2 SIMPLE Desserts You’ll Want to Make for Your Next Holiday Gathering

Tis’ the season for holiday gatherings!  If you’re like me, I love to dig through Pinterest for the most yummy/easy to make thing to take to the holiday parties.  So, after many attempts to find my ‘go to’, I’m sharing the 2 SIMPLE desserts I love to make.  Grab a pen and some paper (or your Google Keep list) and jot down the ingredients.

Go ahead and PIN this, you'll want to come back to these delicious recipes!

First up, a chocolate chip cookie - with a twist.  This recipe is always a hit, because hello, who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?


1 package of cookie dough (I use the Nestle kind, they are already cut into squares and ready to be placed in the oven - 24 cookies)
24 individual squares of Hershey’s chocolate
12 large marshmallows (cut in half to make 24)


  1. Bake the cookies according to the package, however, take the cookies out of the oven about 2 minutes before they are done.

  2. Place a marshmallow half on the top of the cookie, then place a chocolate square on top of the marshmallow.

  3. Put the cookies back in the oven for the remaining two minutes, or until the marshmallow is melted.

  4. Remove from oven, let sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then place on a cooling rack.

(Side note: If you make your own chocolate chip cookie recipe instead of using pre-made dough, be sure the butter is well mixed!)

This next recipe is my absolute favorite and requires NO BAKING!


1 cup of butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter

Optional - Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, mini


  1. Line an 8 inch baking dish with wax paper. Allow it to hang over the sides of the dish for easy removal.  

  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, or until the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Stir in vanilla. Mix in oats.

  4. Cook over low heat for 3 - 4 minutes. (It’s IMPORTANT that you don’t overcook or undercook this step.)

  5. Pour half of the mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly, pressing down. Save the other half for the top.

  6. Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in a microwave safe bowl until smooth.

  7. Pour the chocolate mixture over the first layer of oats in the pan. Spread evenly. Save about ¼ cup to drizzle on the top.

  8. Pour the remaining oat mixture over top of the chocolate and press gently. Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the top.

  9. Optional: Smash the Reese’s cups and spread over the top layer of chocolate.

  10. Refrigerate 2 - 3 hours. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.

Do you have a 'go to' recipe for holiday gatherings? Share it here, I'd love to know about it!

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