Friday, January 23, 2015

No Bake Snowflake Cookies


It's snowing! I love seeing how excited my boys are watching the snow fall. I thought we should make a special snow themed treat for snack today, but I was limited to what we had on hand and it needed to be fast because my boys were ready to go outside and play! These No Bake Snowflake Cookies fit the bill - quick, 3 ingredients, relatively healthy, and fun to make.

I was inspired by these Frosted Animal Cookie Treats on Mini Monets & Mommies, but I wanted something with a little less sugar. I thought graham crackers would be a good substitute. We had snowflake sprinkles left over from baking Christmas cookies and they were just what I needed to transform ordinary cookie balls into a snowy surprise. Perfect for an afternoon viewing of Frozen! Here's what you do:

Ingredients
Graham Crackers (12 full sheets, approximately 2 cups crushed)
3/4 cup Cream Cheese, softened (6 oz)
Snowflake shaped sprinkles


Directions
Crush graham crackers into fine crumbs. I suggest using a food processor because you want the crumbs to be very small, almost like sand.

In a large bowl, mix your graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese, and sprinkles. I didn't measure the sprinkles, I just added in a handful. You can put in as few or as many as you like, just be sure to save some for the end.

Mix until thoroughly combined into a dough consistency. You will probably need to use your hands! This is fun for kids to help with too.

Roll dough into approximately 1 inch round balls. Press down to flatten into a cookie shape. Decorate with your remaining sprinkles, pressing them gently into each cookie.

Place your cookies into the refrigerator to set (or if you're impatient like me, into the freezer for about 45 minutes.)  They will not be hard, but will have an almost cookie dough like consistency. Store them in the refrigerator (if you don't eat them all in one sitting!).


That's it! My toddlers absolutely loved these - and I don't feel guilty when they ask for cookies and I can give them these. I don't even want to admit how many I ate myself. You can experiment with different flavors of graham crackers - mine were honey, but I think cinnamon or chocolate would be equally delicious.

Want more snow day fun? Check out my Indoor Sensory Play with Snow activity too!

Need snowflake sprinkles? Get them on Amazon. (affiliate link)

I'm always trying to find new ways to help make sure that my toddlers eat healthy foods, which is why I love making cookies with less sugar and processed ingredients. That's why I am so excited about Dr. Orlena Kerek's FREE Online Workshop on How To Help Your Children Eat Healthily. (affiliate links) It's happening on Wednesday, January 28 and will be packed with information on creating healthy habits, introducing new foods without stress, and my favorite idea - nothing is forbidden in moderation.

I will definitely be participating as I have one very picky eater! My other toddler is a little more accepting of new foods but I want to make sure I have all the tools I can to keep him that way for life.

Be sure to check out this awesome FREE workshop (affiliate link) with me!

If you need even more guidance, check out Dr. Orlena's full Healthy Eating for Kids Course. (affiliate link) It includes:

  • 9 videos over 4 weeks
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  • Access to a Facebook group and Course Materials
It is a great value as you can't put a price on healthy eating habits for life! 


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