Super Saturday snow storms, general financial worries, and a standoff between discount-hungry consumers and discount-adverse retailers have created an American holiday season that is seemingly being thrown together in the last of the last minutes. For millions of Americans who are running short of last minutes, but running long on to-do’s, Jeanne Bice of QVC Quacker Factory fame has two quickie cookie recipes that can be made in the last of last minutes without making you “quackers.” According to Jeanne, there’s no good reason to “get your tinsel in a tangle,” even if you find yourself in a last-minute holiday dash.
Quickie Cookies for Last-Minute Holiday Parties
Office parties, family gatherings, open houses, potlucks, cookie exchanges, tree trimmings, gift swaps, chimney drop-ins and general festive folderol can drive even the most organized baker “quackers” during the holiday season. With some basic baking ingredients, though, stressed-out holiday bakers can arrive at any last-minute, forgotten, or spontaneous holiday gathering with treats that are festive, fun, and, most importantly, fret-free if they follow a couple of simple Jeanne Bice holiday recipes.
The quickie cookie recipes below are part of the “simple recipes to put sparkle, not stress into your season” that Jeanne put together for her Quacker Factory fans in her book, “Jeanne Bice’s Quacker Factory Christmas.” Just like her clothes and her personality, her recipes are home-spun and infectiously appealing. In fact, these two cookie recipes are so easy that they may become new holiday easy bake favorites for many people. According to Jeanne, the best recipes are the ones that are the most hassle-free because “You don’t want to be too pooped to party!”
Seven Layer Quickie Cookie Recipe
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup graham crackers, crushed
1 cup coconut
1 cup butterscotch chips, optional
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
One 15-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine melted butter with graham cracker crumbs in 9 x13-inch pan. Press firmly into pan. Layer in order: the coconut, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and nuts. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over all ingredients.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Cookie Baking Is Creative When There’s No Baking Involved
Admittedly, when there’s no oven involved, it’s not technically cookie “baking,” but these next cookies are so creative that nobody with a fun-loving spirit will care. These quickie cookies are all about decorating, which is the best part of holiday baking anyway.
No-Bake Snowmen Quickie Cookie Recipe
1 package 16-oz. Nutter Butter cookies
1 1/4 pounds white candy coating, melted
Miniature chocolate chips
M&Ms miniature baking bits
Pretzel sticks, halved
Orange and red decorating gel or frosting
Using tongs, dip cookies in candy coating; shake off excess. Place on waxed paper.
Place two chocolate chips on one end of cookies for eyes. Place baking bits down the middle of the cookie for buttons. For arms, dip the ends of two pretzel stick halves into coating; attach one to each side.
Let stand until hardened. Pipe the nose and scarf with gel or frosting.
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