Let the holidays begin!

Inspired by Pinterest, I am committed to make the Christmas treats as yummy and easy as possible. So, here are 5 recipes for easy Christmas treats.

As you can see from my Instagram (@whenyoulive.blog), I had to change some of the recipes to make it easier and less creepy, so I will walk you through it…

The quantities in this recipes will depend on how many of those you want to do!


Olive Penguins

The original recipe asks for jumbo olives, but I couldn´t find them in the same color as the small ones, so I ended up using all small ones, which leads me to not using the red pepper as a scarf. They did turn out really cute and tasty, but if you can find the jumbo ones you can even put an red pepper scarf on them, and they will be perfect!

Olive penguins

What do you need:


  • Jumbo Black Olives (pitted)
  • Small black olives (pitted)
  • Cream cheese
  • Carrot
  • Red pepper


  • Piping bag
  • small sharp knife
  • toothpicks


  • Cut out a stripe from the jumbo olives lengthwise (so the white tummy will appear)
  • Fill your piping bag with cream cheese
  • Cut small triangles from your carrots. This will be your nose, the size will depend on your small olives, but around 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm
  • Cut the red peppers into thin stripes (around 0.3 cm)

The last step is to assemble your Christmas Penguin:

With the help of the piping bag fill the olives with cream cheese, than with the toothpick stabilize the small olive on top of the jumbo olive and stick the carrot triangle as a nose on the small olive. As a final touch use the red pepper stripes as a scarf for your lovely penguin.

Christmas colored appetizers

I had no problems with this ones. They are simple, lovely and look amazing on a christmas table!

christmas appetizers

What do you need:


  • Mini Mozzarella/ cubed mozzarella
  • Grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • Fresh Basil leaves
  • Olive Oil
  • salt + pepper (whatever spices you like)


  • Toothpicks
  • Bowl


In the bowl, marinate your mozzarella in olive oil and spices for a couple of minutes or  until they are all nicely coated. Now, assemble your appetizer in a toothpick putting a piece of mini mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and a grape tomato. And TA DA!

Easy, isn´t it?


Santa Strawberries

This where originally made with whipped cream and seeds for eyes, but the cream I had was not thick enough to hold the top of the strawberry, so I traded it for a marshmallow piece and drew the eyes and bottoms for melted chocolate. I also used a sprinkle star as a top of the hat.

santa strawberries

What do you need:


  • Strawberries         
  • Marshmallow
  • Melted milk chocolate
  • Sprinkle white star


  • Piping bag with a small tip


Wash your strawberries and cut the bottom (where the leaves are) so it will sit perfectly. Cut the Strawberry again ⅓ from the pointed end. Put a piece of marshmallow over the biggest part of the strawberry, then the small part of the strawberry back on the top. Decorate the “clothes” and eyes of your Santa with the malted chocolate in a piping bag with the small tip. Finish your Santa fixing the sprinkle star on top of the hat. with the help of a little melted chocolate.

Now you have a cute, small santa that is tasty and somewhat healthy to decorate your Christmas table.

Rudolf Oreos

I will be honest. The most difficult part of this was cutting the snack pretzels. Gosh these things are hard to cut in 2 pieces. One of them will always break, so have several ones prepared.

oreo rudolf

What do you need:


  • Double stuffed Oreos (or just take the filling from another Oreo)
  • Snack Pretzels
  • Red candy (M&Ms, skittles…)
  • Candy eyes
  • Small amount of icing


  • Lollipop/ Cake Pop sticks
  • Sharp Knife


Take your Snack pretzels and cut it in the middle. This way you will be left with two perfect horns for your Rudolf. Get the Oreo and with a little bit of the icing fix the eyes and the red candy of your choice to the Oreo and let it dry. Wet the cake pop stick and push it in the stuffing so it will stand. Then decorate the other side with the pieces of pretzel as ears. Et voilá!

It didn´t even take you five minutes, did it?

Candy Cane Marshmallows

This is soooo easy! There is though a second, bigger option for this. Using Jumbo marshmallows you can use a candy cane instead of the cake pop stick and make it even more beautiful.

candy cane marshmallow

What do you need:


  • Melted chocolate
  • Candy Canes
  • Marshmallows


  • Parchment paper
  • Bowl to melt the chocolate
  • Cake pop Stick


Take place your chocolate in the bowl and put it on top of the pot with the hard boiling water so your chocolate will melt. DO NOT LET THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH WATER; IT WILL RUIN EVERYTHING!

Place the sticks into the marshmallow as far as you can. Smash some candy canes in a plastic bag until you are left with small pieces of it and place them on  plate.

Deep the marshmallows to the half in the chocolate and then decorate them with the pieces of candy cane, then let it dry in a piece o parchment paper. It is as simple as it can get, and kids (and adults too) will love them!

Bonus: Christmas Tree Toppers

As a Bonus, with melted white chocolate dyed green, you can do this Christmas Tree Toppers. Just place a pretzel stick on parchment paper and draw a christmas tree with the chocolate on top of it. To decorate, just use your favorite holiday sprinkles!

You can use this toppers on cupcakes, cakes or all by itself.

Christmas tree toppers

If you melted and dyed to much chocolate make sure to keep it and use it on next week recipe!

All this recipes were seen and approved by the council of the independent republic of my house 😉

And how did you like this recipes? Did you try them? Let me see your creations using the #whenyouliveandyoucook or #whenyouliveandyoubake on Instagram!

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