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Oven-Free Recipes for a Year-Round Holiday Season

Make it feel like the holidays whenever you want with these sweet recipes.

Leana Fraifer, Staff Writer

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Here in Florida, the seasons can feel like they blend together. After the Sunshine State’s winter season came and went, I still missed my favorite holiday season comfort food. I tried three quick and easy recipes that do not require an oven. Even as April showers bring May flowers, you can still satisfy your cozy winter sweet tooth with a Nutella Mug Cake, Movie Night White Chocolate Popcorn or Hot Chocolate Fudge.

 

Nutella Mug Cake

Leana Fraifer
IT’S THAT EASY: You can have fun with the toppings on this mug cake. Ice cream, fresh fruit, whipped cream, powdered sugar and chocolate syrup are some examples of tasty choices.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 Tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder

 

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in an oversized microwave-safe mug. Mix vigorously with a small whisk until batter is smooth and egg has been completely mixed in.
  2. Cook in microwave for about 1 minute 10 seconds. Cake should be set but may be slightly wet on top. Let cake cool for 15 minutes before serving. Cake will condense down during this cooling process. You can replate in a smaller mug/plate/ramekin before serving. You can top with powdered sugar, chocolate syrup, your favorite flavor of ice cream, whipped cream or fresh fruit

 

Thank you to Kirbie’s Cravings for the original recipe: http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/03/3-ingredient-flourless-nutella-mug-cake.html

 

Leana Fraifer
SNOOPY MUG + CAKE = HAPPY LEANA: Grab your favorite mug (or maybe two 😊), throw in the ingredients and bake it in the microwave. You could even eat it straight out of the mug if you so choose.

 

Leana Fraifer
JUST ONE MORE STEP: After mixing the egg, cocoa powder and Nutella, your mug should like this. Then it is time to pop it into the microwave for one minute and ten seconds.

 

I get dessert cravings sometimes, so I found it really simple and it took me about five minutes to whip together. It was a nice gooey consistency in the middle and the outside was not dense, but it was not falling apart either, so I really liked that. It was a little bitter from the cocoa, so I suggest topping it off with one of the toppings I mentioned. But other than that it was really good.

 

Movie Night White Chocolate Popcorn

Leana Fraifer
MOVIE TIME: This is the perfect snack for cozying up with a blanket and the movie, Frozen. Just a warning, these are highly addictive.

 

Ingredients

  • 7 Cups popped popcorn
  • 12 ounces melted and tempered white chocolate or melted white confectionery coating*
  • 1/2 Cup blue sprinkles
  • 1/4 Cup candy snowflakes

*For really bright white popcorn, use Bright White Candy Melts.

 

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pour popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Pour white chocolate over top.
  4. Quickly stir it and toss it to coat the popcorn.
  5. Pour out onto the baking sheet and immediately toss the sprinkles and snowflakes over top.
  6. Whack the pan on the counter a few times. This helps get the candy to stick.
  7. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove and break up into bite size chunks.

 

Thank you to Beth from Hungry Happenings for the original recipe: http://hungryhappenings.com/2015/12/winter-wonderland-white-chocolate-popcorn.html/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+hungryhappenings/naJY+(Hungry+Happenings)

 

Leana Fraifer
SPRINKLES!!: Feel free to use any colors of sprinkles you can find. Purchase popcorn with little to no butter and salt, if possible.

 

Leana Fraifer
MELTED CHOCOLATE BEAUTY: This melting pot is specifically for chocolate, but if you do not own anything of the sort, that is totally fine. You could use a double boiler (a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water) or melt the chocolate in the microwave.

 

Leana Fraifer
I JUST CAN’T WAIT ANYMORE!: While the recipe says to let the popcorn cool in the refrigerator, I was too impatient: I ate it as soon as it was cool enough to touch.

 

I thought these were amazing! I am normally not the biggest fan of white chocolate, but this recipe was my personal favorite out of the three. Instead of grabbing handfuls of traditional popcorn, this white chocolate snack breaks apart like peppermint bark, which makes for easier snacking. This recipe is also customizable with a choice of sprinkles or adding your favorite candies.

 

Hot Chocolate Fudge

Leana Fraifer
LITTLE SQUARES OF HEAVEN: If you love the taste of hot chocolate but can’t seem to find a cold day to cozy up with a mug, then this is the perfect treat for you. Feel free to load them with as many marshmallows as you would like.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups dark chocolate chips
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk – divided
  • 1½ Cups white chocolate chips
  • 1½ Cups mallow bits (mini hot chocolate marshmallows)

 

Instructions

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl; combine white chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine dark chocolate chips with remaining sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Line a square 9×9 pan with foil and generously grease with butter or shortening.
  4. Microwave dark chocolate 1 minute, stir. Microwave 15 seconds then stir vigorously until chocolate is smooth. Transfer mixture into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  5. Microwave white chocolate 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Spread mixture on top of dark chocolate layer.
  6. Top with mini marshmallows then gently press down.
  7. Refrigerate at least 4 hours to set.
  8. Remove fudge and foil from pan. Carefully peel all foil from fudge.
  9. Cut fudge into bite sized pieces and serve.

 

Thank you to Nicole Harris from Wonky Wonderful f or the original recipe: http://wonkywonderful.com/hot-chocolate-fudge-recipe/

 

Leana Fraifer
CHOCOLATE ADVICE: I ran out of white chocolate for the top layer, so I advise that you use 1 ½ cups instead of just one. The condensed milk makes the fudge very sweet, so I do not suggest substituting dark chocolate for milk chocolate like I did.

 

Leana Fraifer
JUST BEFORE THE FRIDGE: While the original recipe I followed called for microwaving the mixture for thirty seconds, I found that heating the structure in the microwave for a full minute made the mixture easier to work with and spread around.

 

These treats are great in small portions, but too many may give you a stomach ache. I decided to cut the fudge in small squares.

 

You can use these recipes when it is your turn for advisory or if you feel like cozying up with some comfort food this weekend. If you have a chance to try any of these oven-free recipes, I would love to see your results. Send me pictures of your creations at @BPSfanfare and other recipe ideas at [email protected].

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