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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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                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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