Looking for last minute treats to feed friends and family? Pull together a quick Christmas Cookies and Cocoa Tray. We chose a Peppermint flavor profile here to keep everything matching. But, no matter the flavor, you can make a few batches of cookies, whip up a batch of homemade cocoa and gather up your best marshmallows for a fast fun and festive treat.
Christmas Cookie and Cocoa Tray- Peppermint Edition
Need a gorgeous collection of sweets and treats in a pinch? The best advice we can give is to make this simple. If you don’t have time to bake, just order pretty cookies to display. If you don’t have cocoa on hand you can make your own with the easiest Vegan Cocoa Recipe we shared below. Perfect for guests who need a milk alternative. Or grab last minutes cocoas from our post on everything you need for a hot cocoa cart.
What You Need for a Cookie Tray
Putting together a cookie tray is easy! But, of course, there are a few things you will need to get started.
- Tray: Any old or new tray will do! Make sure it’s big enough to hold cookies, cocoa, marshmallows, and treats.
- Containers: Simply find cute containers or small dishes around your house, like candle holders, cups, bowls or anything with a red theme and see what looks good!
- Napkins: Whether its you and the kids, or guests eyeing your tray, they may need something to put their little treat on, so be sure to have cute festive napkins on hand.
- Cocoa Cups: If you’re serving Hot cocoa alongside your tray, be sure to have cups at the ready. And it’s best if they had lids. We shared our best Hot Cocoa Cart tips in another post, including our favorite cocoa cups! Be sure to read through the link for our favorite cocoas, supplies and more.
How to Assemble Your Cookie Tray
Grab a tray that’s big enough to pile on your marshmallows, cocoas, and cookie selection. Believe it or not, you and your guests are not going to eat whole batches of cookies. So there is no need to set out tons of variety here. Just a few will do. Here’s a quick list of things you’ll need.
- Little Debbie Snacks. We like the Tree Shaped cakes to add a little variety.
- Homemade Cookies like Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are easy to make.
- Girl Scout Cookies like Thin Mints are perfect for the holidays if you can get em!
- Oreos dipped in white chocolate and covered with crushed candy canes.
- Candy Canes and Peppermint Candies
- Peppermint Coffee. We like this Starbucks Christmas Coffee Box.
- Peppermint Hot Cocoa. Nothing beats Ghirardelli Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix.
- Peppermint Bark. Williams Sonoma has some of the best Peppermint bark for Christmas.
- Marshmallows! We like marshmallows in shapes but any and all sizes and flavors work here.
Your goal here is just to find all things peppermint and add them to a tray. Cookies, candies, cocoa and marshmallows all work, and look gorgeous!
Peppermint Christmas Cookies
Peppermint Bark, Dark and White Chocolate cookies covered with crushed candy canes, and peppermint chocolate crinkles are easy to make and buy. If purchasing your peppermint treats, check out Williams Sonoma for the best bark, and Sur La Table for Valrhona chocolate cookies.
Cocoa and Peppermint Cocoa
If you have milk-sensitive friends and family or just people giving up dairy, make it easy and put together this 4 ingredient cocoa recipe, below. We also love grabbing hot cocoa from Starbucks and the Lake Champlain Chocolate Company. If you’re making basic hot chocolate and need a peppermint boost, grab peppermints or candy canes and add them to your hot drink.
Our favorite marshmallows are usually in fun shapes or flavors. We added polar bears from Sur la Table, snowmen from Williams Sonoma and Smashmallows in Hot Cocoa and Peppermint Flavors. You can also add some coffee to the mix for a little Peppermint Mocha magic. P.S. If you’re more a gingerbread person, check out our Gingerbread Marshmallow Recipe and make a gingerbread board instead.
Vegan Hot Cocoa Recipe
This recipe is for dry cocoa mix. That way you can go sans dairy and add your own favorite milks, like almond or cashew.
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
A Quick and Easy Homemade Non-Dairy Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Recipe
- 3 c. Organic Pure Cane Sugar- Granulated
- 2 c. Organic Pure Light Brown Sugar
- 3 c. Unsweetened Cocoa
- 1 tbsp. Sea Salt
- Step 1 1. Mix all ingredients
- Step 2 2. Whisk together until smooth
- Step 3 3. Store in an airtight Mason Jar
- Step 4 Keep up to 2 months in a cool, dry place.
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.