These low-calorie desserts keep you healthy during the holiday.
Cost per serving: 15¢
Swap peppermint or coconut extract for the vanilla to give the marshmallows a surprising flavor. The peppermint flavor would be especially delicious in hot cocoa.
See recipe: Heart-Shaped Marshmallows
Cost per serving: 17¢
Finish these pretty cookies with tiny nonpareils in red, pink and white. Craft stores sell them in individual colors or “rainbow” for about $3 per 4-oz. jar.
See recipe: Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Cost per serving: 23¢
Hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. Any season is the right one for these treats, since they take less than an hour to prepare (but it’ll look like you worked all day). Cut refrigerated pie crust into heart-shaped pieces, then add a creamy middle to each pair before drizzling white chocolate on top.
See recipe: Sweetheart Jamwiches
Cost per serving: 8¢
Love can be both sweet and spicy, just like these delicate cookies. Watch out for broken hearts!
See recipe: Heart-Shaped Spice Cookies
Cost per serving: 31¢
These teatime sandwich cookies look super fancy, but you won’t believe how easy they are to make.
See Recipe: Raspberry Linzer Heart Cookies
Cost per serving: 29¢
Celebrate next St. Patrick’s Day with these buttery shortbread cookies adorned with green and yellow sprinkles.
See recipe: Shamrock and Gold Coin Cookies
Cost per serving: 25¢
There's no need to travel to enjoy these sinful, inexpensive chocolate treats.
See recipe: Transylvanian Truffles
Cost per serving: 7¢
Simple to make and appropriately creepy, these sugar cookies will be gone in the blink of an eye.
Recipe: Ogre-Eye Cookies
Cost per serving: 7¢
Use everyone's favorite chewy candy to make these fun-to-eat Chocolate-Strawberry Licorice Bites! For a different look, drizzle melted white chocolate over chocolate-flavored Twizzlers, then top them with orange and yellow sprinkles or nonparells for a cute Halloween theme.
See Recipe: Chocolate-Strawberry Licorice Bites
Cost per serving: 44¢
For less than the cost of a candy bar, you can give a homemade treat. These nutty fudge squares make an easy holiday gift.
See recipe: Chocolate Almond Fudge Squares
Price per serving: 21¢
Garnish this spicy treat with beautiful gold leaf that's completely edible. A 12-leaf package (each leaf is a 2-inch square) costs $40 at gildedplanet.com. Or, sprinkle some equally festive, but less pricey edible gold glitter ($3 for a 1/4-oz.jar, fancyflours.com).
See recipe: Chai-Spiced Fudge
Cost per serving: $1.19
Package your homemade treats (like Cran-Almond Bark) in cellophane bags. These can be found in craft stores or purchased online.
See recipe: Cran-Almond Bark
Cost per serving: 28¢
Make a batch of these impressive-looking jam-filled cookies when you’re having the girls over for lunch, or to wrap up as a housewarming gift.
See recipe: Thumbprint Cookies
Cost per serving: 47¢
These bite-sized delights won't last long! Save time by making them in advance--they'll keep in an airtight container at room temperature for two to three days.
See recipe: Pecan and Honey Diamonds
Cost per serving: 12¢
At about 10¢ per serving, holiday cookies do not get cheaper than this. And not only do they look festive and beautiful, they taste incredible!
See recipe: Coconut Christmas Wreaths
Cost per serving: 21¢
Curl up with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate and this festive twist on a treasured treat.
See recipe: Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti
Cost per serving: 26¢
To vary the taste, you can try other jam and nut combinations: Apricot jam and walnuts go well together, as do orange marmalade and pecans. Be sure to finely chop the 1/2 cup nuts used in the topping.
See recipe: Raspberry-Almond Bars
Cost per serving: 18¢
Chocolate and mint never tasted so good together! The red and green filling gives this recipe extra holiday flair.
See recipe: Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies