5 Easy No Bake Recipes

by Michelle Lefrancois

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When I was little every rainy day my mom would bake up a storm. I always looked forward to coming home from school on those rainy days as I knew there would be homemade cookies and bread on the kitchen counter.

My girls love to help cook but they are to young to be around a hot stove so here are some no bake cookies that I used to make with my mom. When I moved out she gave me a cookbook compiled with our favourite recipes held together by yarn and that’s where these all came from.

What are your favourite no bake recipes that you use to make with your mom? If you have one you’d like to add one to this list, please send me an email at NOMfriends@gmail.com

 

Homemade Peppermint Patties

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⦁ 1/4 cup softened butter
⦁ 1/3 cup light corn syrup
⦁ 1-2 tsp peppermint extract or about 5 – 10 drops of pure peppermint oil depending now how minty you want. If you use peppermint oil you’ll also need to add about a tsp of water.
⦁ 3 cups powdered icing sugar
⦁ 2 cups dark dipping chocolate (I used semisweet chocolate chips as that what I had on hand and added some coconut oil to help thin it out.)

Combine butter, corn syrup, peppermint and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Depending on age allows them to use the electric mixer. Mix until ingredients a dough form, finish kneading by hand. Taste dough to see if you need more peppermint flavour.

Lick beaters once done 🙂

Have kids help scoop out dough and make into little balls, place on parchment paper and flatten slightly. Once all patties are made, put in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm up.

Melt chocolate either by stove top or microwave.

Remove peppermint patties from freezer and dip into chocolate, coating entire patty. Lay back on parchment paper and cool in the fridge. I store mine in the freezer and ate directly from there as they don’t freeze to hard.

 

Cherry Balls

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⦁ 1 ½ cups powdered icing sugar
⦁ ½ cup softened butter
⦁ 4 tbsp. cherry juice
⦁ 1 cup coconut
⦁ ½ tsp vanilla extract
⦁ cherries

Mix all ingredients together except whole cherries (electric beaters not required)

Have kids grab a cherry and spoonful of mixture and hide the cherry with the mixture. I told them to make a nest, and hide the egg.

When finished roll in graham wafer crumbs.

Having Celiac I can’t use wafer crumbs so I had my girls crunch up 3 gluten free ice cream cones (put it in a Ziploc bag and they used a rolling pin to crush) for the coating.

 

Frogs (Macaroons)

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⦁ 2 cups of white sugar
⦁ ½ cup of evaporated milk (or regular milk if that’s all you have)
⦁ 2 tsp of butter

Measure out the above ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from stove and have your helpers measure and add:
⦁ 3 cups of oatmeal
⦁ 1 cup of shredded coconut
⦁ 4 tbsp. of coco powder
⦁ 1 tsp vanilla
⦁ Dash of salt.

Mix well and have drop table spoon scoops onto parchment paper. Let cool at room temperature.

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Mud Balls

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⦁ 1 ½ cups of shredded coconut
⦁ 1 ½ cups graham wafer crumbs
⦁ 1 can sweetened condensed milk
⦁ 3 tbsp. coco powder

Have kids measure and mix above ingredients in a bowl.
Take large colored (or white) marshmallows and cover with mixture completely covering the marshmallow. Make a nest, hide the marshmallow.

Roll in coconut.

Place in freezer till firm and cut in half.

 

 

Chocolate Covered Bananas

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⦁ 3 peeled bananas cut into thirds
⦁ 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
⦁ 1 tsp of coconut oil

Have kids push popsicle stick into banana pieces

Melt chocolate in microwave or stove top.

Dip banana into melted chocolate and decorate as desired by rolling in crushed peanuts, coconut or sprinkles.
Lay on parchment paper and refrigerate until chocolate is dry.

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Have a favourite no bake recipe you make with your kids that you would like to see here? Please send me an email at NOMfriends@gmail.com

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