Friday, April 17, 2009

No Bake Cookies

It is Friday and my co-workers needed a chocolate fix. Or at least that is what I told myself was the excuse to make cookies over my lunch hour.

Apparently my excuse was valid as I have no cookies left! So instead of cookies you get the note left for me in my empty container.

Most of the recipes are pretty close to the same. This is my tweaked version.

1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cup brown (dark or light) sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup peanut butter
3 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cup chopped peanuts, pretzels, lo mein, whatever you like (optional)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 T corn syrup (clear or dark)

Line cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

Combine sugar, butter, cream and cocoa in medium saucepan.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to rolling boil. Keep boiling for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat

Add peanut butter. Stir

Add oats, peanuts or other additions, vanilla, and corn syrup. Stir

Drop by heaping teaspoon or small cookie scoop.

Let cool and firm up. For the lunch hour variety, stick the cookie sheet in the freezer while you eat your lunch.

3 comments:

Danielle said...

Ok...you had me at peanut butter! Now I for sure wanna try these :)

Culinary Alchemist said...

HA HA HA... I like the coupon... Love no-bake cookies.. I have to try them with your tweaks... :)

Alaskan Dermish in the Kitch said...

Danielle - They are super easy!

Culinary - Let me know what you think of this tweaked version. I cut the amount of sugar and replaced half with brown. I think it adds a bit of depth. The cream instead of milk adds some richness to an easily over sweet treat. And the corn syrup keeps them shiny and chewy instead of brittle.