No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
Simple and delicious- that’s how it’s supposed to be- these chocolate no-bake cookies are gluten-free and full of all things yummy.
It’s been a while.
My exams have been keeping me busy, then I had Christmas break for 3 weeks, which I spent in India. My Chemistry exam was today, so I don’t feel like working. Instead I’m procrastinating.
Today I bring you the N0-Bake Chocolate Cookie. A cookie that lies somewhere between fudge and somewhere between a good ol’ cookie. It’s full of all things good- peanut butter, coconut, oats and chocolate.
I first tried no-bake cookies at a bake sale a while ago, but didn’t appreciate it’s splendor back then. I made these a couple months ago, they were gone in 10 minutes, this barely gave them time to cool. Bite after glorious bite, so difficult to resist. Soft, sweet, nutty, chewy. Isn’t that what constitutes a good cookie?
The only purely healthy ingredient is the oats; however, you can make the cookies healthier by using almond butter instead of peanut butter, using a little less sugar if you like things a little less sweet and reducing the size of each cookie. The coconut in this recipe is optional; however, I wouldn’t do away with it- the flavor and texture it adds is unbeatable. Drizzling with dark chocolate? Not necessary, but a must. It looks like they’ve taken hours to make- but in reality, it was only minutes. One of my favorite “cookies” – a must-have in your recipe binder.
No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unsalted or salted butter- either works, or margarine
- 1/2 cup milk (skim, whole, evaporated- either works as long as it's not sweet)
- pinch salt (if the butter is unsalted)
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/3-1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (PLEASE make sure that you're using vanilla extract not essence, essence is a lot more powerful in taste so you'll have to reduce the amount you add!)
- In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk.
- Bring these ingredients to a boil on medium heat, boil for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat.
- Stir in the oats coconut, peanut butter, salt and vanilla.
- Spoon 2 tbsp sized mounts of the mixture onto a parchment paper lined/ greased tray and flatten into the shape of a cookie. Work quickly as the mixture sets- just like fudge.
- Cool for about 10 minutes, drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle atop some crushed peanuts and desiccated coconut for a fancier finish.
- Roughly adapted from Robin at All Recipes