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No-Bake Choco-Date Cookies for Valentine’s Day

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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- MommySnippets.com

No-Bake Choco-Date Cookies for Valentine’s Day

These are best refrigerated and yes, they make great treats in that lunch box too!

No-Bake Choco-Date Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
21 mins
 
Course: Cookies
Author: Marina J (Mommy Snippets)
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Take a large bowl and mix the crushed cereal, ground cashews, cocoa powder, dates, sugar and jelly together.
  2. Melt the butter and add this to the mix and form a dough ball.
  3. 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.
  4. Take your cookie cutter and make the shape of choice.
  5. Then refrigerate your shaped no-bake cookies for about 2 hours. Or you can eat them as is.
  6. Enjoy!

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.

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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.

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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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