Desserts · Snacks

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

I mentioned a few days ago that the weather was getting warmer. When the weather gets warmer, my apartment gets pretty hot; we’re on the top floor with the sun beating down on our roof all day and we only have a tiny little air conditioning unit in the living room – which is not connected to my kitchen. So, when I try to bake something when it’s hot outside, I usually end up all stinky and sweaty when I was just trying to make something sweet. That’s why these cookies are perfect for people like me who don’t have the luxury of central air.

The cookies are full of chocolate and peanut butter, and are more like fudge covered oat clusters. They are a snap to put together; they don’t require much time or effort. The only thing that would take time is waiting for them to set but I threw mine in the freezer, so I only had to wait about 10 minutes. Estimated time for the whole thing: 25 minutes maximum. 

The first thing you do to make them is put 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter in a saucepan with 2 cups of sugar, 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of milk, and a pinch of salt.
Stir it so that it all combines and bring it to a boil. Then you let it boil at hard for 1 minute.
Remove it from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of peanut butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. When the peanut butter is all melted ,you stir in 4 cups of quick oats.
Drop the oat mixture by the spoonful onto an aluminum covered cookie sheet. Let them stand or put them in the freezer until they’re stiff.
Then you just pull the cookies off of the sheet and take the aluminum off. Since you combine all of the ingredients into one saucepan, you only need to wash one pan! These will be a hit for an afternoon in a steamy apartment, or a spontaneous picnic to the park! Now that it’s warm, I intend to start going on plenty of picnics.

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