What to leave for Santa

Make Christmas Eve truly sparkle with our magical recipes! Discover mini elf doughnuts, Christmas cosmopolitans and something special for Rudolph…

Reindeer food

There are only so many mince pies a man can eat. Yes, they're delicious but Santa is sure to be even more generous if you opt for one of our original offerings. Rumour has it that Rudolph has fallen off the carrot wagon so we've thrown in a few tasty treats to keep him happy too...

Elf doughnutsMini elf doughnuts

The word from the grotto is that Santa's elves are starting to feel a little left out of the action come Christmas Eve. The last thing we want is an elf revolt so we’ve put extra effort into creating magical mini doughnuts. Children will love decorating these tiny treats and leaving them by their stocking but be warned, we’ve heard elves leave a trail of crumbs in their wake!

Mini elf doughnuts

Reindeer foodReindeer food

Help the kids create a simple snack for that hard-working reindeer team. If your worried Rudolph's landing skills may be a little off kilter then you can always mix with edible glitter and throw some in the garden on Christmas Eve as a sign. This crunchy granola also makes a brilliant breakfast treat come Christmas morning. 

Reindeer food

Christmas CosmopolitanChristmas cosmopolitan

Ok, so this might not be strictly sticking with tradition, but we think Santa might need to kick back and relax after all that frantic present delivery. If this gives Santa the taste for a cocktail or two, we can also recommend this creamy white Christmas cocktail or a festive snowball.

Christmas cosmopolitan

Carrot patch cakesRudolph's carrot patch cakes

Kids running riot on Christmas Eve? Help them leave Rudolph a carrot he won't forget with these beautiful chocolate carrot loaf cakes. They're so good you might need to leave an extra one out to avoid a jealous Santa.  

Rudolph's carrot patch cakes

Rudolph shortbread
Rudolph shortbread

What self-respecting reindeer wouldn’t want a biscuit decorated in his own image? These beautifully crumbly shortbread biscuits are the perfect treat to make with children on Christmas Eve and you’ll have plenty left over for a last-minute gift too.

Rudolph shortbread

Sugar dusted mince pie parcelsMince pies

If Christmas Eve is pretty hectic at your house and you don't want to start baking mince pies from scratch, these cinnamon dusted parcels cause minimum mess and are ready in no time - just make sure Santa doesn't eat them all in one go.

Sugar-dusted mince pie parcels


Snowball carrot muffinsRudolph's snowball carrot muffins

Help the kids make a little festive magic of their own this Christmas, with these fluffy snowball carrot muffins, which should be just up Rudolph's street. Although it's probably best for the whole family to give them a little taste test just to make sure they are up to scratch for that very fussy reindeer.

Rudolph's snowball carrot muffins

Rudolph's carrot flapjacks
Rudolph's carrot flapjacks

These moist oaty bakes are brilliant for making with kids, the recipe is so simple and there is lots of stirring fun to be had. They are packed full of oats, fruit, spices and seeds so Rudolph will be whizzing around the houses in record time. They can be a bit messy to eat though so expect some crumbs on the floor come Christmas morning...

Rudolph's carrot flapjacks

Gingerbread menDouble gingerbread men

If you think Santa isn't a mince pie fan, then help the kids whip up these irresistible double ginger gingerbread men, which even the smallest hands can get involved with. A stressed-out Santa is sure to enjoy one of these with a calming cup of tea before bed.

Double ginger gingerbread men

Mulled apple juiceMulled apple juice

If you are a bit worried about Santa drinking on the job, then leave him out a glass of this festive mulled apple juice, which makes a great alternative to wine. He does have a sleigh to ride after all.

Mulled apple juice

Snowcapped fairy cakes
Snowcapped fairy cakes

No one will be able to resist these snowcapped fairy cakes, let alone a hungry Santa Claus. The kids will have loads of fun icing and decorating their creations and Santa is sure to be super-impressed. We think they are best served with a warming glass of appleberry mulled wine.

Snowcapped fairy cakes

What do you leave out for Santa Claus in your house?

Comments, questions and tips

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10th Dec, 2013
When my children were young I used to make reindeer flapjacks. I would melt fat/lard and mix in bird seed then shape into patties. 1 for each reindeer. These were them left on the flat roof . Santa would always have a mini stollen (or 2) . By the time the excitement of stocking opening etc. was over the birds had eaten the flapjacks. The tradition continues and my grandchildren are now doing it for their children.
21st Nov, 2013
normally i would leave out some port but only a little bit (don't want him getting tipsy) and some biscuits. For Rudolph i would leave a carrot or two and some water in case they're thirsty.
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