Once a week, after homework, Cameron and I do some easy cooking, just for something different. He enjoys making treats for himself and his sister, and something that can occasionally be packed in his lunch box for school that he can show off. I expect he does that, because I remember I used to do that when I was at school. Behold! - my homemade treat.
Most mums probably know this recipe already; these are cheap and dead easy, you can make them on a whim and throw them in the freezer ahead of time, pulling them out when little unexpected visitors drop by, or for impromptu school parties. If you process the biscuits into crumbs for the kids beforehand, they can basically be left to make these themselves (save for opening the can of milk - gosh, I hate those tin-can lids).
Chocolate Coconut Truffles
250g plain sweet biscuits (we use Arnott's Milk Arrowroot)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons cocoa
340g tin condensed milk
about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of desiccated coconut, extra. Put this measure onto a flat plate.
Pulverise the biscuits into fine crumbs in a food processor (I do this earlier in the day - Sophie's usually falling off to sleep when Cameron's in the kitchen). Pop them into a mixing bowl with the first measure of coconut and the cocoa. Mix to combine.
Pour the entire can of condensed milk into the dry mixture and stir it in thoroughly. You may need to use your hands to push and combine everything together. When you can mould it into a big ball shape and it all sticks together nicely, your on the money.
Roll the mixture into balls of about one inch. Drop the balls onto the flat plate of coconut and roll them about until covered. Refrigerate to set.
Another added bonus with these is that they only take about fifteen to twenty minutes to make, which includes cleaning up time. Yahoo! And very popular with little sisters, too. So much so, they may try to fit two or three into their mouth at one time when you are not looking.