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Stocking-ready snacks and treats for Santa

Tuesday 1st December 2015

One of the most enjoyable things to do at Christmas time is to build up the anticipation that peaks on Christmas Eve. One of the most enjoyable ways to achieve this is to prepare delicious baked goodies to pop into stockings, or to leave out with a glass of sherry for Father Christmas.

Biscuits and cake pops make fantastic and tasty gifts – an ideal alternative (or addition) to sweets. They also make charming decorations for the Christmas tree. These yuletide favourites will generate whoops of joy this festive season.

7 festive baked treats

Have a go making some of our favourite seasonal treats.

1. Candy cane biscuits

Hang these adorable candy cane biscuits from your Christmas tree, or let them peek sweetly from the top of a stocking. They are particularly delicious with a glass of milk, or dunked into hot chocolate.

2. Bauble cake pops

These shimmering baubles are dusted with silver and gold lustre dust and edible glitter to give them their magical sheen. They are very simple to make, and fun to decorate with navy, deep purple, grey and turquoise ready-to-roll icing. The designs are limited only by your imagination, so have fun with them.

3. Bobble hat cupcakes

Choose an inspired alternative to mince pies when you make these delightful little bobble hat cupcakes. Leave a couple out for Santa on Christmas Eve and you can be sure there won’t be a crumb left on the plate.

4. Christmas pudding biscuit pops

These delicious orange-flavoured biscuits are adorable in their simplicity. They make perfect tree decorations as well as stocking fillers. Why not hand them out to carol singers, or dunk them into a cup of something warming on chilly evenings?

5. Santa hat cake pops

Cake pops can come in all manner of shapes, and these cheery hats are an appealing alternative to the standard lollipop. Colour melts, ready-to-roll icing and sanding sugar are the only decorative elements you need. Show them off at your Christmas knees up as a party favour, or pop them into Christmas stockings.

6. Christmas sparkle cake pops

It’s easy to achieve this contemporary style when you make these sparkle cake pops as Christmas gifts. Why not leave one perching on your colleague’s desk, or on your neighbour’s doorstep with a message of seasonal goodwill.

7. Christmas tree biscuits

Individually topped with hand-coloured marzipan, a little stack of star-shaped biscuits is always preferable to just the one – especially when they can be fashioned into a Christmas tree. This is surely the ultimate treat to serve Santa on the most wonderful night of the year?

Get more from your Christmas baking when you explore these Christmas recipes and ideas:

How to ice a Christmas cake

How to marzipan a Christmas cake

5 unexpected Christmas cake recipes that you’ll love

Bake the perfect chocolate Christmas cake

11 fabulous baked Christmas gift ideas

The Renshaw Christmas cake hall of fame

How to get creative with your Christmas cake

Step-by-step snowman cake

Turkey cake – the ultimate in Christmas cake creativity