Super-simple Christmas recipes

Super-simple Christmas recipes

By Clare Sultmann

Christmas comes but once a year, and it’s a great opportunity to show a little home-baked love with easy recipes that are destined to delight. 

The following is a compilation of my favourite, quick and simple, Christmas recipes. I usually buy some Christmas boxes, fill them with baked goods and give them as gifts to people.

Some recipes are family traditions, others are recipes I have acquired over the years, and there are GF variations included.

This year I will be making small Christmas boxes filled with treats to use as bonbonniere for guests at our table for Christmas. I will also add a name tag to each box and this will double as place cards for seating. Enjoy and Merry Christmas from dear molly


Rum Balls  (can be made GF friendly) 

  • 2 cups crushed milk biscuits or 11-13 crushed weetbix. You can use GF weetbix
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • extra coconut for rolling 

Mix all dry ingredients, add condensed milk, then gradually add rum (taste as you go). Chill mixture in fridge and then roll into balls (about a teaspoon of mixture or more if you like- however big or small you want to make them). Roll in coconut. Keep in fridge. I have noted they are good for a couple of weeks when refrigerated.


Apricot Balls (can be made GF friendly)

  • 500 grams dried apricots (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut 
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes (can use GF cornflakes too)
  • 1 tin condensed milk 
  • extra coconut for rolling 

 Mix all dry ingredients then add condensed milk. Chill mixture in fridge then roll into balls (about a teaspoon of mixture or more if you like- however big or small you want to make them). Roll in coconut and keep refrigerated. 


Lemon Truffles (can be made GF friendly but you would need to check ingredients in chocolate to ensure GF).  

  • 250g white chocolate melts
  • 1/4 cup cream or 60mls
  • 1 tablespoon lemon rind grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut for rolling

Lightly melt chocolate and cream together in a saucepan over low heat. Remove and stir in lemon rind, lemon juice and desiccated coconut. Let it cool, then refrigerate for 2 hrs.  Roll mixture into small balls. Coat with shredded coconut and then refrigerate. 


Brown and white chocolate spiders (great for kids to make)

  • 200g white or dark or milk chocolate (the chocolate melts are good to use)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 100g pack of fried noodles - Changs is what I use.

Melt the peanut butter and chocolate in the microwave or in a saucepan over a low heat. 

When peanut butter and chocolate melted together add fried noodles to mixture and mix in well. Spoon into balls and lay flat on a baking tray with baking paper underneath. Refrigerate to set. 

Clare Sultmann

Clare Sultmann is a wife, mother of 3 and the founder of Dear Molly.
As a survivor of a catastrophic accident, former barrister at law, published author, and nationally accredited mediator Clare has returned to work in a different capacity. Relocating to Noosa shortly after the birth of her first child, Clare found it difficult to make meaningful and real connections with other like-minded women away from her own network of friends. With this in mind, Clare’s idea was born. Dear Molly aims to provide connections for like-minded women in a real, meaningful and positive manner. It a platform to share, communicate and inspire other women about their ‘real’ life. 

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