Growing up, my grandmother used to bake the most delicious treats around the holidays. She was an excellent baker, and a pretty darn good cook too. My mother, not so much - and she fully admits it! She never really enjoyed spending a whole lot of time in the kitchen. She still doesn’t. But don’t get me wrong, she cooked us wonderful meals growing up, but she has always said she didn’t really enjoy cooking, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her bake anything.
Now myself, I enjoy cooking. I like having fun with recipes and making new meals hoping to find a new family favourite to add the rotation. But when it comes to baking…I take after my Mom! It’s never really been my thing. I mean, I make muffins from muffin mixes and I think I’ve made a couple boxed cakes, but my knowledge of creating baked goods from scratch is pretty limited.
Luckily, I have a good friend and multiple sister-in-laws who LOVE to bake, so there are always lots of yummy treats to enjoy at festive functions. That being said, I thought it would be nice if I could contribute to the dessert table too…without having to get too crazy in the kitchen.
So, over the last few years, I found a couple “no-bake holiday treats” that my entire family LOVES! And yes, you read that right…there is NO baking involved. These recipes are simple, quick, festive…and have 5 ingredients or less! Oh, and they’re both husband and kid approved! Santa has even been known to wolf down a few on Christmas Eve as well.
Peanut Butter Chip Balls – makes roughly 24 balls
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips
- ½ cup Condensed Milk
- ½ cup Icing Sugar
- Put all the ingredients into a big bowl and mix well.
- Roll into roughly 1-inch balls and place on tray
- Chill in fridge for a few hours
See? I told you it was super easy! Now onto another no-bake festive favourite!
Chocolate Cheesecake Bites – makes 24 bites
- 2 ½ cups Chocolate Chips
- 2 Teaspoons Oil
- ½ package Cream Cheese
- ½ Teaspoon of Vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Mix cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in bowl. Put in piping bag or Ziploc bag and chill in fridge.
- Mix the chocolate chips and oil in microwave safe bowl and microwave in one minute intervals, stirring in between, until melted.
- Place mini cupcake liners in mini muffin pan and pour just enough melted chocolate to cover the bottom of each liner. Tap the pan on the counter so the chocolate flattens. Let sit in fridge for 10-15 minutes until set.
- Once set, take the cream cheese mixture and pipe a portion into the centre of each liner, then top each with melted chocolate until covered.
- Add sprinkles on top if desired
- Chill in fridge for a half hour or until chocolate has hardened.
Hope you enjoy these holiday treats as much as we do! Happy (No) Baking! 😊