Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

One of my fondest holiday memories is our neighbor Mary Barnes crossing our lawn on her way to our front door with a plate full of Christmas goodies. There were always two types of cookies on the plate: a white, fluffy and crispy cookie with nuts and chocolate chips and a chocolate cookie with oatmeal. I looked forward to that plate every year.

As the years passed I forgot about the cookies, but then something fantastic happened. My friend Stephanie and I were talking one day at work and some how the chocolate, no-bake cookies came up. She had the recipe! So, for many years now, I've been pulling out the recipe and making these cookies for my crew and sending them off to office parties and get togethers. I've made them for teachers' gifts, too. If you need to make something in a hurry for any of your holiday parties, this is a recipe to bookmark. :-)

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter
2 cups of sugar 
3 tablespoons of cocoa
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of quick cook oats
1/2 cup of peanut butter


Pull out two large pieces of foil and set aside. Melt 1 stick of butter (I like Blue Bonnet) on low heat in a large sauce pan. Add cocoa, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix well. Turn heat up and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. I don't start timing until it is a significant boil. Stir the entire time to keep from scorching. 


After the 2 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter.


Next, stir in the oats. 


I stir the mixture about 2 minutes after it's combined to allow it to cool off just a little. That way it's not so runny when you spoon it out. Drop two-inch wide spoon fulls on wax paper or foil. I usually get somewhere between 38-44 cookies per recipe. 


I put the recipe into My Fitness Pal (one of my favorite apps) and if you get over 40 cookies, they are around 75 calories each. Not too bad...



Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie? Comment below. I'd love to hear from you!


Some of my other recipes you might like for your holiday events...




Kathryn

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