Cran pistachio cookies

‘Tis the night before Christmas, and even though not a creature may be stirring at your house, this might be the time for you to stir up a few last-minute treats. After all, you don’t want to be caught empty-handed (or plated!) when the St. Nicholas makes his appearance later tonight. Let’s see 5 ways to Make Vintage Treats for Santa!

It’s not too hard to leave a plate of goodies out that will please his palate and delight his twinkling eyes.

Here are five easy recipes you can whip up in a hurry before Santa arrives. And guess what? Santa is really old so he’ll appreciate the vintage vibe too!

5 Vintage Treats for Santa…

…that you (parent) will love to eat 😉

1.  Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Santa is sure to appreciate your nod to his favorite colors with these red and green cookies.  

The Girl Who Made Everything swears they are as easy to make as they are pretty to look at.  

The combination of cranberries and pistachios sounds delectable.

Cookie dough truffles

At Eat.Drink.Smile Beth shows us this amazing tasty cookie dough chocolate bites so easy to make!

If you make a big batch but don’t want to eat them all in a week, pop some of them in the freezer.

If you do freeze them, I know it will be hard to resist biting into them immediately upon removal from freezer, but try to let them thaw a little bit so as Santa does not chip a tooth, okay?

3.  Snowflake Pretzel Pops

Snowflake Pretzel Pops

Even if it’s not a white Christmas in your part of the world, you can still have snowflakes pops with this fun idea from Beth at Hungry Happenings.

These almost look to pretty for Santa to eat, but I bet they are delicious.

4.  English Toffee


The recipe for this holiday classic comes from The Idea Room.  

Santa is sure to love the buttery goodness topped with chocolate…if any of it is left over by the time he arrives.  

Better make this after everyone else has gone to bed–it’s easy enough you won’t be up too late.

5.  Candy Cane Mint Milanos


Jen shares ones of the simplest ideas for treating Santa.  

Dipping milano cookies into chocolate isn’t anything new, but I love the idea of adding crushed peppermint for a festive flair.  Yum!

6. Hard Candy Stained Glass Cookies

Selina from Creative Juices Decor shared these cookies made with hard candy that would be fun to create with kiddos for the holidays.

Why people leave treats for Santa?

Leaving treats for Santa Claus is a popular tradition in many Western cultures, especially in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The tradition is rooted in the folklore and mythology surrounding Santa Claus, who is said to deliver presents to children on Christmas Eve.

There are a few reasons why people leave treats for Santa:

Expressing gratitude:

Leaving treats for Santa is a way for children and families to express their gratitude for the gifts that Santa brings. It’s a gesture of appreciation for the joy and magic that Santa represents.

Tradition and fun:

It’s a fun and endearing tradition that adds to the excitement and wonder of Christmas for children. It’s a way to make the holiday season more magical and special.

Symbolic gesture:

Leaving out treats for Santa is a symbolic way to participate in the act of giving and kindness, which are central themes of the Christmas season. Children learn about the joy of giving, even to a fictional character like Santa.

Folklore and storytelling:

The idea of leaving out cookies and milk for Santa is often reinforced through stories, songs, and movies. It’s a way to bring the Santa Claus character to life and make him seem more real to children.

Building family traditions:

Many families have their own unique traditions surrounding Christmas and Santa, and leaving treats for Santa can be a part of that. It’s a way to create cherished memories and rituals that children will remember for years to come.

In many households, it’s common for children to leave a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The treats are often eaten by parents or other family members after the children have gone to bed, further adding to the enchantment of the tradition.

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  1. we are making last minute cookies today. We actually made some earlier in the week but ummm those are all gone. I might have to try the english toffee recipe! YUM! Merry Christmas. I so love your blogs. All of them!!

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