Sometimes you feel like having homemade cookies, but it’s just too hot to turn the oven on. Or maybe you want a quick and easy treat to make for a bake sale or after school snack. No Bake cookies are the perfect thing when you’re short on time but still want something that tastes like you made it from scratch.
Another great thing about No Bake cookies is that the kids can join in the fun. Since there’s nothing to bake or cook, you can supervise children as they create delicious cookies. If there are any steps that require melting butter or other ingredients, you can assist, but other than that, kids can feel really successful that they’ve accomplished something wonderful in the kitchen. Cookie gifts are also a great gift for kids to give to grandparents, teachers, etc.
So, what are some ideas for No Bake cookies? There are so many different ways you can combine ingredients and end up with a scrumptious treat. You can use peanut butter to make No Bake peanut butter balls and a whole array of cookies or use coconut for macaroons.
While there are many No Bake ideas to choose from, everyone’s favorite No Bake is the Rice Krispy treat. These are more bars than cookies, and are the perfect thing to whip up for a bake sale. The recipe, directly from Kelloggs, (ww.ricekrispies.com) is printed on every package of Rice Krispies. The treat requires just a few ingredients and takes little time to make. If you’re going to make them for a bake sale, plan to wrap each square individually and cover in colored plastic wrap for a festive feel.
Kelloggs Original Rice Krispy Treats®
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
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4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies®
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.
For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
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Of course there are as many variations to the Rice Krispy treat recipes as you can think of. Why not add chocolate chips or cherries? You can also add food coloring for holidays like red for Valentine’s Day or green for St. Patrick’s Day. You can also cut the squares into shapes with cookie cutters when they’ve set. Use bigger, less detailed cutters for the best results. Shapes like butterflies, bees, horses, cows, etc. make good ideas for kids. You can even just use geometric shapes like circles (use a clean tuna can with both ends taken off) or squares.
When it comes to finishing off your bars in a tasty way, why not frost them in different colors and add sprinkles? Then you can place a lollipop stick in the bottom of each one and serve them as free-standing treats. It works well if you place a terracotta pot on the display table and then place a Styrofoam ball inside it. Cover with Spanish moss or Easter basket grass. Then stick each of the “pops” into the Styrofoam. Rice Krispie treat favors are enchanting for a kid’s or a garden party or a bake sale.