl treats following your lead. So cute! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  17. December 10, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Oh Mary I feel like I’ve just been to a cookie swap! So many temptations, but the one that really made me drool is the orange glazed chocolate chip bread, yummmmmm!! I need to get baking and making!
    Jenna

  18. December 10, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Soooo much to choose from!! They all look very tempting….thank you for all the recipes…

  19. December 11, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Dang I want to go mad wild hungry and devour it all!!! Been to busy to even think of baking, kept waiting for a rainy day, we only have had ONE, in November… Do you ship?😉

  20. December 18, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    What a round up! The coconut macaroons are calling me, and I’ve made the orange coconut balls in a former life so I know how good those are. I pinned this as a round up and the macaroons individually. Thanks, Mary.

  21. December 24, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Mary, I think I just gained five pounds scrolling through. What a lovely assortment of goodies. Of course I like the owl cookies. I remember years ago, I made some owl treats following your lead. So cute! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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