Nothing says home for the holidays like the smell of treats baking in the oven and a crowded kitchen filled with loved ones. Whether making decades-old family favorites or starting new holiday baking traditions, you can create homemade holiday goodies in a (ginger)snap.

“The holidays are a time when families are in the kitchen at record rates to bake cookies, build gingerbread houses and create a wide variety of sweet treats,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “The good news is, even if you only have 30 minutes to spare during this hectic time, you can make amazing desserts for gatherings or gifting.”

Try these easy treat ideas from Wilton to spread holiday cheer.

Holiday Helpers: Invite family and friends for a cookie decorating day to help prepare gifts for upcoming events. You provide the sparkling sugars and sprinkles, peppermint sticks, and red and green icing ... everyone else provides the creativity.

Miracle on Your Street: Crunched for time with a party to attend? Pick up ready-to-eat cookies and artfully dip them in red and green candy melts for an elegant upgrade. No one has to know how simple it was to create a customized dessert.

Instant Snowman: Coat peanut butter sandwich cookies in white candy melts o create instant snowmen. Decorate with hats, scarves and, of course, carrot noses.

It’s A Wrap: Turn your homemade treats into gourmet gifts. Stock up on holiday-themed gift bags and boxes, colorful tissue paper, ribbons and tags to transform made-from-the-heart goodies into extra special gifts.

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