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10 Fun and Simple Holiday Baking Recipes

Kelsey Gast

Ahhh… winter break. Such a magical time of year. College parents finally get to see their beloved children for more than just a weekend. Here are some delicious ways to spend sweet, quality time with your student!

1. Hot Chocolate Cookie Mugs

How cute is this? Tasty is full of appetizing and creative ideas, and they illustrate their recipes in simple, enjoyable videos. Take a look at this tutorial on how to make their famous hot chocolate cookie mug with a fun incorporation of the candy cane as the handle.


2. Baked Bree's Christmas Light Cupcakes

Christmas light cupcakes to bake with your college student during the holidays
An easy recipe that evokes a festive string of holiday lights. You can't go wrong with classic milk chocolate cake mix and traditional vanilla buttercream. M&M's® supply a nice crunch... yummy!

Credit: Baked Bree

3. Grinch Fudge

How to make Grinch fudge with your college student

Indulging in the perfect bite of fudge can make your heart feel like it's growing three times its size. Plus, no matter how old the kids get, they will always love the movie, Grinch. Snuggle up, light the fireplace and have a family movie night after you've made some Grinch fudge. Visit How to Make Easy Fudge for the full recipe and step-by-step instructional photos.

Credit: How to Make Easy Fudge

4. Melted Snowman Cookies

'Tis the season of cold weather and snow! We love these snowman cookies with a silly twist. Here is a YouTube tutorial from Delish on how to create the melting snowman effect.

5. Gingerbread People with Candy Canes

Holiday baking recipes for families during winter breakGingerbread cookies are always a yummy seasonal delight! Here's an awesome recipe from Evermine that incorporates a dash of personality with the gingerbread people holding candy canes. (You can also, of course, use your own favorite family cookie recipe.) Bring out the icing and decorate cookies with your college student while hearing about some of their fall semester adventures.

Credit: Evermine

6. Peppermint Patties

Holiday peppermint patties to make with your college studentThis peppermint patty recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe is a wonderfully fresh and minty treat for the winter season. Mel also shares some insightful and quick video tips on tempering/melting chocolate and dipping things in chocolate to perfect your patties and other holiday treats you may attempt this season.

Credit: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

7. Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Holiday baking with parents and their college students

These chocolate turtle cookies from Pixelated Crumb are perfect for any caramel or pecan lover out there! They're delicious and fun to make, so they're sure to be worth it as a special little treat for you and your loved ones.

Credit: Pixelated Crumb

8. Eggnog Gingerbread Trifle

There are more creative ways to use eggnog this season than solely in drink form. Here's an idea from Allrecipes. Make it family style and have everyone grab a spoon and dig in!

9. Holiday Cheesecake Bites

How to make Holiday cheese cake bites with your college student.

If baking an entire cheesecake is too daunting, try out this delicious and super simple dessert by Recipe Girl. It requires very minimal ingredients. The light and fluffy puff pastry filled with cheesecake is irresistible and addicting! The garnish of pomegranate and mint on top create a bright, fresh taste. Perfect for taking to a party, or having on hand for carolers.

Credit: Recipe Girl

10. Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts

Baking donuts with your college student for the holidaysThese mini donuts by Pinch of Yum are such a treat to indulge in with your student. Soft and warm with a hint of spice, these delectable donuts will melt away in your mouth. The maple syrup glaze drizzled on top is to die for! Eating only one will be a challenge...

Credit: Pinch of Yum

Whatever recipe you decide to make, bake or recreate, enjoy your time with your student and savor every moment.


Kelsey Gast attended Appalachian State University, from which she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communication, Advertising in 2017. Kelsey is the Content Marketing Specialist at LogRhythm based in Boulder, Colorado, and before that spent two years at CollegiateParent. Outside of work, she is fueled by spontaneous adventures, hiking, traveling — and nothing beats spending quality time with her family and friends!

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