These Christmas goodies take less than 15 minutes to put together, and taste super yummy!

Christmas Goodies You Can Make In Under 15 Minutes

I love to make Christmas goodies, but the thing that really holds me up is the mess and time it takes to complete. Rolled-out sugar cookies that you use cookie cutters for? Yeah, those aren’t happening at my house, sorry kids. I mean, they’re cute and all, but they are such a mess! Flour on the counter, in my hair, on the floor…and that’s if I make them by myself without the kids!

That’s why I love these two recipes! Rocky Roads have been my family’s go-to recipe since I was a little girl. They take about five minutes to put together and then cook in the oven for ten. Super simple! The Caramel Cracker Candy is something I found last year, and we loved it! With a total of four main ingredients, you really can’t go wrong! Then, to top it off and wash them all down I make hot cider. I know, I know, you could just heat up the cider you buy at the grocery store. But that’s not as good, especially when it’s super simple to make.

Rocky Roads

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray so the rocky roads don’t stick. Lay a single layer of graham crackers on the cookie sheet.christmas goodies

Place 1/2 cup each of peanuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows onto the graham crakers, spreading them out evenly. (Honestly, I don’t measure these anymore, I just eyeball it. And if I’m feeling indulgent or my children are doing it, we often end up with a lot more than called for. And it tastes even better!)

In a small saucepan, melt one stick of butter. Stir in 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. bring to a boil while stirring contantly. Let boil one minute, then drizzle over pan of rocky roads.

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Place in preheated 350 degree oven for ten minutes. The chocolate gets all soft and the marshmallows puff up and turn a toasty brown color.

Once cool, cut the Rocky Roads. I’ve found it easiest with a pizza cutter.

 

Caramel Cracker Candy

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and layer saltine crackers on it.

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Melt two sticks of butter (1 cup) in a saucepan and add 1 cup of packed brown sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling for three minutes. This allows the syrup to thicken just a bit.

Pour the butter/sugar mixture over the saltine crackers. Pop into a preheated 400 degree oven for about five minutes.

Pull the pan out of the oven, turn it off, and sprinkle two cups of chocolate chips over the entire pan, as evenly as possible. Put the pan back in the turned-off oven and let sit there 3-4 minutes to allow the chocolate chips to get really soft.

Pull it back out of the oven and, using a knife, spread the chocolate over the caramel crackers. The chips should be soft enough to do this at this point.

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Add any toppings, if you like. We crushed some peanuts and put them in one corner. You could also do walnuts, pecans or crushed candy canes. Because my 8 year old son was helping, we used every one of the Christmas sprinkles we have.

Allow to cool completely. This will probably take several hours, unless you stick it in the fridge or freezer, which would also work. Cut apart; a pizza cutter works well for this one, as well.

Hot Apple Cider

This recipe is super easy, and I love to start it when we sit down to dinner so it can simmer for a bit before we drink it in the evening.

Pour about a half gallon of cider into a pot on the stove. This is about 12 cups or so, if you are measuring. Add two to three cups of cranberry juice. Add 5 whole cloves, 3-4 cinnamon sticks and just a sprinkling of nutmeg. Stir, then allow to simmer on very low for at least an hour.

Serve hot.

I like to make a lot; first of all, because we all love to drink it. Second, if I have any leftover at the end of the night, I throw it in a pitcher in the fridge. It warms up wonderfully in the microwave for a couple more days.

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  14. Gift Ideas for Grandparents
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  16. Surviving a Christmas Road Trip
  17. Taking a Break From Blogmas!
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  19. Flying over the Holidays
  20. Christmas Quotes, Sayings and Memes
  21. Christmas Doesn’t Have to be Perfect!
  22. Christmas Youtube Videos
  23. Christmas Playlists
  24. Christmas Eve Traditions
  25. Merry Christmas!

5 Comments

  • Gloryanna December 16, 2016 at 11:28 am

    The Rocky Road and Apple Cider ones sound delicious! I think I’ll be trying the Rocky Road idea this weekend 🙂 YUM!

    Reply
  • Barbara December 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Mmm I especially love hot apple cider. And it makes the house smell wonderful.

    Reply
  • Amanda December 16, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve never seen cracker candy before. That looks interesting. Do you think it would work with gluten free crackers?

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    • Rebekah @ My Circus My Monkeys December 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      I think it would probably work fine!

      Reply
  • Bridget @ Antics of a Nutty Hiker December 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I think I will give the hot apple cider a try! I’ve actually never had it!

    Reply

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