Wednesday, June 11, 2008
No Bake Cookies
Anyone that knows me well, knows that I love to cook and bake. There are a few cookies that are consistant family favorites.
I had my first experience with no bakes back in 4th grade 4-H. I've loved them since. These cookies are easy to make, but easy to mess up. If you overcook them they'll be crumbly. If you undercook them, they'll be too gooey to eat without a spoon. If I had to pick between too crumbly or too gooey, I'd choose too gooey. So be careful with the boiling time. You'll know you've made a perfect batch if they have a glossy look to them when they set up.
A word of caution for you first timers of no bakes, it's kinda hard to stop at one. I can down 8 of them. Seriously. Nothing beats impressing someone with a quick treat on a rainy day with these delicious blobs of chocolate and hearing them say "oh my gosh....these are so good. What are they called"...and I say "poopers". :)
1/2 C. butter
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 heaping tbsp. cocoa
1/2 C. peanut butter
3 C. instant oats (I usually add a little more, just eyeball it).
Melt butter and add milk, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a rolling boil and set timer for 1 minute 45 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and quickly add the peanut butter and stir until melted in. Add oats and stir. While your butter is melting lay 2 large sheets of wax paper or foil on the counter. Using a spoon make small heaps of the cookie onto the wax paper. Do this fast because they set up pretty quickly. Let them cool for 20 minutes, then peel from the wax paper and enjoy. They're great with milk.