Devilishly good no-bake cookies

I heart multi-tasking. Especially over the busy holiday season when I seem to have a zillion places to be at the same time, plus bake, shop and travel. So to save time when I'm making cookies for the holidays, I make a no-bake cookie. I can whip up Angel Delights (recipe below), the winner of EatingWell's cookie contest this year, and have finished cookies in 30 minutes from start to finish. It's really awesome.

Better yet, no-bake cookies are perfect to make with kids. EatingWell's No-Bake Cookies are the ultimate kid-friendly cookie, as they don't even get heated on the stove.

If you want more sophisticated options for your holiday cookie swap try Festive Fruit & Nut Balls or Date Bran Jingle Balls.

For oven-friendly cookie recipes, check out our Healthy Holiday Cookie Collection.

Angel Delights

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates (8 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1 cup shredded coconut

1. Combine butter, sugar and dates in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted, the sugar is no longer white and the dates are mostly melted, 8 to 15 minutes. The mixture should be a shiny, brown sticky mass. Remove from the heat.
2. Add salt, vanilla, cereal and coconut; stir well to combine.
3. When cool enough to handle, squeeze and roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chilled.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Per cookie: 52 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 3 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 15 mg sodium; 39 mg potassium.

By Carolyn Malcoun

When associate editor Carolyn Malcoun came to Vermont to attend New England Culinary Institute, she knew she didn't want to work in a restaurant but knew that she wanted to do something in the food industry. Luckily she discovered EatingWell, where she's able to combine her love of food and writing.

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