My daughter enjoys making a recipe, by herself, from start to finish. She's almost 4 years old so the recipes have to be quick and involve no heat or sharp knives. This no bake cookie recipe isn't going to be sold on the streets of Paris, but it's tasty and not as unhealthy as other options. The dough is pliable enough to form whatever shape your child desires. We chose fruit because the addition of the whole clove brings them to life.
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 3oz packet of gelatin
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (you may not need all)
30 whole cloves (for decoration, remove before eating)
Colored sugar crystals
Gallon sized Ziploc bag
Parents will need to: Get out ingredients, bowls and utensils. Open condensed milk can and any other unopened packages (for younger kids).
1. Smash approximately 1 1/2 packets of graham crackers in Ziploc bag to make crumbs.
2. Pour sweetened condensed milk into bowl.
3. Sprinkle gelatin on top. Stir well.
4. Stir in coconut and 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs. Use more crumbs if you need to.
5. Shape into 1 inch balls or whatever shapes you're making. Less is more.
6. Roll in sugar crystals.
7. Place clove on top for stem.
Store in refrigerator. Makes about 30 cookies.
I shaped the cookies in the photo above, my daughter's were just a little less round but still cute. For some step by step photos, my daughter's creations and a printable copy of the recipe, please visit Kids Recipes: No Bake Fruit Shaped Cookies on La Jolla Mom.You may also like:
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*Katie Dillon writes La Jolla Mom, an award winning lifestyle site about food, travel, parenting, homekeeping, and local happenings. She lives in La Jolla with her husband and preschool aged daughter, and is a proud member of the Yahoo! Mother Board.