Do It Yourself: No-Bake Kid Friendly Dessert Recipes

Three simple kid-friendly recipes that do not require the use of an oven, guaranteed to provide some great fun for kids of all ages.

Little girls and little boys love to get in the kitchen and help cook, but using an oven with a younger child can be somewhat intimidating. The following are some kid friendly recipes that require no more than the use of your freezer or stovetop and are guaranteed to provide some great dessert fun for kids of all ages.

Frozen Chocolate Mint Squares

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies (approximately 30 cookies)

6 tablespoons margarine, melted

1 7-oz jar marshmallow creme

½ teaspoon mint extract

A few drops green food coloring

3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups whipping cream

Directions:

In a small bowl combine the crushed wafer cookies and margarine. Press the combined mixture onto the bottom of a 9-in by 13-in plastic, rectangular pan.



In a medium mixing bowl, beat the marshmallow creme, mint extract and green food coloring with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is smooth. Fold in ½ cup of the miniature semisweet chocolate chips.

In a separate small mixing bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the marshmallow cream mixture being careful not to stir it too much. Spread this mixture over the crust. Sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips.

Cover the pan with foil (or a plastic lid if so equipped) and freeze for six to seven hours. Remove from the freezer at least 15 minutes before you plan to serve. To help remove the dessert from the pan, dip into a pan of warm water for a minute or so.

All kids love cookies and fruit. Here's a simple recipe that takes both of those loves and combines them.

Cookie Salad

Ingredients:

6 oz instant vanilla pudding mix

2 cups buttermilk

9 oz prepared whipped topping

16 oz fruit cocktail, drained well

11 oz miniature oranges, drained well

2 cups pineapple, drained well

12 oz package of fudge striped cookies

3 oz walnuts, optional

8 oz maraschino cherries, drained

mint leaves, optional

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the instant pudding mix with the buttermilk. Mix well. Add in the whipped topping. Fold in the drained fruit cocktail, miniature oranges and pineapple. Add the walnuts if desired. Break the fudge striped cookies into small bits. Fold into the salad. Cover and refrigerate. Chill the salad at least 1 hour before serving. Top each serving with a maraschino cherry.

Another simple holiday recipe kids enjoy is Holly Wreaths. While this recipe does not require the use of an oven, it does require the use of a stove top, so use some caution. Kids will love the fun of shaping the wreaths and decorating the finished product.

Holly Wreaths

Ingredients:

½ cup margarine

3 cups large marshmallows

1 ½ teaspoon green food coloring

3 ½ cups corn flakes

2 tablespoons cinnamon red hot candy

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Melt the margarine in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Put your burner on low heat and while stirring constantly, add the marshmallows. When the marshmallows have melted, add the vanilla and food coloring. Stir until well blended. Fold in the cornflakes and stir gently to combine.

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Using a greased tablespoon, drop the corn flake mixture onto the wax paper lined cookie sheet. Shape the balls into 2 inch wreaths. Decorate each wreath with the cinnamon red hots. Note: Spray your hands lightly with a non-stick spray and the corn flake mixture won't stick to your hands when you form the wreaths.

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