No Bake Cookies

Since it’s so hot outside around these parts, it seems crazy to turn on the oven – but what if you just have a craving for cookies? Well, the soulution is NO BAKE cookies!! We made some the other day and they are so easy and so good! I also found a healthier version of these cookies if you want to cut out the butter and some of the sugar! (and they still taste great!) I’m including both recipes so you can make them however you prefer.

Old Standby No Bake Cookies
* 2 cups sugar
* 4 tablespoons cocoa
* 1 stick butter
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon vanilla
* 3 cups oatmeal
* Waxed paper

Directions
In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute

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then add peanut butter and stir until it’s melted into the mixture

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Add vanilla and oatmeal and mix well

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On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.  So easy and delicious, right?!

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Here’s the updated healthier version too, I found this version on RecipeZaar
Ingredients
* 3 tablespoons skim milk
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
* 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
* 1/8 cup wheat germ (heaping)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seeds (optional)
* 1 cup quick oatmeal

Directions
Heat milk, sugar and cocoa powder over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly.
Take off heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter; stir until peanut butter has melted completely.
Stir in wheat germ and oatmeal.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper or eat immediately.

The writer of  this recipe added that this version is ” VERY flexible. If you don’t have wheat germ or flax seed, just use more oatmeal. The recipe above should work out just perfectly and does most of the time, but if your cookies come out crumbly, use less oatmeal next time. If they never set, use more oatmeal next time.”  Others suggested adding more cocoa powder for a more chocolaty cookie – so you can pretty much make this cookie to your personal tastes!  Have fun!