If you’re anything like us, you’re probably going to spend the next few days running around in the frenzy that is the holiday season. Whether it’s office holiday parties or family celebrations, there’s always too much to do and not enough time to do it. Desserts are always welcome during holiday parties, and we’ve compiled a list of some go-to ideas for when you’re in a pinch.
If you’re preparing an elaborate holiday feast, dessert should be the least of your worries. Make dessert ahead of time and you won’t have to give it a second thought on the day of the party.
Utilize store-bought items when you can. There’s no shame in serving semi-homemade food, especially when you’re on a tight deadline. Cut down on your task list and dress up store-bought cookie dough, pie crusts, and even pre-made cookies. Your guests will never know the difference.
After the presents are opened, get your kids in the kitchen; it will keep them busy and out of trouble. Easy desserts are a perfect task to occupy the lull between presents and the holiday meal. They can help portion out cookie dough and also be in charge of decorations.
There are a few essential baking ingredients that everyone should keep in the pantry or fridge: flour, granulated sugar, leavening (baking soda and baking powder), fat (unsalted butter, shortening, and vegetable oil), and chocolate (cocoa powder and/or chocolate chips). If you have all of those ingredients, you’ll be able to at least make basic desserts in a pinch. A few other ingredients you should keep around are brown sugar, pure vanilla extract, and spices like cinnamon and ground ginger.
Stay in the holiday spirit without losing your mind with these delicious and super easy desserts.
Matcha Chocolate Chip Rice Cookie
Hazelnut Dough Balls
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.