Share these holiday recipes with your loved ones behind bars.
In the Winter 2022 edition of Inside Journal®, readers shared some simple prison recipes that make for fun treats, at Christmastime or anytime. Here are two desserts that can be created behind bars.
Submitted by Eldon in Minnesota
- (10) 3-oz. bags of vanilla caramels
- (1) 3-oz. container of instant coffee
- (1) 4-oz container of coffee creamer
- Small bowlful of cocoa powder
Unwrap each caramel and place in large bowl. Heat 30 seconds at a time (stirring after each) until melted.
Stir in coffee powder a little at a time until all mixed together. Then add creamer a little at a time, stirring and reheating as you add it.
Once all ingredients are mixed together, heat again for 30 seconds.
NOTE: Rubber gloves or other protective wear is recommended for this next step. Take a small amount of the hot batter and roll by hand into a ball, dipping and rolling the ball into the cocoa powder until covered.
Set finished balls onto plate to cool. These are especially great for times when you want a caffeine boost but don’t have time or aren’t allowed to drink liquid coffee.
EZ COOKIE BALLS
Submitted by Lynn in North Carolina
- Cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (10-20 cookies)
- Chocolate bar
Crush several cookies (either by hand or with back side of a spoon). Then shape by hand into balls. Set aside.
In a separate bowl or cup, melt chocolate bar (slowly, 10 seconds at a time in microwave, to avoid burning) and stir until liquid chocolate. Dip cookie balls in chocolate.
Set on plastic until chocolate shell has hardened. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: Some of these ingredients may not be available, and restrictions on cooking vary. Be sure to comply with your facility's rules and regulations.
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