When your children want to experiment and try some tasty creations, no bake recipes for kids are an ideal way for them to accomplish this. Since there is no oven baking involved, the kitchen stays cool so the following recipes are perfect for a hot summer day.
Kids in the Kitchen
Regardless of how old your child is, make sure he or she understands how to be safe when cooking in the kitchen. You may want to go over some basic safety tips before he starts to create his masterpiece. Younger children may feel more confident with you nearby, so make sure you are available to guide them should they need some assistance or support.
No matter what your child makes, be sure to boost his confidence and morale by giving him lots of praise for wanting to try something new and on his own. Rave about his skill as much as you can!
Recipe for No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Perhaps the most famous recipe for no bake cookies is chocolate oatmeal cookies. This recipe makes between four and five dozen.
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
- 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pour milk into a medium saucepan.
- Add butter, sugar, and cocoa.
- Boil for five minutes without stirring (the key is to make sure the sugar dissolves well or else the cookies will taste grainy).
- Remove from heat.
- Add peanut butter and vanilla extract.
- Stir in oats a little at a time and mix well.
- Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper.
- Let cool.
Marshmallow Rice Cereal Treats
These have been around for ages and are usually made with Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal, but any crispy cereal will do.
- 6 cups of crisp rice cereal
- 10 ounces of marshmallows
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Salt to taste
- In a microwave bowl, add marshmallows and butter.
- Melt on high for a minute or two.
- Add cereal, salt, and vanilla to the mixture.
- Press the mixture into a greased 9x13-inch pan.
- Let cool.
Any of the following variations can make your rice cereal treat an even bigger hit:
- Add 8 ounces of miniature Reese's peanut butter cups to the mixture just before melting in the microwave.
- Add 1/3 cup of chunky peanut butter.
- Add a cup of peanuts.
- Drizzle a melted chocolate bar (melt in the microwave first) over the top after the mixture has been pressed into the pan.
If your children like the taste of coconut, they'll enjoy cookies made to look like white snowballs.
- 1 package of shortbread cookies, crushed
- 1 cup of flaked coconut
- 2/3 cup of sifted powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup of thawed, frozen orange juice or lemonade
- About 1/2 cup of powdered sugar for coating cookies
- Mix cookie crumbs, coconut, and 2/3 cup powdered sugar in a large bowl.
- Stir in orange or lemon juice concentrate; mix well.
- Roll cookie dough into balls about the size of teaspoons.
- Pour some powdered sugar onto a baking sheet.
- Roll each ball in powdered sugar to make them into snowballs.
Ingredients for Yogurt Pie
- 1 graham cracker pie shell
- 8 ounces of whipped topping, like Cool Whip
- 16 ounces of yogurt, any flavor
- In a bowl, pour the yogurt.
- Fold the whipped topping into the yogurt.
- Pour into the pie shell.
- Let chill for three hours in the refrigerator before serving.
No Bake Recipes for Kids
As your child grows in age and confidence in her cooking, be on the lookout for more no bake recipes for kids so you can start your own collection of tried and true recipes.