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17 Drool-Worthy Holiday Treats with 5 or Less Ingredients

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Holiday baking traditions can add stress to an already stressful time of year.

Which is why adorable holiday treats that have 5 or fewer ingredients make the perfect seasonal treat!

Lower your stress and enjoy 10 favorite holiday treats with 5 ingredients or less:


1. Rice Krispy Wreaths

You’ll need butter, marshmallows, Rice Krispies, red hot candies and green food coloring to make these little Christmas wreath cookies.

Here’s the recipe!


2. No-Bake Polar Bear Cookies

If you’re looking for a cute no-bake cookie to make with your kids, look no further!

You’ll need Double-Stuffed Oreos, white candy melts, a tube of black icing and holiday-colored M&M’s.

Get the tutorial here.


3. Chocolate Fudge

For this festive fudge, you’ll need chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peppermint extract, sweetened condensed milk, and crushed candy canes.

Get the full recipe here.

For this festive fudge, you’ll need chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peppermint extract, sweetened condensed milk, and crushed candy canes.

Get the full recipe here.


4. Candy Cane Bark

Candy Cane Bark is easy to wrap up in a mason jar, add a bow and give your favorite neighbor or friend.

You’ll need white chocolate, peppermint extract, semisweet chocolate, veggie oil and candy cane pieces.

Get the full recipe here.


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5. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods

Via Food Network

Chocolate-dipped pretzel rods are another great holiday tradition to make with kids.

You’ll need white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, pretzel rods and holiday-colored sprinkles.

Try the easy recipe.


6. Coconut Macaroons

Just mix coconut, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, egg whites and salt.

Just 25 minutes later, you’ll have chewy little coconut cookies everyone will love.

Get this easy macaroon recipe here.


7. Puppy Chow — aka Muddy Buddies

If Puppy Chow is in my house, I can be found eating every last morsel.

You’ll need chocolate chips, powdered sugar, Chex or Crispix, peanut butter, butter, vanilla extract, holiday M&M’s and a place to hide it from your kids so it’s all yours. This has a few more ingredients but it’s totally worth it.

Get the recipe here.


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8. Lemon Buddies

Look for a gluten-free, peanut-free holiday snack? Lemon Buddies are the peanut-free version of Muddy Buddies.

Just make these with Chex instead of Crispix if you’re looking for gluten-free. Get the recipe here.



9. Toffee Cashew Clusters

You’ll need white baking chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted and salted cashews, toffee bits and veggie oil is optional.

Within 20 minutes, you’ll have professional-looking candies to serve your loved ones.

Check out the recipe.


10. No-Bake Nutter Butter Truffles

Peanut butter lovers, this one’s for you.

You’ll need Nutter Butter cookies, cream cheese, chocolate chips, coconut oil and white chocolate chips.

Get the recipe here.


11. Chocolate Truffles

With just chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, you can be snacking on homemade chocolate truffles in about 20 minutes.

Fill a mason jar for your favorite teacher or friend.


12. Popcorn Wreath Cake

Grab popcorn, butter, marshmallows, red and green gumdrops or M&M’s and green food coloring to make this one festive.

This is another recipe you might want to hide from the kids for purely selfish reasons.


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13. Peppermint Meringues

For these melt-in-your-mouth treats, mix egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, and sugar to make the meringues.

After baking, top each morsel with crushed candy canes.

Get the full recipe here.



14. Aunt Rose’s Fantastic Butter Toffee

Don’t make this unless you have some serious self-control, otherwise you might devour the entire batch in one sitting.

Once you break it up in bite-size pieces, this buttery toffee makes a great mason jar gift too!

Here’s the full recipe.


15. White Candy Bark

Not to be confused with peppermint bark, this white chocolate concoction is made with nutmeg, dried fruit and nuts for a more savory sweetness.

Get the 5-ingredient recipe here.


16. 2-ingredient Dulce De Leche

This might be the easiest Christmas tradition to start making in your crockpot with only two ingredients: vanilla bean paste and sweetened condensed milk.

Stir this delectable sauce into recipes or pour it over ice cream, cake or coffee. Get the recipe here.


17. Dr. Pepper Cherry Cake

With only 5 ingredients, this Dr. Pepper Cherry Cake is perfect for a holiday potluck party.

You’ll need cake mix, Dr. Pepper, maraschino cherries, butter and powdered sugar. Get the full recipe here.


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