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5-Ingredient Holiday Treat Recipes Anyone Can Make

Updated on November 30, 2023

Proof that you only need a handful of ingredients to spread some Yuletide cheer.

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Festive Treats with 5 Ingredients (or Less!)

With ambitious holiday party planning comes the potential to spend the entire time cooking in the kitchenwhile your guests wonder where you are. Let's skip all that. Instead, take the quick-and-easy route: put together something festive and enjoy your limited time together, with treats that only require a handful of ingredients. Each clocks in at just five or fewerand will fill everyone you love, including you, with holiday cheer. One of our favorites? This reimagined take on the Yule log. Using store-bought Swiss roll cakes ensures this version is a breeze—but still impressive enough to dazzle your family and friends.

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White Chocolate Holiday Bark

Tempering chocolate is simple with this four-ingredient recipe. Add some dried cranberries and pistachios to your white chocolate, and you have the perfect holiday treat!

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Meringue Snowmen

Easily made several days ahead, these meringues are an adorable way to make a snowman without having to bear the cold.

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The Best Peanut Brittle

Not only does this peanut brittle work as a dessert, but it also makes a great homemade holiday gift. Pack the brittle in a tin and add a bow to have a crunchy and sweet treat to share.

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