Let Me Introduce the Improv-ers: Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet

Each Thursday, I have  a member of the Improv Challenge over as a guest so that we can get to know each other a little better.   This week I am pleased to introduce you to my friend Anna from Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet.  I have been a fan of her blog for-eh-ver.  She is in the middle of making “The Move,”  moving her blog from blogger to a self-hosted wordpress platform.  Having just done that very thing a few months ago, I know that she is up to her eyeballs in crazy.  I am so glad she was able to squeeze this guest post into her schedule.   If you get a chance go check out some of her Improv submissions:  Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake, Sour Cream Scones with Lemon Glaze, Ginger-licious  Carrot Brownies with Cream Cheese Swirl, and Brown Butter Brown Sugar Popcorn.  Are you drooling yet?   And look what she brought today!!

Oatmeal Cookie Balls

Hi everyone! My name is Anna. I run a little blog called Crunchy Creamy Sweet where I share my love for baking and all things desserts. I am so excited to be guest posting here today on Kristen’s blog!

Kristen was one of the first food bloggers I found and was immediately hooked. Her recipes are always easy and delicious! I always enjoy participating in the Improv Challenge she hosts. It sparked my creativity and gave me courage to experiment more in the kitchen.

Now, I know Kristen eats gluten-free so I tried to come up with a dessert that would fit that criteria and which she could actually make. Also, as it’s so hot to turn the oven on, it had to be no-bake. I have to say, it was quite the challenge but I hope Kristen likes it or at least will be able to easily adapt it.

Oatmeal Cookie Balls

I came up with the oatmeal cookie balls that are so fun to whip up and look quite festive rolled in sprinkles! My girls love sprinkles and they helped me to make these. I think this recipe is easy to adapt to your likings. Use any cookie you like, add coconut, chopped chocolate – the possibilities are endless!! You can make these for a picnic or kid’s birthday party. Easy and delicious!

Thank you so much for having me, Kristen! I had a lot of fun making these cookie balls for you!

Oatmeal Cookie Balls
Recipe type: No-Bake Dessert
  • 1¾ c ( 3 oz. ) vanilla wafers
  • ¾ c ( 2¼ oz. ) old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ c butter
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • 2 Tbsp jelly
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ c old-fashioned oats
  1. In a small saucepan, combine butter, sugar and milk.
  2. Cook just until it comes to a boil.
  3. Set aside to cool completely.
  4. In a food processor, combine together vanilla wafers and the ¾ cup of oats.
  5. Pulse to grind.
  6. Add salt, jelly and vanilla.
  7. Pulse again few times.
  8. Add cooled butter mixture and pulse until all combined.
  9. Add the ¼ c oats and pulse just few times.
  10. You want to have some texture from the oats.
  11. Transfer the dough into a bowl and refrigerate until set ( 1 - 2 hours ).
  12. Line a cookie sheet with a parchment paper.
  13. Scoop the dough with a teaspoon and roll in your hands into balls.
  14. Roll each ball in sprinkles and set on the cookie sheet.
  15. When the whole dough has been used up, place the sheet in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  16. Enjoy!


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