Happy December friends...AKA Christmas month! I love Christmas, everything about it just makes me all warm and happy inside. Christmas music all day long to holiday back-to-back movies on the Hallmark channel, even the hustle and bustle of shopping doesn't bother me and of course, I love to do some holiday baking.
This time of year can always be a struggle for many of us to stay on track, there are so many daily temptations from decadent baked treats in the staff room to company parties with all the fixings! I have grabbed some of my favorite holiday treat recipes I've made over the years and posted them here to maybe help you stay on track this month, bake some up and treat yourself and your family to some delicious holiday treats!
There is nothing better than the delicious scent of gingerbread cookies wafting through the house during the holidays. A Christmas tradition in our house is a cozy night enjoying these soft cookies with a cup of tea.
Be sure to add a drizzle of white chocolate to add a nice sweet balance (not much of a difference in points too!) but if you prefer to skip, the cookies hold up excellently without. This recipe makes 24 cookies at 3 smart points each.
An absolute treat at only 2 points per treat, these peppermint cheesecake bites are the perfect dessert for your family and guests. Top them off with whip cream and a crunched candy cane or decorate them with your favorite holiday candy.
An absolute cinch to bake, these treats make a perfect Christmas dessert!
Give Santa and all the little helpers a treat with these fabulous shortbread cookies this Christmas! With all the baking this time of year, this recipe is simple to prepare but is always a crowd-pleaser. I use Stevia in The Raw, which cuts down on calories but you wouldn’t know it by the taste. At 2 smart points each, these tasty cookies will be great to have around the home during the holidays.
There is something magical when you mix crushed candy cane and white chocolate and it's a must-have during the Holidays. Pair this loaf with a coffee or egg nog and be sure to double the recipe because these tasty treats go fast.
You should get about 10 servings and they are 5 smart points per… well worth it!
My mother-in-law holds court with her almond cookies but they will set you back and make you contemplate missing dinner to make up for the splurge.
So I created this recipe that keeps all the delicious flavors but only costs 2 smart points per cookie. This weight watchers friendly recipe is a home run and mother-in-law approved.
If you don’t know, now you know… I love candy cane treats around Christmas and the cannoli dip is loved by sweet and savory palates alike. I used my Christmas cookie cutter for the crackers but using whatever is easiest or store-bought is fine.
This treat is easy to whip up and has only 4 smart points per serving and will make you look like a Chef de Cuisine with the nontraditional, yet traditional holiday snack.
Chocolate cookies are the perfect winter delight and when my daughter tried these chocolate fudge crinkle cookies, she was grinning ear to ear. They are so easy to make and you could finish the entire process in less time than it takes to watch one episode of Golden Girls.
Just such a fulfilling cookie and only 2 smart points!
These little treats are amazing and I must confess, I make them all year round (that is why I always buy all the extras when candy canes go on sale after Christmas). These treats are only 2 smart points and they are amazing breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack treats!
You must try these amazing cookies! They are so perfect when you eat them semi-warm and also so tasty and chewy after they cool down. I love the candy cane crunch and flavor but unleash unsweetened white chocolate pieces if you prefer.
Either way, these 1 smart point cookies are going to be a staple this holiday season.
On Christmas morning I like to use my Pillsbury cylinders and make cinnamon rolls before the family wakes up and I am always pleased with the smiles I see when the family devours these 7 smart point treats!
They are so easy to prepare and bake and the time left over to spend with family and enjoying cinnamon rolls with my morning beverage are treasured traditions!
White chocolate candy cane loaf
- 1 tablespoon light butter I use Gay Lea light butter with canola oil
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon liquid egg whites
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- ¾ cup vanilla yogurt 0% greek or if your in Canada I used the vanilla Skyr yogurt by PC
- ½ cup milk I used 1%
- 1 ⅓ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 4 tablespoon white chocolate chips
- Crushed candy canes in Canada we have a bulk store that has candy cane bits, I used 3 Tbsp, if you can't find them then crush your own, you should not need more than 2-13g candy canes)
- Preheat oven to 350F, spray a regular sized loaf pan with cooking spray.
- In a bowl cream together your butter and sugar using a fork, whisk in your egg and egg whites.
- Mix in your yogurt, milk and peppermint extract.
- Stir in your flour, baking powder and soda.
- Take 3 tablespoon of chocolate chips and chop them up a little (unless you can find mini ones, I used reg size and chopped them so they will cover more of the loaf) mix chopped chocolate chips and 2 tablespoon of crushed candy cane into your batter, it will be on the thicker side.
- Pour batter out into your loaf pan using a spatula.
- Top batter with ½ tablespoon of crushed candy cane and bake in oven for approx 45 minutes.
- Remove loaf from oven. Loaf will sink a little due to the ingredients used, mainly the yogurt, but don't fret, it will still result in a delicious loaf!
- Once completely cooled, remove loaf from pan, melt your remaining 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips in a little zip lock bag in the microwave, do for 35 second intervals checking each time, mine took 3-35 second sets. Cut a tiny hole in zip lock and drizzle over loaf, top with the ½ tablespoon crushed candy cane bits. Cut into 10 slices. Loaf is best served fresh. store left overs in fridge.
- Makes 10 slices at 5 smart points each on all 3 MyWW programs or 4 points plus.
- Nutritional info per slice.. Calories.. 147..Fat 4g...Sat fat 1.9g...Carbs 21.6g...Fiber 0.5g...Sugar 8.3g..Protein 5g