I think it’s safe to say that everyone is a bit pressed for time this season. So what’s worse than remembering you have no goodies to give guests or passersby? Of course, we can always buy a few, but if you want to stand out and cut costs in a relatively stress-free manner, here are some super quick treats to make.
1: Shaped Flapjacks.
Simple, quick, can add as much or as little as you like.
- 1 cup oats
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
- an equal balance of wet and dry fillers
- Mash all the wet ingredients together.
- Fold in the dry and stir until smooth.
- Pour out into a flat baking tray.
- Bake until firm but springy.
Then, just use a cookie cutter to cut them into adorable shapes!
2: Cocoa Dusted Meringues.
Meringues are actually really easy to make and the cocoa dusting makes them extra luxurious.
- 3 egg whites
- 175 caster sugar
- 2tsp sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder
- Heat the oven to 140C.
- Whisk the egg whites until peaks form, but its still smooth.
- Slowly whisk in the sugar.
- Place dollops on baking paper on a baking tray. Put in the until pale and dry.
- Air cool. Lightly sieve cocoa over the top.
To mix and match, try making cocoa or caramel meringues and dusting with white chocolate.
3: Woven Biscuit Baskets.
More of an arts and crafts than a culinary crafts person? Make some simple sugar cookies and cutesy them up by handing them out in these adorable baskets!
4: Cute Biscuit Jar.
Or you could also look up some cute ways of decorating mason jars and candle jars to become snack-containers to give to friends and family.
5: Snowman Ice-Cream.
An adorable pudding you don’t need to make on the day!
- Roll out two or three differently sized ice cream balls per snowman. Pick a pale ice cream!
- Stack them up.
- Use raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons, maybe the mouth.
- Use strips of candy and fruit for a scarf and the mouth if you didn’t do it in raisins or chocolate chips.
- Use a round slice of chocolate wafer and a round chocolate (like a peanut butter cup) for a hat.
- Use thin slices of wafer for arms.
- Put back in the freezer until needed!
6: Festive Fruit And Cheese.
For something simple and adorable, make a festive cheese board.
- Lay out crackers and sliced hard cheeses in triangles until you’ve formed a tree.
- Sprinkle crumbly cheese for snow on the ground.
- Make a snowy log of goat’s cheese.
- Decorate your tree with half grapes (baubles) and ribbons of apple and pear (streamers).
And those are a few quick snacks to hand guests at parties and passing friends these holidays! Cute, cheap, festive, simple.
TTFN and Happy Hunting!