Giving treats to our family and friends is always a nice touch for birthday, holidays or just to say
thank you. We have some special recipes that can be made by children with just a little help if they
are younger. Teaching children how to make and give gifts is something they will always remember and
pass down to their own children in the future. These recipes are a wonderful place to start.
Cocoa Butter Balls
2/3 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon milk or water
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar for coating
Blend butter and sugar. Blend cocoa, water and vanilla. Add
cocoa mixture to butter mixture and blend thoroughly. Add
oatmeal and blend with hands. Form into ball, 3/4 inch in
diameter. Chill mixture as necessary to make shaping easier.
Place additional powdered sugar in bowl. Drop balls into sugar.
Roll to coat. Place on plate; refrigerate until firm, about one
hour. Makes 36 balls.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water, plus 1 tsp. rum or almond extract
2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup pecans, crushed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Line cookie sheets or trays with waxed paper. Melt chips in
microwave, starting with 25 seconds, stirring and going again
for 10 seconds each time, then stirring again until melted. In a medium
sized bowl, mix melted chips, confectioners sugar, corn syrup and water with
extract with a wooden spoon. Stir in cookie crumbs and pecans until
blended. Shape by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. (if too crumbly add a tiny
amount of water). Roll in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheets. Store in
2 cups honey graham cereal
1 cup tiny marshmallows
1 cup peanuts
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins, or chocolate covered raisins
Mix all ingredients in a large plastic bag. Tightly
close bag and shake well. To give as gifts divide
the mix into small plastic or cellophane bags, and
tie with a pretty ribbon and gift tag.
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
about 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
Mix the peanut butter and maple syrup until
well blended. Add the milk powder, stir well.
Spread the mixture into a loaf pan. Pat it down
to make an even layer. Sprinkle the peanuts
over the mixture and press gently. Chill 1 hour.
Cut into 1 inch squares. Keep covered and
chilled until you serve. Makes about 32 squares.
Gift Wrapping Your Treats
Once you have made your treats here are several ways you can package them to
*Decorated brown paper lunch sacks with fabric hearts or shapes. Place your treat
in a plastic bag then into your gift bag. Staple shut and add a gift tag.
*Place your treats in interesting tins that you can find at thrift stores. Be
sure to wash the tins in hot soapy water first, dry and place waxed paper in the
bottom of the tin before you put in the treats.
*Small wicker baskets are great for holding treats. They can be found at craft
stores, or thrift stores. Be sure to wash baskets with a stiff brush in warm, soapy
water if they have been used. Place your treats in a plastic or cellophane bag, tie
with bow and place in your basket. You can also line the basket with tissue or
fabric before placing in treats.