Last Minute Christmas Fun: Nestle Family Cooking & Craft Ideas

It’s Christmas Eve Folks but that doesn’t mean we don’t have time for some last minute fun and cooking ideas.  Here at a daily dose I love to share with you recipes,  tips, crafts and so much more unfortunately I haven’t done much of that myself (well minus the cooking but haven’t posted about that) so I haven’t shared.  However I did want to get one last post in today sharing some of the Christmas crafts, food and fun you might want to consider making a part of your Christmas Day.

Sweet Candy Wreath (great for Christmas AND Valentines)


  • 8 inch Styrofoam heart form
  • 4 yards of 2 inch wide, sheer, red decorative ribbon
  • Craft glue gun and glue sticks
  • Mini Chewy SWEETARTS
  • SPREE Hearts


  • Cut one yard of ribbon and put aside to create a hanger for the wreath.
  • Using the glue gun, attach one end of the decorative ribbon to the back of the Styrofoam heart.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the heart form until completely covered.
  • Glue the candies to one side of the heart, alternating between smaller and larger candies to create a random pattern.
  • Fold the remaining yard of ribbon in half and tie in a bow.
  • Lay the wreath on top of the ribbon, with the bottom loop of the ribbon inside of the heart form. Slip the bow through the bottom of the ribbon and pull upwards to form the hanger.
  • Glue a NETSTLÉ CRUNCH or BUTTERFINGER Heart in the middle of the bow.

Red Nosed Reindeer


  • 1 – 21.8 oz. NESQUIK Powder canister
  • 1 – 9 inch by 12 inch sheet of brown felt
  • 1 – 9 inch by 12 inch sheet of tan craft foam
  • 2 – 1.5-inch google eyes
  • 1 – 1.5 inch red pom-pom
  • Craft glue gun
  • Safety scissors
  • 1 small container of brown acrylic paint (for painting on plastic)


  • Print out the template.
  • Cut a piece of brown felt to measure 12 inches by 4 1/4 inches.
  • Paint the lid and a 1/2 inch strip around the top of the lid with brown acrylic paint. Let dry.
  • Wrap brown felt around the canister and secure it to the canister with a craft glue gun.
  • Cut antlers from tan craft foam. Fold the antlers at the base where indicated and glue together with a craft glue gun.
  • Using a craft glue gun, glue one antler to each side of the canister.
  • Finish your reindeer face by adding a red pom-pom nose and two large google-eyes!

Santa’s Fireplace Treats


  • Pen
  • Writing paper
  • Empty wrapping paper roll
  • NESTLÉ JINGLES (NESTLÉ CRUNCH, BUTTERFINGER, NESTLÉ Milk Chocolate or NESTLÉ Dark Chocolate) in Holiday Foil
  • NESTLÉ TREASURES (Creamy Caramel, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Creme, Toasted Coconut, Dark Chocolate Mint) in Holiday Foil
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Safety Scissors
  • Red or green crepe paper
  • Clear tape
  • Red or green curling ribbon
  • Holiday stickers and/or gift tag
    for your child


  • Write a thank-you note to Santa.
  • Fold note and place inside the roll.
  • Cut crepe paper into 9-inch square, helping younger children with scissors.
  • Fold one side of crepe paper over 1-inch.
  • Starting at the side opposite fold, roll paper around tube and tape at center.
  • Gather open ends up and tie with ribbon.
  • Curl ribbon with edge of scissor blade, helping younger children.
  • Decorate unwrapped tube with stickers.
  • Add a gift tag with Santa’s name.
  • Leave Santa’s treat near the Christmas tree or fireplace

Those are a few of the crafts I think both you and your children will enjoy this holiday season.  As for entertaining, goodies to eat are always a hit.  To help you get over that hump of something good to make here are a few recipes to add into your spread.

Easy SWIRLED Cookie Cups


  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® SWIRLED™ Morsels, any flavor

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 24 mini-muffin cups.
PLACE squares of dough into prepared muffin cups; press down to make a deep well.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are set. Remove from oven to wire rack(s). While still warm, fill cookie cups with morsels. Morsels will soften and retain their shape. Cool completely. With tip of knife, remove cookie cups from muffin pan(s).

Cheesecake Cookie Cups


PREHEAT oven to 325° F. Paper-line 24 muffin cups. Place one piece of cookie dough in each muffin cup.
BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookie has spread to edge of cup.
BEAT cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and vanilla extract in medium bowl until smooth. Pour about 3 tablespoons cream cheese mixture over each cookie in cup.
BAKE for additional 15 to 18 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Top each with level tablespoon of pie filling. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Berry Chocolate Cookie Tartlets


  • 1 1/4 cups (about 1/3 tub) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Tub Dough, slightly softened
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries, chopped

PREHEAT oven to 325º F.
COMBINE cookie dough and flour in large mixing bowl. Divide dough into 24, 1 1/4-inch balls. Press dough into mini-muffin cups.*
BAKE for 10 minutes or until light golden brown around edges and puffy.
REMOVE tartlets from oven and immediately fill with morsels and cranberries. Cool for 10 minutes in muffin cups. Carefully remove to wire rack, do not invert; cool completely.
*If making tartlets in batches, keep extra dough in the refrigerator.

• Tartlets may be filled with your favorite combination of morsels.
• Dough can be made in advance and refrigerated.
• Create three types of Christmas cookies from just one tub of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Tub Dough. Make this recipe along with two other 12 Days of Christmas Cookies recipes.
• Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger batch.

Those are sure to be a hit next to the other desserts or as your only dessert.  Last but not least a gift idea that is great for anyone.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar


COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in 1-quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional); mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

From my house to yours are some ideas this Christmas for you and yours to use, so get to crafting the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day away.  I love these crafts and recipes and wish I could take credit for coming up with them on my own but alas I did not.  The above crafts and recipes (and photos) all come from Nestle Family along with hundreds of other ideas.  So try these or head over and see what else they have you might like to try.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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Toni is a professional lifestyle blogger living on the sunny Florida Gulf Coast. She has a passion for Disney, Travel, Fashion, Cooking, Tech, Family Fun Ideas, Reviews, Giveaways and loves being able to share that with her readers!

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  1. 1

    Cute ideas.

  2. 2

    Love the choco cookie!

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