Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: No Bake Cookies

It's that time of year again - time to spend an entire day baking, baking, and more baking! I love making all these goodies and sharing them. I get a few bites here and there, but am not tempted to eat every single morsel!

We were able to make 5 tins and 2 huge plates full of goodies to spread some holiday cheer. And we still have waaaayy too many left in the house. Trust me, the kids are not complaining (either is the husband, for that matter.)

This picture might remind you of the one from last year. Some of the lineup is the same, but we decided to change it up a little bit. We made spritz cookies in green Christmas trees and red ornaments, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, no bake cookies, fudge, white chocolate & milk chocolate-covered pretzels and Oreos (both regular flavor and Very Berry), sour cream cookies, and brownies. 

This year, I decided to take a few weeks to highlight some of the recipes we made.

First up - no bake cookies! You are not going to find many cookies that are easier to make than these. And they're seriously good. They don't look very appetizing, but looks can be deceiving. 

 Dump some sugar, cocoa powder, butter, milk, and salt into a pot.

 Bring to a boil and be amazed by the bubbly goodness.

 Add peanut butter, vanilla, and oats and stir, stir, stir.

Immediately plop some of the mixture onto wax paper. The gooeyness will just slide right off while it's still warm. 

It's totally ok if some bits randomly fall. It's the perfect way to sneak a taste!

As the cookies cool, they will harden, making it possible to pick them up.

See what I mean? They're not very pretty, but who cares! The peanut butter and chocolate flavors blend into complete yumminess and the oatmeal gives it a bit of texture. Alyssa, Zac, and I love these cookies; Leighton and Jake, not as much. It's a good thing we have many other options for them to choose!

Don't forget to check back next week as we continue with our Christmas baking recipes.

No Bake Cookies
2 c white sugar                                                  1 pinch salt
3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder                    3 c quick cooking oats
1/2 c butter                                                        1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c milk                                                           1 tsp vanilla extract

1. In a saucepan bring sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt to a rapid boil for 1 minute.
2. Add quick cooking oats, peanut butter, and vanilla; mix well.
3. Working quickly, drop by tablespoon onto waxed paper, and let cool.

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