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10 Delicious Tray Bakes You Can Make For Your Christmas Party!

10 Delicious Tray Bakes You Can Make For Your Christmas Party!

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Even more exciting are the Christmas parties that you get to attend. The best thing about the Christmas parties are the foods that you get to devour.

Want to enjoy the deliciousness of a well-crafted dessert (or several) during the festive season without the mess, stress and complications of following elaborate recipes? Tray bakes are a great option. They often feature few ingredients, are comforting to eat and if you want to you can often eat them straight from the tray–perfect for the those late night sugar cravings and lazy weekends at home when you just want to sit back, relax and indulge!

These recipes offer a tasty selection of different styles of tray bakes that are sure to please even the fussiest of dessert lovers, with the recipes ranging from yummy slices, to raspberry and orange bites, to chocolate, toffee and peanut squares– and that’s just the beginning!

Here are 10 delicious and innovative recipes for tray bakes you can make for yourself and your guests! I hope you enjoy carrying out each of them.

1. Lemon and Cranberry Cube Cakes

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    If you love lemon, cranberry, and cake, you are sure to like this one. It is a delicious take on a new recipe. Get the whole family together for this party pleaser because I’m pretty sure the cube cakes will be gone in a flash. Grab yourself a plate beforehand because I doubt anybody will leave you some to eat. They’ll be gobbled up in no time.

    I hope you enjoy this one– I predict you’ll love it!

    2. Chewy Chocolate Oat Squares (Let’s get it on!)

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      These are definitely as yummy as they look! Check out the recipe. It isn’t hard as it sounds. You can make it in the comfort of your own lovely home.

      3. Sticky Marshmallow and Chocolate Bake

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        My mouth is watering just at the sound of this particular dish. You’ll eat this the first chance you get. Try it and see for yourself.

        4. Slimming World’s Raspberry and Orange Bites

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          This recipe is my favorite. These are delectable little squares with just the right amount of sweetness and happiness in each one.

          5. Chocolate, Toffee and Peanut Squares…. oh my! (This is a party pleaser!)

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            Delicious is the one word that comes to my mind when I look at these squares! I hope it’s the same for you too. I love chocolate, so this is a sure favorite of mine.

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            6. Strawberry and macadamia blondies 

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              I love strawberry so this one is a winner in my opinion. Just look at the picture above. Don’t you want to grab one off the screen! Well, make the recipe and you’ll get to taste it in reality! You’ll love it. This recipe would also be great at Christmastime.

              7. Cherry and pistachio bake

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                Look at the colors on this one. If this is not festive enough for you, then I don’t know what is. This is the perfect tray bake for your guests to get into the mood of Christmastime and the beautiful holiday season! Just check out the recipe for yourself.

                8. Flapjack fingers

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                  These are mighty fine for Christmastime. Your guests will love them as they will be finished by the time the party even begins! Just be careful, because you’ll be jealous if you save one for yourself, and then one of your guests eats it while you’re in the kitchen preparing dinner. You don’t want to miss out on these delectable fingers– edible, of course!

                  9. Lemon Cheesecake slices (this one’s for the cheesecake lovers out there!)

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                    These are as good as they sound, and as good as they look. Try the recipe. You will devour them– I guarantee it.

                    10. Jammy Coconut Squares 

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                      These are good. Try and see for yourself! I would die for these…truly, they’re just amazing! As pretty as they look, they are equally delicious.

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                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

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                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

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                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

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                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

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                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

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