How to Save Money on Christmas Baking


‘Tis the season for some festive holiday cooking and baking. But there is no need to spend tons of time or tons of money on your Christmas cooking and baking. The following are few ideas for cheap Christmas recipes that are simple, quick, and best of all, they won’t break the bank!


This is an old and simple standby in our house this time of year. Almond bark is an inexpensive alternative to chocolate morsels, but either can be used.


  • Pretzels
  • Almond bark in white chocolate, chocolate or butterscotch flavoring
  • Any assortment of sprinkles

Melt the bark. Dip the pretzel twists or sticks into the melted bark. Place on foil or wax paper. Sprinkle or roll the sticks with colorful sprinkles

Cheaters Sandwich Cookies

An easy “cheaters” Christmas recipe that looks homemade and elegant!


  • 1 Roll of store bought sugar cookie dough
  • ½ cup of your favorite fruit preserves
  • 1 (11 ounce) bag of semisweet chocolate morsels

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the cookie dough about ¼ inch thick and bake until golden around the edges, about 7 to 10 minutes. While cookies are baking, melt the chocolate over low heat or in the microwave. When cookies are cooled, spread 1 cookie with fruit preserves and top with another, making a sandwich. Dip half of each sandwich cookie into the chocolate and let dry on waxed paper.

Raspberry Applesauce Salad

This salad can be made any time of the year, but the color lends itself well to the Christmas season.


  • 2 small packages of raspberry jell-o
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 10 ounce package of frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups applesauce

Dissolve the jell-o in the boiling water. Add the frozen raspberries and applesauce. Let set up in the refrigerator.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This is an inexpensive Christmas drink recipe for the adults. You can also package the dry ingredients up into a festive mug, throw in a miniature bottle of schnapps and a peppermint stick and give away as a gift.


  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1 package cocoa mix
  • 1 tablespoon crushed candy cane
  • 2 ounces of peppermint schnapps
  • Candy cane garnish

Combine the milk, cocoa, crushed candy cane and schnapps in a large mug and stir.

Have fun in the kitchen this season and remember, holiday baking doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Look for inexpensive Christmas recipes for side dishes, desserts and gifts to give from the kitchen.

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