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{christmas sweets + treats}


What’s the best way to spread Christmas cheers?  Other than singing loud for all to hear?  Homemade sweets + treats!

Who doesn’t love a delicious festive treat delivery?  For example: Jessie left a big ol’ plate of cookies on our front porch and we literally fought over them…lol.   #truestory

I know that time is tight, trust me!! And we’ve all got shit to do and place to be.  So, I’m sharing 2 semi-homemade sweets + treats that you can easily whip up.  Even your kids can help!  That’s how easy they are.

Not to mention, inexpensive too!

These are perfect for kids + neighbors + classroom + friends.  They will love you forever.  Promise!

You could even make a batch of Christmas Tree Brownies to set out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

He told me he digs brownies + red wine!  Just FYI!

Run to the store.  Grab a couple of boxes of your favorite cake + brownie mix.  Get the Christmas music playing and you are all set to bake.


Brownie Christmas Trees 

A simple box of brownies becomes extra special with the addition of green frosting + sprinkles.  This is a really good one to get the kiddos to help with.  Bay made these all on her own.  I love that she can follow a recipe and decorate.  And enjoy every second of it.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • box of brownies (9×13)
  • ingredients listed on the brownie box
  • triangle cookie cutter
  • parchment paper
  • green decorating icing
  • red + green sprinkles
  • lollipop stick (optional)



Tip: don’t even attempt to find a triangle cookie cutter.  It’s impossible.  Amazon Prime that shit.  I was very lucky that my homegirl at Every Baking Moment let me borrow her personal triangle cutter, after searching high and low for 3 days.  Or you can always grab a Christmas Tree cookie cutter, you can find those EVERYWHERE this time of year. 


Here’s what you’ll do:

Line 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.  Allowing parchment to drape over the sides of the dish.

Prepare brownies as directed + allow to cool.

Pull parchment paper to release the whole sheet of brownies and set on a cutting board.

Get as many triangle cuts as possible.

Make zig-zag design with green squeeze icing.

Quickly top with sprinkles.

Insert lollipop stick in the bottom of the tree.



Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Cupcakes with snowy frosting.  These are a big hit with the 8 and under crowd.  I’ve seen a few adults kill them too.  Ha!  Just remind peeps that those trees are NOT edible.  That could really hurt.  #tmi


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • box of white cake mix
  • ingredients listed on cake mix box
  • cupcake liners
  • white frosting
  • white sprinkles
  • mini bottle brush Christmas trees – I found mine in the dollar spot at Target.  I’ve also seen them at Michael’s.


mini bottle brush trees



Here’s what you’ll do:

Prepare cupcakes as directed.

Allow to cool.

Frost cupcake with frosting + lots of sprinkles.

Top each cupcake with bottle brush tree.



Happy Holiday baking.  Hope this inspires you to bust out a box of cake or brownie mix and make some festive sweet + treats with your little ones ♥


xoxo stacyb

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