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Nightmare Before Christmas: 11 Epic Holiday Treat Fails

During the holiday season, we tend to get a little too ambitious when it comes to baking and decorating festive treats. Spoiler alert: Sometimes the most professional-looking edible creations should be left to the pros.

Even when we try our hardest to bake cute shaped cookies and decorate little treats just like our favorite holiday characters, it doesn't always go as planned. Check out our favorite holiday treat fails that are so terrifying, they make Santa shake in his boots. 


1. Candy Cane Kiss of Death Cookies

There are a couple important lessons when making kiss cookies; make sure the cookies keep their shape, and make sure the kisses don't melt. This version from CraftFail.com did 2 out of 2 things wrong, leaving a red and green disaster instead of a lovely holiday treat. 


2. This Rudolph Pop Fail Will Go Down in History

Rudolph was teased for his shiny nose, not his lopsided eyes or broken ears. This chocolate-covered marshmallow Rudolph pop looks pretty straightforward, but there's a lot of room for error, as evidenced in this gem from CraftFail.


3. These Snowman Cookies Need a Christmas Miracle

A classic snowman rocks a tophat, coal eyes and a carrot nose. The cookie version uses a crafty-shaped peanut butter cup as the hat, but this wonky version on CraftFail shows less-than-happy little snowmen. To be fair, this is one of the better executions of the melted snowman cookie that we've seen.


4. Frightening Frosty

Hot icing, like snowman, tend to melt when the temperature gets too warm. The trick to these melted snowman cookies with arms, a scarf and a cute little face is the careful placing of icing. If you're not very good at freehand drawing, then you'll probably end up with scary looking snowmen, like this version from CraftFail. If I saw these guys on someone's front lawn, I would run for cover. Also, why is that one snow lady wearing a bikini?


5. Very Scary Santa Berries

I love the idea of creating a healthier dessert option for Christmas, but the point of these Santa strawberries is that they actually look like Santa. The whipped cream on these poor little guys from PinterestFail.com melted before they had a chance to really take shape.


6. Matzoh-No House

Instead of decoraing a gingerbread house, decorate a Matoh House for Hanukkah. Sounds fun, right? Until Martha Stewart does it and makes it perfect, and normal folks are left with this cluster mess. Another gem from CraftFail.


7. These Snowmen Put the 'DOH!' in Doughnut

As we've already learned, making anything that resembles a snowman can be tricky, but these poor little guys look like they're in a snowman crime scene. Another disaster from CraftFail that makes us realize we can't all be pastry chefs or decorating pros.


8. Warped Cherry Cheese Danish

This candy cane-shaped cherry and cheese danish is a great idea, in theory. When executed, it turns out to look like more of a mess than a masterpiece, as shown on Pinterest Fail.


9. Microwave Divinity Needs a Divine Intervention

Did you know you can make beautiful holiday candy in the microwave? Unless you are the pros over at Martha Stewart, you are more likely to end up with this blob of a mess, featured on CraftFail


10. Santa Beard Bread

I'm not sure I've ever seen a face so terrifying. Santa gets a facelift in this bread recipe, but not in the most flattering way. Let's leave the bread portraits to the pros, shall we?



11. Busted Up Rudolph Reindeer Cookies

These will go down in history, but probably not for the right reasons. Rudolph is known for his red nose, which is why these M&M pretzel Rudolph cookies are a classic. Simple enough, right? Put the red candy at the end for the nose, and the pretzels for the ears. But a few wrong moves and some broken pretzels makes for a busted-looking batch of reindeer. 


Tip: Don't be a Hero this Holiday Season

If you're not a pro at baking or decorating, leave it up to the professionals. Save yourself the heartache and headache, and order some adorable Buttercream-Frosted Cut-Out Cookies from Cheryl's. You and your loved ones will be grateful you did. 

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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