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Holiday No Bake Cookies for Dummies

Actually, for one dummy (me) and my smart family. I am gathering nieces/nephews and would love a no-bake cookie recipe. Healthier or lower sugar options are more than welcome. Nothing is off limits. We are blessed with no food allergies and gladly scarf peanut butter, coconut, whatever.

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  1. OK, these aren't exactly healthy but they are delicious/addictive:

    Peanut Clusters

    melt one bag chocolate chips and one bag butterscotch chips
    stir in 3 c. salted, roasted peanuts (could do unsalted)
    drop in clusters on wax paper, parchment or silpat and chill

    1. Do you think I could use Ghiradelli bars instead of chocolate chips? I have too many to admit lying around. This sounds like a great recipe! Thanks! Keep em coming

      1. Yup. If you have a kitchen scale you could probably do it by weight (or just add up the ounces of each bar). This recipe is impossible to screw up. I should have mentioned that if you use the stove you'll want to use a double boiler. I don't own one (not really essential, IMO) so I just put a metal bowl over a pot of about 2 in. simmering water (bowl should fit in the pot, but not touch the water). You could also use the microwave.

        1. here's a recipe that a wonderful CH poster sent me in answer to my post searching for an old recipe. i would leave out the egg and coconut. my lost version had no egg, and the balls were coated in conf sugar.

          about 18 hours ago dfrostnh replied

          Here is the recipe from the first community cookbook I ever owned dated 1965. I haven't made these in years but they used to be a Christmas staple.
          Date and Nut Balls
          1/2 C butter
          1 C sugar
          1 C dates, cut up
          1/2 tsp salt
          1 egg, beaten well
          Melt butter, add sugar, dates, salt and egg. Cook on top of stove on very low heat for 10 minutes. Take from stove and add:
          1/3 C chopped nuts
          2 C rice crispies
          Stir well. Cool until mixture can be handled. Form into balls the size of walnuts. roll each in finely shredded coconut. Very pretty on a tray of assorted cookies.

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          - about 12 hours ago opinionatedchef replied to dfrostnh

          i can't believe it!!!!!! if no one has told you this yet today,d, you are an AMAZING woman!!!! w/o the egg, this IS the recipe, i'm sure. I SOOO appreciate your taking the time to find this for me!!
          i used pecans and no egg(really not needed; the cookies hold together fine w/o it) or coconut. they really were special, and not as cloyingly sweet as one would think.

          thank you again,d.

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          about 12 hours ago danna replied to opinionatedchef

          I made those last Christmas for the first time...possibly ever...since my Mom used to make them when I was a child. I decided to go a little retro and de-snobbify myself, so I made those and the midnight balls made from oreos. Enjoyed them both immensely.

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          about 7 hours ago Anne H replied

          My recipe is without egg--

          3/4 stick of butter
          3/4 cup brown sugar
          1 heaping cup chopped dates

          Simmer and mix in skillet 10 minutes, then remove from heat and add

          2 cups rice cereal
          1 tsp vanilla

          Form balls (grease hands with butter to prevent sticking)

          My recipe has no nuts in it, but I'm making a note and will add them the next time, it sounds good.

          1. I have to tell you, dates are such a holiday staple. I love it. Thanks, guys!

            1. My favorite no-bake...I posted my "oreo truffles" in this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/345160

              1. My sister makes these every year and b/c I need something quick and easy for a swap I got the recipe. They are no-bake and very easy, but in no-way healthy. I'm thinking of topping some with an almond (ie, mounds and almond joy candy bars):

                Coconut Thumbprints

                3 c. coconut
                2 c. powdered sugar
                1 stick butter, softened (1/4 pound)
                1 c. melted chocolate chips - could sub your choc bars!

                Combine the first three ingredients and roll into 1-inch balls. Make an indentation in the center and chill. Spoon melted chocolate into the indentation and chill until set.

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                1. re: maviris

                  Maviris! NICE! I mentioned coconut in the original post because post T-Day and four coconut custard pies needed for a dinner turning into just one, I have a ton of the stuff left over.

                  As Homer Simpson would say mmmmmmmmmm Cookies.

                2. Ah -- that reminds me of another favorite I haven't made in a few years...Orange Coconut balls...

                  1 stick butter, softened
                  1 box confectioners sugar
                  6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate, softened for about 15 min
                  12 oz box vanilla wafers, crushed
                  1 cup chopped nuts

                  Mix sugar, nuts, OJ, butter, and vanilla wafer crumbs. Let rest about 15 min. Work and mix again. Roll into balls, then roll in coconut. Refrigerate.

                  1. Momjamin--thanks! I might play with that rec. this weekend. I wonder if I could substitute lime juice, have sort of a key lime ball, to go w/ the orange ones?

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                    1. re: thegolferbitch

                      That could be good -- I'd suspect you might have to adjust the sweetness, but maybe not -- it might have a nice tang. Let us know how it goes!

                      I have a story to go with this recipe...when I was single and sharing an apartment with two other women, I made cookies early one December for gifts, but hadn't packaged them and failed to tell the roomies. I came home to find the cookie jar severely depleted. The next batch I made was these, and I told them "help yourselves." They looked at me blankly. "We don't like coconut." From then on, anytime I was making anything that was for others' consumption, our key word was, "It's got coconut." Baked beans, pork tenderloin, apple pie, whatever ;-)

                      1. re: momjamin

                        That is FABULOUS. Coconut baked beans LOL. Replying to below--chowser, I had buckeyes for the first time in my life 2 yrs ago while in Columbus OH for a hockey tourney. They're delish! Nephews #2 and 3 are huge Ohio St. football fans (though from new England) so this might be a "patriotic" recipe for them!

                    2. I loved buckeyes when I was younger. If you use dark chocolate, you'll get healthy antioxidants (buckeyes aren't health foods, no matter how you look at it...). Not quite cookies, though, but fun for kids to make and eat.


                      1. There's always Cherry Mashes too, but I can't seem to find a recipe that is the same as my mom's friend used to make. She always made the orange coconut balls too.

                        1. There's always the green wreath cookies - you basically make Rice Krispie Treats but use CornFlakes instead. Add green food coloring to the marshmallow/butter mixture, add cornflakes, drop by the spoonful onto wax paper, then put a few red hots on each wreath.