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No Bake, No Cook, St. Patrick's Day treats

Chris VR | Mar 5, 201402:05 PM

I'm trying to come up with a no bake, no cook sweet St Patrick's Day treat for my Brownie troop's "Snack Badge". We're meeting in a room at the library and have no access to a kitchen there and can't do anything too messy or time consuming. I can prep stuff at home.

I have a few ideas from and I'm trying to make them "St. Patrick's".

1) Gingerbread Pops Pulse 14 crumbled gingersnaps, 1/2 cup each confectioners’ sugar and cookie butter (speculoos spread), 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger and 1/2 stick room-temperature butter in a food processor. (I'd do all that at hom.) I'd have the girls form into 1 1/2-inch balls. The recipe says to roll in confectioner's sugar, but maybe I could use green colored sugar. Then insert a lollipop stick into each and chill until firm. I'm not crazy about this one because of the potential for the sugar to end up all over the library carpet, plus ginger is more of a Christmas flavor.

2) Unrolled Cannoli Beat 1/4 cup each ricotta, mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar with a mixer until smooth. Spread the mixture onto large waffle cookies and top each with mini chocolate chips, a pinch each of cinnamon and sugar, and some grated orange zest.

I could add some green food coloring, use green and white M&Ms instead of the chips, and nix the cinnamon, sugar and orange zest.

3) Cheesecake Bites Beat 4 ounces room-temperature cream cheese, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1 tablespoon each grated lemon zest and lemon juice with a mixer until smooth. Pipe onto almond biscuits, then top each with about 1/2 teaspoon raspberry preserves.

Again, I'd use green food coloring, and maybe fill a small ziploc bag for each girl. Then I could cut off the tips of the bag and let them have fun piping onto sugar cookies (I think I'd have to avoid almond cookies, too many nut allergies out there these days). I can't think of a green preserve that wouldn't be gross, so maybe top with green and white M&Ms.

Any thoughts, or other ideas for something that might work? Thanks!

EDIT: One more, "potato candy" from

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