Need a homemade gift in a hurry? These recipes are easy to make and taste terrific!
I’m doing something a little different today. I decided to search the Sprinkle Bakes archives and pull together some of my favorite low-lift recipes. The closer we get to Christmas, the more I rely on these recipes that require few ingredients and take very little time to put together. Most are no-cook, no-bake treats that depend on nothing more than a microwave and a chill in the fridge.
Let’s jump right in!
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Marshmallow Candy is a treat I make year-round, but it’s especially good for Christmas candy trays. It’s a smooth and creamy treat with marshmallows that give it a bouncy quality. Totally addictive!
Chocolate-Hazelnut Liqueur Snowballs require very few ingredients and, like bourbon balls, they improve upon standing. They’re a great holiday gift, and they ship well!
3 Minute, 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge has been my most popular holiday recipe for two years straight! I’ve already made this recipe twice this month – and once for my open house last Sunday. Sometimes I add chopped honey-roasted peanuts on top.
Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Fudge uses four-ish ingredients and is absolutely gorgeous packaged in cellophane bags. Tie with pretty ribbon for gift-giving.
Gourmet Toasted Cookie Dough in a Jar has been at the top of my traffic for about three years in a row. It’s a great gift for those who love eating raw cookie dough, but since the flour is toasted in this recipe, it’s totally safe to eat! Yes, technically, it’s not a true candy, but it’s so easy (and cute!) I had to include it here.
Peanut Butter Buckeyes is an old-school recipe that is well-known and loved. You know what you’re getting, which is pretty much peanut butter and chocolate OVERLOAD! These little candies are potent and come together quickly.
5 Minute Cranberry-Pistachio Fudge holds a symphony of flavors and textures, and it only takes 5 minutes to cook! Cross sections are gorgeous showing the green pistachios and tart red cranberries.
Easy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge uses just four ingredients and it’s super quick to make. I always use my microwave to make this candy, but if you don’t have one then a stove top will work just fine, too.
3 Ingredient Cream Cheese Fudge is one of my favorite advent recipes from earlier this month. Cream cheese gives this candy tangy flavor and luscious texture. (Pro tip: toast those nuts!)
5 Minute Bourbon Balls will whip up in five minutes flat. You can eat them immediately, but they improve upon standing. I’ve made these every year since first discovering the recipe in 2012.
Candied Fruit Coconut Macaroons are sweet and toasty and the candied fruit gives them a subtle chew. Just 4 ingredients! The candied fruit can be omitted if you’d like to further simplify.
Speedy Turtle Candies are irresistible with a sprinkle of sea salt on top. They are dangerously simple to make and take about 8 minutes to melt together in the oven.
Millionaire Candy with Sea Salt is another favorite from this year’s advent. Pecans, caramel and chocolate all come together to make this craveable, chewy candy. This candy has been popular for decades, and according to reader emails, many of you have happy memories tied to these treats. (Thank you for sharing.)
Microwave Grey Sea Salt Caramels cook for about 7 minutes in the microwave, as opposed to 20 + on the stove top. After a short chill in the refrigerator, they’re ready to be cut and wrapped for giving. Be sure to read my tips for visual cues while zapping this candy!
Mint Buttercream Truffles couldn’t be easier! Mixing up the candy dough is a no-bake, no-cook affair, and I think the flavor is reminiscent of a minty grasshopper cocktail!
Smoked Almond Rocky Road is a recipe that you mix, pour and refrigerate. If you can’t find smoked almonds, simply use toasted salted almonds in their place.
Easy No-Cook Divinity is a marshmallowy treat that is holiday party-ready! It’s so much easier to make than the stove top version, and holiday sprinkles will dress them for the occasion.
Glittering Pretzel Wands are simple treats that I’ve been making for years! This recipe makes 24 (or more!) so dip to your heart’s content. Kids of all ages can help, and it’s so fun picking out the sprinkles for decoration.
Fruit and Nut Candy Cups are pretty little cups of chocolate, fruit, and nuts that are neatly portioned into mini cupcake liners. Melt, stir, pour. So easy and great for candy trays!
Hazelnut Truffles are low effort with major payoff, and that’s why they’re great to make at Christmastime! Place them in gold foil candy papers for little holiday sparkle. The hazelnut liqueur in the ganache can be omitted if desired.
And there you have it! These are some of my favorite recipes to make for entertaining and holiday gift-giving. And all of them can be made ahead, so make them now and serve them later! I hope you’ll find all of them useful. xo-h
Beautiful photos and desserts. Can't wait to give some of these a try for the next holiday season. This year we sent some of our favorite people sampler platters of sweet treats and we love trying new recipes. Cheers!
Many of these will make for a nice change next year. Have to copy them into my Christmas recipe book as a reminder. Thanks, Heather, you are brilliant! Merry Christmas to you!
Aw, thank you! Merry Christmas to you!
Really appreciated all of your December recipes – I’ve made 2 of them with great success!
I'm so happy to hear that!
Is the marshmallow fudge used as the cover photo a "quick" recipe? I did a quick search on your site & couldn't track it down. It looks DELISH. Thanks!
Hi Nic! It's the link right after the first paragraph and "Let's jump right in!"
I'll also leave a link here. Thanks for asking!
Can you use natural peanut butter for the marshmallow fudge? Or does it have to be the most it kind!
You rock with your writing!! Spectacular one for sure.