Holiday Gifts From The Kitchen

Chocolate Drops - MIxed on boardOne of our favorite things about the holidays is that we have the opportunity to share “goodies” from our kitchen with friends. And in doing so, our friends get to think they are eating decadent goodies, all the while knowing they are healthy, low fat, and flavorful.

No guilt for eating, no guilt for giving the gift! It’s fun to trick their taste buds with homemade treats this yummy.

Here’s a few of our favorite things that were whipped up in the kitchen today:

  1. “Hello Dolly” Bars

You can open the recipes by clicking on the links on #1-#3 above, so, let’s get cooking…..

Here’s the first one: The Clusters – 4 ingredients, one bowl, and a baking sheet – Yeah, Baby! – you’re adding these to the list, for sure!

Chocolate Drops - 2 Chocolates

Melt the two chocolates, add the cranberries and pecans, and BOOM – done! Drop by the teaspoonful onto your baking sheet and in the ‘fridge they go….

Chocolate Drops - ready to eat

NEXT: Cookies – super simple, in the big mixer, one bowl, and BAM – done! Can this get any easier?

Cookies - ingredients

Cookies - Mix All Ingredients

Cookies - baked

Why, yes….it can get easier –Lastly – “Hello Dolly” Bars….if you can layer, you can make these….hardest part is cutting the parchment paper to fit the square pan.

Hello Dollies - Graham Crackers

Hello Dollies - Graham Crackers in the pan

Hello Dollies - Chocolate on top

Hello Dollies - Coconut on top

Did I mention the clean up? Just throw the paper away – YIKES! – done, again!

Hello Dollies - Ready to eat


About Our Kitchen Inventions

Inspired by travels to Italy, cooking with fresh ingredients, sharing our Kitchen Inventions dinners with friends, and enjoying good wine. Photography and cooking are the main focus for our site. Please stop by Wade's website to enjoy more of his works of photography.
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11 Responses to Holiday Gifts From The Kitchen

  1. Yes! Those look great & just perfect, thank you. I do have a Trader Joe’s near me. I love the make ahead & freeze part of this too since I get a little overwhelmed w/getting warm cinnamon rolls out to the neighbors.


    • I’ll post my little KI changes to them on a post tomorrow…that way, you can experiment on your friends and family. Be sure and ask them where the crescent rolls are located – they were close to the refrigerated stuff at the TJ’s I went to.) Buon Natale! (That’s a big Merry Christmas in Italian!)


      • Wait a minute – they are refrigerated crescent rolls or frozen? The people at Traders are super helpful though – they’re always good about that.
        Buon Natale at you too! Not sure if we’ll have snow for Santa but we’ve got major winds and rain here today…it’s cold & I’ve got a couple screens flapping on the porch that really should get fastened down but I’m not going out in this mess.


  2. Oh. my. God.!!! They all look easy & since I’m having a hard time deciding which sounds best, maybe I’ll just have to try all 3. That last picture is just asking for a cold glass of milk.


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