Christmas is fast approaching and there’s still so much to do. Shopping for gifts, putting up the tree, planning for a get-together and maybe even travelling outstation for a much-needed break. The year-end festive season is in full swing, but then you realize it; you’ve forgotten all about the cookies!
One crucial part of the Christmas season is to have enough Christmas cookies in your jar for guests who pop over, as well as for your family to munch.
The clock is ticking, so here are some cookie recipes that are quick, easy and don’t require an oven.
1.Peanut Butter Rice Crispies
This recipe can be made with pre-made rice puffs. If you can’t find any, you can always use brown rice cereal or any type of rice cereal.
6 cups rice crispies
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
3/4 cup honey
2/3 cup dried fruits like cherries or raisins
Some butter or oil
Start by heating a pan and pouring the honey in. Add the peanut butter and mix them together until they’ve melted and look creamy. Drop in the rice crispies and give it a good mix, then add the dried fruits. Grease a medium pan with butter or oil, then press the mixture into the pan so that the crispies are about 1 to 2 inches high. Chill the pan in the refrigerator for about one hour until it hardens. Cut into cubes to serve. Store in a cool, dry area for up to 3 days.
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2. Crispy Almond Cocoa Crunchies
For this recipe, you’ll need some cornflakes which can be found at any store. If you can’t find any almonds, just use any crushed nuts you can find, like pecans, walnuts and even peanuts.
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons honey or golden syrup
3/4 cups dried cherries
1/3 cup almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Melt the chocolate chips, butter and honey over low heat while stirring constantly. Once thoroughly melted, drop in the dried fruits, cornflakes, almonds and vanilla. Mix thoroughly until the cornflakes are evenly distributed. Take the pan off the heat and drop the mixture in small clumps ( about the size of a golf ball) on a baking tray covered in a baking sheet. Let it chill in the refrigerator for one hour until firm.
3. Coconut Snowballs
Oats, chocolate and coconuts are a delicious combination in this sweet but healthy Christmas snack that has a local touch.
2 cups instant oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cups cocoa powder
1/3 cup butter
60 g unsweetened baking chocolate bar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Combine the solid baking chocolate bar, vanilla and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted. In another bowl, mix the oats, brown sugar and cocoa powder. Combine both sets of ingredients and mix well. Let the mixture cool for awhile and then roll into balls. Toss the balls in the shredded coconut to give them a white appearance. The cookies are now ready to serve!
4. Cathedral Window Cookies
These cookies are so named because they resemble the stained glass windows in churches. They’re so easy to make, you can rope in your kids to help.
1 cup milk or plain chocolate chips
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 heaping cup of small, colourful marshmallows
Melt together the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat. Stir until they’re completely melted together and remove from the heat. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes, then fold in the marshmallows. Mix until the marshmallows are completely coated. Pour this mixture into a baking tin that’s lined with baking paper.
Allow it to cool in the refrigerator for several hours until firm. Cut into squares to enjoy. Optionally, you can roll the squares in dried coconut or icing sugar for that ‘snowy’ effect.
There’s still time to buckle down before the party starts, but if you really can’t get those cookies done, you can always get them from any of our talented bakers on Kaodim. Their extensive selections of cookies and cakes will no doubt reach you in time for the yuletide season.
written by Michelle Chee