No Bake Christmas Treats Recipes

Grandma's old fashioned no bake Christmas treats recipes are perfect for making those nostalgic dessert squares that are so popular over the Holiday Season, and for serving on special occasions throughout the year.

You will love the traditional goodness and taste and what's more, these vintage squares are quick and easy to make.

Grandma's No Bake Christmas Treats Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (1920s)

Peanut Butter Krispies Squares With Chocolate IcingHomemade Peanut Butter Krispies Squares for Christmas
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Peanut Butter Krispies Squares

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 cups Rice Krispies®
1 tablespoon melted butter

To make this easy no bake Christmas treats recipe, blend peanut butter, sugar, and syrup over heat but do not boil. To this mixture add Rice Krispies® and melted butter.

Press mixture into 8x8-inch pan and allow to set 20 minutes in refrigerator before icing. Very good!

Chocolate Icing for Squares

1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Little hot water

Mix icing sugar, cocoa, and enough hot water to make icing spreadable.

Special Christmas Squares

Compared to some no bake Christmas treats recipes, these dessert squares with their special filling and topping might take a bit longer to prepare, but your taste buds will agree that they really are quite SPECIAL.

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons coca powder
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coconut, desiccated
2 cups graham wafers, rolled
1/2 cup nuts, chopped


Place in double boiler butter, white sugar, and cocoa. Stir until smooth and add beaten egg and vanilla flavoring. Remove from heat.

Add coconut, graham wafers, and chopped nuts. Spread mixture in a 9-inch pan. Refrigerate to cool before adding vanilla filling and chocolate topping.

Vanilla Filling

1/4 cup butter
2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla pudding powder
3 or 4 tablespoons milk

For the vanilla filling, mix the ingredients as listed above until smooth enough to spread. Spread evenly over first mixture in pan and return to refrigerator.

Chocolate Topping

2 squares semi-sweet or dark chocolate

Melt 2 squares of chocolate in 1 tablespoon butter. Spread carefully over icing and allow to set in refrigerator before serving.

Peanut Butterscotch Squares

1 cup peanut butter
2  6-ounce packages butterscotch chips
1/2 cup butter
3 cups miniature marshmallows

Grease a 9x13-inch pan. Spread marshmallows evenly in the pan. Melt in a double boiler the peanut butter, butterscotch chips, and butter. Pour melted mixture over marshmallows. Cool in refrigerator before cutting into squares.

No Bake Peppermint Whip

14 chocolate wafers
1/2 pint whipping cream
1-1/4 cups miniature white marshmallows
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Crush chocolate wafers into fine crumbs. Using half of the crumbs, cover bottom of 9-inch square pan evenly.

Whip cream, fold in marshmallows and crushed peppermint candy. Carefully spread whipped cream mixture onto crumbs in pan. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top and refrigerate for 12 hours before serving.

Alternative Method

Using small muffin cups and the same method as indicated above, fill and freeze individually. Defrost a few minutes before you need them for a fast dessert that's sure to please.

Cherry Cha Cha

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 can cherry pie filling
4 cups white miniature marshmallows
1/2 pint whipping cream

Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pack 3/4 of crumb mixture into a 9-inch square pan having its bottom lined with aluminum foil. Whip the cream and add marshmallows.

Put half of this cream mixture on top of graham crust. Cover that with cherry pie filling. Spread remaining cream mixture evenly on top.

Sprinkle with remaining graham cracker crumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.

Marshmallow Roll

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 tablespoons butter
2 small eggs, beaten
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup crushed graham wafers
10 ounces colored miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt chocolate and butter, slowly. Add eggs, icing sugar, and graham wafer crumbs. Mix. Add marshmallows and vanilla flavoring. Divide into 3 parts. Roll each part in chopped nuts or coconut or chocolate sprinkles. Refrigerate. Slice when served.

This no bake Christmas treats recipe makes about 3 dozen portions that everyone will rave about.

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