One of our popular activities this month was our sweet making session. This month we did a couple of old favourite recipes like sugar mice and peppermint creams, did some seasonal Easter nests, and tried some new recipes – Oreo truffles and Raspberry Ruffle Squares. I apologise for the poor photographs – as ever I get pulled into the activity and forget about taking them! Anyway, I thought I would share the recipes here – these are all no-bake recipes – the only facilities required are hot water, and a fridge (if you want them to set quicker!)
Raspberry Ruffle Bars
Ingredients – makes approx. 20 squares
- 170g (6oz) dessicated coconut
- 1 packet raspberry jelly crystals
- 60g (2oz) icing sugar
- 1 small tin condensed milk
- 1 large bar plain chocolate
Mix together the coconut, icing sugar, jelly crystals and condensed milk in a bowl.
Cover a tray with greaseproof paper and spread out the mixture into a rectangle shape until it is about 1cm thick.
Put the tray in the fridge for about half an hour until it is set.
When it is set, melt the bar of dark chocolate (in a bowl over hot water) and spread thinly over the raspberry mixture.
Put back in the fridge for half an hour until it is set, then cut into squares using a sharp knife.
(unfortunately this poor mouse got a bit flattened, but he still tasted good! )
- Icing Sugar
- Pink Food Colouring
- A few drops of water
- Silver Balls
- Chocolate Buttons
- Strawberry Laces
Mix together some Icing sugar, food colouring and a couple of drops of water in a bowl. Vary level of water and icing sugar so you get something with the consistency of playdough.
Mould into the shape of a mouse (or any shape you would like your mouse to be!)
Decorate with silver balls for eyes, Chocolate buttons for ears, and a strawberry lace for a tail.
Pop in the fridge to set.
Ingredients – Makes approx. 18 nests
- 6 shredded wheat
- I large bar of milk chocolate
- Paper Cases
- Mini Eggs
Break up the shredded wheat into small pieces (to look like nest material) in a large bowl.
In another bowl melt the chocolate over hot water.
Mix together the melted chocolate and the shredded wheat and spoon into paper cases.
Add eggs to each nest and chill in the fridge to set.
(The less messy ones got eaten before I could take a picture! These were definitely a favourite!)
- 1 packet Oreo Cookies
- 75g Cream Cheese
- 1 large bar Milk chocolate
- Cocoa Powder
Turn the Oreo biscuits into medium sized crumbs. This could be done in a food processor, but our preferred method was to put some in a ziplock bag, and bash the bag with a large metal spoon – far more fun and with less washing up!
Mix together the crumbs and the cream cheese in a bowl, then roll the mixture into small, heaped teaspoon sized balls.
Put these on a tray covered in greaseproof paper and pop them in the fridge (or freezer if you want them quicker – are running out of fridge space like we were!) until set.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water. Coat the balls in the meted chocolate. We found this easiest by dropping the ball in, then using two metal forks to roll the ball around ,and then lifting out, allowing excess chocolate to drain off, and popping back on the tray.
Sprinkle with cocoa powder and place back in the fridge to set.
Last but not least, the classic peppermint creams. I recommend spacing them out more than we did – or they do merge into one giant caterpillar like peppermint cream – like this one.
- Icing sugar
- 1 egg white
- Peppermint essence
- A few drops of water (if needed)
Mix together the peppermint essence (the amount you add is dependent on how strong you like them!), the egg white and the icing sugar. Add a couple of drops of water if necessary. Again, you are looking for a playdough like consistency.
Roll the mixture into small balls. Spread balls out on a tray covered in greaseproof paper. Press down on top of each one with a fork.
Chill to set. You could half dip these in melted chocolate if you wanted to, but we figured we’d had enough chocolate already for one day!
So there are our recipes! We had lots of fun making these, and everyone loved having a box of treats to take home with them (minus the ones that had already been eaten!
We will definitely have another sweet making session soon, when we’ll be on the lookout for more new recipes, so if you have any tried and tested favourites, do share them with us!