No Bake Holiday Desserts

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 04:06 AM

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We love any excuse to break out the peppermint, and with November finally coming to a close, it’s time to celebrate! It’s Christmas season in the Philippines already, anyway. While we’re not quite ready to fire up our ovens yet, here’s a quick list of our favorite holiday themed no-bake desserts that you must try!

 

Pastillas de Leche

 

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Although this isn’t necessarily a Christmastime treat, it’s easy enough to whip yourself up a batch of this Filipino children’s favorite. Simply combine condensed milk and powdered milk  until you achieve a thick consistency that will allow you to form balls or strips. Dust the balls in sugar (or sprinkles, maybe, but why add sprinkles when you can have sugar?) and snack! 

 

No-Bake Eggnog Pie

 

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While Eggnog hasn’t hit the stands in Manila just yet, there’s just something about having this cream drink with a cinnamon crust that makes it sound like perfection. Head on over here for the full recipe from Simply Gloria, and let us know if you tried it!

 

Candy Cane Pretzel Bark

 

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We bet you were just waiting for when we chose a candy cane recipe. As a huge fan of peppermint, this candy-crazy idea sounds absolutely perfect enough to try at home. Line a foil-wrapped tin with salty biscuit pretzels, pour melted white chocolate over it and top with crushed peppermint. After refrigerating the pan for ten minutes, break the bark apart and enjoy the salty crunch in between the candy cane! Check out Get Creative Juice's tutorial here.

 

No-Churn Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

 

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Churned, not stirred, please. With just a few cups of heavy cream, condensed milk and cocoa packets, you’ll be stuffing yourself with hot chocolate feelings in no time. Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in the condensed milk, cocoa and mini-marshmallows. After freezing for five hours, you now have yourself ice cream ready to serve (and top with more crushed peppermint!). Check out Delish here to see how it's done!

 

Mango Ref Cake

 

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Topping off this list is our favorite, easy-to-make at home cake. A mango ref cake is a fun Pinoy dish to bring to potlucks, so get started! In a glass baking dish, assemble flat, rectangular graham crackers to line the bottom. Place a layer of whipped cream mixed with condensed milk and a layer of sliced mango. Repeat the process until the dish is filled. Leave in the refrigerator for 3 hours, and there you go! This dish also works great with peach instead of mango. 

 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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