3-Ingredient Sweets: 7 Recipes That Will Make Holiday Baking a Breeze

Between running errands, attending parties, and preparing your own festive feasts, the holiday season can get pretty hectic. One of the easiest ways to make the season less stressful is by cutting down on your time spent in the kitchen, which you can do by preparing 3-ingredient desserts. These seven easy-to-make recipes require minimal prep time and ingredients, ensuring that your holiday baking is a breeze. Sometimes, the simplest treats are the sweetest!

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1. Christmas Mint Cookies

If you’re short on time and ingredients, Food.com’s Christmas Mint Cookies are a great holiday go-to. Ritz crackers, peppermint extract, and baking chocolate will create a treat that tastes like Girl Scout cookies. You can add a little extra holiday flair to your sweets by topping them with a few sprinkles.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound baking chocolate
  • 2 to 3 drops peppermint extract
  • 1 package Ritz crackers

Directions: Melt chocolate over low heat. Add 2 to 3 small drops of peppermint oil. Mix. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Dip crackers into chocolate, cover, and lay on a cookie sheet, making sure they do not touch. Chill until firm.

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2. 3-Ingredient Fudge

Not only is The Detoxinista’s 3-Ingredient Fudge easy to make, but it is also good for you. The coconut oil contains heart-healthy fats, and the dark chocolate provides antioxidants. This is a seasonal sweet that you can feel good about eating!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup sweetened condensed coconut milk
  • 12 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions: Prepare the sweetened condensed coconut milk, using extra honey if desired for this fudge. Allow the coconut milk to reduce until it’s very thick, then measure out ½ cup and save the rest for another use. In the same saucepan, melt together the ½ cup condensed milk, chocolate chunks, and coconut oil until smooth. Pour into an 8-by-8 baking pan, lined with parchment paper for easy removal, and sprinkle in the 1 cup of walnuts or pecans, if desired. Place the pan in the fridge or freezer to set for at least 4 hours. Slice and serve this fudge chilled for best texture.

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3. 3-Ingredient Peppermint Hot Fudge Bites

Pre-packaged puff pastry makes Reluctant Entertainer’s recipe unbelievable easy to prepare. The best part? This rich and minty holiday treat only requires 10 minutes of prep time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar fudge topping, heated according to jar directions
  • 1 package (9.5 ounces) puff pastry cups, prepared according to package directions
  • Several peppermint candy canes, finely crushed

Directions: Prepare the cups according to the package directions. Crush candy canes in a sealed ziplock bag. Spoon 1 tablespoon warm fudge topping into each pastry shell. Top each cup with sprinkled peppermint candy cane. The pastry shells can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead and kept at room temperature.

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4. 3-Ingredient Turtle Pretzels

Thirty Handmade Days delivers a sweet and salty dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth. In addition to tasting terrific and only requiring 3 ingredients, these Turtle Pretzels can be made in 10 minutes. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-ounce) bag mini pretzels
  • 1 (8-ounce) package unwrapped Rolos
  • 1 small package pecan halves

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet. Lay pretzels down on the parchment paper. Place a Rolo on each pretzel. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes watching for them to soften but not melt. Take out of the oven and add 1 pecan half per pretzel. Let cool completely.

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5. 3-Ingredient Eggnog Flan

If you’re looking for an elegant and easy dessert, we recommend preparing Apron Strings’ 3-Ingredient Eggnog Flan. This recipe yields 8 servings and only requires 20 minutes of prep time.

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 4 cups eggnog
  • 6 large eggs

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large skillet over medium heat, bring sugar and ¼ cup water to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until dark brown, swirling occasionally but not stirring. Remove from heat and pour into 8 one-cup ramekins. Whisk the eggnog and eggs together until smooth. Add a tiny bit of nutmeg if desired.

Pour the eggnog mixture evenly into the ramekins. Place filled ramekins into a large roasting pan. Fill pan around ramekins with hot water. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until almost set in center. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Run knife blade around edges of ramekins and then invert them onto serving plates.

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6. Easy Oreo Truffles

Thanks to Babble’s Easy Oreo Truffles, you’ll have an enticing holiday dessert that won’t take all day to make. This recipe can also be adjusted to suit your tastes — you can use white, semisweet, or dark chocolate, and whichever flavor of Oreos you’d prefer. Be sure to plan accordingly with this treat; your truffles will need to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 package Oreos
  • 4 ounces chocolate, melted

Directions: Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs. Add the cream cheese and pulse again until a sticky dough forms. Use your hands to form the dough into 1-inch round balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Place them in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Roll the chilled truffles in the chocolate until they are completely coated, then place them back on the lined cookie sheet. Chill them in the refrigerator until they are set, about 1 more hour.

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7. Swirly Christmas Tree Cookies

Cut-out cookies are a quintessential holiday treat that can often take a long time to make. If you’re short on time and ingredients but still want to make holiday-themed sweets, we recommend whipping up Pillsbury’s Swirly Christmas Tree Cookies. The recipe yields 20 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll (16.5-ounces) refrigerated sugar cookies
  • Miniature candy-coated chocolate candies, if desired
  • Green decorator sugar crystals, if desired

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in ¼ cup all-purpose flour until well-blended. Divide dough in half; wrap each half in plastic wrap. Place in freezer 10 minutes. Shape half of dough into 1-inch balls. With fingers, roll each ball into 10-inch rope, about ¼ inch wide. Break off small piece from each rope for tree trunk. Carefully place ropes on ungreased cookie sheet.

With each rope, starting at top, twist rope back and forth into tree shape, gradually making larger at bottom. If rope breaks, press dough together. Place small piece at bottom of each tree for trunk. Repeat with remaining half of dough. Decorate trees with candies to look like ornaments or lights. Place candy at top of each tree for star; sprinkle with sugar. Bake 9 to 13 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.

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