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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. Photo courtesy of

Who said kids can’t bake?

One of my fondest memories as a kid was a day spent making polvoron (Filipino milk candy) with two childhood friends. We had the Starlight Express soundtrack playing in the background (who knows why) and my grandma watched as three 10-year-olds made a mess of her kitchen. Then we walked door-to-door and sold them to the neighbors. This was under the scorching heat of summer in Manila, mind you. We made no money, but it was a great day.

Here’s a list of quick and simple dessert recipes you might want to try making with your kids (or making yourselves). They require microwave, freezer, or stove tops–no ovens. They’re so easy,even kids can make ’em!

1. Microwave Chocolate Crisp Bars

Think Rice Krispie treats smothered with chocolate, inside and out. YUM. Click here for the step-by-step process.

In minutes: 5

2. Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie

In minutes: 30

This is as simple as it gets. Plus, you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard, save for maybe vanilla and cocoa powder (which are must-haves anyway).

3. Frozen Chocolate Mint Squares

In minutes: 15-30

Mint adds a whole new dimension to chocolate. These mint squares might be the perfect way to cool down this summer.

On a side note.. Sunday is Father’s Day! Check out this blogger post on bad, bad, baaaaad Father’s Day cakes.

Happy Weekend!

– Kris Alcantara

Today’s Sugarhigh: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds

Score: A- it’s a classic!