41 Adorable Holidays Food Decorating Ideas

by Peggy Wang BuzzFeed Staff

Food just tastes better when it looks all cute and Christmas-like. And the kids will be way more likely to eat something shaped like a snowman or reindeer.

1. Use marshmallows to simulate a melting snowman on a cookie.

trulycustomcakery.com    Get the recipe here.

2. For a savory snack, make Santa crackers.


The Santa hats are made from pepperonis while the fluffy white stuff is ricotta cheese. Top with celery and capers.

3. Dust Nilla wafers with metallic dust.



4. Cut sandwiches into snowmen and top with Bugles.


5. These Santa hat bugle bites are quick and easy.


A great recipe for the kids, especially if you don’t feel like cooking.

6. Make these cute reindeer with icing and mini M&Ms.


You could even use store-bought ginger snaps.

7. Stick pretzels into chocolate donuts to simulate reindeer.

lovefromtheoven.com    Get the directions here.


You could also make snowmen with vanilla-glazed donuts.

8. Make New Year’s hats out of waffle cones.


9. Cut waffles into triangles to make a Christmas tree.


Just add food coloring to your waffle batter.


You can do a similar thing with French toast.

10. Put a chocolate-covered marshmallow reindeer on a stick.

adventuresofabettycrockerwannabe.blogspot.com    Get the directions here.

11. Turn your hot dogs into stockings.


The fluffy part is cream cheese.

12. Make a simple donut wreath with sprinkles and red chocolate chips.

onecharmingparty.com    Get the instructions here.

13. Make these party horns out of sugar cones.

hungryhappenings.com    Get the instructions here.

14. Construct little gingerbread houses for your mugs.


Get the directions here. (They’re in Polish, so you’ll need to turn on Google Translate!)

15. Use cookie cutters for pizza.


16. These easy Rudolph noses are made from pretzels, Rolos, and red M&Ms.


17. Top round brownie bites with strawberry Santa hats.

daisysworld.net    Get the directions here.

18. Sprinkle edible glitter stars over marshmallows.

shrimpsaladcircus.com    Get the recipe here.

19. Fill cookie cutters with brownie batter and add M&Ms for decoration.


20. Draw snowman faces on marshmallows with edible food marker.


21. Use food coloring and wrapped Rolos to make these ornament Rice Krispie treats.

mommysavers.com    Get the instructions here.

22. Arrange crudités into a Christmas tree spread.


23. Use Hostess cakes and tootsie rolls to make these snow cake penguins.

hungryhappenings.com    Get the instructions here.

24. Turn any sundae into a snowman sundae.


25. These sparkly vanilla bean macaroons are almost too pretty to eat.

kevinandamanda.com    These are made with white chocolate peppermint buttercream filling.

26. Stack your cookies into snowmen.

caketime.blox.pl    This website is in Polish, but you could easily do this with any round, flat cookies and edible food marker.

27. Transform Laughing Cow cheese wedges into reindeer.

projectdenneler.com    Just add pretzels and olives.

littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com    Make the Christmas tree version with cheese wedges, chili flakes, and broccoli.

28. Arrange sandwiches in a wreath.


29. Arrange wraps into a Christmas tree.


30. Pipe a butter mixture on top of dinner rolls in a snowflake design.


31. Turn candy canes into sleds.



These simple sleds are made from candy canes, mini Milky Way bars, and Teddy Grahams.


32. Make a pinecone spread with almonds and cheese.

modernskillet.com    Get the recipe here.

33. Make peanut butter cookie reindeer.

parents.com    Get the recipe here.

ourbestbites.com    Use nutter butters if you don’t feel like baking.

34. Make Santa Strawberries.

tislstyle.com    Get the recipe here.

35. The kids can help with making these meringue Christmas mice.

bhg.com    Get the recipe here.

36. Put candy or popcorn into these edible Santa suit cups.

hungryhappenings.com    Get the recipe and directions here.

37. Dress up your cupcakes with candy.


38. Transform Nutter Butters into snowmen by dipping them in white chocolate.

browneyedbaker.com    Get the directions here.

39. Serve these adorable cream cheese penguins with crackers.

emilybloss.com    They’re made from cream cheese, olives, and carrots. Get the recipe here.

40. These simple Santa’s are made from strawberries and bananas.


41. ADVANCED: Yule Log Cake

sayyestohoboken.com    They claim it’s not as hard as it looks. Get the recipe and directions here.


Author: Marie Yates Taylor

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