Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Easy, no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oats Cookies



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


Ingredients:

  • 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
Method:

  1. Place the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder in a medium sized pot.
  2. Put on medium high heat and stir so that the sugar dissolves and butter melts.
  3. Bring to a rolling boil for one minute.
  4. Remove it from the heat.  Using a whisk, stir in the vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Stir in the oats.
  6. 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.
  7. Allow to cool and set for about 30 minutes (if you can wait that long).  Make some coffee and enjoy!

28 comments:

  1. Congrats on being one step closer to citizenship! I think these look like a great way to celebrate, love that they're so quick to whip up.

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  2. you had me at 'no-bake'! what a wonderful recipe to celebrate your almost-citzenship!

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  3. Looks delicious! I need to try this. There goes the diet! ;)

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  4. Awesome comment polkadotcupcake! Christie-Anne Wolmarans Will also need to try it, love the lay-out of your blog!

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  5. @Marisa: Thanks dear! Anything that doesn't take a lot of time makes me very happy.

    @Polkadot: Thank you...the almost-citizenship has taken SUCH a long time, so fast cookies has to do the trick. :)

    @Marion: You should definitely try this. You have a pot and (now) you have a whisk. The ingredients aren't a problem either.

    @Christie-Anne: Come on girl, hierdie koekies is dead easy! Gaan maak hulle sommer nou! ;-) Thanks vir die visit!

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  6. Gosh my kids would LOVE this... (using it as an excuse to make them and eat them all myself, but shhh don't tell anyone!)

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  7. Hahaha! I know exactly what you mean, Alida. No worries, your secret is safe with me!

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  8. Hello- cookies to celebrate, how fitting! Congrats K-boy, Kapow ;)
    I love all the ingredients in this and can't believe how easy it is! Yum

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  9. Thanks Ishay! I think even supervised kids could make this! Kapow!

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  10. Oh YUM!!! These remind me a bit of the Cornflake cookies we used to make as kids but nicer and more decadent!! Congrats on the naturalisation thing :)

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  11. Thank you for the visit Cooksister! They are lekker!

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  12. YUM!Those photos are stunning....they make what is already a fabulous cookie just that much more droolicious! This is definitely something that I will be making with my little grandsons. Thanks for sharing. And congrats on the pre-approval. One step closer and all that. Hugs xx

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  13. Hey, thanks Colleen...if you saw my crappy camera, you'd be even more impressed - hahaha! :-P Your grandsons are going to love these!

    Yes, one step at a time and a whole lot of patience is all it takes.

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  14. Dit lyk gorgeous! Another way to get my child to eat oats. And peanut butter.

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  15. Thanks Adele! Maar jy's nog steeds die Queen as dit by biscuits kom! :)

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  16. I love this! Looks absolutely delicious....

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  17. Thank you Thuli! Thank you for the visit, too. :))

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  18. Yum Yum. Het 'n koekie gesoek om saam te neem vir die see vakansie, hierdie is net die PERFEKTE een. Groot pret vir die kinders wees.

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  19. Dankie Heidi! Die kinders sal verseker mal wees daaroor.

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  20. YUM! A delicious recipe for little petit chef grandsons to help make....thanks for sharing. xx

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  21. Colleen, please let me know how it went with le petit chefs!

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  22. Oh Cool, I found this recipe. I last tried it in Std 4 Home Economics class. I have wanted to try it again, just never had the recipe. Divine.

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  23. My 'child within' will LOVE these...
    Perhaps I'll make some for everyone at the palace... if I don't gobble them all up first! (rather don't tell them; just in case) ;-)

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  24. Wow Rose, Std 4 you say...I can't even remember being in Std 4! Hahaha! Well, I'm glad you found them again!

    Your Highness, welcome to my humble blog and thanks for the comment! Your secret is safe with me!

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