NO-BAKE COOKIES : THE ULTIMATE D.I.Y. CHRISTMAS GIFT

Awesome Christmas cookies
Awesome Christmas cookies

WHAT TO GIVE ON CHRISTMAS

Christmas is fast approaching. As early as now, we should buy christmas presents before we get stomped with the last minute people shopping for christmas gifts. It gets so frustrating if you go to different stores to pick the right present for your family, your boss, your colleagues and your friends. You'll exert too much of an effort, and it will definitely drill a hole in your pocket. So why not just bake or create something-it's cost cutting friendly and not as tedious as going to every boutique in the world just to find the perfect gift. Best of all, it comes from the bottom of your heart and wallet(Well, you'll have to buy the ingredients ofcourse).

DO-IT-YOURSELF CHRISTMAS GIFTS

I can think a lot of do-it-yourself kind of gifts. You can create scented candles, fans, quilts, personalized mugs, bracelets and other accessories, but making no-bake cookies works best for working mons like me. And if your colleagues loved the cookies, why not start a cookie business and earn extra money.

There are tons of recipes in the internet that you can follow. You can buy 2 dozens of recipe magazines and around hubdreds of cook books almost everywhere. I'll just give you several no-bake cookies that are really easy to follow, without using your oven, fits just right on your budget and something that they'll ask for more once they have tried it.

Yuletide's choco delight cookies
Yuletide's choco delight cookies
Christmas tree-shaped cookies
Christmas tree-shaped cookies
superb choco-oatmeal cookies
superb choco-oatmeal cookies

NO-BAKE HOLIDAY COOKIES AS GIFTS

YULETIDE CHOCO COOKIES(50 pieces)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup skimmed milk
  • 1 cup refined sugar
  • 1cup thawed butter, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ coconut flakes
  • 1 pack (100 grams) miniature marsmallows

HOW TO DO IT: Place a huge pan on heat. Pour the skimmed milk and thawed butter in the pan. Stir it and put the cocoa powder while stirring. Let it boil for 1-2 minutes, the remove from heat. Add the mini marshmallows and coconut flakes. Continue on stirring the mixture until marshmallows are half-melted. Put the 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, stir it for another 2 minutes, then set it aside. Prepare the cookie sheets on a tray. Use a clean tablespoon and drop the mixture on each cookie sheet. Place them in the refrigirator and let it chill for an hour or two, remove the cookies sheets after and let it harden in the fridge for 2 more hours.

CHRISTMAS TREE COOKIES:(Makes 50 cookies)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 teasepoonfuls green artificial food coloring
  • ½ cup red candy sprinkles
  • 6-7 cups corn flakes
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • Silicone chritsmas tree mold

HOW TO DO IT: Melt butter on a pan. Add the marshmallows and stir for 2-4 minutes. Once marshmallowas are melted, add the green artificial food coloring. Stir continuously and add the vanilla and almond extract while stirring. Add sugar and stir until it blends with the other ingredients. Remove from heat, add the cornfalkes, mix it well until blending perfectly with the rest of the ingredients. Drop mixtures on the christmas tree molds and top it with red sprinkles. Let it cool for 5 minutes and place it in the refrigirator to harden.

CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES:(Makes 50 pieces) 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup skimmed or whole milk
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup thawed unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups oats

HOW TO DO IT: Place pan over medium heat. Pour the milk, thawed butter and combine it with the cocoa powder. Stir occasionally.  Bring it to a boil, then add the oats.  Mix it thouroughly.  Add the vanilla extract and granulated sugar and let it simmer for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let it cool for 3-5 minutes. Scoop the mixture and put it on a wax paper.  Place inside the fridge and let it chill for 2 hours. 

gift-wrap your home made cookies and your Christmas presents are now ready
gift-wrap your home made cookies and your Christmas presents are now ready

YOU'RE NOT YET DONE

It will only take a couple of hours to make this no-bake yummy cookies. I gave you ingredients good for 50 cookies because I know, you would want to taste it first before giving them out...and I am sure, you will not just try one cookie...Shame on yourselves!!HAHAHA!! You followed this do-it-yourself stuff for people you care about and not just for you. And think about your diet, and mostly, YOUR BUDGET!

Well, after cooling down the cookies, you're still not yet done! You have to gift-wrap them. Just buy ribbons and plastic wrappers. Personalize it by adding a small card on each...you just created a chef in you! Next thing you know, you are alreday setting up a small cookie business....

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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

Your no bake choco oatmeal cookies remind of when I was a kid. My friends mom would make a similar version and I loved them! I don't like to bake so much so it's perfect for me. The gift idea is something I'm gonna do. I know when I tell my friends that I didn't actually bake them they wont be so afraid to eat 'em:)


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mhei 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Oatmeal cookies are my faves too! It's way cheaper if we just make our Christmas gifts ourselves, it has like a personal touch. Well, you can tell your friends that it was you who baked it AFTER they've tried it, lol! :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

For now I will prefer oatmeal cookies they are healthiest and least fattening. Good hub and keep the recipes coming.


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mhei 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey thanks :)

and yes, oatmeal cookies are really great for health conscious people. oatmeals are high in fiber...good for the heart..cleanses your blood.. and tastes good :)


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I'm going to have to bookmark this page. I'm on the same wavelength about making gifts since you put so much of yourself into it. These sound divine.


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MrMarmalade 7 years ago from Sydney

Your no bake choco oatmeal cookies, are on the menu for next Saturday.

I hope they taste as good as they look.

Thank you have become a fan


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mhei 7 years ago from Philippines Author

@ rgraf: yes, pesonalized gifts are really better than buying 'em...it's like adding a personal touch and it seems more thoughtful.

@MrMarmalade: trust me, my choco oatmeal cookies will be a big hit your family and friends will ask you to do them over and over again,lol!


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Nicole Winter 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

mhei: Thank-you so much for publishing these! I'm looking forward to sampling them all myself, and if I'm feeling generous I'll give some away. Muahaha... Keep up the great, tasty work!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for the tips on the last minute gift giving. I linked my hub: Russian Tea Cakes to this one. Happy Holidays.

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