It’s happened every year. You pledge to get ahead of the shopping-cooking-entertaining game, but so easily get caught up—and get behind—in the holiday hustle and bustle.
And just when you’re sure that everyone else succumbs to the same fate, your co-worker, friend, relative, neighbor, etc., shows up with some impossibly cute Christmas dish that makes you wonder: “How ever did she find the time for that?”
But thanks to Pinterest, you’ll never again have to be ashamed of the bowl of red and green M&M’s you were reluctantly forced into “making.”
These six recipes are the easiest, most festively cute creations we could find on the popular pin board site that even the busiest, least creative or cooking-challenged among us could pull off.
1. Red Pepper, Mozzarella and Basil Appetizers: If you can chop and kebob, then you can do this. Simply cut roasted red peppers (from a jar) in strips, wrap around a mozzarella cube and basil leaf.
2. Christmas Veggie Tree: More chopping required here, but a little more artistic presentation. Arrange chopped broccoli florets in the shape of a tree over a layer of hummus (prepared is fine), fill in blank spaces with chopped cauliflower, decorate tree with cherry or grape tomatoes, and garnish the top with a slice of starfruit or a yellow bell pepper cut into a star shape.
3. Strawberry Santas: This calls for, you might have guessed, even more slicing. Slice off leafy tops of strawberries so they sit flat. Slice off points of strawberries, fill with a layer of whipped cream and garnish with them. Finish the Santas with whipped cream buttons down the front.
4. Christmas Strawberries: No slicing or chopping, but we have moved on to melting and dipping. Melt white chocolate or vanilla candy coating, dip to cover about half the strawberry, then finish with a dip in green sugar.
5. Peppermint Christmas Heart Treats: Think of this as advanced (if only slightly) melting. Attach two mini candy canes with a little melted white chocolate, and let set. Fill the hearts with more melted white chocolate and garnish with peppermint pieces and red M&M’s. Chill or set until firm.
6. Reindeer Noses: So this is the only recipe that requires using the oven, but just for a few minutes! Arrange a layer of round pretzels on a baking sheet and place an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss inside each one. “Bake” in a 225 degree oven for about 3 or 4 minutes until chocolate is soft. Remove from the oven and place red or green M&M’s into the chocolate, making sure it touches all edges of the pretzel. Let cool, serve and enjoy!
For these and other easy Christmas recipes, check out our Pinterest board here!