During this season, gifts from my kitchen are still my favorite. They are creative, consumable and bursting with lots of love.
Our family celebrates the Christian Christmas, but these gifts can be given for any holiday or celebration. They are gifts the whole family can make and give.
This month I’ve included my favorite Kids a Cookin’ recipes. Be creative as you prepare and package these recipes. You can use decorative containers, plates, bags, wrap and ribbons. Share the love with your family and friends, enjoying each moment as you continue to move toward a healthier family. Visit our Facebook page and share your favorite gifts from the kitchen.
Nozella Brown, M.S., is a Family and Consumer Sciences educator for Kansas State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County. For more recipes visit www.kidsacooking.org Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KSREWyco and follow her on Twitter @WyCoSnapEd.
Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
1 ½ cups sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup evaporated milk (canned)
¼ cup margarine
3 cups quick-cooking role oats
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
Wash hands and clean surfaces. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat and stir in oats and coconut until well blended. Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate until firm and store in airtight container.
Nutritional information for each serving: 70 calories, 1.5g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 13g carbohydrates,> 1g fiber, 1g protein, 2% Vitamin A, 2% calcium, 0% Vitamin C, 15% iron.
Nut Butter Balls
Servings: 18 Balls
¼ cup nut butter (creamy or chunky)
½ cup nonfat dry milk
¼ cup quick or old fashioned oats
¾ cup crisp rice cereal (save ½ cup to crush)
Wash hands and surfaces. In large mixing bowl, combine nut butter, honey, dry milk, oats and ¼ cup of rice cereal. Shape into 1-inch balls. Put the remaining ½ cup rice cereal in a large zip-type bag and crush with hands. Place balls in bag and shake until balls are covered with cereal. Store in covered container in the refrigerator.
Nutritional information for each serving: 100 calories, 3.5 total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 15g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 10g sugars, 4g protein, 0% Vitamin A, 6% calcium, 2% Vitamin C, 2% iron.
Chewy Popcorn Balls
3 tablespoons margarine
3 cups mini-marshmallows
1 or 2 drops food coloring (optional)
8 cups popped popcorn
Wash hands and surfaces. In a microwave-safe medium bowl, combine margarine and marshmallows. Microwave on medium power 2 minutes or until margarine is melted and marshmallows are soft. Remove bowl from microwave and stir to combine ingredients. Add a few drops food coloring, if desired. Measure popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl and pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn. Stir to coat popcorn. Tear off 6 sheets of wax paper, about 10x10 inches each. Place 1 cup of popcorn mixture in center of wax paper square. Fold corners of paper up around popcorn and twist top, pressing popcorn to make a ball. Repeat for each square.
Nutritional information for each serving: 200 calories, 10g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 29g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 14g sugars, 2g protein, 6% Vitamin A, 0% calcium, 0% Vitamin C, 2% iron.
(Column by Nozella Brown, posted by Mary Rupert)