Some Sweet Christmas Treats

Hi friends. If you’re anything like me, today marks the sprint to the finish for holiday planning so I knew any recipes I shared this week had to be super easy…and fun!

I have two quick pretzel treats today that are a fun activity to do with your family at home and they make for great little bites to have on-hand if you’re lucky enough to have some socially distant visitors over this holiday break.

Rolo Reindeer

I mean…c’mon. How cute are these little guys? And if you have an afternoon that you need to fill, those Rolo Reindeer are just what you need to make.

What You Need

  • 50 mini pretzels (divided)
  • 25 Rolo candies
  • 25 mini red M&Ms
  • 50 candy eyes (I’ve found them in the baking section of Jewel and Target)

What You Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Separate half of your pretzels and spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner. 
  3. Unwrap the Rolos and top each pretzel on the baking sheet with one. 
  4. Cut the remaining pretzels in half down the middle to form the antlers. (A few may break, so its best to have about 10 extra pretzels or so.)
  5. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 1.5 to 2 minutes until the Rolos are soft. 
  6. Remove the baking pan and add the nose, antlers, and eyes to each reindeer. (I added mine in that order). 
  7. Allow the reindeer to cool completely to allow the chocolate to set before eating. (Place pan in the fridge for quicker cooling if desired.)

Santa’s Belly Buttons

There is nothing easier to make (or more addictive to eat) than these super simple Santa Belly Button candies.

What You Need

  • 1 bag of round pretzels (these waffle butter pretzels from Utz were perfect!)
  • 1 bag of Hershey’s Hugs
  • 1 bag of mint M&M

*The secret to these belly buttons is the mint to chocolate ratio. So if you can only find peppermint Hugs at the grocery store–buy them and just use a regular M&M.

What You Do

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Place round pretzels flat on a greased or foil-lined cookie sheet.
  • Place one unwrapped Hershey’s Hug in the center of each pretzel.
  • Put cookie sheet in oven and bake until the Hugs soften, about 10 minutes. (You definitely want to keep an eye on these so they don’t over cook.)
  • Remove from the oven and place one M&M on each Hug. Then, place in the refrigerator until set, about one hour.

Enjoy! Merry merry to all!


Photos by Jenn Marie Photography

My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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  1. Marcella Haubner wrote:

    Mariella and I are making both of these today! We are so excited! Thank you for sharing the recipes!

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
    • Ann Marie Scheidler wrote:

      You just made my day! And Mariella knows she’s my favorite! Love your sweet girl! xo

      Posted 12.22.20 Reply