The friend with all the dietary requirements
You know who you are. The friend who, on any given day, is following a sugar-free, vegan, gluten- or dairy-free lifestyle. Despite all these parameters to work within, there’s still a sweet treat for them. First up are these vegan Bounty bars, made from coconut and dairy-free chocolate, they’re an excellent upgrade to the shop-bought variety. Not into chocolate? These coconut-and-jam drop cookies are nostalgic, delicious and gluten-free all at the same time.
Get the recipe for vegan Bounty bars here.
The carb-conscious mom
Granted my own mother isn’t necessarily a carb-watcher, but considering how much the woman loves a cup of tea, I think a batch of these peanut butter-and-date cookies would go down a treat.
Get the recipe for peanut butter-and-date biscuits here.
The chocoholic boyfriend
The best thing about my SO (or at least one of the best things), is that we share the same love for a bag of Chuckles – and a bulk bag would likely be a sufficient Valentine’s gift. However, for putting up with me, I think he deserves not one, but two sweet treats. The first being a batch of Chuckles-embedded fudge, which takes minutes to put together, and the second, some of these chocolate coins topped with pistachios and orange zest.
Get the recipe for 5-ingredient microwave fudge here.
The friend who doesn’t like chocolate
Just when you thought the vegan was the fussy one! For this friend, I’m going to need to pull something impressive out of the bag. Enter these brown-butter caramel Snickerdoodles. They’re nutty, not too sweet and stuffed with toffee, so what’s not to love? Alternatively, I’ll gift them a box of tahini Rice Krispie tumbles for a slightly less-sweet option.
Get the recipe for brown-butter caramel Snickerdoodles here.
The one who’s “not a dessert person”
Bless this friend, the one who never asks for a bite of your dessert. To show my appreciation, I’ll be making a big batch of this trail mix and giving them a jar filled with it to snack on during the day, or even scatter over yoghurt for a savoury-leaning breakfast.
Get the recipe for trail mix here.
The treat I’d like to receive (hint, hint!)
Considering I do a lot of cooking for the ones I love, I’m unashamedly going to request one of them returns the favour by making this giant cinnamon bun for me this year. Failing that, I’ll make it – and eat it – myself.
Get the recipe for giant cinnamon bun here.