Monday, September 19, 2011

No-Bakes {perfected!}

You know those classic cookies filled with chocolate and oatmeal goodness that you don't even have to put in the oven? Yes, those ones. Well, I think I have finally perfected the recipe and I would love to share it with you!

A few years ago, there was a little coffee stand near my house that I would go to regularly {aka every single morning}. Most days I would only get my regular coffee, but every once in a while I would treat myself to one of their giant, chewy, delicious chocolate no-bake cookies. They were amazing and they were only one dollar. But one day, tragedy struck... I decided it was a cookie day, but when I placed my order I was told that they no longer carried them. It was a sad day, indeed! But instead of wallowing, I set off on a mission. To perfect the no-bake. To recreate the cookie to taste just like the coffee-stand variety that I would never be able to taste again.

Because everyone knows the problem with no-bakes... sometimes they are just too dry... and oatmeal-y... and not chocolate-y enough. I hesitate to the use the word "moist" here, because my sister hates it...but let's be honest. You want a moist no-bake and HERE is how you do it...

1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tbsp. cocoa
3 cups oats
1 tsp. vanilla
2-4 oz. baking chocolate or 1/4 c. chocolate chips

In a saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, milk, cocoa, and chocolate, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and then cook for two minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and then add the oats. When oats are fully saturated with chocolate-y goodness, drop by spoonful onto wax paper or foil {if you are out of wax paper like I am}. Let cool until hardened {at least one hour}.

I tweaked the ingredients on this until I got them just right, but the real secret to this recipe is the extra chocolate. It makes the texture so smooth. Last time I made them {in these pictures}, I added two ounces of UNsweetened baking chocolate to the sauce and then added about an 1/8 of a cup of milk chocolate chips to the mixture right before spooning it out onto the wax. I didn't even stir in the chocolate chips, I just kind of let them halfway melt into each cookie and the result was amazing!

I realize a cookie is still a cookie filled with sugar and butter and should be eaten in moderation, but don't you feel just a little bit better eating a cookie filled with healthy rolled oats instead of white flour? Because I know I do! And the fact that you can make these is under 20 minutes and not have to continuously check on a tray in the oven is just about the best thing ever if you ask me! Enjoy!

Happily linking up to StoneGable's On the Menu Monday and How To Mommy's Tasty Thursday!


Richella said...

I love those no-bake cookies. . . but I've stopped making them because too often they turned out all dry and yucky! I'm copying this recipe right now!

Visiting from Amanda's party. :)

ms.composure said...

um these look YUMMY!!! about to get off of work and head to the store so i can make my own!!

Beffy 55 said...

I tried my recipe again and they didn't get hard enough, so I will try yours. No bakes are one of my comfort foods from childhood!

alanna rose said...

I just made no-bakes last week, and I was so exited because, for the first time in years, they actually turned out. Why are they so fickle?

I love the idea of adding extra choc chips at the can never go wrong with more chocolate!

Jamie said...

I might have to make some of these today with your recipe. These are hands down my favorite cookie of all time.
hehe about your sis in law and her dislike of "that" word. I have words I hate, too. They shall remain nameless.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I've never tried making a no-bake cookie before! Those look like a really good treat. :) Thanks so much for joining my Family Friendly Food Week party. :)