Four Easy Holiday Dessert Ideas

Four Easy Holiday Dessert Ideas

Because who doesn't want to get in the holiday spirit with the least amount of effort possible?


Holidays are stressful enough, between gifts and parties and a million other responsibilities you somehow you forgot you signed up for-so why not destress, out on some comfy clothes and make some delicious holiday desserts that take minimal effort?


I don't know why but whenever I would see truffles at a party I would think that they were this extravagant dessert that took precision, time, and above all-effort. I think it's the name, "truffles" sounds pretentious. But, that was before I learned how easy these delectable bites are! Truffles are simply a cooled ganache, rolled up into balls. A ganache may sound scary, but all it is is heat cream that is poured over chopped chocolate. And that's literally it! Truffles can be made so quick, you'll wonder why you weren't busting these out of your kitchen before now. They're a great party dessert, plus you can dress them up by rolling them in chopped nuts, cocoa powder, or even candy canes-the possibilities are endless!

Here's a recipe for some fool proof truffles.

Peppermint Bark

I'm sure everyone can agree candy canes alone taste like hardened toothpaste, but when sprinkled over two kinds of chocolate, they transform something ordinary into an extraordinary dessert that you can't stop eating. For this recipe all you need is chocolate and peppermint, so I'm going to assume you already have these ingredients lying around your house this time of year. You can also add some peppermint extract to further enhance the peppermint and add another layer of flavor to the milk chocolate, but feel free to leave it out if you think the crushed candy canes on top suffice. To make peppermint bark, simply melt two kinds of chocolate(either in the microwave or on the stove), pour onto a sheet tray with parchment paper, let the first layer cool, and then repeat. Finally, add the crushed candy canes to place this ordinary bark into the holiday spirit!

Some delectable peppermint bark waiting for you to devour it.

Coconut Macaroons

If you really want to impress your guests with a dessert that looks fancy but is minimal effort-look no further! These coconut macaroons are chewy, tasty, and a light holiday dessert that could be needed after filling up on other rich foods throughout the season. French macaroons are always discussed as a complicated dessert, mainly because you need the perfect consistency of batter in order to get the desired result. But these coconut macaroons are more of a cookie, and not much precision is needed at all! Simply combine all ingredients besides coconut and mix with a hand/stand mixer until a frothy batter forms. Then, add the coconut and bake! Viola! A dessert that is simple, easy, and somewhat healthy during the holidays!

PS if you really wanted to spruce these little guys up, after they bake dip the bottoms into some melted chocolate-you'll thank me later

Delicious and (somewhat) healthy coconut macaroons!

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Finally, what are the holidays without these guys? I think we've all been guilty of devouring a whole plate of these tasty cookies at least once (okay maybe twice). Even though this requires you to make a dough and not just melt some chocolate, I think the gains outweigh the losses in this equation. Not only are you making delicious peanut butter cookies, but then to top it all off with a Hershey Kiss is as close to perfection I think a cookie can get. These cookies can also be a fun way to spend time with your family or friends in a non stressful manner, because who is stressed around peanut butter and chocolate?

Make this wonderful OG recipe here.

Happy Eating!

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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