Cooking with Kids: Israeli Chocolate Cookie Truffles (Recipe)

Making these Ka’dorei Shokolad (‘chocolate truffles’ in Hebrew) is one of my fondest childhood memories from growing up in Israel in the 80s. Anyone that grew up in the 70s/80s/90s in Israel probably has similar memories as well (Maybe the equivalent of making s’mores in the US?). The original cookbook and recipe were published in 1985, and I still have my original copy.  This recipe is probably what made the book famous! I recently introduced the recipe to my own (California-native) kids and now it’s a blast making memories with them. The recipe is quick and super simple. Both my 3- and 5yr olds love doing it (and licking their fingers) with me. Before you roll up your sleeves and call the kids into the kitchen, I should warn you – There is nothing healthy about these little super-sweet morsels. They are uber-sweet (probably too sweet for most adults) but making them (and licking your fingers clean) is half the fun, so I’ve adjusted the original recipe to produce half of the amount of the chocolate truffles. Enjoy the giggles and the chocolate-filled smiles! Israeli Chocolate Cookie Truffles This is a super fun dessert to make with kids as young as 3! These chocolate truffles are super sweet, so keep them small, and serve them cold. Food Processor Mixing Bowl Mixing spoon / fork Small plate(s) for toppings Serving Dish (ideally something that can be stored air-tight in the refrigirator 1 pack KEDEM Biscuits Tea – 4.2 Oz 5 Tbsp Sugar 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder 3 Tbsp Milk 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract 3 Tbsp Butter Coconut flakes and Sprinkles to decorate Grind the cookies in a food processor until they are roughly the size of grains of rice In a large bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and cocoa. Add the milk, vanilla and butter and mix well. Spoon out roughly a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it in your hand until you have evenly shaped and sized smooth balls. pour the coconut and the sprinkles (or any other toppings) into small bowls, and roll the balls through the toppings. place them on a plate and chill in for a short while SUBSTITUTIONS: The original recipe calls for 1 pack of KEDEM Tea Biscuits. You can substitute them with simple animal cracker cookies. They have almost the exact texture and taste. PARTY PLANNING TIP: If you have a kid that is a budding chef, and are looking to host a cooking-themed DIY birthday party, this would be a super easy and fun recipe to include and to make with a group of kids. Dessert chocolate, cooking with kids, dessert, no-bake