Holiday Baking Could Not be Easier! #DessertMoments


As years pass, the kids get older and my schedule fills and fills until it could burst, it’s no wonder that I rely on shortcuts in the kitchen. All year long I cherish those meals and recipes with only a few ingredients, and love baking when it can be done in no time flat.

This is especially true during the holidays, since added to my schedule is concerts, carolling, shopping, wrapping, entertaining and so much more. Each year I look at my Christmas to-do list, and contemplate crossing off holiday baking due to the {lack of} time. Yet I love the tradition of holiday baking and giving packaged treats as gifts, so instead I opt for just a few extremely easy recipes.

I recently got to participate in a fun outreach with Kraft Canada. Not only was I supplied with some ingredients to prepare a few recipes of my choice from, yet the lovely and talented Red Deer natural lifestyle photographer, Amber Bourret came to over to capture it all.

To make it a fun family event, my Mother in Law {aka baker extraordinaire} came over as well. I thought it was a great excuse to bake with family and have photos of us both, for the kids to cherish one day. I know that years later, they will love seeing their Mom and Grandma bake together in the kitchen. Making Holiday Memories!

I have two recipes to highlight for you, so incredibly simple yet delicious – you’ll fall in love with holiday baking and not just the eating part {and I promise that you’ll have time to make them}.

First is the Salted Chocolate Covered Caramels. Take a peek at the recipe at the link, so easy I don’t even need to reiterate here. Simply dip Kraft Caramels into Bakers Chocolate and sprinkle with just a tiny bit of Sea Salt.

To make it easy, we used our Velata Warmer to melt the chocolate, and the fondue forks to dip the caramels in. You could also microwave the chocolate or melt using a double boiler. Either way, it’s very simple.

My tips would be to tap the fork/toothpick to get off excess chocolate before settling on wax paper to cool. One of the perks to using a melter for the chocolate, is that you can rest multiple caramels on the side and let them drip a bit without holding them. As well, don’t overdo it with the salt, a very very little goes a long way.

Next and I think my favorite recipe of the season {Yes!} is Two-layer Cookie Crunch Fudge. I’d never made fudge before, just assuming it would be very time consuming. Ahem, so wrong. At least with this recipe, I was shocked.

Again, just a few ingredients and little timing actually ‘making’ this dessert. Yet, the taste? Oh wow, I love chocolately goodness that this recipe provides, mainly because I have a massive crush on white chocolate. I will be making this again, and that’ll most likely be before the holiday season is over.

After both recipes were make, an hour later we were packaging it up, ready to send to family, friends and neighbors. If you haven’t before considered gifting baked goods please consider. A nice ribbon, gift box, a heartfelt message attached – it’s a gift that anyone would love to get.

Homemade {I won’t tell it can be this easy}, and faster to put together than tackling the mall. As well, it’s perfect for that hard-to-shop-for person, who doesn’t want mouthwatering baking anytime of the year?

Have a peek at Kraft Canada’s site, and follow #DessertMoments on Twitter to get more inspiration on creating stunning edible gifts for your family and friends this Christmas.


Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.




    • Tammi says

      Bwwwaaa, you mean I can clean well before anyone arrives?
      Well, I do keep very little appliances out in view most of the time, amazing how uncluttered can pass for clean. Well … With more crumbs and fingerprints of course!


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