From classic cookies to show-stopping desserts, The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond, has a recipe up her sleeve to satisfy every type of sweet tooth this festive season. Explore these epic treats to round out your holiday cookie exchange and entertaining tables for years to come.
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Ree's Favourite Christmas Cookies
These classic Christmas cookies are a great way to whip up some holiday cheer with the family. Use an assortment of cookie cutters and stamps to create fun shapes, and then decorate them with a simple coloured egg wash, royal icing or an assortment of sprinkles.
Shortcut Peppermint Bark
If you’re looking for a no-bake holiday treat, look no further than this easy-to-make peppermint bark. Simply dip chocolate sandwich cookies into melted chocolate and then decorate with crushed candy canes.
These pretty Christmas cookies have a hint of citrus brightness from a combination of orange and lemon zest. Once you’ve rolled the the dough into small balls and placed them on your cookie sheet, let the kids top each one with colourful candied cherries.
Cheery Cheesecake Santa Hats
These adorable mini desserts are the perfect centrepiece for any holiday celebration. Mascarpone cheesecake filling is nestled on a red velvet base, and each one is topped with a strawberry Santa hat. Before serving, sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar snow for an added seasonal touch.
Christmas Cake Cookies
Make a batch of soft vanilla sour cream cookies and top them with fluffy coloured frosting. Add decorative candies for a delicious holiday treat.
Easy Chocolate Tart
Who knew it was so easy to make a show-stopping dessert without even turning on your oven? For this pie, Ree uses chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs for the crust, and fills it with a silky chocolate ganache. Refrigerate it overnight until it sets, and then decorate with pretty white chocolate curls before serving.
White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
Transform store-bought kettle corn into a fun confection that’s perfect for any festive movie night. All you need is crushed peppermint candies, some white and semisweet chocolate chips and an assortment of holiday-hued sprinkles and sanding sugar. Once ready, store in an air-tight container or divide into clear treat bags.
Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
Mint and chocolate are a winning duo any time of year, but there’s something about the flavour combination that makes it perfect for the holiday season. These cocoa-kissed cookies really capture that magic. Once they’ve been baked and cooled, dip each one in melted white chocolate or almond bark, then sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.
If you enjoy crispy rice treats, you have to try Ree Drummond’s cornflake wreaths. Add green food colouring to your melted butter and marshmallow mixture before incorporating the cereal, and then shape into wreaths. For the finishing touch, add a few small cinnamon candy holly berries to each wreath.
The Pioneer Woman’s Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Chocolatey red velvet cookies with a dusting of powdered sugar are the perfect addition to a Christmas cookie platter. Ree gives her recipe an extra helping of chocolate by adding white chocolate chunks to her cookie dough. Looking for more ideas for this year’s holiday baking? Try some of The Pioneer Woman’s Christmas Cookie‘s in this round-up.
Mini Turtle Cheesecakes
These bite-sized cheesecakes made with salted caramel, pecans and two kinds of chocolate are the perfect nutty and sweet treat for any holiday celebration.
Puff pastry, caramel and apples are the basis for this classic French upside-down pastry dessert, which is much easier to make than it looks with this recipe from Ree. Bring a little je ne sais quoi to your holiday table this year!
The Pioneer Woman’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
It may be a nostalgic dessert for some, but this upside-down pineapple cake will brighten up any holiday table with tropical flavours.
Cherry Cheesecake Shooters
These irresistible individual cheesecakes are easy to assemble, but their fancy presentation makes them a fabulous addition to any holiday meal.