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21 Holiday Treats to Fuel Your Christmas Lights Tour

Posted on November 17, 2022
Holiday cupcakes, with a gingerbread man on top in icing.

If your baking hasn’t transitioned into peppermint and candy cane-shaped goods then this is your sign to start. 

As your friends, family, and neighbors begin setting up their Christmas light displays, it’s time to begin planning your tour routes to ensure you see the best and the brightest holiday houses in your community. 

And to fuel your Christmas light tour, we have the best holiday treats to bring along your journey. 

Let’s get baking: 

1. Cinnamon Roll Cookies

a picture depicting cinnamon rolls
Photography | If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

If cinnamon is your kind of flavor, these soft and chewy cinnamon roll cookies are the perfect pairing to your Christmas light touring. And since they’re technically cinnamon rolls, we’d also argue that these cookies are a great breakfast treat. 

Get the full Cinnamon Roll Cookies recipe. 

2. Gingerbread Cupcakes

Holiday cupcakes, with a gingerbread man on top in icing.
Photography | Butternut bakery

It doesn’t get more Christmas than gingerbread. But if you’re on the hunt for something other than gingerbread cookies, these decadent cupcakes were created for you. 

Get the full Gingerbread Cupcakes recipe. 

3. Whipped Shortbread Cookies 

Shortbread cookies, with red and green sprinkles on top.
Photography | Just So Tasty

We love shortbread just as much as the next person, but I must say this shortbread is a melt-in-your-mouth experience. We promise you and your family will love this holiday treat during your Christmas traditions. 

Get the full Whipped Shortbread Cookies recipe. 

4. Oreo Holly Bark 

hardened white chocolate with green icing wreaths on top
Photography | Woman's Day

Somehow we always end up making some sort of holiday treat with Oreos. This recipe will make a full pan of this delicious bark so make sure to cut it up and prep them for the car before you start your journey! 

Get the full Oreo Holly Bark recipe. 

5. Gingerbread Cookies with Eggnog Icing 

7 gingerbread cookies, stacked.
Photography | Life, Love and Sugar

We’re bringing back the gingerbread but this time leveling it up with some creamy eggnog icing. Even if you’re not an eggnog fan, we promise that you’ll be a fan of this recipe. 

Get the full Gingerbread Cookies with Eggnog Icing recipe. 

6. Linzer Stars 

Sugar cookies in the shape of a star, jam inside.
Photography | Good Housekeeping

A more traditional holiday treat, these Linzer stars are incredibly delicious. Everything from the dough to the jam is perfect for a night of festivities. 

Get the full Linzer Stars recipe. 

7. White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies 

a plate of white chocolate chip cookies.
Photography | Just So Tasty

We love white chocolate and we love candy canes so why not put them together with the world's best white chocolate candy cane cookie recipe? 

Get the full White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies recipe. 

8. Gingerbread People Cookies 

7 gingerbread people cookies are depicted.
Photography | 3 Scoops of Sugar

Of course, we wouldn’t end this list without some actual gingerbread people. This is probably the best recipe we’ve ever found for gingerbread people. They’re soft, chewy, and irresistible. 

Get the full Gingerbread People Cookies recipe. 

9. Green Chocolate Puppy Chow 

A bowl of red, green and white snacks
Photography | Woman's Day / Mike Garten

For all the snackers out there, this puppy chow is sure to put you in the holiday spirit (and a perfect snack to throw together for your Christmas light tours). 

Get the full Green Chocolate Puppy Chow recipe. 

10. Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars 

A sugar cookie bar, with white icing, and red and green sprinkles.
Photography | Just So Tasty

Sugar cookies but in a bar form, what could be better? This recipe is super easy for you and your family to make together for some holiday cheer. 

Get the full Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars recipe. 

11. Eggnog Cupcakes 

Vanilla cupcake, with white icing and a cinnamon stick as garnish.
Photography | Life, Love and Sugar

Another cupcake recipe with an eggnog twist. Both the actual cupcake and frosting are jam-packed with delicious eggnog flavors that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. 

Get the full Eggnog Cupcakes recipe. 

12. Chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate cookies, dusted with powdered sugar
Photography | Savory Nothings

Crinkle cookies are a holiday staple treat, and this recipe is by far our favorite. The cookies have the perfect fudge-y flavor and of course, being dipped in powdered sugar only enhances the great taste. 

Get the full Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe. 

13. White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies 

A plate of white chocolate chip cookies with cranberries.
Photography | Sally's Baking Addiction

White chocolate and cranberries are truly a match made in heaven. Try out these tasty white chocolate chip and cranberry cookies that are sure to be a hit with your family and friends. 

Get the full White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies recipe. 

14. Hot Chocolate Sticks 

Chocolate on a stick.
Photography | In Katrina's Kitchen

Possibly a messier treat but a delicious one nonetheless. These creative hot chocolate sticks either pair well with a delicious cup of hot chocolate or replace it altogether. 

Get the full Hot Chocolate Sticks recipe.

15. Peppermint Patties 

a stack of 3 chocolate - covered cookies.
Photography | Baker by Nature / Ashley Manila

Although we argue that peppermint patties are great all year round, we recognize they give off Christmas cheer. This homemade peppermint patty recipe is an easy snack for you and your family to enjoy. 

Get the full Peppermint Patties recipe.  

16. Sugar Cookie Truffles 

Two white-chocolate covered cookies.
Photography | I heart naptime / Jamielyn Nye

Truly a Christmas miracle, these sugar cookie truffles are the perfect holiday treat. They’re also the perfect size to pack up and bring with you on your Christmas tours! 

Get the full Sugar Cookie Truffles recipe. 

17. Christmas Marshmallows 

A box of red marshmallows
Photography | Woman's Day / Con Poulos

If you want a clean and easy recipe to bring with you on your Christmas light tours, these Christmas marshmallows are sure to do the trick. 

Get the full Christmas Marshmallows recipe. 

18. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies 

a plate of six cookies. White and red-swirled cookies, with sprinkles on the edges.
Photography | Delish

Since they became popular, pinwheel cookies have been a staple holiday treat. Feel free to switch up the colors as you and your family desire! 

Get the full Christmas Pinwheel Cookies recipe. 

19. Noel Nut Balls 

round cookies, coated with confectioner's sugar
Photography | Martha Stewart / Joseph de Leo

Martha Stewart argues that no Christmas tin is complete without these Noel nut balls, but we argue no Christmas light tour is complete without them. This simple and delicious recipe is perfect for your holiday baking. 

Get the full Noel Nut Balls recipe. 

20. Christmas Tree Brownies 

Brownies, cut into triangles, with green icing drizzled.
Photography | Delish

Another recipe that might be a bit on the messier side, these Christmas tree brownies are soft, chewy, and chocolatey. There’s nothing better. So grab some paper towels and wet wipes and bring them along for the ride. 

Get the full Christmas Tree Brownies recipe. 

21. Neapolitan Cookies 

black, white, and pink striped cookies.
Photography | Good Housekeeping

Not a traditional recipe, these Neapolitan cookies not only look cool but also taste amazing. If you want to step outside of the box this year, start with this recipe. 

Get the full Neapolitan Cookies recipe. 

The Best Holiday Treats to Fuel Your Christmas Lights Tour

We hope that some of these recipes jumped out to you and your family while browsing through this list. Let us know which recipes you made for your Christmas light tours and share pictures with us on Instagram! Happy baking.✨


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