Boy, was it hard to come home from the cool temps of the mountains, it's been a scorcher around here (and it didn't help that we came home to this)! Maybe it's pretty hot where you live, too. How about a sweet treat that you don't need to heat up the oven for? No-Bake Cookies to the rescue!
I realize No-Bake Cookies are nothing new and recipes for them are probably a dime a dozen, but I thought I'd share my version to remind you to make some, or encourage you to give them a try if perhaps you never have! I'll bet you already have everything in your pantry that you need to make them, too.
My first memory of no-bakes is making them in 8th grade Home Ec. class. Boy, were they tasty, but for whatever reason they never got made much at home. Fast forward 15 years, just days after delivering our son, when a sweet friend from church brought us dinner with no-bakes for dessert. I was reminded of what I had been missing out on by not making them! They've been in our regular cookie-making rotation ever since.
Now, I'm pretty picky with these cookies. I don't like them to be too sweet, and I ABSOLUTELY don't like them to be dry! So, I've messed with the recipe I had until they're just about perfect, according to me. :)
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup peanut butter (I use creamy, but could use crunchy)
3 cups oats (not quick cook)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or peanuts, optional)
Begin by melting the butter in a large sauce pan and adding in the sugar, cocoa, and milk. Stir to combine and heat to boiling, stirring often. Boil for two minutes while continuing to stir. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter, stirring to combine and melt peanut butter. Add in oats and optional nuts. Allow to cool in pan 5-10 minutes, and then scoop out onto waxed paper. After cooling completely, store for several days in an air tight container to keep them from drying out.
This recipe yields 2 dozen cookies when a 1 oz. scoop is used to form them. A smaller bite-sized scoop will make more! It's also a great recipe that the kids can help with.
A few recipe notes: I guessed at the peanut butter measurement, I might actually put in a little more. And, you could probably even cut back the sugar a bit more if desired. The recipe is pretty forgiving. I just thought as I was typing this, I might throw in some flax and chia seed next time. I think they'll be undetectable and added to the oats will make the cookies even MORE healthy, right? #kidding #kindof
Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for the pounds you might gain while stuffing your face with these delicious chocolate-y morsels. ;)
Enjoy! Do you have a favorite no-bake recipe? How is it different than this one?