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4 food crafts almost as easy as store-bought cookie dough

No one wants to be that one parent who sends a bag of Chips Ahoy to school with their kid for the annual holiday party — but who has the time to individually decorate 30 homemade cupcakes? These treats are easy to throw together and they're creative enough that it looks like an effort was made. It's the perfect combo.

Reindeer noses

4 food crafts almost as easy as store-bought cookie dough
Image: A Personal Touch

A Personal Touch's reindeer noses are totally cute, but the real selling point is that they couldn't be simpler to make.

Materials:

  • Clear treat bags
  • Card stock, cut to treat bag width
  • Stamps or printed design
  • Whoppers chocolate malt candies
  • Red gumballs
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Directions:

  1. Fill treat bags with several Whoppers candies for reindeer noses and one red gumball to represent Rudolph's nose.
  2. Print, stamp or emboss your cardstock to create a treat bag topper that reads "Reindeer Noses."
  3. Fold down the treat bag, then fold the cardstock in half horizontally and staple to the top of the treat bag to secure.

Marshmallow snowman treats

4 food crafts almost as easy as store-bought cookie dough
Image: Flexible Dreams

Your kids will want to get in on the action while you're skewering these little guys inspired by Flexible Dreams.

Materials:

  • Wooden skewers
  • Marshmallows
  • Oreo cookies
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Orange Tic Tac candies
  • Chocolate candy melts
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Rolo candies
  • Fruit by the Foot
  • Toothpicks

Directions:

  1. Skewer three regular-sized marshmallows onto a wooden skewer.
  2. Melt your candy melts, dismantle your Oreo cookies and reserve unfrosted half.
  3. Cut long strips of Fruit by the Foot for scarves and unwrap Rolo candies; set aside.
  4. For the face, dab two dots of candy melts for eyes and a thin smile; secure Tic Tac with a dot of candy melts as well.
  5. For middle section, add three dots of candy melts for buttons and push a single pretzel stick into each side for arms.
  6. Use chocolate frosting to secure Oreo to top of marshmallow head, then again to secure Rolo to top of cookie to create a hat.
  7. Finish off by tying Fruit by the Foot scarf around your snowman's neck and your classroom treats are ready to go.

Up next: More fun holiday classroom treats

Originally published December 2012. Updated December 2016.

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