I made you treats.

It’s me, your neighbor who doesn’t come around as much as she used to. I’m ringing your doorbell and standing on your front porch in a scarf, holding out a plate of Christmas cookies made just for you.

Merry Christmas!

What are your Christmas plans? Going anywhere? Staying home? Big dinner? Small cozy party?

I’m sure you’ve got your Christmas desserts all planned out, if not already done.

But just in case one of you readers out there is like me, and stays undecided until the last minute when, in a moment of dessert-panic, you throw together something which may or may not get the time and care it deserves from you… *sigh* …Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that.

I thought I’d offer a few ideas for some of my favorite quick Christmas treats. Depending on what you keep in stock in your pantry, most of these can be made with ingredients you should already have on hand.

1. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These are soft and cakey. People can’t seem to resist the chocolate flavor with the snowy, cracked tops. Plan a bit of extra time for these – the dough needs to chill for a bit before baking. But aside from that, these are ridiculously easy and simple to put together.

2. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your basic chocolate chip cookie is still a staple. It’s still one of the fastest treats to disappear from the Christmas dessert table. You can’t go wrong!

3. Gingerbread and Eggnog Cupcakes

Do you have eggnog in your fridge right now? If not, we need to talk. Also, rum extract and nutmeg is what makes this frosting work. These are always a huge hit.

4. Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Not technically a dessert, but sometimes a hot, comforting drink is the perfect offering.

5. Browned Butter Blondies

Yes, this is the recipe that has been sitting comfortably at the top of my blog for the past who-knows-how-many months. No, these are not inherently Christmas-y. But they are amazing, and that works too. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve made these, and I fall in love all over again each time. Don’t skip the browning butter step. Use dark brown sugar if you have it. And don’t overbake, or they will dry out. When done right, these will be chewy and nutty and completely addicting.

Still coming up short? Take a look around the recipe index for more ideas. Ignore the ugly old photos from years (years!) ago.

Hope this Christmas is your merriest yet!