Wednesday, June 29, 2011

No-Bake Cookies

There are some things that are not worth trying to make. Your spouse will never think they're right because they don't taste like Mom's, Grandma's, whoever's. For me, one of those things is no-bake cookies. Even though I've made them since I was a kid, I don't really love them. If someone else makes them, I'll steal pieces until they're all gone. But they're not my favorite.

Grant loves them. But specifically, he likes his mom's. (Hi, Joyce!) But as you may have noticed, I'm not his mom. My no-bakes are subpar. So he makes his own, mommy-style.

The secret? Marshmallow fluff. Grant measured his ingredients out ahead of time. If you have a dishwasher, this is an awesome idea. I don't, but he's washing his own dishes this time anyway.

Most recipes use quick-cooking oats, but I only ever buy regular. This is up to you. With regular, they absorb less so you may have to add a little extra.

Melt ingredients on the stove. As you probably know, they're no-bake, not no-cook.

Put down parchment or waxed paper.

Mix and melt ingredients.

Add fluff.

Mix in oats, and spread out to cool. You could also make individual cookies. Yeah, we're both lazy cooks.

No-Bake Cookies
(makes about 24)

1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup marshmallow fluff

1. Bring sugar, milk, butter and cocoa powder to a boil.
2. Boil 90 seconds.
3. Remove from heat and quickly stir in peanut butter, oats, vanilla and marshmallow fluff.
4. Spread out to cool.