Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Posted by Chris Beason | Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | Category: , |

If you haven't guessed it yet, my husband is the biggest inspiration behind my cooking. Last night we were laying on the couch watching t.v. and he asked if we had anything to eat. We have plenty of things to eat, but just about everything we have has to be cooked. Packaged cookies are not only expensive, they're never as good as homemade. Also, how often are you going to eat cookies if you have to get up and make them? 

These Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bakes are quick and easy. They're also my husband's favorite cookies. His mom gave me the recipe a couple years ago. The card she wrote the recipe on hangs on the cork-board in my kitchen so I won't lose it! The ingredients are simple and they take almost no time to make. The hardest part is trying to keep my husband away from them while they cool!

3 cups Oatmeal (not the instant kind)
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla

You actually add the Oatmeal, Peanut Butter and Vanilla to a chocolate mixture that you make first. I go ahead and measure them out first and use a 4-cup glass measuring cup to put it in so that it can be easily poured in at once when it's time. Just make a little "well" with your spoon to hold the vanilla so it doesn't soak down into the oatmeal before it's time to be added. Also, before you put peanut butter in a measuring cup, fill the cup with vegetable oil and carefully pour it back into the bottle. Use a spoon to scoop the peanut butter into the cup.  Once it's full and your ready to scoop the peanut butter out, it comes out a whole lot easier than without using the oil.

2 cups Sugar
3 tablespoons Cocoa
1 stick of Butter
1/2 cup Milk

Put all of the ingredients above in a saucepan. When measuring the cocoa, scoop it out of the container and use the straight side of a butter knife to level off the top of it so you get an accurate amount.

After I added the butter to the saucepan and took the picture, I realized I should have cut the butter up. So, if you're making these, cut the butter up before you add it! 

Turn the burner on high and stir everything together. It won't take long before the mixture starts to boil. Keep stirring it for 1 minute while it boils. I use a wooden spoon so the spoon won't get hot while I'm stirring.

It needs to boil like this while being stirred for 1 minute. 

Turn the burner off. If you have an electric stove, remove the pan from the burner. Stir in the oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.

On a flat surface, like your kitchen counter, lay down about an 18-inch long piece of wax paper. Use a damp towel or sponge to wipe down your counter and then lay the wax paper down. It helps keep the wax paper in place and keeps the edges from curling up. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture and put it on the wax paper. Use the bottom of the spoon to flatten out and round the edges of the cookie.

The mixture in the pan will start to become crumbly as it starts to cool so you need to try to work quickly. If you can keep them from getting eaten, they should cool for about 20 to 30 minutes until they're set. Once they're completely cooled, store them in an airtight container. I made 25 cookies and put what was left of them in a gallon Ziplock bag. 

If I would have bought these cookies in the store I would have paid $2.99 for a dozen and they don't include the double love that went into them. Mine from making them and his mom's for giving me the recipe!

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