What to Make for an Ugly Christmas Sweater (or Mask!) Party
Don't let that tacky sweater (or the trials of 2020) have all the fun. With most folks turning to Zoom or outdoor holiday parties this year, the usual Ugly Christmas Sweater parties might look a little different in 2020. Dig out the trusty ugly sweater from your closet for a Zoom-based gathering, or check out one of these hilarious "ugly Christmas masks" for any outdoor or (socially-distanced) indoor get-togethers. (For bonus points, wear both!) Either way, these delightfully tacky Christmas treats are tons of fun to make, and even more fun to share with friends and family--whether online or mask-to-mask.
Giant Marshmallow and Cornflakes Christmas Tree Treat
Learn how to make a towering edible Christmas tree with this holiday riff on a classic treat. Pipe "strings" of white icing and attach M&M candies for the lights. Top with a star cut from yellow fondant icing.
Snowmen Donut Sticks
Is it just us, or do these adorable donut sticks remind anyone else of the world's favorite snowman? Store-bought sugar donuts become impressive Olaf-inspired holiday snowmen when decorated with chocolate candy pieces, pretzels, chocolate chips, and orange gummy candies.
Christmas Light Strawberries
Kris Kringle Cake
Cheesecake Christmas Trees
A tray of these Christmas trees makes a festive open house dessert. Start with a frozen cheesecake and a bottle of chocolate fudge shell coating to make these cute 5-ingredient cakes. For more chocolate decadence, use mini Twix bars (cut in half) for the tree trunks, as shown here.
Christmas Owl Cheese Ball
Nothing says "retro" and "Christmas" like a cheese ball. This recipe takes the tack-o-meter up a notch by dressing up the cheese ball like an adorable baby owl.
Ginger Cake with Maple Frosting
Fruity Gelatin Mold
Give grandma’s gelatin mold a chance and tote this updated version to the party. Have fun with the mold you choose (ours is topped with a Christmas-y star), and add leftover decorations around the plate to give the piece some personality.
Famous Sausage Ball Muffins
We just took “decorating the tree” to a whole new level! Once these cheesy sausage bites cool, use toothpicks with red and green frills to affix them to a foam cone (you can find the foam at most arts and crafts stores). If that’s not enough for your sweater-party spread, add a bow tree topper and use holiday fabric as a tree skirt.
Santa and Reindeer Truffles
Classic Gingerbread Cookies
These gingerbread cookies are sweet and not too gingery- perfect for the kids and just how you remember them. This recipe is also great for gingerbread houses. Roll the dough 1/4" thick, cut out house, and bake at 325 until firm (about 20 minutes). Rotate the pan after 10 minutes and use bold molasses for even baking and optimal flavor.
Red Pepper Bourbon Glow
This traditional Puerto Rican cocktail tastes like a very thick and creamy coconut eggnog. It's very rich, so you can serve it over ice, if preferred, to dilute it a little. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of rum depending on how strong you like it. The drink keeps in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Pro tip: It's great for gift-giving! Simply place in a decorative glass bottle with a stopper for a delightful Christmas gift.
Feta Cheese Truffles
Tiny cheese truffles are super simple to make and pair well with other finger foods, such as almonds, olives, and grape tomatoes. To up the tacky ante, serve them in ice-cube trays nestled in holiday boxes.
Whoever gave fruitcake a bad name will eat their words when they try this fruit-filled, rum-spiked cake. Because a fruitcake needs no introduction, a simple bow tied around the dessert adds just enough tackiness to this Christmas “gift.”
Panna Cotta Shots
These sweet, creamy shots are anything but ugly. But we managed to take them down a notch by pouring into plastic shot glasses and topping with red and green liqueurs. Just be sure to make these dainty desserts ahead, as they take some time to chill.