Tuesday, June 15, 2010

1st Recipe: No-Bake Cookies

Look at this picture of deliciousness right here!
YUM!!! Are you drooling? Yeah, I know. Trust me, they really are that good. I made these for my son's teacher at daycare. She requested them for her birthday so I was more than happy to oblige!
My mother has made No-Bake Cookies for as long as I can remember. So, every time I take a bite into this piece of heaven, it takes me back to my childhood. What better way to start off this recipe blog, right? :)
The thing I love about making these is I already had all of the ingredients on hand so no special grocery trips for me! I love it when that happens!

1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (may also use creamy)
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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.
A couple of tips before you get started:
  • It is SOOOO important to have all of the ingredients ready and to have the wax paper prepared on the counter (preferably right side up--I made this mistake and my counter tops were waxy, lol). Once you turn on the stove there is little to no time for prep.
  • Very important to use the 1-minute quick oats, too.
  • The trick to getting these to the perfect consistency is letting it boil for 1 1/2 minutes. I time it from the moment it starts to boil and then immediately take it off the stove. Any more or any less and the cookies will either not harden or they will crumble to pieces. I also put mine in the fridge to help harden.
ENJOY them while you can because they will disappear quickly, I promise! :)

Thanks, Mom! :)

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