This post is part of our #ReclaimTheHolidays series. Read the first post.
The party’s in a few hours, and you still haven’t figured out what to make for dessert. But don’t rush out to grab a plate of stale supermarket cookies just yet!
We asked Lyft drivers across the country for their favorite holiday recipes to make in a pinch. Cooks, bakers, and foodies spilled their expert knowledge, and we gathered up the best responses below. Now you can spend less time stressing about cooking and entertaining, and more time enjoying each other’s company — and food comas.
1. Chocolate Pretzel Treats
Nastassia in Dallas describes herself as a “lazy baker” (aren’t we all?), which is why she loves this 3-ingredient dessert. “This is my favorite quick treat for all of those holiday party needs. They’re delicious and only take a few minutes to bake!” Grab pretzels, Hershey’s Kisses, and M&Ms, and voilà. See the full recipe.
2. Andes Mint Cookies
Each holiday season, Krystal in Phoenix bakes several different kinds of cookies, but without fail, “these are always the family’s favorite!” She recommends bringing them to your next holiday dinner for a unique twist on the typical chocolate chip cookie. See the full recipe.
3. 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cookies
It doesn’t get much easier — or tastier — than this. Kristen, a musician in Nashville, bakes batches of these each year to put in goodie bags, and she says they’re always a hit. To make: “Mix a box of spice cake mix with 8-12 oz of canned pumpkin — use 12 for more moist, fluffy cookies. Use a tablespoon to drop the dough on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes. Glazing cookies is totally optional! They’re sweet without any added frosting or glaze.”
4. No-Bake Energy Bites
As a personal trainer, Whitney tries to stay healthy during the holidays. If you’re trying to do the same, she recommends whipping up a batch of these no-bake energy bites. “They’re healthy but don’t taste like it! I like them because they’re quick and combat cravings.” See the full recipe.
5. Fancy Hot Chocolate
Donnell in Baltimore has the recipe for the perfect festive beverage: “Everyone loves this creamy, decadent hot chocolate. I mix unsweetened milk chocolate, unsweetened white chocolate, a splash of eggnog, cinnamon, brown sugar, and marshmallows.”
For expert advice stress-free gifting from the driver community, see #ReclaimTheHolidays part one. How will you #ReclaimTheHolidays? Share with us and stay tuned for more tips all week!