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Easy no-bake recipe for students

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I teach at an elementary school in Japan and would love to do a cooking lesson with them sometime, probably around Christmas.

Does anyone have any ideas for an easy recipe that doesn't require an oven? I'll be able to use their home ec room which has burners, microwaves, and refrigerators.

I work with 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders, but would probably only be cooking with 6th and maybe 3rd... these 1st graders definitely do not need to be anywhere near fire!

Thanks for your help!

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  1. 1) Oreo truffles - search this board or other sites for the recipe. Basically, it involves crushing creme-filled sandwich cookies, mixing them with powdered sugar and cream cheese, rolling into balls, then dipping them in melted chocolate.

    2) Nut brittle. Requires a lot of stirring, and the foaming reaction from the baking soda can be the basis of a science lesson.

    3) Fudge.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Thanks! The Oreo truffles in particular sound amazing... may have to make a batch or 3 at home to try them out.

    2. dessert crepes
      rice krispy treats
      caramel apples

      1. With the younger ones, consider a "no bake" cookie or candy -- you could melt the sticky ingredient in the microwave yourself (chocolate, PB, marshmallow, etc.) and they would still get to "cook" and make something.

        Or even have them to personal "trail mix" -- limited of course for any allergies -- my daughter's class did this last year. Each kid brings in an ingredient and they all get to make their own custom mix by spooning things into their own zip-top bag.

        My mom used to teach 2nd grade and making homemade applesauce (she did it in a Crock pot) was a huge hit -- with relatively little fuss and no kids near fire! Plus it smells good and they get to feel successful.

        I don't know if these work for Japanese kids' tastes -- treats can be so culturally specific!

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        1. re: eamcd

          Trail mix is a great idea for little ones, especially since it's kind of a foreign concept here and will teach them a little culturally... not sure what kind of weird combinations will come up with Japanese ingredients!

        2. No bake cookies are easy and fun, too. You have to work a bit quick though with the dough.

          Here is a recipe for Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal No Bake cookies:

          http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/no-bake...

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          1. re: blinknoodle

            These are perfect, except... rolled oats/any kind of oatmeal are so hard to find here! Foiled by ingredients again!

          2. Dipped pretzels?