I have to admit- I am a bit of a scrooge this Christmas season. It’s not that I am not excited to celebrate the season, but I am exhausted. I’m only at 21 weeks pregnant with baby #2, but I’m starting to swell, and the fatigue that is supposed to be a first trimester symptom is hitting me- hard. I didn’t even really want to get a Christmas tree- it just seemed like too much work! I am all about simple, quick gifts this year- and this week I am focusing on gifts that take 20 minutes or less.
Clearly, the all day bake-fests of cookies and treats I had done in the past were not in my future this year. This year, I am going completely no-bake!! And you know what? I am still giving some tasty treats!!!
First, I was seriously motivated by Summer of Sumo’s Sweet Stuff’s awesome guest post and made some hot chocolate spoons! Dip spoons in chocolate and add some festive sprinkles for a fun hot cocoa stirrer! (Check the post link for an adorable way to give these).
Next, I made some delicious cookie dough bites (no eggs- they taste just like cookie dough, and are safe to consume raw! SOOO addictive) and peanut butter balls- using the recipe from Whimsical Princess’ DIY Reeses’ eggs. These two recipes are super easy- mix, roll into balls, and either dip in chocolate or drizzle with chocolate. Make them at the same time and you only have to melt the chocolate chips once! I am hoping we have enough of these to give out, because hubby and I keep eating them.
Finally, I put some jumbo mallows on a stick, dipped them in melted red candy melts, and sprinkled some white nonperils on them for some fun and festive Santa Mallows! Let cool until set and package with a cocoa mug or cocoa pouches! Just dip in hot cocoa!
No more excuses- scrap the bake-a-thon and give some fun, delicious no-bake treats this year instead!!
What are YOUR favorite no-bake gifts?
Please keep checking in on the Sweet C’s Blog until Christmas for more fun- the Give Great Gifts series has some awesome crafts, shopping guides and guest posts still to come! Sign up to follow Sweet C’s via google friend connect, or through my RSS feeds!
If you have an Etsy shop, I’d love for you to come and post your gift ideas on the Sweet C’s Facebook page until Christmas!