Best Christmas Treats: 3 Easy Christmas Treat Recipes

These easy and delicious recipes are the best Christmas treats I know!

It may not be the most important aspect of the holiday season, but it’s hard to imagine having a properly festive Christmas without Christmas treats. Where would we be without recipes like crockpot hot chocolate, sour cream cookies, hot chocolate bombs, gingerbread houses (and their easier cousin, graham cracker houses), fudge brownies — I could go on and on!

While some of my favorite holiday treats are classics like sugar cookies and peppermint bark, I’ve also expanded my collection of recipes for tasty holiday snacks over the past few years! We just can’t get enough of these addictive Christmas treats, so I thought I’d share 3 Christmas goodie recipes with you here that not only would make fabulous snacks for Christmas, but wonderful gifts for family and friends, too!

The fact that all 3 recipes are easy Christmas treats is the icing on the cake (or the cream cheese frosting on the Christmas cake, so to speak!) In addition to being quick and easy holiday snacks, they’d make great Christmas party desserts or prizes for Christmas party games

If you have a favorite Christmas treat that other OGT readers should know about, please share it in a comment at the bottom of this post!

My 3 Favorite Christmas Treat Recipes

Commonly known as

1. Ritz Cracker Toffee

This is the recipe most often associated with the name “Christmas Crack,” and for good reason! It’s hard not to be hooked on this crunchy, chocolatey bark from the very first bite. Consider making a double batch of this easy holiday treat, because it will disappear before your eyes! It’s one of my very favorite Christmas treat recipes, and makes a fun Christmas dessert, too.

To make these chocolaty Christmas treats, you only need a few simple ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 20 Ritz crackers or similar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Pinch sea salt (optional)
  • Crushed candy cane, to garnish (optional)
One of my favorite Christmas treats starts with Ritz crackers.

Directions:

Start by lining an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper, then arrange an even layer of Ritz crackers so that it covers the bottom of the pan.

Pour caramel over a layer of Ritz crackers for these fantastic Christmas treats.

Next, combine butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat until melted. Boil the mixture for 2-3 minutes — WITHOUT stirring — then immediately pour the caramel over the crackers, using a spatula to spread it into an even layer.

A nice layer of chocolate chips over the hot caramel is the final step of these Christmas treats.

Place the pan in a 425 degree oven for 5 minutes to help set the caramel layer. Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the caramel, then put the pan back in the hot oven for 1-2 more minutes to melt the chocolate chips.

To make these chocolate and caramel Christmas treats even more festive, sprinkle some crushed peppermint candy on top.

Immediately after removing the pan from the oven, spread the melted chips into an even layer, then sprinkle crushed peppermints or candy canes over the chocolate to give it a fun, festive look. Let the pan cool completely before breaking the finished toffee into snack-sized pieces.

Mix It Up!

  • Instead of peppermint, sprinkle crushed pecans or walnuts on top, or add some Christmas cookie sprinkles.
  • Use dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chip, or even butterscotch chips (or a mix!)
  • Sprinkle crushed pretzels on top to give it even more of a sweet and salty flair.
This addictive Christmas treat is called Pigeon Mix.

2. “Pigeon Mix” (Christmas Chex Mix)

This recipe was shared with me by our long-time neighbors (and my daughter Britta’s in-laws) the Hopkins, who call it by the name “Pigeon Mix” (though I’m sure it’s known by other names, as Christmas Chex mixes often are!) This sweet, crunchy, buttery snack mix is as easy to make as it is hard to put down! If your family is anything like mine, you won’t be able to get enough of it.

All it takes is cereal and some common pantry items to make this fantastic Christmas snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 box Corn Chex
  • 1/2 box Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
Pigeon Mix is a Christmas treat no one can resist.

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the Chex, Golden Grahams, slivered almonds, and shredded coconut, then set the bowl aside.

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To a saucepan, add the corn syrup, sugar, and butter, then place it on your stovetop over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Just boil some corn syrup, sugar, and butter and pour it over the cereal for the Pigeon Mix Christmas treat.

Pour the liquid over the cereal mixture and stir to combine, then spread the mixture out onto a lined baking sheet. Allow it to cool before breaking it up and storing it in ziplock bags.

Snowstorm Popcorn is one of my favorite Christmas snacks -- it's popcorn with a luscious marshmallow sauce poured over it.

3. Snowstorm Popcorn

I made this soft and chewy popcorn treat one year while were stuck inside during a snowstorm, and that’s how it earned its moniker. Snacking on a big bowl of this popcorn while watching a Christmas movie in the glow of the lights of your Christmas tree sounds the perfect way to spend time with those you love around the holidays. It’s surprisingly easy to make, and goes great with a steaming mug of hot cocoa!

The only thing you need for Snowstorm Popcorn is brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows -- and popcorn, of course -- together, they make a Christmas treat that you can't stop eating.

Ingredients:

  • 3 bags microwave popcorn, popped
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 16 oz marshmallows
  • 1 cup brown sugar
Before you make your Snowstorm Popcorn, make sure you remove all the unpopped kernels from your popcorn.

Directions:

Start by picking out any unpopped kernels from the popcorn and discarding them, then place the popped popcorn in a large bowl.

Snowstorm Popcorn is such an easy Christmas treat -- you can make the whole batch in your microwave.

In a separate, microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, marshmallows, and brown sugar, then and microwave it for 2 minutes. Remove the bowl, stir, then microwave again for 1-2 minutes. Stir again, repeating until the mixture is thin enough to pour.

Pour the hot marshmallow mixture over your popcorn and once it cools you've got a Christmas treat that everyone will go crazy over.

Pour the buttery marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and stir well with a spatula to ensure the popcorn gets coated evenly. Let cool and serve.

These Christmas treats make great gifts too -- just put some in a cellophane bag and tie a ribbon on it.

BONUS: Packaging Treats For Quick And Easy Holiday Gifts

These Christmas treats are fun and easy to make with your kids, and would make great gifts to boot! Here are a few ideas for packaging your delicious Christmas goodies to make them extra festive:

  • Mold the popcorn into balls and wrap them in wax paper or plastic wrap. Use a fun Christmas sticker to secure the paper or plastic.
  • Scoop Pigeon Mix into cellophane bags or holiday ziplock bag to give to coworkers, mail delivery people, neighbors, etc.
  • Break the toffee into bite-size pieces, pile them into a cellophane bag, then tie the bag closed with red and green ribbon.
  • Scoop any of these festive holiday treats into a mason jar for a delicious (and practical) gift!

What are your favorite Christmas treats to make during the holidays?

Ritz Cracker Toffee

Ritz Cracker Toffee Recipe

Jill Nystul
Buttery crackers, chewy caramel, and chocolate layered together and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies — need I say more?
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 9 pieces
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 20 Ritz Crackers
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 pinch sea salt optional topping
  • crushed candy cane optional topping

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8×8" pan with parchment paper.
  • Place Ritz crackers in an even layer covering the bottom of the pan.
  • Combine butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat until melted. Boil the mixture for 2-3 minutes WITHOUT stirring.
  • Immediately pour the caramel mixture over the Ritz crackers and spread it into an even layetr with a spatula.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes to thicken and set the caramel.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the caramel, then bake for 2-3 more minutes to melt the chocolate chips.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and immediately spread the melted chocolate into an even layer.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt or crushed candy cane bits on top, then let the pan cool for about 2 hours before breaking the toffee into snack-sized pieces.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 161mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 360IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg
Hopkins Family “Pigeon Mix”

Pigeon Mix Recipe (AKA Christmas Chex Mix)

Jill Nystul
A delicious mix of crunchy cereal and almonds coated in a sweet, sticky, coconut goodness.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 475 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces Corn Chex about half a box
  • 6 ounces Golden Grahams about half a box
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup butter

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together the Chex, Golden Grahams, slivered almonds, and shredded coconut. Set the bowl aside.
  • Combine the corn syrup, sugar, and butter into a saucepan and place it on your stove over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the liquid over the cereal mixture and stir to combine. Spread out on a lined cookie sheet and let it cool before storing in airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 345mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 2gSugar: 56gVitamin A: 1249IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 9mg
Marshmallow popcorn in a white bowl on a red and white checkered tablecloth.

Marshmallow Popcorn Recipe

Jill Nystul
What do you get when you combine buttery popcorn with gooey marshmallows? This easy and delicious marshmallow popcorn concoction that's perfect for all snacking occasions.
4 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 621 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 bags microwave popcorn
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 16 oz marshmallows
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Pop the popcorn, discard any unpopped kernels, and place in a large bowl.
  • Place the butter, marshmallows, and brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl, then microwave for 2 1/2 minutes and stir.
  • Microwave the marshmallow mixture again for 1 minute, repeating again if necessary to achieve a pourable consistency.
  • Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and stir thoroughly.

Nutrition

Calories: 621kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 3gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 424mgPotassium: 153mgFiber: 3gSugar: 59gVitamin A: 750IUCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Your pictures of the cracker snack show crushed peppermint sticks sprinkled on top, but you forgot to mention that in the recipe. The crushed candy adds a wonderful flavor to the combination!

    I’m still hung up on that old standby Chex Mix, that buttery, garlicky, Worcestershire saucy cereal mix that means Christmas to me. Hard to watch my weight with all these wonderful snacks around!

  • THANK YOU JILLEE FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL RECIPES AND TIPS ON LIFE……….You’re an inspiration to us all………………………..Have a very merry Christmas and a most wonderful New Year …………………………….

  • They all look delicious. I remember making a variation of the toffee using graham crackers as the base. The Ritz or saltine crackers would give the toffee that great sweet-salty combination.

    One question – what size box of cereal do you use?
    Thanks!

  • I am trying to avoid a lot of baking this holiday season (because I would want to eat it ALL!) but I think one of these recipes will be perfect for us this Thursday. A group of us are going to be making dinner for people at our local equivalent to the Ronald McDonald House and I am in charge of dessert. These look easy to make and are sure to be crowd pleasers. Also, I wanted to share with you a recipe that my sister calls “Christmas Crack.” So easy. She just buys a big bag of popcorn, drizzles it with melted almond bark and crushed candy canes, and lets it cool. You literally cannot stop eating that salty-sweet treat!

  • Everything looks so good. We always do my Grandmas version of English Toffee. Wont do the Pigeon mix because of food allergies, but the others will work for me.

  • An even better change to the Christmas crack are pretzels. I use the pretzel rings others have use the regular Twisted pretzel. Like the Saltine switch it adds the salty aspect to the treat but the pretzels hang on to their crunch better than either one of the cracker choices

  • Hi Jillee, We make Cracker Toffee with regular Saltines, It comes out sweet and salty. I’m making my grandkids your popcorn one for Christmas Day. I want you to know how much I appreciate One Good Thing by Jillee. I start every day with a cup of coffee and your blog. Because of you, my skin is great for a 72 year old gal. Your coconut oil semi homemade recipes are great for myself and as gifts for my friends. Merry Christmas!

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