This is a no bake dessert from my childhood: one of the easiest to do (you can do it with you child together) with ingredients which were easily available at that time. I think I grew up with condensed milk, cookies and butter.
We called these “sweet potatoes”, I guess mostly because of the color and form. I think the closest equivalent to this recipe in English would be “rum balls” if you make them with rum and form balls instead of “potato” shapes.
Of course, if you make this dessert for kids, skip alcohol.
- 1lb of shortbread cookies (tea or coffee cookies in slavic part of the world)
- 8oz of butter, softened at room temperature
- 8oz of sweet condensed milk
- 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon of cognac or rum or wine (optional)
- Pine nuts or peanuts for decoration (optional)
How to prepare, step-by-step:
- Prepare ingredients:
- In a mixing bowl, mash softened butter with a fork, add all condensed milk:
- And mix until homogeneous (mixer can be used for this step):
- Add cocoa powder and mix:
- Mix in cognac (like me), or rum, wine or skip this step:
- In a bigger mixing bowl crumble cookies. I used potato masher, but you can do it in food processor, meat mincer, blender, whatever works for you:
- You want to get small crumbles without big pieces of cookies left:
- Add butter and condensed milk mix to the bowl:
- And mix everything, you don’t want mixture to be too liquid or desserts will be stiff, add couple cookies more if needed to prevent it:
- Scoop a portion of batter with a tablespoon, press it into a ball with your hands and then form a “potato” shape:
- Repeat with all batter:
- Arrange pine nuts or peanuts on top of each “potato” to imitate sprouts and put all “potatoes” to fridge for 4-5 hours:
- Then serve as dessert with tea or coffee: