It is a family tradition in many households to make gingerbread houses every year around the holidays, but if you’ve been putting off the task because life has gotten too busy, we’ve got another (similar) idea for you.

The mess and complication of pulling gingerbread cookie dough into just the right shape and size, whipping up mounds of royal icing, and becoming a construction foreman for a day may not sound fun or easy to those who have never done it before. But what makes the gingerbread house fun? It’s the act of construction and the creative decorating, as well as making fun memories with the kids.

All of these happy elements can be brought together with these simple Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats alternative to gingerbread houses:


Holiday Candy Cottage
This Christmas, build your own holiday tradition. It’s easy to make the walls and roof; then let the kids decorate to their hearts’ content.


Christmas Star Treats
Your kids can help make these simple star shapes by decorating them with red and green candies.


Tree Trimmer Treats
Spruce up Santa’s snack with your little helpers by decorating each tasty ornament shape with frosting and Christmas-colored M&M’S® brand chocolate candies.


Snowman Treats™ Made With M&M’S®
Keep warm in the kitchen by building these snackable snowmen with your kids. Their cute faces, made with M&M’S® brand chocolate candies, will make you melt.


Holiday Present Treats
Frosting “wrapping paper” and little licorice bows make this recipe a deliciously thoughtful gift for friends and family around the holidays.

If you’re in the mood for some family cookie baking, try these: Melting Snowman Cookies and Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies.

Do you have any easy holiday recipies? Leave a post below or tell us your story.

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