I can’t decide if this recipe comes out more like candy or cookies when it’s done, but either way, it’s chocolatey, delicious and super easy for the holidays.
When I came across this No Bake Coffee Balls recipe from Sweet T Makes Three on Pinterest, I immediately pinned it to give it a try. I knew I would be needing some Christmas cookie recipes soon, and I tend to gravitate towards the buckeyes, cookie balls and pop ’ems on any holiday tray, so I figured this might be a fun alternative. Plus, now that my friends and family know about hellolatte, they pretty much expect everything I make to involve coffee.
And so, my take on the No-Bake Coffee Cookie Ball was born.
The ingredients in this recipe are pretty much all kid-friendly foods, (aside from the coffee part) so I imagine it would be a hit with everyone who likes chocolate. Sure, caffeine isn’t the best for small children, but it’s the holidays…they’re going to be amped up on sugar and Santa-induced adrenaline anyway, so what’s an extra dose or two? Just keep this away from your pets, as with any coffee or chocolate, since it doesn’t affect them the same way.
The original recipe called for finely chopped pecans, but my brother is deathly allergic to all types of nuts, so I tend to stay away from them in my baking and cooking, even when I’m a few hundred miles away. Old habits die hard, and I know there are lots of nut-free families out there who need yummy recipes too.
Instead, I replaced the pecans with Cocoa Krispies® cereal hoping they would turn out like a coffee-flavored alternative to my favorite candy bar, the Whatchamacallit. However, once I added the brewed coffee and let the cookie balls stand to dry for an hour, all the ingredients became pretty soft and lost their crispy crunchiness. Boo.
That’s not to say they turned out bad…they were still pretty delicious, and I sampled quite a few, you know…for research purposes. But, they didn’t achieve that crunch that I assume the nuts were intended for.
So, if you want to add a crispy crunch to your cookie ball, try adding in finely chopped pecans or almonds. (I haven’t tried it, but if you’ve ever had a honey almond latte then you know why almonds might be a good fix. Yum!)
Otherwise, these cookie balls will turn out a little softer, but it could be a nice change from all the standard crunchy cookies on your holiday platter.
The best part? They require no oven time, and you can put them all together in about 10 minutes before you set them out to dry for around an hour.
Pair them with my Slow Cooker White Chocolate Mocha and you’ve got holiday refreshments ready to go with practically no work involved. Now that’s some Christmas magic!
For the record, this was my first time using instant coffee crystals for anything. I usually avoided it—even before I was a bit of a coffee snob—simply because making regular coffee didn’t seem all that hard, and it always turned out well for me. I don’t think I’ll be switching to instant coffee for my beverages, but I can see how it works out well for baking, and I’m excited to “coffify” some other recipes with these powerful crystals. Stay tuned!
No-Bake Coffee Cookie Balls
Servings – Approx. 18
Prep Time – 10 minutes Cook Time – NONE! Total Time – Approx. 1 hr. 10 min.
- 2 c. crushed vanilla wafers
- 1¼ c. and ½ c. powdered sugar
- 1 c. finely chopped pecans, almonds or Cocoa Krispies
- 2 tbsp. cacao powder
- 1½ tsp. instant coffee crystals
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- 5 tbs. brewed coffee or espresso
- Combine crushed cookies, 1¼ c. powdered sugar, nuts, Cocoa Krispies, cacao powder, coffee crystals, and cinnamon.
- Add brewed coffee and combine to moisten.
- Form mixture into 1¼” balls.
- Roll balls generously in the ½ cup powdered sugar.
- Place on sheet of waxed paper and let stand until dry (about an hour).
- Serve, store at room temp. for up to three days or freeze for up to three months. To store, place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container.
- Enjoy with my Slow Cooker White Chocolate Mocha for chocolatey, coffee goodness.