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One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the wonderful traditions. I love keeping and carrying on old traditions and making new ones for our family, especially now that Olivia is old enough to partake in the festivities. We recently got an Elf on the Shelf and Eric and I are so excited to show Olivia all the mischievous things the elf does during the night as a part of a new tradition we’re starting. Baking Christmas cookies and treats is obviously another tradition and I’m so excited to have Olivia help me make bake this year. And I use the word ‘help’ loosely. It’s more like taste-testing and mess-making, but I’m not complaining. 🙂
I decided to get a head start on my baking this year so that I could give some yummy treats to our neighbors. I picked up some holiday-ready, red and green Rubbermaid TakeAlongs at Walmart and enlisted my favorite little helper to assist me in decorating them to give a little extra pizazz. Stickers are life around here and instantly make everything more fun for Olivia, so I got some cute Christmas stickers and pretty holiday ribbon to dress up the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. It’s such a simple project that Olivia and I had so much fun doing together. And I know that everyone will appreciate Olivia’s touch of creativity.
And if you’re looking for the easiest little treat EVER then you have to try these Reindeer Noses (by the way, I totally made that name up. I don’t actually know what they’re called). They seriously only take five minutes. My old coworker and friend (Hi, Brenna!) made them and brought them to school for everyone and I was hooked. There is really nothing to them, all you need are individually wrapped chocolates, holiday colored candy coated chocolate, and mini pretzels.
Super Easy 5 Minute Holiday Reindeer Noses
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Place the pretzels on a baking sheet and put one chocolate on each pretzel.
- Bake for NO MORE than 2 to 2.5 minutes. Seriously. Otherwise you’ll burn the chocolate and they won’t look as cute.
- Smush one candy coated chocolate down on the chocolate/pretzel combo.
- Watch how fast they disappear.
Once they cool (you can pop them in the fridge for a few minutes to expedite it), put them in your newly stickerized Rubbermaid TakeAlongs, add that pretty ribbon, and voila! A perfectly perfect holiday treat for your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family.
I love that the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are microwave and freezer safe and they seal so there’s no spills. Find your own Rubbermaid TakeAlongs near WalMart’s cook ware aisle. And for more fun ideas and great recipes, click HERE.
What type of holiday cookies or treats do you make? I’d love to hear your holiday traditions in the comments below!