Planning a kids' cookie party and looking for some easy no-bake cookies to make?
Making cookies is fun and rewarding. It's not even a big deal if they don't turn out perfectly. It has been my experience that irregular ones are usually the most delicious.
As little girls, my sister and I used to look forward to visiting our maternal grandmother every weekend. The three of us loved to have slumbered parties and bake cookies together.
Fortunately, cookie making has come a long way since then. So, at your next kids' party or get-together, plan to share a baking experience, or should I say a no-bake experience with them.
You will need the following ingredients and utensils to make these easy no-bake chocolate balls.
2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
¼ cup chocolate chips, finely chopped
½ cup chocolate syrup, Hershey’s or NesQuik
¼ cup chopped peanuts
¼ cup sweetened flaked (or shredded) coconut
A large mixing bowl
A wooden spoon
1 large plate
2 small plates
* Make certain that none of your invited friends is allergic to any of the above ingredients, especially nuts.
* Read the entire directions to understand each step.
* Clean your utensils and work space thoroughly when you are finished.
* Combine wafer crumbs, chocolate chips and chocolate syrup in a large bowl using a wooden spoon.
* Wash your hands and roll dough into 1-inch balls (about 2.5 cm). Place them on a large plate.
* Scatter chopped peanuts in one small plate and shredded or flaked coconut in the other. Roll half the balls in chopped peanuts and the other half in coconut.
You and your friends should be able to make about 2 dozens or 24 chocolate balls. This cookie recipe can be easily doubled.
With simple wrapping, you can also creatively turn these no bake chocolate balls into great party favors. Here's how...
* Line a small cup or clean flowerpot with color cellophane or decorative wrapping paper.
* Make a nice flower out of paper or felt, and glue it to a pipe cleaner or clean stick.
* After it’s dry, stand it in the flowerpot or cup and fill with cookies.
* Finally, gather the cellophane or wrapper around the stem and tie with a bow.
My grandmother never let my sister and I leave her home empty handed, and we always looked forward to another visit. Send your friends home with some homemade cookies and give them a reason to look forward to your next party.
The author of this article is a baking enthusiast. You can find helpful information for cookie ingredients, baking techniques, and many easy-to-prepare recipes on her website Cookies-In-Motion.com