This holiday season is about family. The time spent enjoying and relaxing is the meaning behind the season. Memories of baking and holiday cheer should fill the kitchen. Between the ingredients and the actual preparation time, the costs can skyrocket. Why not have budget-friendly alternatives to your standard holiday treats? Here are the top 10 budget-friendly holiday treats.
A quick and easy treat made with a block of cream cheese and graham crackers. Crush the graham crackers and place in a bowl. Use a melon baller and scoop out the cream cheese. Roll in the graham cracker crumbs and chill for 5-10 minutes.
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
Total cost for this quick and easy treat is less than $5, and you will make two pies. Pumpkin pie mix, $2, two pie shells, $2, and instant pudding mix, $1. Mix the pumpkin pie mix with the instant pudding mix. Dish into the pie shells and cool. The pudding absorbs the pumpkin mixture.
Soft Peppermint Brownies
Brownies will always be on a top 10 budget-friendly holiday treats list. Store-bought brownies are the most cost-effective method of making this treat. Cook the brownies as directed, and two minutes prior to taking out of the oven, place small candy canes on top of the brownies. Placing the candy canes in too early will cause the candy canes to melt.
Chocolate Covered Candy Canes
The most budget-friendly option to making this treat is to use a standard chocolate bar, which will cost 50 cents to $1. Melt on lowest heat possible or in a double boiler. During the cooling stage, dip candy canes in the chocolate, take out and immediately cool.
Baked Cinnamon Apples
Take a medium-sized apple, $1.50 – $1.97 per pound, and core the center. Sprinkle two drops of imitation vanilla in the center with a teaspoon of water. Place the cinnamon sticks in the middle and place in an oven safe dish. Bake the apple at 350 degrees for one hour or until the skin is tender. Allow to cool and serve.
Pumpkin Spice Cereal Treats
Ingredients consist of one bag of store-brand marshmallows, $1, rice cereal, $2, a quarter stick of butter and pumpkin spice mix. Heat ingredients and mix with cereal. Cool and cut into small pieces.
Egg Nog No-Bake Cheesecake
No top 10 budget-friendly holiday treats list would be complete without egg nog. Purchase a store-brand, no-bake cheesecake for under $2 and a container of egg nog for less than $3. When mixing the ingredients, substitute the milk with the egg nog. Chill as directed and serve.
Mint Sugar Cookie Parfait
Purchase a four pack of vanilla pudding for approximately $1 and a package of sugar cookies for $2. Spoon the pudding into a cup. Place a sugar cookie in the middle and alternate pudding and cookie until the cup is filled. Place a candy cane in the top for a garnish, and you have a new minty favorite.
Peanut Butter Drop Cookies
The only one-cup recipe on the top 10 budget-friendly holiday treats list. One cup of sugar, one cup of peanut butter, one egg and one teaspoon of imitation vanilla. Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. During the cooling stage, place a peanut butter cup in the center of the cookies.
Cook a bag of microwave popcorn. Mix in cinnamon and maple syrup or sugar. Now you have a feast with these top 10 budget-friendly holiday treats of all time.