Sunday, July 10, 2011

No bake cookies



I was in the mood for cookies today; but since it's 90 degrees and the humidity is whatever-awful-is I sure wasn't turning on the oven. These cookies don't require baking, are made in one pan and are super easy. Win.
You can also eat as much "dough" as you want; no raw eggs to be found! Not that raw eggs have ever stopped me from cookie dough; it's just too tempting.

Chocolate, Peanut butter and Oatmeal No Bake cookies

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Ingredients: 

½ cup (1 stick) Butter
2 cups Granulated Sugar
½ cup Milk
4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
½ cup Peanut Butter
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats

Directions: 

1. Add butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder to a large saucepan.

2. Stir frequently and allow butter to melt. Heat to a rolling boil and boil for one minute. This whole process takes about 10 minutes.

3. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats. Mix well.

5. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto wax paper-lined baking sheets. Be careful as the cookies are still pretty hot at this point.  The cookies do not spread from the position in which they are placed on the wax paper. Flatten with a spoon if more of a cookie shape is desired.

6. Let cool until set. Or try one warm. They taste great warm; what cookie doesn't?

Yield is 2-3 dozen. I got 2 dozen as I made fairly large cookies.

If you are like me you will leave an inch or so between the cookies on the pan to spread as if you will be baking them. Old habits die hard. They really do harden in the shape they are placed, so you may wish to pat them down a bit. But flat or round they taste the same. Delicious!

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