Here's an affordable and fun holiday party idea: invite friends over for decadent appetizers, then take a tour of the bars in your neighborhood. Instead of serving a bunch of food and drinks all night, you just have to make enough for each guest to have a couple bites and one-to-two rounds of drinks. For an easy spread of sweets, fill small bowls with red and green M&Ms and Hershey's Kisses.
Also offer a quick and uncomplicated make-ahead dessert, like the three-layer no-bake bars seen here. The bottom layer is a crumbly mixture of graham crackers, sugar, and cocoa powder. The creamy middle is a combination of vanilla pudding mix, milk, and powdered sugar. The top is a rich glaze of dark chocolate.
Made in a large casserole dish, this dessert is an ideal option for a potluck. Interested in the looking at the recipe? Read more.
For the bottom layer: Makes 48 bars.
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
For the middle layer:
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
For the top layer:
1/4 cup butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
Make ahead: Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
For the bottom layer:
Makes 48 bars.