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No Bake Cereal Ball Cookies

Patricia Reitz

No Bake Cereal Ball Cookies - ButterYum

I'm always looking for ways to use up the leftover crumbs at the bottom of the shredded wheat cereal box.  These no-bake cookies are the perfect solution, and they're simple enough for anyone to make.  Just roll the dough into balls and coat with cookie crumbs.  Doesn't get much easier than that!

These cookies are great for lunch boxes or after school snacks, making them a hit with the kids, but the inclusion of Nutella, mini chocolate chips, shredded wheat, honey, and peanut butter mean they'll please almost anyone.  The recipe is fairly flexible as well - I've listed several ingredient substitutions below.

No-Bake Cereal Ball Cookies

makes 60 cookies

Cookie Dough:

1 cup honey (or agave nectar)

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (or any nut butter)

1/2 cup Nutella

2 cups dry milk powder

3 cups shredded wheat crumbs (or quick/instant rolled oats, or other cereal crumbs)

2 tablespoons wheat germ (or ground flaxseed, or ground nuts)

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (or chopped nuts)

Coating:

finely ground cookie crumbs (graham cracker crumbs, or ground nuts, or cereal crumbs)

Mix all the ingredients except the cookie crumbs together in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment.  The dough will be crumbly, but will become moldable as you work it with your hands.  Squeeze the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; then roll in cookie crumbs.  Serve at room temperature or freeze in resealable snack bags for longer storage.

Another recipe for shredded wheat crumbs:

Light and Crispy Shredded Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies