This year, get your Secret Santa game on with homemade gifts that’ll keep one lucky recipient very well fed.
We’re talking savory snacks and copycat (and honestly, way better) sweets, all wrapped up with a shiny bow on top.
Here are 20 totally tasteful ways to gift elevated eats they’ll refuse to share. (You’ll have to pretend to be jealous, even though you have the rest of the batch at home). They’ll be dying to know who’s behind the Best Holiday Haul Ever. But that’ll be our little secret, right?
Kick off your stint as Super Secret Santa with a wrapped-up batch of these. Super easy with just three ingredients (four if you get ambitious), salty/sweet, and deliciously decadent.
Yeah, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And in other wonderful-things news, there’s also such a thing as homemade candy bars. Happy holidays, indeed.
Give the kitchen elf the day off. Make your Secret Santa shift a cinch with this slow-cooker recipe, gently coaxing amazing flavor out of ever-popular Chex snackie bits.
It’s impossible to fudge this one up: 5 ingredients, finished off with crunched-up candy canes. We’re talking a mint-condition treat for your lucky little you-know-who.
One good treat deserves another, and these truffles are the secret to on-the-spot, instant hot chocolately bliss. Pop one in a mug of hot milk, and it’s hello, heavenly flavor with marshmallows on top.
Let’s snicker-do this thing. Cinnamon-covered mini cookies, blended into a classic Chex mix. It’s a recipe for slightly selfish behavior, but hey – we can’t all be angels on top of the tree.
Name one person – naughty or nice – who doesn’t immediately tear into a bag of Muddy Buddies. See? It’s not possible to resist – and the best news is, they’re impossibly easy to make. Double batch, anyone?
Once upon a time, a snickerdoodle met a marshmallow, fell in love, and lo: Snickermallows everywhere. Or marshdoodles, if you prefer. Either way: Sugary, cinnamony, addictive awesomeness.
Dreaming of a new twist on your favorite sweet party mix? You must have been very, very good, because this recipe kills it. Pro tip: make the wrapping easy to open. Because hungry.
Sugar, spice and an array of OMG extras means this party mix could blow your Secret Santa cover, since it’ll be hard to keep a smug look off your face when they sing your (secret) praises.
Easily the prettiest treats on the list, these soft, swirled homemade marshmallows are far superior to the store-bought version, plussed-up with minty flavor in every bite.
Mini popcorn balls: why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? They’re bite-sized (so you can eat a lot of them) and beautifully easy to make (because that’s how you roll).
Starts as cake. You turn it into candy. The world bows at your feet. As it all should be.
There’s a surprise ingredient in this candy that makes it particularly smooth and luscious. Want to know what it is? Click on through – we can keep a secret.
A high-class, homemade treat you can make by the dozen. Did we mention you can do it all for peanuts? Yeah, you saw what we did there.
You’ll know exactly what’s in them because we’re telling you right now: Peanut butter, powdered sugar, chocolate chips. Divinely simple, and glorious to give.
What’s that sprinkled all over these crunchy sweet-and-salty treats? Those would be smashed-up candy canes. No reindeer games here, folks – things are getting seriously scrumptious, fast.
Check off the favorite flavors in this mix: Chocolate. Caramel. Corn. Peanuts. And bacon reigning supreme over all. The true test of your Secret Santa-ness: will there be any left after taste-testing?
Shortcut to Santa Superstardom: Start with a bag of Chex mix, then drizzle homemade caramel all over the place. Deliver it to your holiday beneficiary, and don’t forget a sprinkling of sea salt for a final splash of savory.
Call it a Chex Re-Mix: In just 15 minutes, you can make a party mix that every single person can enjoy, especially gluten-free folks who miss out on a lot of holiday cheer. That’s so very merry of you!