My lazy cookies…

Matt left for Phoenix on Wednesday, so the puppies and I have been spending a lot of quality time together… watching Food Network.  I adore Food Network, but it’s so bad for my cooking bug!  I seriously watched about 3 hours of cooking shows, and followed it up with about an hour of looking at recipes online.  I finally decided 2 things: 1.) I’m lazy and I don’t want to go to the grocery store, and 2.) I’m really lazy (I’m still in my pajamas for cryin’ out loud!).  I found a no-bake cookie recipe several months ago that sounded good, so I ended up coming back to it this afternoon.  Since I don’t want to go to the grocery store (I’m lazy, remember?), I settled on this recipe since I already have all of the ingredients on hand.  Here it is:

No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies

½ cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups granulated sugar (I used 1 cup of white, 1 cup of brown, but that’s just a preference thing for me)
½ cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats (I only had the old fashioned oats on hand, and the cookies turned out just fine – a little chewier maybe)

Add the first four ingredients medium saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Put the oats into a mixing bowl and pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture in and stir until all of the oats are coated. Drop heaping spoonfuls onto wax paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set.

I might have made my spoonfuls a little more than “heaping” because I came out with about 10 cookies… whoopsie!

These turned out… yummmyyyyyy!   I love peanut butter, and these could have honestly had MORE peanut butter in there (but that’s just my opinion).  The one I just finished eating was a little gooey for my taste, but I’m hoping it will set up more as they sit in the fridge.

So if you’re looking for a quick solution to your sweet tooth, I highly recommend these little morsels (or large morsels if your “spoonfuls” are like mine)!

Happy Dishing!



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