Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sometimes you feel like baking... sometimes you don't...

Have you ever been in the mood for cookies, but don't really feel like baking? Or maybe it's in the middle of the summer and you just don't want to turn on your oven because it's too hot. One of our family's favorite "go to" recipes when we want something sweet and quick has always been NO BAKE COOKIES. There are several different versions... chocolate without peanut butter, chocolate with peanut butter, and peanut butter without chocolate. My friend Sarah asked if I had a good no bake  cookie recipe, and of course I did, so Sarah, this post is for you. 

Here's our family's favorite recipe... it has cocoa and a little coconut... because we LOVE coconut.

Leavitt Family Favorite No Bakes

Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl and set aside:
3 cups rolled oats
5 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup coconut

Bring the following ingredients to a rolling boil:

2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk

Boil for 1 minute and combine with dry ingredients. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper or parchment paper and let set until firm. I like to use a small cookie scoop. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes

Bring the following ingredients a rolling boil:

1/2 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa

Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add:

1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla

Stir until peanut butter is melted, and then add:

3 1/2 cups oats

Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper or parchment lined baking sheet. Allow to cool until set. Some people also like to spread the mixture into a pan, cool, and then cut into bars.

This last recipe is for those who love peanut butter, but want to leave out the chocolate.

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups rolled oats

Mix together sugar, butter, and milk. Bring to rolling boil and then boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until peanut butter is melted. Stir in oats, and drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper or parchment paper.