The holidays are the perfect time to indulge in sweet treats. This year, channel your inner baker and whip up some homemade options. From Christmas-themed cookies to peppermint hot cocoa, the possibilities are truly endless. Here are three fun recipes to try making in your apartment. P.S. Homemade treats are fun to eat, but they also make thoughtful gifts!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love sipping on a steaming mug full of hot chocolate on a snowy winter day? There’s nothing wrong with using the store-bought cocoa mix, but this homemade version from Snacks and Sips, which features peppermint and vanilla syrup, only takes 10 minutes to make from scratch. Don’t forget to top it off with whipped cream and some red and green sprinkles before serving in a festive mug!

Holiday Cutout Cookies

Looking to plan a fun seasonal activity for your friends? Invite them over for a cookie-making get-together. This recipe for sugar cookie dough and icing from Taste of Home is simple and delicious. Just order a set of holiday cookie cutters to turn the tasty dough into stars, trees, stockings, and more. Then, ice them with red, green, and white icing. You can enjoy them with your friends, or wrap them up and give them as gifs.

Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a heaping bowl of ice cream. Instead of buying store-bought peppermint ice cream, check out this recipe for a homemade version from Simply Scratch. If you really want to get in the holiday spirit, try making a peppermint ice cream sandwich using your homemade ice cream and freshly baked holiday cutout cookies.