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wealleatpasta
« on: November 26, 2007 09:40:28 PM »

So as small gifts for all my friends, I want to make a small assortment of candy and baked goods to tie up in pretty clear plastic bags.

Unfortunately, since i live in a dorm and live in a meal plan, I don't have food staples such as flour and sugar on hand and since I'm on an extremely tight budget I don't want to go buy 10+ ingredients to make these gifts.

So here is where you wonderful cooks come in! I need ideas for holiday bakes that are relatively cheap and use few ingredients, ie peppermint bark.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2007 01:13:48 AM »

Do you have access to a common stove and/or oven? 

Rice Krispies treats?  Slice-and-bake cookie mixes?

Check out AllRecipes.com for no-bake (stovetop only) cookies.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2007 12:37:07 PM »

make some minty fudge in the microwave:  melt a bag of chocolate chips with 2/3 of a can of sweetened condensed milk; mix in a tsp (or more, if you like) of peppermint extract, then add enough powdered sugar to make the mixture stiff (about 3 cups).  schlep it into a buttered 8"x8" pan and refrigerate until firm.  or you could dip pretzel sticks into melted almond bark and colored sugar crystals.
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2007 01:21:40 PM »

how about peanutbutter balls (i believe all they take are peanut butter, icing cugar and rice krispies), we made them when we livied in res.
or my mom always makes a fudge that can be microwaved (melt choc. chips with peanut butter and maybe a bit of margerine, then stir in mini marshmallows)

good luck, I think it's a great idea
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2007 07:20:15 PM »

Oh thanks guys, these are all fantastic ideas! keep them coming!

The fudge ideas are especially awesome since bags of chocolate chips are on sale right now at the local Food Lion for 65 cents, haha.

Oh and fyi, I do have access to a common kitchen with a stove, oven, fridge, freezer, toaster oven, and microwave right across the hall from me.
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007 07:27:55 AM »

I use 1/2 to 3/4 cup of corn syrup just so it firms up better:

1 c. dark corn syrup
1 c. white sugar
1 c. peanut butter
6 c. corn flakes

Mix dark syrup and white sugar in saucepan and heat. Then add 1 cup peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Add 6 cups corn flakes. Stir until all mixed. Press in pan to cool. Cut into small squares.

I cover mine with a layer of bittersweet chocolate.
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007 01:06:02 PM »

My brother, who cannot cook at all, makes chocolate covered pretzels every year.  They are easy, require only two ingredients, and makes him quite popular with the nieces and nephews.

Another good one is dipping half an Oreo cookie in chocolate.  That's my favorite of his concoctions.
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2007 02:32:10 PM »

Oreo balls are good dipped in chocolate or white chocolate;  coarsely crush some oreos and mix them with softened cream cheese and a little powdered sugar (until they're firm enough to hold their shape, but not too firm to roll) and roll the "dough" into 1/2"-1" spheres.  dip them in meltd chocolate and cool them on a waxed-paper lined baking tray, then package them when the chocolate has solidified.  you can add flavorings or nuts or candy or...whatever...to the "dough", depending on your giftee's tastes.  these are really delish.
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