My fellow procrastinators, we are officially down to the wire. Christmas is just days away, which means if you haven’t started shopping yet, forget about the mall for gifts — your local gas station’s Quickie Mart is your best bet. But don’t fret; there are plenty of useful items at the Quickie Mart. For example, what 12-year-old can resist the lure of a quart of 10W 40 motor oil? Or what about a delightful basket of road snacks “with a fresh pine scent”? And nothing screams “holiday cheer” like a stocking full of Slim Jims.
That said, if you really want to impress people and have only 48 hours to do it, it’s time to head to the kitchen. There are plenty of cheerful, well-loved things you can whip up that are sure to deliver happiness.
Three quick ideas:
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I do not know of a single human being who doesn’t like cookies. And anyone who says they don’t is a big, fat liar, already on the naughty list and destined for coal gifts anyway. It cannot be stated enough that non-cookie lovers suck the joy out of life. It’s just a plain fact. Thus, knowing that people simply love homemade cookies means that any cookie recipe you have is good enough for anyone. Ever. (Just don’t confuse the salt and sugar and the gift’ll be fine.)
Perhaps the easiest holiday confection with an incredibly high snackability rate, peppermint bark requires a mere 3 ingredients: dark chocolate melts, white chocolate melts and a crushed peppermint candy cane. Simply spread the melted dark chocolate on some parchment paper and pop that into the freezer. When cooled, top with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Pop the confection back into the freezer until hardened (about 15 minutes). The result is a lovely candy bark that, when broken into pieces, makes a great holiday dessert. Just try not to eat all of it before you give it away.
: Now we’re getting somewhere. Take a cookie, dip half of it in melted chocolate, sprinkle the chocolate with crushed candy cane and bam!
I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say that a gifted plate of these dipped delights, non-dipped cookies and peppermint bark will be the highlight of any recipient’s culinary experiences. The receiver simply may not survive the awesome — which, of course, is a risk any gift giver must take.