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Rock You Like a Hurricane: No Bake Cookies

August 28, 2011

While the rest of the country enjoyed a dry weekend, the northeast got pretty slammed by Hurricane Irene.  Since we were concerned we would lose power, we looked for a few recipes that didn’t require electricity.  We have a gas stove-top, so these no-bake cookies were an excellent choice since neither of us wanted to light the oven with a lighter….. (Incidentally, we never lost electricity- the cookies were delicious nonetheless.)


Depending on the size of the cookies you make: between 1-3 dozen cookies


1/2 cup butter- chopped in smaller pieces

2 cups sugar

½ cup whole milk (you could use 1% but remember we have a toddler so whole’s what we have)

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

½ cup peanut butter- creamy is best

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups quick-cooking oats

What you do:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder- stirring frequently. Heat on medium-high heat until mixture reaches rolling boil for 1 minute.

2. Remove from heat.  Stir in peanut butter and vanilla- mix until blended.

3. Stir in oats in small portions.

4.  Shape cookies and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper.  This is where you can be creative- you can make round, square, dinosaur or whatever shape you would like.  Leave them to cool for approximately 1/2 hour.  Once the cookies are set- they are ready to eat!!  (Tip: don’t make the cookies too thin- they will be hard to get off the wax paper later if they are.)



(Recipe adapted from

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