No-Bake Cookies



This is my brother's favorite childhood cookie. What's yours? I forgot about no-bake cookies until a couple of years ago. When Anna was small I became more conscious of what we were eating and stopped buying ready-made sweets or box mixes. I learned about Trans Fat (Partially Hydrogenated Oil) and wanted to avoid all products that contained that ingredient. Labels can be so tricky to read so I remember to look for Partially Hydrogenated Oil in the ingredient list (among other things). Once I started looking at labels I realized that most (if not all) box mixes and prepackaged cookies and cakes too contained Trans Fats. So I started making things from scratch. This particular one became a family favorite. The girls call them "nova cookies," which always makes me laugh. The awesome thing about these cookies is that you probably already have all of the ingredients. The other thing I like about this is that it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish. Today we are invited to my friend's house for a play date and I offered to make a dessert. I decided on these because I have all of the ingredients, so no running to the store for me!

Ingredients
Stick of butter (never said healthy, I said they had no Trans Fat)
2 cups of sugar
4 tbsp of cocoa
1/2 cup milk (I use skim)
3 cups of old-fashioned oats
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of peanut butter

Melt butter in a large saucepan and remove from heat. Add cocoa, sugar, and milk. Whisk until combined. Turn burner on medium high heat. Once bubbling cook for 1 minute and 15 seconds and remove from heat. This is the most important step to get the cookies to set up right. Add oats, vanilla, and peanut butter. Stir until combined. Next lay out wax paper and drop spoonfuls of cookie mixture onto the wax paper. Let sit to harden. If they don't harden, try putting them in the refrigerator. That will sometimes help salvage the cookies.





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