Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Chocolate-Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

During my childhood, my mom and I would cook quickie stove top treats during the summer months. I'm sure we made them during the winter, too, but I remember making things like Rice Krispie Treats and CONBC during the summer when it's too hot to turn on the oven. I made the No-Bakes tonight. I love them when they're cool, but nothing beats eating the last spoonful of warm goo right outta the pan. Nirvana.

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick-cook oats

Set the burner to medium-high. In a heavy pan, mix the sugar, butter, milk and cocoa until combined, stirring constantly. When the mixture begins to boil, set a timer and boil for exactly one minute, stirring constantly. (This timing is important. Boil too long, the cookies will be crumbly; don't boil long enough, you'll have to scrap the cookies off the wax paper with a spoon to eat them.) One the minute is up, remove pan from heat. Add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until the PB is completely melted and incorporated. Mix in the oatmeal until it's evenly distributed. Drop spoonful of mixture onto wax paper; allow to cool about an hour (If it's humid or hot they may take longer to set). Once set, peel off the paper and store in an airtight container for a maximum of two days. These cookies are best with the first 24 hours of preparation.


Rae said...

Eeee, another No-Bake Cookie person! I used to make them all the time, but I'd lost the recipe. Thx for posting!

Kelly McCullough said...

And they're gluten free--hmm.

Anonymous said...

My waist does not thank you.

My mouth will undoubtedly disagree with my waist.

No, it's not you. They have a feud going on.

Kelly Swails said...

Rae: Oh, yeah. When I make them I have to take them to work or else I'd eat them all. Ken, for whatever reason, doesn't like them so he's no help. (I told him to seek counseling, but he denies he has a problem.)

Y: Why, yes, they are. And there's fiber from the oatmeal, anti-oxidants from the cocoa, and protein from the peanut butter. They're practically health food!

Sean: My waist and mouth wage a similar war.

Bridget (& Jimmy) said...

I sure do miss getting the leftovers (the ones you don't want to eat because they'll make you fat and Ken's portion).
I agree with my waist does not thank you, but my mouth would. And my mouth usually wins.