Festive Treats and Cookies for the Holidays

Is it day 3 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy already?! I have a really special treat for you guys today…a whole lot of festive treats from some of my favorite bloggers, these are goodies that really make me think of the holidays and I hope they will inspire you as well! Do you have any favorite holidays goodies or traditions in your home?



A super easy, no-bake treat that the kiddos can help with! How cute are these?!










santa hat cake pops: a bountiful love

I love how easy cake pops are, and these ones are so festive I couldn’t resist sharing with you guys!

Christmas Cakepops









chocolate covered oreos: happy deal happy day

Another really easy festive treat you can make for your trays, these would actually make fantastic teachers gifts (or mailman, delivery person etc!).











What an adorable cookie, I mean really how cute is the “melted snowman”, I bet this is one kids would love to help out with! And I love that it uses boxed cake mix too (yay for easy!).








cinnamon roll cookies: joy filled eats

These are like a sugar cookie mixed with a cinnamon roll, and they are drizzled with a delicious cream cheese frosting…what’s not to love?!








reindeer grahams: ann’s entitled life

Can you tell I love the idea of a no-bake treat for our festive treats? These adorable Reindeer Grahams use only a few ingredients and require no baking.











This has to be one of my favorite ideas for gifting, a jar of cookie mix ready to go! You can really customize to the taste of your receiver, and can give to everyone on your Christmas list!









Well that’s it for today’s Christmas Baking Frenzy! What did ya’ll think!? I bet you have a shopping list going with everything you need to get making, am I right? Be sure to check back in tomorrow for the next reveal (hint: if you like fudge you are gonna want to set a reminder for this one!).

Looking for the perfect Holiday Treats ? Look no further than this fun round-up of easy to make and super festive goodies that is sure to impress everyone! #CookieSwap #ChristmasCookies #HolidayTreats

Looking for the perfect Holiday Treats ? Look no further than this fun round-up of easy to make and super festive goodies that is sure to impress everyone! #CookieSwap #ChristmasCookies #HolidayTreats

Classic Italian Amaretti Cookies

These easy Amaretti Cookies are just like Nonna makes – soft chewy center with a delicately crisp outside, coated in sugar and topped with a roasted almond! The perfect cookie for dunking in a cup of tea while catching up with loved ones.

This Amaretti Cookie recipe is a very special one for me, especially this year…you see, my mother in law (who was Italian) passed away last month from a brain tumor after a very long battle, and this cookie was one she used to make for every special event and holiday.

I still remember when she gave me the recipe, “Meli, one day you will want these recipes, you know to make the cookies like how I make” and boy was she ever right! These Amaretti Cookies are so easy to make, they make a ton (8 dozen!) they are full of almond flavor and they go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee!

Post Updated: February 13, 2020

Be sure to PIN THIS ITALIAN AMARETTI COOKIE RECIPE so you have it for baking later!

They are a wonderful cookie for freezing, and with the amount that they make you can bet you will always have some on hand for your holiday guests. Now, we made them in 1/2″ balls but next time I would go a little smaller, a little bit more bite sized is what I was going for!

Amaretti cookie leaning on espresso cup and saucer with plate of cookies in the back

Aren’t they beautiful?! I love the almond on top, the crunch adds a nice surprise when you are eating the cookie, and if you are wanting to make them a little more festive you can always roll them in a colored sugar rather than white granulated sugar.

Looking for even more cookies like our amaretti cookies?

Easy Italian Amaretti Cookie Recipe

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Classic Italian Amaretti Cookies

These Amaretti Cookies are so easy to make, they make a ton (8 dozen!) they are full of almond flavor and they go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Best Italian Cookie Recipes, Italian Amaretti Cookies
Servings: 8 Dozen
Author: Melissa


  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 c White sugar +more for rolling
  • 1 c Vegetable Oil
  • 1.5 tbsp Almond Extract
  • 1 medium Lemon need both the peel and juice
  • 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 5 c Flour +/- depending on consistency of dough
  • Almonds for tops of cookies


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In stand mixer beat together eggs and sugar until blended. Add in oil, lemon (zest of full lemon as well as juice) and extract, mix well.
  • In small bowl sift together your cocoa and baking powder, add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Dough will be very wet, you want to add your flour in 1c at a time and mix. Your dough should come together after the 4th cup, then you add by 1/4c increments until the dough is “workable” (you need to be able to roll with your hands into little balls). You will need approx 5c of flour, but may need slightly more or less depending on your wet measures.
  • Pour 1c sugar into small bowl. Roll dough into balls (aprox 1/2″) and roll into sugar.
  • Place cookies on silicone mat or parchment paper and gently press an almond into the tops…the cookie will push down into a disc shape.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes (you want them slightly golden around the edge, this ensures you have a nice crunchy outside and soft inside!).

Be sure to check out the other yummy treats in our Christmas Baking Frenzy (13 Days in total)!! In fact, why don’t you BOOKMARK that page now, as we do a new Christmas Frenzy every year with yummy treats to be shared around the Holidays!

Classic Oatmeal Cookie with a Twist

Who’s ready for the weekend?! I am, I am!! I have been sick all week with my “yearly” cold/flu and it’s a bad one! So bad in fact that I have missed two days of work and am really not looking forward to going back tomorrow seeing as how I still feel like a zombie! But, enough about sickness and more about this COOKIE!

You likely have everything you need to make this one right now…how perfect for the cold weekend ahead! You can bake em up tonight and enjoy them over the next two days with your morning cup of tea. I usually make these cookies with chocolate chips but this time I had some nice dried cranberries left from my Christmas baking so I thought I’d throw those in instead…you can really add in whatever suits your taste or occasion (try hard shell chocolate eggs for Easter)!!

So go get your sifters ready and prepare yourself this delicious Oatmeal Cookie NOW!

Evey body needs a little creativity in their lives <3 Enjoy

Snowball Cookies rolled in flaked coconut and piled in a white ceramic bowl

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Snowball Cookies

On the 13th day of baking The Olive Blogger gave to me..a post with a delicious Snowball recipe!!!

It has been so much fun posting for you guys everyday, and I am sad to say that today is the final day of the 13 days (although that doesn’t mean I won’t keep posting yummy treats for you to enjoy!). I saved this recipe for the last day knowing how much ya’ll would enjoy it!

The Snowball is a classic goodie ball from Newfoundland (two of our bakers are “Newfie” so you know it’s a GOOD one!). It is loaded with coconut, oats and a hint of cocoa, and has a delicious fudgey center! This was my first year actually eating them (if you recall from a previous post I was not a huge coconut fan) and let’s just say that I may need to make more to replenish my supply for my goodie trays…UH-OH!!!

This is a great one to have the kiddos help out with, as it requires a final rolling in coconut to coat the outside, and how much fun they’ll have! The picture below shows our littlest helper having some fun with the coconut after all the rolling was done. I guarantee that this final recipe will be in your top three, and hope that you enjoy it every bit as much as I do!

We are having our annual Christmas party with friends today, so I will be sure to let ya’ll know what they thought of all the cookies, bars and other goodies we have made over the last 13 days together! And with that, I sign off for a couple days so I can go and recharge and enjoy what the Christmas season has to offer <3


Christmas Baking Frenzy- Chocolate Christmas Fudge

Oh my, we are on our second last day of goodies! It has been so much fun sharing with you guys everyday, and I really hope you are getting some new ideas for your Christmas goodies! Has anyone had a disaster yet!? Hey it happens, and today’s post is a testament to that!

This super simple Christmas Fudge was created when one of my Whipped Shortbread batches stuck to the pan (I was hurriedly trying to get batch after batch on and may have missed a key step in treating my pan!). But, with any mistake that happens on our baking day, we set the crumbles to the side and left them for a spur of creativity that came hours later!

We used a basic fudge recipe, threw in the shortbread pieces and decorated with colourful sprinkles…the result? A delicious update on your everyday fudge, with a nice little crunch!

I will also be sharing some gift ideas for the make-up lover on your list today!

Enjoy <3