Tuesday, October 18, 2011

no oven no problem.

I don't usually keep sweet things or large bags of snacky things in my apartment because I have little to no self control when it comes to stuff like that.  It's bad enough that I can inhale entire packages of freeze-dried strawberries in mere minutes, which are supposedly good for you; a box of Cheese-Its poses a real threat, and that threat is called I'm Going To Eat This Whole Box in 30 Minutes.

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.

But sometimes the heat in your apartment gets turned on for the first time, and it starts raining outside, and you need some chocolate.

These cookies require no baking, and only the simplest of ingredients.  You probably already have all of them in your pantry, so whip up these fudge-tastic beauties right now.  Eat a handful, freeze the rest, and then remember them next time it rains.

No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Cookies
from Brown Eyed Baker

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
Heaping 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats

Heat butter, sugar, cocoa and milk in a large saucepan until it boils.  Allow to boil for one minute before removing from heat.

Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.

Add oats and stir to incorporate.

Plop heaping tablespoons of the "batter" onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  Use the back of the spoon to smush the batter into a flatter, cookie-esque shape.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes before eating so they set.  Keep cookies cold.

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