Easy Holiday Cookies

Easy Holiday Cookies

Are you looking for easy themes with Elf on the Shelf? Have a fun baking day with your little ones by baking some easy holiday cookies.

There is nothing better than easy holiday cookies that are also delicious! The best part is it only includes three main ingredients.

How to Make Easy Holiday Cookies

Gather the ingredients for these easy holiday cookies and once the ingredients are all ready, let’s begin!

  • 1 package of pie crust (will have two sheets in there)
  • Nutella
  • Raspberry preserves
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 450F

Roll out the pie crust and spread Nutella and raspberry preserves evenly.

Tip with the second pie crust and lightly press.

Use cookies cutters to cut out different shapes.

Bake for 10-12 minutes and fully cool once removed.

Optional: soft powdered sugar on top for added sweetness.

You can use melted chocolate or peanut butter. You can omit either ingredient to make raspberry cookies or just Nutella cookies!

Sweet and Sticky Homemade Marshmallows

Sweet and Sticky Homemade Marshmallows

I’ve been wanting to make homemade marshmallows for a while now and I finally got around to making some. We had our first real snowfall of the season and since I only like snow before Christmas, I figured this is the best time to make some for our hot chocolate.

Homemade marshmallows just hit differently. You have control of the size and shape of them and it makes an abundance amount!

Hear it from me first because I learned the hard way- use a large pot when making homemade marshmallows. My stove may never recover from what happened!

I’ve tried a few different ways to make homemade marshmallows, but I’m impatient and want things to be done as soon as possible. A lot of recipes that I found required the recipe to set over night while everything solidified. I wanted something where I could eat this within 3 hours or longer if I really wanted to. This recipe is perfect if you are impatient like me.


  • 2 tbs gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Line baking pan with parchment paper and dust with powdered sugar.
  • Mix together gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water. Stir lightly. Set aside for about 10 minutes.
  • Place the remaining 1/2 cup of water and sugar over medium heat.
  • Add the gelatin and bring to a rolling boil until it reaches 240°F. Do not stir while boiling.
  • Remove from the heat and pour into an electric mixer.
  • Stir in the salt and vanilla extract.
  • Beat on low for 2 minutes then increase to high until soft and doubled in volume, around 15 minutes.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and smooth with a greased spatula.
  • Add sprinkles on top if you prefer.
  • Cool in the pan uncovered, until firm, for about 3 hours.
  • Cut with a greased knife or greased cookie cutters of your choice.

I have a mini blow torch that made the marshmallows perfectly roasted. Definitely worth a try if you know how to use one!

Also, pair these with my delicious red wine hot chocolate and you can thank me later!

Fun and Festive Sweet Potato Pop-tarts

Fun and Festive Sweet Potato Pop-tarts

Either you’re a fan of Thanksgiving food or you’re not. In my case I am not. You will find me eating a few sides with a loaf of cranberry sauce (the canned kind).

I know I am not the only one and I know we all have some picky eaters. I am sharing a fun side dish that is kid and adult approved- Sweet potato pop-tarts.

It has all the ingredients of the classic recipe sweet mashed potatoes including cinnamon, nutmeg and creamy marshmallow.

These can be breakfast, side dish or dessert, there’s no wrong way to eat them!

Here is what you need-


  • 2 packages of refrigerated pie crusts
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 cup of marshmallow Fluff
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Mash sweet potatoes and mix in brown sugar and spices. Put aside.
  2. Roll out both packages of pie crusts and cut into rectangles.
  3. Scoop about 1 tbs of sweet potato filling in one side of the rectangles and 1 tbs of fluff on the other rectangle.
  4. Sandwich the two rectangles together and pinch all of the pastry with a fork.
  5. Pierce a few holes on top of the pastry. I used cookie stamps to make shapes with the extra dough I had and sealed them on top.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 F. Ovens may vary so check on them throughout baking.
  7. Once fully cooled decorate!

I added these fun sprinkles that were so perfect for these pop-tarts! I used Sprinkle Pop Campfire S’mores mix.

I also used Wilton Gold Color Mist to give them a shimmery look.

Hurry and gobble these up before the kids do!

Spooky Butternut Squash Mini Pizzas

Spooky Butternut Squash Mini Pizzas

It’s pizza night, but let’s make it spooky!

I am sharing a fall inspired pizza recipe with creepy crawler toppings to enjoy during your horror movie marathon!

Butternut squash sauce is delicious and adds great flavor to pastas, dips and pizza!


For the sauce-

½ butternut squash, cut up

3 cloves of garlic, minced

3 tbs olive oil

1 tbs thyme

Salt and pepper

1 cup vegetable broth

1/4 cup tomato paste

For the pizzas-

Pizza crust ( I used Angelic Bakehouse flat bread pizza crusts)

Shredded cheese

Mozzarella cheese slices

Olives, black and green

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix squash and garlic together in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with thyme, salt and pepper.

Roast for about 25 to 30 minutes or until tender.

Transfer squash mix to a food processor or blender. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Add the broth and tomato paste and puree again.

With the oven still on, spread sauce on your pizza, top with cheese and toppings of your choice. I cut olives in half and sliced little legs to make spiders on one. I made another by cutting out ghosts on mozzarella slices using a cookie cutter. I also made creepy eyes by cutting out circles of more cheese and olives slices to top on the pizza.

Bake pizza for about 8-10 minutes.

Pair with some Halloween pajamas and a spooky movie. Enjoy!

Other fun toppings to use

Green pepper Frankensteins

Pepperoni pumpkins

Onion skeletons

Basil brooms

Sausage brains

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Easy 5 Minute Festive Salad Wreath

Easy 5 Minute Festive Salad Wreath

Looking for a last minute Christmas morning brunch idea? I am here to show you this simple 5 minute wreath salad that is sure to be a hit.

I never met anyone who does not like fresh mozzarella, and if you are one of those people, I need to know why.

All you need is

  • Fresh romain lettuce
  • Marinated mozzarella balls
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

On a large round serving plate, arrange lettuce into an ‘O’ shape circle.

Every place mozzarella and tomatoes all over lettuce.

Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar all over and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

You can also put the oil and vinegar on the side by mixing it in a small bowl and placing it in the center of the wreath.


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