Easy Treats to Prepare for Any Occasion

Let’s say you’ve been sprung with a surprise visit from family, or some friends have invited themselves over for the football. You’re going to want to prepare some easy treats for you all to snack on while you catch up. If you need even more ideas, particularly for seasonal parties in the holidays, summer gatherings or Halloween-themed events, take a look at www.kraftrecipes.com.

Rice Krispie cakes

These are simple-to-make snacks that are always a hit with the kids.

Ingredients

  • 2oz unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 large bar of milk chocolate
  • 3oz Rice Krispies

Method

Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.

Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the butter until that’s melted too and combined well with the chocolate. Add your golden syrup then take the bowl off the heat.

Then you can add your Rice Krispies. Stir these in gently.

Spoon your mixture into bun cases – this should make around 12 – and leave them to cool. The chocolate will set and you’ll be left with delicious treats for your gathering.

Gingerbread men

Gingerbread dough is so easy to make – you can choose to make round cookies or to make gingerbread men that the kids can help to decorate.

Ingredients

  • 12oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 ½ oz butter
  • 6oz light soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

Method

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices together into the bowl of a food processor. Then add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar.

Lightly beat your egg and golden syrup together then add to the food processor and pulse until it all combines to form a smooth dough.

Tip the dough out and knead for a minute to soften it before you cover it with clear wrap and leave it to chill in the refrigerator.

Preheat your oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Roll out the dough to your preferred thickness on a floured surface then begin to cut out your gingerbread men. Place the shapes on your baking trays. Make sure to leave a gap between them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden-brown. Leave them on the tray to cool for around 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once they’re cooled you (or the kids) can decorate them with writing icing.

No cook ideas

If you’re struck for time and don’t want to cook, it’s easy to rustle up some treats without going near an oven. Why not make your own trail mix by mixing nuts, raisins and M&Ms? Or you could prepare a simple fruit salad with some flavored yogurt to go with it.

You could also whip up a quick batch of vegetable soup or serve some baked potatoes if you need a savory element.

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