It reached 100 degrees F. in Kansas today and the area I’m in has a heat advisory until 8 PM. I’ve been thinking about recipes that don’t require having the oven on. No bake cookies are easy to make and can conquer a chocolate attack.
The ingredients are cooked together in a sauce pan and then the mixture is dropped onto waxed paper or foil to harden. The ingredients added to the fudge base can be changed. Many different types of ingredients can be used.
The Food Timeline states in the section about cookies that unbaked sweet confections of nuts, dried fruits and seeds were made by ancient Middle Eastern cooks. The no bake cookie recipes we know today were first published in cookbooks during the Great Depression. The same mixtures were pressed into pans and cut into bars in recipes published in the 1950s.
- 2 cups of white sugar
- ¼ cup of cocoa
- ¼ lb. of butter (1 stick)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups quick uncooked oatmeal
Combine the sugar, cocoa, butter and the milk in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla, peanut butter and the oatmeal. Stir and drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper or foil. They will harden as they cool. If you want them to harden quicker put the cookies in the refrigerator.
Raisins or other dried fruit can be added, add when you add the oatmeal.
Chopped peanuts can be added along with the peanut butter. Crunchy peanut butter can be used.
Cocoanut can be added for part of the oatmeal.
Chopped walnuts or other nuts can be added in place of part of the oatmeal.
Small chocolate covered candies can be added.
Chow Mein noodles can be used instead of oatmeal.
Miniature marshmallows can be added along with the oatmeal.
Crispy rice or other crisp cereasl can be used instead of the oatmeal.
Crushed pretzels can be added.