Recipe: 3 Tasty Treats for Last-Minute Holiday Gifting

Guys! Christmas is this weekend! I feel like I had a mile-long to-do list last week, but thankfully, I’ve chipped away at it little by little, and I’m almost at the point where I can just relax. Most gifts are bought. There’s a wrapping station set up in the basement. And we’ve started making and delivering holiday treats to our friends and neighbors.

I usually have grand plans for my edible gifts and was dreaming up some fancy cinnamon-swirl bread sprinkled with Swedish pearl sugar to give this year. It was going to be epic. Not to mention a lot of work. Though I still might make a few loaves, we wound up switching gears and cranked out a bunch of really easy, really delicious treats the other day and delivered them to the long list of people we love (gotta get names crossed off that list!). So if you’re in the same predicament—wanting to make a tasty, homemade treat without having to slave away in the kitchen—then try one of these three simple holiday treat recipes. They all take less than an hour to make and only require six ingredients, max. Make just one or all three like we did and impress your friends and family members with your handiwork this year.

Need some yummy treats to take to friends and neighbors? These 3 super simple holiday recipes will save the day! Need some yummy treats to take to friends and neighbors? These 3 super simple holiday recipes will save the day!

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Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups pecan halves
1 egg white
1 Tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a gallon-sized ziplock bag, combine sugar, salt, and cinnamon; set aside. Pour the pecans into a second gallon-sized ziplock bag. In a small bowl, mix the egg white and water together with a fork until foamy. Pour the mixture over the pecans, seal the bag, and shake vigorously. When the pecans are coated in liquid, dump them into the bag with the sugar mixture in it; seal, and shake vigorously until pecans are coated in cinnamon-sugar. Spread the pecans out on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Pour the finished pecans onto a clean baking sheet lined with parchment paper; cool completely.

Pretzel Turtles
1 bag small pretzel twists or squares
1 bag Rolos
1 bag pecan halves

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cover the baking sheet with a single layer of pretzels. Place a Rolo on top of each pretzel. Bake for 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately squish a pecan half onto the top of each Rolo. Allow to cool completely.

Soda Cracker Toffee
2 sleeves of soda crackers (like Saltines)
1 cup brown sugar
2 sticks butter
3 cups chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate, but semi-sweet is fine.)
1 cup pecans, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, and line the entire sheet with a single layer of soda crackers. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter over medium heat. Whisk frequently until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately pour over soda crackers, spreading with a spatula to evenly distribute. Bake for 12 minutes. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Wait 2-3 minutes to allow the chocolate chips to soften, then spread them evenly across the toffee. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top, and allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Need some yummy treats to take to friends and neighbors? These 3 super simple holiday recipes will save the day!


More Holiday Recipes: 
Easy Peppermint-Fudge Brownies
• Coffee Cocktails: Irish Coffees and Grand Marnier Coffees
• Recipe: Kris Crinkle Cookies
• Recipe: Dark-Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups

More from Minted:
• Christmas Photo Cards
• Holiday Photo Cards
• Non-Photo Holiday Cards

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