Behind the Apron: No Bake Bliss

Ready for holiday baking? Meet two of my favorite ingredients: chocolate and peanut butter. Now get out a saucepan, and ignore your oven. That’s right! No bake.

While I raise my eyebrow at some no-bake recipes, this one is tried and true. While it most often makes an appearance in my holiday spread, it’s easy enough to make at any time of year. Given the contents, that’s a dangerous fact, and a delicious one. These are highly addictive. Pour a glass of milk in advance.

No Bake Chocolate Cream Cookies
Ingredients:
2 C Sugar                 1/2 C butter
1/2 C cocoa              1/2 C peanut butter
3 C quick oats         1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C milk

Put sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in a medium saucepan on low heat to start. Once ingredients begin to blend, turn heat on high enough to boil. Boil for 1 minute. Make sure you leave it on long enough .. if you don’t, your cookies will not solidify when you’re through. (Trust me on this one). Remove from heat. Add peanut butter* and blend well with wooden spoon. Stir in vanilla and oats. Mix well.

Drop by the teaspoon onto wax paper. Use a two spoon method (scooping and scraping), as this mixture is HOT. Don’t wait too long once you have the mixture off the stove, as it will begin to harden as it cools. Makes approximately 50 cookies. You can store in the fridge with wax paper between layers, or at room temperature in a sealed container. I prefer them just slightly cold.

* A note on peanut butter. If you love this ingredient as much as I do, you probably bake with it a lot. You’ve done the dance where you have to figure out what else needs to be measured in the same measuring cup because the damn PB sticks to everything and is a hot mess to clean up. Well, no more. Thanks to the Internet (what else), I spotted a tip that I love. You will need: cooking spray (Pam), plastic wrap, peanut butter and your measuring cup. Line your measuring cup with plastic wrap, tucking it into the cup with the excess hanging over the edges. Spray the inside of the lined cup lightly with the cooking spray. Spoon in your desired quantity of PB. When you’re ready, flip it out into the bowl, holding on to the excess plastic wrap. Plunk! Out into the bowl, no mess, and no sticky dishes.

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