Sorry January diet. Sorry resolutions. It all started with an innocent enough looking glass of wine this weekend after a really exciting, big day, (more on the news soon!). I had gone 2 solid weeks of “dry January” and “clean eating” so I was proud of that and thought I deserved a treat. Anyways, come 9 P.M. the “I want chocolate” monster started coming out, and after a quick rack of the brain and inventory of the pantry, I knew EXACTLY what my heart desired: no bake cookies. Fast, amazing, chocolatey, chewy, peanut butter-y no bake cookies. And since I’m so NOT a baker, no bake cookies are right in my wheelhouse.
Minus the butter and sugar, no bake cookies are healthy, right? I mean peanut butter and oatmeal are healthy. It could be worse, it could be worse. This recipe is so glorious because it honestly takes 5 minutes of effort MAX but then you just have to die of impatience while they cool off and harden for ~30 ish minutes. Promise it’s all worth it in the end, (and you can totally speed that process up in the fridge or freezer btw.)
Sorry to do this to you in January, but let’s be honest, diets don’t last forever. And either do no bake cookies. YUM.
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 1 stick (8 Tbsp.) unsalted butter
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper
- Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let it boil for one minute, then remove it from the heat.
- Next, add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir until combined.
- Drop spoonfuls of the cookie batter onto the parchment paper, and let sit at room temperature, (or fridge!) until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes.