A three day weekend and a holiday weekend coming up? LOVE! Why? well aside from the obvious of the extra time off, holiday food and baking is my favorite. So many choices and new recipes to try!
Don't know what to bring to the family event or to a loved ones home? or maybe you don't have time to bake all morning and need something that is quick and effective (that's what she said) - Try one of these easy NO BAKE recipes below:
Bird's Nest Cookies
12 oz. package chow mien noodles
12 oz. package butterscotch morsels - OR - you can use Peanut butter as well!
90 egg-shaped candies - Whether they are cadbury eggs or jelly beans (cadbury would go great with PB)
Pour the butterscotch (or pb) morsels in a microwave-safe bowl and place them in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds then remove to stir. Stir until melted. Add in the chow mien noodles and mix till combined. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to portion out the cookies onto the baking sheet. If the mixture starts to solidify in the mixing bowl, you can reheat for 15 to 30 seconds to melt. Place three egg-shaped candies in the center of each cookie. Allow to set for at least 5 minutes before serving or transferring.
TIP: Dip the bottom of the eggs with melted butterscotch or pb morsels before placing them on top.
Frozen Bananas Dipped in Nutella w/toppings
This might be the easiest one to make and you can put as many different topping on each one as you like. Cut the bananas first and place your Popsicle sticks in the pieces ( you can find the sticks at places like Michael's or even at Target). Just simply freeze your bananas for about a 1-2 hours ( you don't want them to be rock hard but frozen enough to chill the nutella when you dip them. Though the Nutella is creamy already, just throw it in to the microwave for a few seconds to soften and thin it out even more. Then place your different toppings in separate bowls - crunch bars, nuts, coconut, peanut butter chips, etc and place on parchment paper when finished to let cool. You can even pop them back in the freezer for a few minutes to let them settle and freeze back up until you are ready to serve!
Cheesecake Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Philadelphia Ready-To-Eat Cheesecake filling
Small cupcake cups
Using a small paring knife, core the center of each berry being careful to leave the bottom in tact. Fill a plastic baggie with the cheesecake filling. Fill each berry with cheesecake continuing on top of berry with a pretty design.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate at 30-second intervals until chocolate is smooth and creamy. Dip each strawberry into chocolate, covering 3/4 of the berry and use extra chocolate after tipping to create a pretty design - to do, I simply use a butter knife or spoon, dip it in the chocolate and wave it back and forth across the berry. For easy transportation, put them right into the small cupcake cups to place on a platter.