Cake bites or petit fours are a favorite of mine at Christmastime. I used to wonder how they fit all the fillings inside such a little bite of cake or how all those little layers were made. When I stumbled on this easy way to make cake bites with Nilla wafers I knew I had to try them.
Nilla Holiday Cake Bites are an easy way to make petit fours. It’s magical how the Nilla wafer texture becomes just like cake with just one little ingredient!
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Every year after Thanksgiving our family has a Tree Decorating Family Night. We make a few Holiday treats like these NABISCO Nilla Holiday “Cake” Bites and play some Christmas music while trimming the Christmas tree. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger and it has become a festive tradition we love to plan for.
We love making cake bites because each child can pick their own toppings and fillings to put inside the layers. They have so much fun making these their own!
I don’t like to spend a lot of time cooking or preparing for the holidays so easy recipes like NABISCO Nilla Holiday “Cake” Bites are perfect for me. No baking is required for these and there is no cooking other than melting the white chocolate coating.
My girls think it’s “magic” how the Nilla Wafers end up tasting like cake because they end up so moist and delicate! These are a great little treat to make for neighbors, friends or coworkers for Christmas too. They would even work for a Christmas Cookie Exchange since they are technically made from cookies.
A little raspberry jam and a brush of orange juice is the secret to making the cookies soft like cake. The orange juice and raspberry jam also add a lot of flavor to the cake bites. You could change up the flavor of the jam for even more ways to make this easy Christmas dessert.
Here are some jam flavors to try:
- Orange Marmalade.
- Berry Blend.
- Lemon Curd.
All of these flavors will be delicious along with the Nilla wafers and orange juice. The orange juice adds just a slight citrus taste that works well with most fruit flavors. Another idea is to use icing or cream cheese icing too.
I think the raspberry jam might be my favorite, though. Make sure not to overfill the layers with any filling you want to use so that coating will stick easily to the outside. It’s also important to let these sit for the amount of time stated in the recipe. When they are allowed to sit and soak up the juice and filling they become like cake and they become more condensed too.
Our favorite part was adding the all the sprinkles and toppings. You can get really creative with the toppings if you want. Spell out Christmas with melted chocolate in a piping bag or drizzle with chocolate too. The options on these are as endless as your imagination.
Our favorite toppings for Nilla Cake Bites are:
- Mini Chocolate Chips. The smaller the better and we love the candy coated versions too.
- Sprinkles. Any sprinkles you like! For the holidays we like to find red, white and green sprinkles.
- Sixlets. Sixlets look so cute and festive. I like the white pearl sixlets the best because it looks like a little pearl sitting on top.
- Mini M&M’s. I used three mini red M&Ms on the top of some to look like little holly berries.
- Crushed candy canes or crushed candy cane bark. Crushed candy canes always look great on top of Christmas treats.
- Gold and silver stars. I find these metallic stars at craft stores and online. They are made by Wilton.
Have you ever tried making Nilla Holiday Cake Bites? I love the look on everyone’s face when I tell them how I made them and how easy they are to make! It’s a delicious holiday treat we make often for Christmas celebrations.
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Nilla Holiday Cake Bites
- 36 NILLA Wafers
- 2 Tbsp . orange juice
- 1 ⁄4 cup raspberry jam
- 8 oz . vanilla candy wafers about 1-1/2 cups
- 1 Tbsp . vegetable oil
- Assorted decorations
- Brush flat sides of 24 NILLA Wafers with juice, then spread with jam.
- Place remaining wafers, rounded sides up, on waxed paper-covered baking sheet; top each with 2 jam-topped wafers, jam sides down. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.
- Melt candy wafers as directed on package; stir in oil until well blended. Dip NILLA stacks, 1 at a time, in melted candy wafers, turning to evenly coat stack, reheating candy wafer mixture if needed. Return to baking sheet. Immediately add decorations to resemble photo.
- Refrigerate 30 min. or until candy coating is firm. Keep refrigerated.
- Substitute: Prepare using 2 pkg. (4 oz. each) white baking chocolate, melted as directed on package, and omitting vegetable oil.
- Note Keep the stacked cakes refrigerated until ready to dip them in the melted candy wafers. Work with a couple at a time so they remain firm, which makes dipping them easier.