Easy to prepare Christmas treats

Philippines
November 26, 2012 9:28am CST
Guys, I'm compiling a list for easy to prepare Christmas treats because we'll be having a family reunion this coming Christmas. Kids would be aplenty and a large percent of the people have a sweet tooth. It could be cakes, pastries, finger foods, whathaveyou. Do you have a website you can recommend and/or do you have any recipes that don't require too many ingredients/fancy preparation? I was thinking of recipes that kids can help with to prepare so I can engage my nieces and nephews into the activity. Basically, the ideal ones would be that it should be fun/easy to prepare and would be something that kids would love to eat. If you have any ideas, please let me know! And thanks in advance for your help!
4 responses
• United States
27 Nov 12
Mini quiches would be good. They would offer something that could be made fairly healthfully and are easy to eat. Make vegetarian ones so that they would have the widest appeal, of course. Bagel pizzas are another easy treat, and kids love them. You could do cheese, roast vegetable and mushroom ones. Just be certain to have a way of keeping them warm; otherwise, they will be a bit disappointing (not for the kids, but the adults will likely notice). You should also have on hand a variety of veggies and some good dips. You can offer both sweet and savory dips, and this would be a good break from the more sugar-laden sweets that will inevitably be available at the gathering.
@lizlee (208)
• Philippines
27 Nov 12
Hi there! I have a suggestion for you. And I can say that your nieces and nephews would be glad to help you out. Its icing a cupcake. All you have to do is buy a ready made cupcakes, since you mentioned that you wanted to have an easy Christmas treat. Cause if you would be baking your own cupcakes, it would be quite a hassle. After buying the ready made cupcakes, here's the ingredient for the icing. Its relatively easy one to make as well. What you'll need is a cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of water and 2 egg yolks. Here's the procedure: Dissolve the sugar in the water in medium heat. Continually stir it for about 3 - 5 minutes. Then when all the sugar is dissolved, let it boil for about a minute or two without stirring, in low to medium heat. Be very careful cause we don't want the sugar to burn. To check if the sugar mixture is ok, get a bowl of cold water, place a drop of the mixture and see it its consistency is a soft sticky toffee or the mixture droplet forms a ball. If it does then the mixture is good to go. Then for the egg whites,while you're waiting for the syrup mixture to boil, whisk or use an electric mixer on the egg whites until stiff. When all is done, gradually combine the syrup in the stiffen egg whites. Use a whisk or electric beater/mixer, I prefer an electric beater/mixer because its more convenient, then just continue mixing until the frosting stand in stiff peaks. You may also add food color while beating the mixture. And you're done, you just have to put the icing on each of the cupcakes. :)
@lexx87 (1708)
• Mexico
26 Nov 12
Well you can have healthy treats like delicious salads with fruits, specially using peanuts, nuts, and other kind of fruits like berries on it, the treats can be nutritive specially when you know the full of calories are on it. You can have some sweets with low carbs or just a complete treats like cakes , i love cheesecakes , after a delicious salad and turkey, but every family is different.
@lacieice (2063)
• United States
26 Nov 12
How about rice krispie treats? Very easy and quick to make. Also, you could try Chex mix...you know...the one with the pretzles and chex and nuts (you can find the recipe on the Chex box). I'm thinking about making some Fantasy Fudge. That recipe is on the jar of Kraft Marshmallow Cream. It's easy and doesn't require a candy thermometer like most candies. You could make some cut-out sugar cookies and let the kids decorate them.