If your little ones are underfoot in the kitchen, why not given them a spoon and let them join in the fun! It's a great way to say "Thank you" or "Happy Birthday." These fun-to-make recipes get kids involved with the creation of yummy treats.
Giving treats to our family and friends is always a nice touch for
birthday, holidays or just to say thank you. We have some special
recipes that can be made by children with just a little help if they
are younger. Teaching children how to make and give gifts is something
they will always remember and pass down to their own children in the
These recipes are a wonderful place to start.
Cocoa Butter Balls
2/3 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon milk or water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar for coating
Blend butter and sugar. Blend cocoa, water and vanilla. Add cocoa
mixture to butter mixture and blend thoroughly. Add oatmeal and
blend with hands. Form into ball, 3/4 inch in diameter. Chill mixture as
necessary to make shaping easier. Place additional powdered sugar in
bowl. Drop balls into sugar. Roll to coat. Place on plate; refrigerate until firm, about one hour.
Makes 36 balls.
Chocolate Sugarplums1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup pecans, crushed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Line cookie sheets or trays with waxed paper. Melt chips in
microwave, starting with 25 seconds, stirring and going again for 10 seconds
each time, then stirring again until melted. In a medium sized bowl, mix
melted chips, confectioners sugar, corn syrup and water with extract
with a wooden spoon. Stir in cookie crumbs and pecans until blended.
Shape by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. (if too crumbly add a tiny
amount of water). Roll in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheets.
Store in airtight container.
S'more Mix2 cups honey graham cereal
1 cup tiny marshmallows
1 cup peanuts
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins, or chocolate covered raisins
Mix all ingredients in a large plastic bag. Tightly close bag and
shake well. To give as gifts divide the mix into small plastic or
cellophane bags, and tie with a pretty ribbon and gift tag.
Maple Squares3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
about 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
Mix the peanut butter and maple syrup until well blended. Add the
powder, stir well. Spread the mixture into a loaf pan. Pat it down
make an even layer. Sprinkle the peanuts over the mixture and press
gently. Chill 1 hour. Cut into 1 inch squares. Keep covered and
chilled until you serve.
Makes about 32 squares.
Gift Wrapping Your Treats
Once you have made your treats here are several ways you can package
them to give away:
Decorated brown paper lunch sacks with fabric hearts or shapes.
Place your treat in a plastic bag then into your gift bag. Staple shut and
add a gift tag.
Place your treats in interesting tins that you can find at thrift
stores. Be sure to wash the tins in hot soapy water first, dry and
place waxed paper in the bottom of the tin before you put in the treats.
Small wicker baskets are great for holding treats. They can be
found at craft stores, or thrift stores. Be sure to wash baskets with a stiff
brush in warm, soapy water if they have been used. Place your treats
in a plastic or cellophane bag, tie with bow and place in your basket.
You can also line the basket with tissue or fabric before placing in