Calling all non-bakers and moms who don’t have extra time to spend in the kitchen right now: I have the perfect no-bake holiday treat for you!
I stumbled upon this idea when my son was 2 and asked me on December 22nd what kind of cookies we were baking for Santa. As someone who doesn’t bake, several thoughts flooded my head:
- I have Oreos – Santa can have Oreos and milk at our house. (My 2 year old looked at me like I was crazy.)
- In actuality, how difficult is baking?
- I can follow a recipe.
- I have some baking “things” I received as shower gifts in 1999. They must be around here somewhere….
After locating my cookie sheets, mixing bowls, measuring cups, and a bag of chocolate chips (complete with recipe on the back), my little guy and I were ready to bake St. Nick the best cookies ever. Well, you know what is said about best laid plans – the cookies were like hockey pucks.
Short on time and patience (and a desire to not send Santa to the dentist with a broken tooth), I decided it was time to grab my thinking cap and get creative with this Santa snack!
Bear in mind this was 2004, well before Pinterest was launched. So after much internet research I found THE no-bake holiday treat we were going to
bake make for Santa!
I promise, it’s easy AND delicious! (I have the batch of chocolate/peanut butter fudge pictured below in the refrigerator right now.) Over the past 13 years, I have gifted this fudge to friends and teachers, and I always have it 0n-hand for guests during the holiday season.
- 1 - 12 oz. package semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a microwaveable bowl and place bowl into microwave.
- Microwave on high for 30 seconds.
- Remove bowl from microwave and stir mixture.
- If ingredients melt into a smooth consistency (no lumps), you don't need to microwave any longer. If ingredients do not melt into a smooth consistency, place bowl into microwave.
- Microwave on high for another 20 seconds.
- Remove bowl from microwave and stir to see if the chocolate is smooth.
- Repeat the melting steps in 20 second increments as needed.
- Once chocolate is smooth, pour into a square or rectangle dish that is lined with wax paper.
- Place chocolate mixture into refrigerator for a few hours to set-up.
- Cut into bite size pieces and enjoy!
- **Note: I have experimented with minty chocolate chips, peanut butter morsels, and peanut butter morsels and chocolate chips combined. They have all been delicious.