I had some great news yesterday that I would like to share with you. Yesterday I received my Certificate of Naturalisation Candidature, which basically means that I have been pre-approved for citizenship in Taiwan! I know, most people don't even know where to find Taiwan on the map, or keeps thinking I live in Thailand, but it's been my home for over 8 years and I want to make it more permanent.
I've been thinking of something to cook in celebration of this milestone and came across something that would take me all of 10 minutes to do. No-bake cookies! Now, I've heard of these cookies before, but never actually tried making them because the recipes always seem to be in US measurements. I have nothing against our friends from the US, but what's up with this clinging to things like "sticks" of butter? This recipe was no different, but it looked so delicious, that I just had to try it out. Now I know, once and for all that a stick of butter equals about 125 gram of butter, or half a cup...but then again, who wants to stick the butter (pardon the pun) in a cup?
I found the recipe on a great blog called Brown Eyed Baker and it is really easy to make. It takes you about 10 minutes to prepare and then you need to let it cool for about half an hour...if you can wait that long!
Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oats Cookies
- 125g butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 0.5 cup milk
- 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 0.5 cup peanut butter (I like to use crunchy for more...crunch)
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 cups quick cooking (instant) oats
- Place the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder in a medium sized pot.
- Put on medium high heat and stir so that the sugar dissolves and butter melts.
- Bring to a rolling boil for one minute.
- Remove it from the heat. Using a whisk, stir in the vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.
- Stir in the oats.
- While it is still hot, drop heaped tablespoonsful onto a tray, lined with wax or baking paper. The mixture won't spread too much, so use the back of a spoon to flatten and make it into the shape of a cookie. You should be able to get a little more than 2 dozen cookies out of you mixture.
- Allow to cool and set for about 30 minutes (if you can wait that long). Make some coffee and enjoy!