Monday, July 11, 2011

10 minute No-Bake Cookies

Happy mid-summer ya'll. I know, I know. Mid-summer. Sad, it hasn't even been a summer at all yet. Hasn't this year been completely wacko?? I just hope it straightens itself out pretty quickly, cuz if I get one more inch of basement may be caput. We had a puddle outside for the past couple of days of at least four inches deep. Driving down the road this morning was like driving in a washed out river bed.

But, for whatever reason, the chicks are really enjoying it! So there's that :) 

Well, all this weird weather has put me in the mood for some fall and winter cookie faves. I use to make these all the time when I was a kid with carob powder.
And every single time I made them, my hands turned deep yellow.
Probably cuz you aren't suppose to burn the carob powder.
But I always did.
And believe me, those yellow hands do not go away quickly :)

Well, here's a recipe of our family fave sans the carob powder....and yellow hands.
3 Tbsp. butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
 3 Tbsp. milk
1/2 cup peanut butter (I use the reduce fat creamy)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups quick oats
First Step: 
Melt butter in saucepan
 Remove butter from heat.
Second step:
Stir in cocoa, sugar and salt until well blended.
 Stir in milk and bring to a boil.
 Remove from heat.
Third Step:
Stir in peanut butter, vanilla and quick oats.
(just a tip, I spray the measuring cup with nonstick spray before I put in the pb, it's much easier to get out)

Once you get it all nice and mixed up, drop onto a surface sprayed with nonstick spray.
I used foil here:

And I used a nice serving tray on this one. Either way. Or even wax paper works, of course.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! The best is that its so quick, simple, and all the ingredients are things you already have on hand!