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Mix Up the Milk and Cookies this Year

Everyone knows Santa loves his milk and cookies, but if we all leave out the same treat for him on Christmas Eve, he’s bound to get sick of it. Why not mix up the milk and cookies this year and leave Santa a different kind of goodie he’s sure to love just as much! Here are some of our favorite festive ideas that require no baking to free up the oven for cooking Christmas Eve dinner.

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Nothing says “Christmas” like white chocolate-coated truffles covered in crushed candy canes! Luckily, this goodie is easier to make than it sounds, and all you need are five ingredients. Before you get started, it helps to have a medium cookie dough scooper for perfectly shaped truffles in a flash. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 package Oreo cookies
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 8 oz melting chocolate (milk or white), melted
  • Crushed candy canes to sprinkle on top

Get the full directions from Two Twenty One.

Thin Mint Oreo Cups

Do you like the truffle idea but want an even easier holiday dessert? Thin Mint Oreo Cups are a no-bake treat requiring just three or four ingredients! Customize which ingredients you use based on your family’s preferences. These are so irresistible – you’ll have to hide them from the family just to make sure there’s enough left for Santa! Here are some options for customizing your treat:

  • 16 to 18 Oreos
  • 3 candy canes (optional)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 bag Andes mint baking chips (or substitute for 1/2 cup white chocolate and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil)

Get the full directions from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

Peanut Brittle

This old fashioned candy is a familiar favorite, especially among adults. The crisp crunch is unique among holiday desserts where softness is usually a more desirable trait. Unlike other hard candies, peanut brittle is one you can make without a candy thermometer, so go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief. Here’s all you need to whip up a batch of peanut brittle to leave for Santa:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups raw peanuts
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Get the full directions from Real Life Dinner.

Hot Chocolate Fudge

What if you could bring two of your favorite winter desserts together into an easy-to-make treat? With hot chocolate fudge, that’s just what you get! Plus, since you can quickly make it in the microwave or on the stove, this fudge doesn’t hog the oven. Just remember to plan ahead – the treat requires four hours of chilling time. All you need are four simple ingredients:

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallow bits

Get the full directions from Wonky Wonderful.

Mint Chocolate Bark

If you’re the type of person who can plow through a whole box of Andes mints in one sitting, this Mint Chocolate Bark is for you! With only three ingredients to worry about, it’s easy to whip up another batch for Santa if the family devours it all. Be sure to melt the chocolate slowly, or it will lose its temper. Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 8 oz dark chocolate callets or finely chopped dark chocolate
  • 4 oz green mint baking chips
  • 1 cup chopped Andes mints

Get the full directions from Love & Olive Oil.

With these great Christmas treat ideas, you just might never leave out the traditional milk and cookies for Santa again!