Another hot day in Minnesota. Give me a few months and I'll be complaining about the cold. To be fair, we've been setting some records for heat around here. The hard thing about it is that I hate the thought of turning on the oven to bake anything. But we need treats. What is a girl to do?
Luckily, I remember a recipe from my past. We won't mention how long ago I first encountered them, but I'm thinking we used to get these in the high school cafeteria for dessert. I know I did try to make them once when I was in college and they didn't turn out all that great...they were kind of grainy. The recipe I'm thinking about is a no bake cookie....aptly named No Bake Cookies.
Now, I didn't remember exactly how to make these things. I knew they had peanut butter, chocolate and oatmeal--and they tasted more like candy than cookies. You know those haystack candies that come in a box of bon-bons? Yes--those are the ones---these "cookies" remind me of the haystack candies. So, I did a little search on the Internet.....
You know what? There are about a thousand No Bake Cookie recipes out there. Yikes. I decided on the one from allrecipes.com for a couple of reasons. First, no less than 19,500 people have saved this version...wow....and second, there is some very good advice to be had from the comments.
So here is the recipe, with a link to my source:
No Bake Cookies
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used smooth)
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup shredded coconut (this is optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool until hardened.
Something I learned from all of those comments on allrecipes.com.....get all of those ingredients together. Once the mixture boils, there isn't much time to get everything in there.
The recipe says to drop by teaspoons. That seemed tiny to me, so I used my cookie scoop. Much easier, no?
Check out this pan. My sister found it and gave it to me when she was downsizing. It comes from my dad's bakery. I heart this pan....
One of the suggestions was to add coconut. I did this.
And the best suggestion...the key to them not being grainy or crumbly....bring the mixture to a full boil and set your timer for 1 1/2 minutes. Perfect!
There you have it. Treats for a hot Minnesota day. Enjoy.