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My 5 year old loves to help out in the kitchen, so to encourage his love for all things culinary, I’ve been looking for easy recipes for him to handle with a little or no assistance where possible.
Looking through my Mama’s recipe book, I found a magazine clipping for a No-Bake Cookie recipe that I thought would be fun for us to try. We added our spin on it to make it Little Man approved and we think these Choco-Date Cookies will be the perfect sweet treat for his teachers on Valentine’s Day!
No-Bake Choco-Date Cookies for Valentine’s Day
These are best refrigerated and yes, they make great treats in that lunch box too!
- Crushed Rice Cereal/Regular Cornflakes We used Rice Chex- 2 1/2 cups (Crush this in a mixer/blender/spice grinder)
- Granulated fine white cane sugar- 1/4 cup
- Ground cashews- 1/2 cup
- Jelly- 3 tbsp We used Peach Apricot
- Cocoa powder- 3 tbsp
- Butter- 2 tbsp
- Seedless dates/baking dates- 1/2 cup
Take a large bowl and mix the crushed cereal, ground cashews, cocoa powder, dates, sugar and jelly together.
Melt the butter and add this to the mix and form a dough ball.
Take a greased pan or line a pan with parchment paper and flatten the "cookie dough" onto the same, till it's about 1/4th inch thick.
Take your cookie cutter and make the shape of choice.
Then refrigerate your shaped no-bake cookies for about 2 hours. Or you can eat them as is.
If you pick up this heart shaped cookie cutter set you can make different sized cookies.
I love that the choice of jelly or cereal will not make or break this recipe. And this isn’t overly sweet.
And while at the dollar store this past weekend, I found these beautiful Valentine’s themed long glasses (The label says they’re vases but I think otherwise!) that would make the perfect carriers for these cookies to the kids’ teachers on Valentine’s week.
Beautifully packaged in a Valentine’s themed treat bag and with hearts on the ribbon, not only will the teacher receive a homemade treat by your child but a pretty glass memento to keep once those treats are gobbled up. And yes, this is such an inexpensive yet classy Valentine’s gift idea, wouldn’t you think?
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