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The holidays are all about baking in my family. From November 1st, all the way through the beginning of January, you can bet there is a fresh plate of baked goods on the counter. We love our holiday cookies!
Growing up, I remember my mom working really hard to make up Christmas platters for the rest of our family. She filled the platters with Spritz, Chocolate Crinkles, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Chocolate Covered Cherry Bombs, and No Bakes. Over the years since I have moved out and started my own family, I continue her tradition and make most of the same cookies. My favorite of them all is the No Bakes.
No Bakes have consistently had the biggest spotlight during the holiday season in my family. My sister and I always laid them out for Santa. Then come Christmas morning, there would be a note left next to the plate that they were his favorite! After the magic of Santa, I realized those notes were left because they were my dads favorite cookies. He just wanted an excuse to eat more of them!
Now that my husband and I have started our own little family, we plan to continue the tradition from my own childhood by leaving No Bakes out for Santa. That is why this year, the first big batch of cookies that I made were No Bakes.
I use the same recipe year after year, the one my mother always swore by. And each year I turn out perfect, melt in your mouth, chocolate peanut buttery goodness.
The secret to making the No Bakes turn out is to let the chocolate mixture boil on the stove, covered, for a minute before removing and stirring in the PB and oats.
Scroll down for the recipe and the how to for my moms Classic No Bakes!
After you make the No Bakes, let me know in the comments how they turned out!
|Prep Time||15 Minutes|
|Passive Time||30 Minutes|
- 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup butter Cubed
- 1/2 Cup 2% Milk
- 4 TBS Dutch Cocoa Power
- 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 2 TSP vanilla
- 3 Cups Quick Oats
- Heat a medium sauce pan at medium heat on the stove
- Add cubed butter, sugars, milk and cocoa power to the sauce pan
- Mix ingredients consistently as they begin to melt together
- Continue stirring mixture until it begins to boil (keep at medium heat!)
- Once boiling, cover sauce pan and let the mixture boil for a minute
- After the minute, remove sauce pan from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla
- Once smooth, add oats and mix until combined
- Next, let the mixture settle for five minutes
- After the five minutes, use two large spoons to scoop cookies onto parchment paper (about 2 tbs per cookie)
- Let the cookies set for about 30 minutes
- After the cookies are set, you can take off parchment paper and enjoy, or store in tupperware for later!
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