Friday, May 11, 2012

No Bake Cookies



These are my husband's favorite cookies. I knew that if I couldn't find a way to make these using real ingredients, I would fail to have him on board with the whole "real food" thing. He's already concerned that he'll be eating tofu with a side of cardboard when he comes home...

Anyway, these cookies were easier than I thought they'd be- in fact they actually set up every time using honey. With sugar I always failed miserably- either I undercooked and they didn't set up or I overcooked and they were dry and crumbly. I've had success every single time with this one!

No Bake Cookies

1/3 cup butter or coconut oil (I prefer coconut oil)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup honey
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter (the real kind- the only ingredient should be peanuts!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cup oats

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, milk, honey and cocoa. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil 1-2 minutes. If you choose to use coconut oil, which I think gives it a better flavor, heat it for less time, just until it starts to boil up the pan, but don't let it boil over.

Turn off heat and stir in peanut butter. It will take longer for real peanut butter to melt since it's stored in the fridge, so I like to keep the pan on the warm burner, but with the heat off. Stir the peanut butter until mostly melted, then remove pan from heat, and stir in vanilla and oats until well mixed.

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheet and refrigerate or freeze until set (about 10 minutes).
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