25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

hot ham and cheese sliders

This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made  Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, and Christmas sugar cookies!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started.  In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these! During the month of December we are still following our healthy eating at meal time as often as possible but we do add in special treats we make.

Every Christmas Eve we have a smorgasbord of appetizers for dinner.  Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders are by far my favorite – I remember my mom making these when I was little.  I added them to our Christmas Eve menu a couple of years ago and my family always eats every single one I make!!

Ham & Cheese Sliders

  • 24 Small Dinner Rolls
  • Honey Ham
  • Swiss Cheese Slices
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds (optional)
  • 2 Teaspoons Onion Flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut tops off of rolls, without separating into individual rolls and place in a baking pan or cookie sheet.  Place ham and cheese on the bottom of the rolls.  I fold over the ham over and use a generous amount on each roll.  Replace tops.  Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan and boil for 2 minutes.  Pour over rolls, allow to sit for 10 minutes then cover with foil.  Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil and bake for 1 additional minute. Allow to cool a bit and serve!

You can also prepare the day before and place in fridge until ready to bake.  A great make-ahead party dish.



I’ve been making these Chocolate Pretzel Wreath’s for my family at Christmas for years.  It’s one of the easiest recipes, and every time I take it to a Christmas party it’s always a favorite!  Since it’s so simple my kids can almost make it by themselves as long as I supervise and handle any steps that require the oven or microwave.

Chocolate Pretzel Wreath’s


  • Pretzels – I used round this year but have also used square, and regular pretzel mini’s
  • Bag of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
  • M & M’s
  • 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips, melted
  • Sprinkles

Spread out pretzels in a single layer on a greased baking sheet.  Place one unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss  on top of the pretzel.  Place in a 275 degree preheated oven for 3 minutes to soften the chocolate.  Remove from oven, SLOWLY push down Hershey’s Kiss with a M & M. Allow to cool – if you are in a hurry to start snacking, place in fridge to cool.  Measure 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and pour in zip lock bag (unsealed) in the microwave for 1 minute on 50% power.  Turn over, continue to warm in 30 second intervals on 50% power until the white chocolate chips melt.  They keep their shape,so you’ll need to feel with the back of a spoon.  Cut a tiny hole in one of the bottom corners of the zip lock bag, push all of the melted white chocolate chips to the opening, then squeeze bag to drizzle on top of the Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths.  Finish with red and green sprinkles.  Enjoy!  Warning – these are highly addictive!!

Don’t miss out on any of our nightly posts in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series. Join us tomorrow night for more Christmas Fun!


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