Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Easy No-Bake Cookies

They say today is going to be a scorcher... there's a heatwave across the South bringing temperatures over 100 degrees. Whew! Yesterday was in the 90's, too, and with all this heat (and humidity) I haven't exactly been in the mood to crank up the oven. 

But let's not kid ourselves... no amount of insane summer weather can curb my insatiable sweet tooth, so something just had to be done! No bake cookies seemed like the perfect solution. I honestly can't remember the last time I've had them. Probably high school. But with an easy, quick recipe and only a handful of ingredients, these oven-free treats were just begging to be made (and more importantly, eaten). And yes, the chocolatey, peanut buttery, oatmealy goodness is just as fantastic as I remembered.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen

1/2 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter (I like creamy, but you could definitely use crunchy)
3 cups quick-cook oats

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder together, stirring consistently to avoid burning. Bring to a rolling boil, and allow to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter, and oats. Mix well. Drop onto wax paper and allow to cool completely. 

The whole process probably takes about 10 minutes from the time you start getting your ingredients out of the pantry until you're putting your saucepan in the sink. It's that easy!

Map found here, recipe found here.

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