5 quick & easy office potluck recipes

5 quick & easy office potluck recipes

Finding the perfect office potluck recipe can be as big of a chore as making the dish itself! So, with help from our Quill Admin community, we crowdsourced the best and easiest potluck dishes that are sure to make you the star of your next office potluck. Bonus: All of the recipes have 5 ingredients or less!

5-Ingredient Lemon Bars

Sweet, tart, and oh-so-easy, these lemon bars are a crowd-pleaser at any potluck. You probably have all of the needed ingredients at home already!

Ingredients:

  • Lemon Juice (1/2 cup)
  • Sugar (2 cups)
  • Flour (2 1/4 cups)
  • Eggs (4)
  • Butter (1 cup, softened)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Crust: Blend butter, 2 cups flour, and 1/2 cup sugar together, and press firmly and evenly into bottom of ungreased 9×13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Filling: Whisk 1/4 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, and lemon juice together. After crust is done baking, pour over crust evenly. Bake for 25 minutes additionally. Remove from oven and allow to set. Optional: Top with powdered sugar before serving!

3-Ingredient Chocolate & Candy Covered Pretzels

This classic recipe is easy to transport, and easy to eat! It’s also customizable, depending on the occasion.

Ingredients:

  • Hershey Kisses, unwrapped, or other similar chocolate candy (Rolos are a fun substitute!)
  • Square grid pretzels (as many you desire to make)
  • M&Ms in festive colors, or halved pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Arrange square grid pretzels on a baking sheet, placing 1 Kiss on each pretzel. Once all pretzels are covered, put in oven for 1-3 minutes, watching for chocolate to soften. Remove from oven and immediately place M&M or pecan in center of each Kiss, pressing firmly. Allow to cool, and then store and serve!

5-ingredient Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is a hit at any office potluck. Savory cheese and chicken plus a little heat make for a delicious dip!

Ingredients:

  • Cooked, shredded chicken (2 cups)
  • Cream cheese (8 oz. package)
  • Ranch dressing (1/2 cup)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (1/2 cup)
  • Buffalo wing sauce (Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo is a great option) (1/2 cup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Stir until well mixed. Place mixture in shallow baking dish, approximate size 1-quart. Bake for 15 minutes, until heated through. Garnish with chopped green onions or additional shredded cheese if desired. Serve warm with celery, tortilla chips, crackers, or pita chips.

5-ingredient Queso Con Carne (Cheese & Beef Dip)

Potlucks can’t be all desserts, unfortunately. If you are on the hook for a side dish, look no further than this easy recipe for queso dip!

Ingredients:

  • Processed brick cheese (think Velveeta) (1 lb. package)
  • Ground beef (1-2 lb., depending on preference)
  • Milk (1/2 cup)
  • Taco seasoning (1 oz. package)
  • Canned diced tomatoes with chiles, like Rotel (4 oz. can)

Directions:

  1. Cube cheese into 1-inch chunks. Place cheese and milk in a large slow cooker on Low.
  2. Brown ground beef in pan. Once browned, add in taco seasoning and diced tomatoes with chiles. Heat through.
  3. Add beef mixture to cheese mixture in slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  4. Allow to continue melting on High for one hour. Stir occasionally. Serve warm with tortilla chips!

*Pro Tip: Make the ground beef mixture the night before, and warm the rest of ingredients up the next day at the office in the slow cooker!

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

What potluck would be complete without cookies? These cookies are unbelievably easy to make, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It can be your little secret that they are only 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • Peanut butter (smooth, 1 cup)
  • Sugar (1 1/2 cup)
  • Egg (1 large)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together peanut butter, egg, and 1 cup sugar until combined. Using a tablespoon, remove cookie sized portions of dough and roll into a ball. Roll ball in bowl with remaining 1/2 cup sugar to coat. Place ball on cookie sheet, repeat until dough is gone. Remember to leave space between cookies. Using a fork, press cookie ball down- repeat from opposite angle to leave criss-cross marks on the flattened cookie. Bake 10 minutes.

*Pro Tip: These cookies are best served slightly undercooked—if you wait for them to brown, they’ll be crunchy instead of chewy.

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