I hosted a few of Dragan’s co-workers today for a light lunch, as they wanted to bring us a wedding gift, and I wanted to bake something delicious. At FIRST I had my mind set on the greatest cookies in the world——Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter + Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. I found this recipe off a great blog that I love.
I highly recommend many of her recipes, especially the vegan and healthy cookies and brownies. I used to make these for my co-workers at HomeNY all the time!
Anyway, after cleaning the house and enjoying breakfast at my new slow pace, I realized I didn’t have enough time to make these. I also realized I needed brown sugar and chips for the lunch so I walked down to my grocery store. There is a tiny tiny section for baking and standing there, I thought……”Gosh! I would really love some no bakes and they take only about 10 min!”. I kept trying to ask if anyone knew where the cocoa was that does not have sugar, as that is what you need. However, My attempts at “Excuse et moi…….désolé pour mon Français…..avez vous Cocoa sans sucre……..” was not being understood as I continued to be directed to hot chocolate. “Whatever!!”, thought I, and bought what appeared to be hot chocolate mix from the organic section.
As anyone knows, you are certainly supposed to make no bakes with regular baking, non sweetened cocoa, but ALAS, for those in a dire situation (or perhaps a foreign country, such as myself) you can use Hot Cocoa mix! I also didn’t have enough granulated sugar, so I melted down our sugar cubes. haha!! They turned out sweeter than normal, of course, and I’m not sure that the Frenchies liked them, but they were still really delicious! Keep in mind the French don’t like Peanut Butter so it’s a rough go for any sweets with PB. Sigh. It’s so exhausting trying to get Dragan on board, to no avail. I plan on winning him over in Ohio with pb Fudge. Granted, I won’t get on board to eating Fois Gras or most seafood in general, so we are even. I know……….I know……….
Anyway, here is the recipe for no bakes, and keep in mind, you CAN make substitutions. Also, I always always always put more PB.
Best No BAKES!!
1/2 Cup of Milk
2 Cups of Sugar
3 Tablespoons Baking Cocoa
3 Cups of Oats
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter ( But go heavy!!!)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Start melting the butter and add the milk, sugar, cocoa and slowly bring to a boil.
As you are doing this, put your oats and peanut butter and vanilla in a bowl so it is ready to go! Also, lay down some wax paper so you have a spot to drop the cookies. Once your other mixture reaches a full boil stir continuously for 1 minute. IMPORTANT!!! Wait until it is at a full boil to time your minute. As soon as your minute timer beeps, pour the oats and pb in and stir it all together until it beautifully begins to mix and thicken. Then just start scooping out and let dry. If you over boil the mix, the cookies will be dry. If you underboil, they won’t form. I always have them turn out right though, by doing the above instructions! If anyone reading this, has tips too or suggestions or reviews, or anything, feel free to add!!!