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a hot and steamy recipe

The dishes were clean and put away. I had started the load of cloth diapers in he wash. Micah was sound asleep in his crib.

We had time just to ourselves.

We hugged each other with both free arms. We slow danced to imaginary music in the living room. Then DanO led me to the kitchen where we made sweet, sweet…

cookies!

O gosh, you didn’t actually think I’d go there did you?!

These were No Bake cookies.¬† Chocolatey, peanut buttery, yummy goodness, and I would like to share with you how to make them. They are so simple and so fast you can make them while your 3 week old is napping. Even when “napping” means sleeping for no more than 15 minutes at a pass then waking and requiring any and all adults to hold, bounce, and rock you. But that’s another post for another day.

Where were we? Oh yes. Fast and easy cookies. There are three steps really: boil, add, plop. Say it with me. Boil. Add. Plop.

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Boil (previously melted) butter, milk, sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder together. The timing is important – cook it too long and your cookies will crumble, too short and they won’t set very hard. Once it has reached a rolling boil, set a timer for 1:30 minutes.

For a real challenge, try to look this good while doing it:

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After the 1:30 minutes, remove the pan from heat and add the peanut butter (stir it in and allow it to melt), oats, and vanilla.

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Now say hello to my little friend:

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This is my cookie dough scoop and I love it. Like, LUH-HUH-VE it. Also, check out that picture I took. Almost professional looking, no? I’m really enjoying this photography dabbling thing I’ve been doing lately, what with our new schfancy pants lens and all.

Sorry, cookie dough scoop. So, we registered for this beauty for our wedding and friends and family must have known how awesome a kitchen tool it was, because we ended up with two. We returned one, of course, but if we hadn’t I would so give it away on my blog right now because friends, everyone should own one of these.

But. We returned it. So. I digress.

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Use the cookie scoop (or a regular teaspoon if you don’t care to experience any joy in life) and plop chocolatey, peanut buttery, yummy balls of goodness onto waxed paper… or aluminum foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray if, hypothetically, you are out of waxed paper.

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After plopping, let the cookies harden for 30 to 45 minutes.

See! So fast and easy, you’ll have both hands free in no time so you can take care of other things.

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So Easy You Can Make Them While Caring for a Newborn No Bake Cookies Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter (we used creamy, some recipes call for crunchy)
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats (we used “1-minute Oats”)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool until hardened. Change any dirty diapers while hardening.

Just, try to ignore the resemblance between the cookies and the diaper innards. Ahem.

Enjoy!

9 Responses to “a hot and steamy recipe”

  1. Danae

    They do sound good. Although I’m still stuck in the Bronze Age with my teaspoons and clearly won’t have any fun, I’ll try them soon!

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  2. Lindsy

    YUMMM!! Sounds delish! I’ve never made those, but I like eating them! :) I don’t have one of those scoops, but I think I need one now! BTW…that pic really does look professional! I need to get a big nice camera like yours!

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  3. abby

    ok, so my friend Lindsy was using my computer and her info was automatically in the “reply” section and I didn’t notice… So that last post was from me! HA!

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  4. Hannah

    Those are the best scoops for cookies! :-)
    Sounds yummy, I will have to make them. In my new kitchen. In my house.

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