Quick Festive Recipes

Well, it really is beginning to feel very festive and it’s no lie that here at Novabods HQ, we’re very excited! To get you into the festive swing of things, is there anything better than eating some holiday treats like gingerbread men, yule log and more?

Well today we’ve got a special treat for you (in fact, we have 4 special treats for you!), as we're about to take you through how you can make some quick and easy-to-do festive-themed desserts with your kids.


Mini Santa Cheesecakes

These tiny cheesecakes are so very cute for any festive table, and are perfect as a quick and easy-to-make festive dessert. You’ll love the combination of the zingy strawberry, chocolate-flavoured biscuit and sharp baked cheesecake. 

Mini Santa Cheesecakes








What you’ll need:

  • 24 mini muffin paper cases
  • 24-cup mini muffin tin
  • 12 mini Oreo biscuits
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 100g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 24 fresh strawberries
  • 150 ml cream
  • 2 tbsp. icing sugar


Here’s how you make it:

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. With a 24-cup mini muffin tin, line it with paper cases.

2. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice until it’s smooth and creamy with an electric beater. While you’re doing this, add the eggs, one by one.

3. Now pull apart each mini Oreo in half and with a knife, scrape off the cream filling away from the lower Oreo. With this, place one mini Oreo into the bottom of each mini muffin paper case.

4. Now divide the cream mixture between the muffin cups and make sure to spoon it over each mini Oreo.

5. Put them in the oven for 20 minutes or until they’re slightly raised and just starting to crack on the surface.

6. When they’ve baked, cool them on a wire rack and then refrigerate while you make the toppings.

7. Whip the icing sugar and cream together until they’re thick and fluffy. Now prepare the strawberries by cutting off their tops (the stalk end) so they look like Santa hats.

8. With a piping bag, pipe the whipped cream mixture onto the tops of the cooled cheesecakes and place a strawberry on top, making sure that you press it down so cream falls out of the sides to create a fur trim for the hat.

9. Now pipe a small dab of cream for the fur at the top of the hat. Finally, simply dust with icing sugar before serving.


Festive Pudding Biscuits

For a simple snack (recipe makes 16), these biscuits are really tasty and great to do with the kids. You won’t want to stop eating them as they’re so delicious!

Christmas Pudding Biscuits











What you’ll need:

  • 175g soft unsalted butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 400g plain flour
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 200g white chocolate
  • Green writing icing
  • Glace cherries


Here’s how you make it:

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/Gas Mark 4.

2. Now cream together the butter and the sugar, and beat in the eggs one at a time.

3. With a sift, sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder into the bowl and mix together well to form a dough.

4. With cling film, wrap the dough and pop it into the fridge for at least 1 hour.

5. When you’ve left the dough for an hour, roll it out until it’s about ½ cm think and use a large circle cutter to cut 12 circles.

6. Now place each biscuit on a greased baking tray and bake them for 12 minutes. The biscuits should brown slightly but still be spongy to the touch when you take them out. As they cool, they’ll firm up.

7. As the biscuits are cooling, melt the white chocolate and coat half of each biscuit with this.

8. With a knife (adult help may be needed here), trim the glacé cherries and with two pieces, put them on each biscuit to form the holly berries. Use the green writing icing to draw on holly leaves.


Snowman Doughnut Sticks

Yay for doughnuts! Kids will love these fun snowmen, not just eating them but assembling them too. They can also have fun decorating them, so they’re a fantastic bake to make!

Snowman Doughnut Sticks








What you’ll need:

  • 18 mini doughnuts
  • 150g (1 cup) icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup vanilla frosting
  • Jelly beans, chocolate chips and lolly straps to decorate
  • 6 bamboo skewers (caution: adult help will be needed)


Here’s how you make it:

1. With the doughnuts, dust them with the icing sugar until they have a frosted appearance.

2. Now, with the skewers (adult help will be needed here), thread three doughnuts onto each.

3. With the frosting, stick the decorations on - jelly beans for buttons, chocolate chips for eyes, an orange jelly bean for the nose, etc.

4. Now use the lolly straps to tie a scarf round their necks – perfect!


Gingerbread Men

Fun to make, enjoyable to decorate and super great to eat, these gingerbread men (recipe makes 8-10) are a classic bake to do with your kids this holiday season – not to mention the fact they make your house smell delightfully festive too!

Gingerbread Men












What you’ll need:

  • 350g (12oz) plain flour
  • 175g (6oz) light soft brown sugar
  • 100g (4oz) unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ tsp. mixed spice (optional)
  • 4 tbsp. golden syrup
  • A gingerbread man shaped cutter
  • Writing icing
  • Assortment of small sweets (candy), chocolate chips, glacé cherries, etc.


Here’s how you make it:

1. Sieve together the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda in a large mixing bowl.

2. Slice the butter into pieces (adult help may be needed) and rub this into the flour.

3. Mix in the sugar when this is done.

4. Mix the egg and syrup into the dough.

5. Now wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for an hour.

6. After an hour, roll out your gingerbread on a floured surface until it is a ¼ inch thick.

7. Use the cutter to cut your biscuits and then place them onto a greased baking tray. You could make a hole at the top with a plastic straw if you wanted to hang these onto the tree.

8. Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven at 180˚C/Gas Mark 5 for 10-15 minutes, or when they are golden brown. They will feel slightly soft but they will firm up as they cool. Cool the biscuits on the tray for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

9. Once the biscuits are completely cooled, decorate them with the sweets and icing (use the icing as glue). Perfect!