Home    5 Christmas Eve Treats And Drinks That You Will Want To Keep As Traditions Each Year

In my family, Christmas Eve was/is a time to relax the rules, indulge a little and to carry on family traditions. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite easy and festive treats and drinks that your loved one’s will eat and drink up, not to mention make your home Santa’s first stop on his nice list!

1.    My Grandmother’s Cheesy, Sausage Balls

A borrowed recipe that I will continue to prepare each Christmas Eve is my Grandmother’s sausage balls. These savory treats are absolutely to die for and make for a wonderful Christmas Eve snack as well as a Christmas morning breakfast item.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  •  3 cups baking mix (I recommend Bisquick)
  • 4 cups grated shard cheddar
  • 1 Tbsp. pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix well with fingers. ( mixture will be very crumbly )
  • Form into 1 inch balls.
  • Place balls on baking sheet.
  • Bake 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • To prevent sticking, move the balls with a spatula halfway through baking.
  • Once cooked remove and serve.sausage-balls

 

2. Cake Mix Cookies

A life hack that will save you time and money is making cookies out of cake mix by combining eggs and oil to it.
This one is especially fun for the kids due to its minimal prep time.

         A) Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 vanilla cake mix
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar red sugar sprinkles
  • 1 bag candy cane Hershey’s Kisses

 

Directions:

  • Combine cake mix, oil and eggs in mixing bowl.
  • Mix with mixer until thoroughly combined.
  • Scoop batter and dip into bowl of red sugar sprinkles and cover thoroughly.
  • Remove from bowl of sprinkles and form into balls with palms of hands.
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Remove from oven and top with candy cane Hershey’s Kisses and serve.

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           B) Grinch’s Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 vanilla cake mix
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1 bag of red heart sprinkles

 

Directions:

  • Combine cake mix, oil, eggs and 3 drops of green food coloring in mixing bowl.
  • Mix with mixer until thoroughly combined.
  • Scoop batter and dip into bowl of powdered sugar and cover thoroughly.
  • Remove from bowl of powdered sugar and form into balls with palms of hands.
  • Place on cookie sheet and top with one red heart sprinkle.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Remove from oven and serve.

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3. My Grandmother’s FAMOUS Peanut Butter Balls

My absolute ALL TIME favorite Christmas time treat are my Grandmother’s chocolate covered peanut butter balls. She made these each year for my 3 siblings and I. Nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit more than this holiday dessert! These timeless treats could not be easier to make!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks margarine (softened)
  • 1 box and 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 12 oz jar peanut butter
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 jar holiday sprinkles (optional)

 

 

Directions:

  • In a  mixing bowl combine peanut butter and butter together.
  • Gradually stir in powdered sugar until combined well into a dough ball. ( if needed add more powdered sugar a little at a time until mixture holds together in a large bowl. )
  • Cover and let sit for 15 minutes to firm up or cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to form balls.
  • Shape into 1- inch balls and place on baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. ( dough balls should hold shape before dipping in chocolate. )
  • Melt chocolate according to packaging instructions.
  • Dip Peanut butter balls one at a time into melted chocolate allowing excess to drip off.
  • Top with holiday sprinkles ( optional )
  • Place on waxed paper lined baking sheet .
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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 4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Baby, It’s cold outside! Unless you’re in Florida for Christmas. This fun spin on a winter-y classic will be sure to get everyone into the living room and spending time with one another around the fireplace.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 qt milk
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (3 oz)
  • 1 box peppermint sticks (crushed)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 can whipped cream

Directions:

  • Place cocoa in medium sauce pan.
  • Gradually whisk in milk until cocoa has dissolved.
  • Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint.
  • Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until chocolate and peppermint have melted. ( approx. 8-10 minutes )
  • Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat.
  • Add Salt.
  • Ladle into mugs.
  • Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint.

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5. Holiday Mule

Gin Mules and Moscow Mules are among my favorite cocktails. This festive twist updates the traditional summer refresher into a perfect drink for winter-y weather.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 oz gin or vodka
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • orange slice for garnish
  • sugared cranberries for garnish

Directions:

  • Combine simple syrup, cranberry juice, gin or vodka.
  • pour over ice and top with ginger beer.
  • Serve in copper mug ( optional )
  • Garnish with orange slice, rosemary sprig and 3 sugared cranberries on cocktail sword stick.

Directions for Sparkling Sugared Cranberry Garnish:

  • Bring 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water to a simmer .
  • Remove from heat before it starts to boil.
  • Pour the mixture over 2 cups of cranberries and refrigerate overnight.
  • Drain cranberries next day and let dry until tacky.
  • Roll in superfine sugar and let dry in a single layer for 1-2 hours.

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