Almost everyone has a sweet tooth and somewhere in the house there’s sure to be a stash of chocolates, cookies, or other sweet treats. When you are feeling low or down in the dumps, sweet treats can make a person happy and can turn a bad day around.

Chocolates make great comfort food and a mood uplifter. Food like cakes, pies, and cookies are also great for cheering a person up. They also make great gifts for your friends and family during this holiday period.

Here are some ideas on what you can make to share with your friends and family to cheer them up during this time.

No-bake choc nut balls


Using just 5 ingredients, these chocolate balls are easy to make. All you need are Marie biscuits, condensed milk, cocoa powder, chopped walnuts and desiccated coconut. Firstly, blitz the biscuits, walnuts and cocoa powder in a food processor till they are a crumb-like in consistency. Pour in the condensed milk and mix till they are moist. Scoop a spoonful up and roll into a small ball, then roll it with coconut. Refrigerate before serving.

Chocolate truffles

Decadent, creamy and indulgent, they are so delicious that you won’t be able to stop at just 1 piece. Just 2 main ingredients to get started – heavy cream and chocolate. Chop up the chocolate, bring the heavy cream to boil in a sauce pan and pour it over the chocolate. Let the mix sit without stirring for 2 minutes. Then stir until smooth. Cover the mixture and refrigerate overnight. Scoop the mixture, roll into balls and then roll it with your favourite sprinkles or chopped nuts. Refrigerate before serving.

Vanilla shortbread


A shortbread is a buttery and crumbly biscuit or cookie and makes a delicious treat or gift for your friends and family. Making it is easy as it only consist of 5 ingredients – butter, icing sugar, plain flour, cornflour and vanilla extract. Cream the butter and sugar together till the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well. Then sift in the flours. Combine well and then knead the dough till it all comes together. Roll out the mixture and cut them into desired shapes. Bake it till it is lightly golden.

Easy fudge

If you are looking for something really simple, give this recipe a whirl. With just 3 ingredients and the magic of your microwave, you’ve got a sweet sticky treat without fuss. Just pop semisweet chocolate chips, condensed milk and butter into the microwave for 3 – 5 minutes or until melted. Make sure you stir every once in a while. Pour the mixture into a baking tray and refrigerate until set. Cut it up and enjoy.

Coconut macaroons

Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and super delicious. Add a little melted chocolate for that chocolatey taste or just enjoy them just the way they are. What do you need to prep? Simple! Just 3 ingredients – egg whites, sweetened shredded coconut and granulated sugar. Whisk the egg whites till frothy, add in sugar and mix. Add in coconut and mix with a spoon. Using an ice cream scoop, place mounds of cookie dough onto a sheet pan which has been lined with parchment paper. Bake until the top browns. Cool before eating.

It’s time to take a little break. Enjoy your sweet treat as you wind down after a hard day’s work or bless someone with something sweet this festive season.