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Savings Secrets: 4 easy and frugal sweets to make for the holidays

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 7:00AM Monday December 10, 2012
under Holidays

So you're not much of a baker are ya? Your idea of being domestic in the kitchen is pouring out a box of mac and cheese into a pot of boiling water. Just remember to take the cheese packet out before you dump the box out. Wooo, that's always fun when that happens...

It's okay, the majority of us all are in the same boat. But that doesn't mean we don't want to exercise our "skills" in the kitchen every now and again. And that's especially so for when the holidays come along. Everyone wants to make up something super sweet and tasty, but we're just not sure how to do it.

Well here are four really EASY frugal sweets you can whip up this holiday season in a snap:
1. Pumpkin pie.

Yes, pumpkin pie makes the top of the list simply because it's FABULOUS. All you need is a pumpkin, heavy cream, milk, pie crust, sugar, eggs and pumpkin pie spice. Simple right? Here's how to make pumpkin pie from a pumpkin

2. Cookies!

Homemade cookies are super simple to make with this simple sugar cookies recipe. The nice thing about this, is that you can actually give these as gifts with this break and bake method

3. Homemade icing.

Whether you need some scrumptious icing for that cake, cookies or muffins, all you really need for confectioners sugar is powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and milk. Check out this icing with confectioners sugar recipe and tutorial

4. Homemade cool whip. 

This takes me about five minutes to whip up, and it's just perfect when topping off that pie or hot cocoa for the holidays. All you need are four simple ingredients, a mixer, and then you're good to go. Check out this homemade cool whip recipe

Got any frugal sweets that you like to make for the holidays? Share them with us! And remember to keep it simple... some of us are still getting over the trauma of the cheese bag landing in the water with our macaroni! 

You can find out more tips like this at a grocery couponing class in your area

Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog TheThriftyMama.com.