Have you ever been in the mood for cookies, but didn’t want to turn on the oven?
Make a tasty treat in no time at all with a few basic ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now.
From cookie bars to marshmallow crispy treats to oatmeal clusters, the choices are endless when it comes to whipping up a quick and easy dessert.
And I’m more than happy to add to that list, with my cocoa butter balls recipe!
I was introduced to these tiny bite-sized sweets during my first holiday season with my in-laws. My mother-in-law grew up on the plains, and cereal was a common staple in their kitchens.
I remember sitting around the table that year while we shared stories and rolled cookie balls until my hands were coated in cocoa.
Little ones are sure to enjoy helping out in the kitchen, especially when they can make a tasty dessert all on their own.
But what they’ll really love is being able to use their hands to shape the dough… things might get a little messy!
Ready to get your hands dirty? Head to the recipe below, and let’s start rolling some cookies!
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prep
Step 2 – Make the Dough
Combine all of the ingredients except the powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix by hand, or with a sturdy spoon. Stir until a uniform dough is formed.
Alternatively, mix the ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until thoroughly combined.
Step 3 – Roll
Roll the mixture by hand into small balls that are about 1/2 inch big. The yield will be around 2 dozen. They should hold their shape firmly, without drooping or falling apart.
If the dough is falling apart, mix in more water, a teaspoon at a time.
If it is drooping after shaping, chill the dough for about 20 minutes to make it slightly firmer, and try again.
Place the rolled cookies on a plate or tray.
Step 4 – Chill
Chill them for about 1 hour, or until they are completely firm. Keep them chilled until it’s time for dessert.
Step 5 – Roll in Powdered Sugar and Serve
When ready to serve, place the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll each cookie in the powdered sugar until completely coated.
Serve and enjoy!
A Handful of Scrumptious Fun!
Hand-rolled desserts are so much fun to make in the kitchen, especially when the kids are helping.
These no-bake cocoa butter balls will be sure to entertain anyone who makes this recipe. And they are an even bigger delight to eat.
Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. But they will surely be gone before the week is up!
These treats freeze very well – we’ve made a triple batch before, and stored them in the freezer.
Just wait to roll them in powdered sugar until you’re ready to serve. The coating will slowly dissolve if the cookies aren’t eaten soon after rolling them.
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Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published March 20th, 2015. Revised and updated September 6th, 2017, with additional writing and editing by Nikki Cervone.
*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Jennifer Swartvagher
Jennifer is an experienced journalist and author. Her work has been featured on TODAY Parents, The New York Times Blog, BlogHer, Scary Mommy, and scores of other parenting and cooking publications.