It's December, and that means holiday parties. We writers are, by nature, not the most social of creatures sometimes, but it's hard to avoid a party or two during December. But if you're like me, you don't have the time or inclination to slave over a hot stove for hours preparing your contribution to the holiday get togethers.
So I thought for my blog contribution today, I'd give you a couple of easy recipes for party goodies to take the next time you're called upon to bring something to snack on.
First up--easy peanut butter cookies. Three ingredients, one bowl, no fuss
1 c. sugar or Splenda
1 c. peanut butter
1 egg or egg substitute
Mix until well blended. Scoop out in spoonfuls onto a cookie tin sprayed with Pam or other cooking spray. Flatten slightly with fork, making criss cross pattern if so desired. Bake at 300 degrees for 8 - 12 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool and serve. They're crispy, rich, delicious and sooooo easy.
The next one is also super easy--it's Ranch dressing flavored oyster crackers. Take a package of oyster crackers and dump them into a large plastic zip-lock bag. (one-gallon size is ideal). Add approximately three tablespoons of oil (olive, canola, vegetable--your choice) and shake the bag to thoroughly coat the crackers with oil. Or, to cut down on the calories a bit, you can also spray them with a cooking spray. The main thing is to moisten the outside of the crackers so that the flavorings stick. Once the crackers are coated, add salt and garlic powder to taste, plus one package of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix powder. Shake again until all the crackers are coated with the flavorings, then spread the crackers on a cookie sheet or in a shallow baking dish. Bake at 300 until the crackers start to slightly brown. Remove, cool and serve in a bowl or a tin.
These also make great, easy gifts for the holidays, too.
Do you have any easy, no frills recipes to get us through the holidays without taking too much time away from our writing?