My seven year old wanted to bring a cake for his class Chanukah party. He doesn't understand that baking is really not my preferred use of time, and therefore I'm really no expert. I have a few basic recipes that are good and keep the family happy when cake is required! How about a cake like the one I made for Abba's birthday with the mini dreidel cake bunting? No. Hmmmm. Then we remembered the no-bake cookie balls that I surprised him with on his birthday....yes cookie balls! These cookie balls do have some margarine in them, which I try to avoid, though I have a feeling one could probably substitute oil, or maybe oil and some peanut butter? Let me know if you try it!
This is a great recipe that younger kids can help with, and older kids who can heat up something in a pot can do all by themselves. There is even a kosher no-bake cookie ball mix is a box, but just make your own, the kids will love crunching up all those cookies!
No-Bake Chocolate Rum Balls From Spice And Spirit, The Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook
Ingredients: (I tripled this recipe to make about 45 nice sized cookie balls - maybe large-walnut size)
- 8 ounces tea biscuits, either plain or chocolate
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1/2 cup water (if using butter, so you could use milk instead of water)
- 2 tbsp rum (or rum flavoring, though the real thing is preferable, not that we had any!)
- 2 tbsp margarine (can substitute butter for this, of course)
- 1/2 cup coconut and/or sprinkles and melted chocolate (optional)
Instructions: Crush biscuits into small bowl. I used an electric chopper this time, but kids can do it by hand by placing cookies in a bag and pounding with something. Mix sugar, cocoa and water in a small pot. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and remove from flame. Stir in margarine, and when it has melted, pour mixture over crumbs and mix. Form into small balls and roll balls in coconut and sprinkles or decorate with melted chocolate and sprinkles as we did.
Great Tip-How To Melt Chocolate: simply place in a cooking bag and insert into your electric kettle (kum kum) after you've boiled some water. Once chocolate has melted, cut a tiny hole at the tip of the bag and squeeze out to decorate! Much simpler than the double boiler method! Just make sure to discard that water that you used to heat up your plastic bag!