By Rosie Hatch

Published on November 24, 2017

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The holidays are fast approaching—and what’s a better gift than a homemade confection? Treat your work squad to some of these adorable homemade sweets, because a little goes a long way.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Pavlova

This enticing combination of fresh meringue, smooth cream, and juicy fruit will have everyone in your office begging for more. The best part? It’s entirely gluten-free, so even those with intolerances can enjoy this delectable, cinnamon-infused treat from A Cookie Named Desire.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Shortbread Tarts With Brown Sugar Whipped Cream

Buttery shortbread with a gooey chocolate filling—what could be better? Top these rich, contrasting flavors by The Vanilla Bean with a dollop of sinful whipped cream to create the perfect burst of sweetness.

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Peppermint Bark Brownie Cookies

These soft and gooey fudge cookies by Chelsea’s Messy Apron are filled with pre-made peppermint bark and melted chocolate chips, and sprinkled with even more peppermint flakes for a dazzling treat.

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Photography by BUTTERLUST BLOG

Vanilla Rum Eggnog Marshmallows

If the flavors of vanilla, rum, and eggnog don’t perk your interest, we aren’t sure what will. Serve these marshmallows by Butterlust Blog with piping hot chocolate for a delicious morning treat, or wrap them up to serve as cute take home gifts after work—provided they last that long.

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Mocha Salted Hot Chocolate On A Stick

Speaking of hot chocolate, here’s a cute idea by A Cookie Named Desire. Simply fill paper cups with the melted chocolate mixture, and top with marshmallows, soft caramels, and fleur de sel. All your recipient needs now is a cup of hot milk for a cozy beverage to drink by a roaring fire.

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Photography by TASTE OF HOME

Sparkly Meringue Snowmen

These darling snowmen by Taste of Home add just the right amount of holiday flair to any office party. Simply pipe the meringue onto parchment paper, and add the face, nose, and buttons using sprinkles. Bake, and voila! 

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Photography by PINCH OF YUM

Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts

Donuts in the office seems a bit cliché, but gingerbread donuts? Now, that’s worthy of a promotion. Pinch of Yum combines apple sauce, brown sugar, and spices for the dough, and maple syrup for the glaze. The best part? No frying! This means less time in the kitchen, and more time enjoying each bite.

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Candy Cane Cookies

The classic candy cane treat gets a cookie makeover, complete with red and white dough and topped with peppermint sprinkles. Don’t be intimidated, either—Home Cooking Memories provides a step-by-step photo tutorial that makes these dainty treats surprisingly easy to whip up.

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Gingerbread Men Cookie Sticks

No cookie cutter? No problem. Cut gingerbread dough into strips before baking. Then, pipe on the icing once they are cooled. Munchkin Munchies is to thank for these skinny gingerbread men that will have your workplace praising your creativity.

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Apple Cider Cupcakes

Some like apple cider in a cup, others like it in a cupcake. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter take this cold-weather beverage to new heights in this recipe by Jennifer Meyering. Bring these to work and watch them disappear fast.

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Rice Krispie Cone Christmas Trees

Lauren Caris Cooks proves that even a novice in the kitchen can recreate a winter wonderland by using a little parchment paper, Rice Krispies, and powdered sugar. Add a few sprinkles for the ornaments, and impress even the Ebenezer Scrooge at the office.

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Photography by PLATED CRAVINGS

Four-Ingredient Nutella Cookies

If you want a paycheck-friendly cookie recipe that uses only a handful of ingredients, this one is for you. Nutella, flour, chopped hazelnuts, and one egg come together for a soft and chewy treat that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plated Cravings suggests serving these with a glass of cold milk, and we couldn’t agree more.

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Photography by THE LIFE HARVEST

Chocolate Bark

There’s something sentimental about creating a one-of-a-kind gift, and this homemade bark is just that. By using toppings like edible flowers, pistachios, and dried fruit, you can create beautiful chocolate bars that surpass even the fanciest store-bought alternatives. Check out The Life Harvest’s full recipe and more topping ideas here.

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Photography by LOVE GROWS WILD

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Hand Pies

Pies are a holiday staple this year, but instead of creating a large one for all to share, try hand pies instead. These mini pastries from Love Grows Wild are full of pumpkin, spice, and maple extract, inside pre-made pie crust. Individual pies means more eating and less sharing.

Related Reading:

These 3-Ingredient Desserts Are Dangerously Easy to Make
10 Reasons It’s Not Too Early to Think About the Holidays

Holiday Entertaining Essentials that Won’t Live in a Box All Year

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