Easy Holiday Snacks

By Elizabeth Flatley

Throughout the holidays, some quick easy treats are incredibly nice and comforting during our cold seasons. These snacks are very easy to make, and a nice activity during the entire family. Making these cookies, a tradition among my family, connects us and gives us a comforting and uniting thing to do during winter. These few recipes are easy enough that my seven year old sister can do the majority of the baking. 

Snowballs

  • 1 ½ cups softened butter 
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar 4
  • 1 tbs vanilla 
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar 

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375º
  2. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl until creamy
  3. Gradually beat in the flour; stir in chocolate chips
  4. Shape dough into small balls then place on ungreased baking sheets
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes
  6. Once baked, remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes
  7. Put ½ cup powdered sugar into a ziplock bag then place cookies in the bag and cover with powdered sugar

Sweet Sugared Pretzel Sticks

These Pretzel Sticks are probably the easiest to make. They only require three ingredients and three steps:

  • 2 cups Wilton Vanilla flavoured candy melts
  • Trader Joe’s Honey Wheat pretzel sticks
  • Lots of sprinkles

Steps

  1. Slowly melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 30 second increments (check for signs of burning).
  2. Once melted, dip the pretzel sticks into the white chocolate, be careful not to burn yourself!
  3. Put sprinkles on a flat surface and roll the pretzels in the sprinkles

Holiday Spritz Cookies

The last snack I have, I make every year. You can either use a cookie press or cutters for the dozens of cookies. cup butter, room temperature

  •  1 cup butter, make sure the sticks are room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla or almond extract
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla or almond extract if desired

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. In a stand mixer or a bowl, mix butter and powdered sugar until smooth 
  3. Add the egg, vanilla or almond extract, and salt into the mix (make sure to get the sides)
  4. Slowly add the flour to the mix
  5. Add one cup of dough into your cookie press 

Or roll the dough and cut shapes with cookie cutters

  1. Put the cookies about an inch apart, they do not spread, and bake for about 6-7 minutes
  2. If you want sprinkles, whisk together the milk and powdered sugar and glaze the tops of each cookie while adding sprinkles
  3. Leave the sprinkles to set for a good 8 minutes