I don’t know if you’ve ever heard about this, but Arkansas has pretty much the worst weather ever.
We have three seasons — Hot, Wet, and Tornado-ey, but sometimes you’ll get a combo like Wet and Tornado-ey or Hot and Wet, which are especially wonderful. I’d say that the weather and the abundance of sleeveless Larry the Cable Guy shirts are probably my least favorite things about living here, but don’t tell anyone I said that because people are really passionate about Git R Done. Or is it Dun? I don’t even know, all these pretend misspelled words confuse me sometimes.
Anyways, it’s already in the 90′s here, which is totally ridiculous and requires me to crank the AC down to 68 in order to turn the oven on. It may sound extreme, but sweat ruins my make -up, and I think my husband almost grounded me from Ulta when he found out how Ulta Reward Points I had. Not even kidding.
I tried to tell him that by getting so much free stuff I was actually saving money, but he was so busy trying to calculate how much I had to spend to get that many points that he wasn’t even hearing me. He’s all, “why can’t you just do like you used to and get your make up from Walmart” and I’m all “I’m older now and old skin needs special stuff or bad things happen”.
I am really relying on his lack of motivation to Google anything to see me through this, because the truth is, Ulta smells good and everything is displayed really cute and it just makes me feel happy to be there
So like I said, it’s hot here, hot kitchens ruin my make up, and I’m trying to lay low on buying new stuff for a little while (weekish or three days-ish….), so No Bake Cookies are a good call.
Also? They’re delicious.
Now — I realize that No Bake Cookies are nothing new, but I’ve seen enough bad ones in bakeries and grocery stores that I feel like we need to go over these carefully. I was raised on No Bake Cookies that look exactly like this:
Medium brown with a matte finish and oats that are EEEEEVER so slightly softened.
But what I see in stores is often shiny, dark brown, with completely raw oats mixed in. And maybe to some people this tastes great, but for me…no bueno. I do not enjoy the texture of a shiny cookie with a mouthful of raw oats.
So. What I do is I make sure to stir the oats in to my hot mixture for a good few minutes. The extra time in the hot chocolate/peanut butter will soften the oats a bit and as the cookies dry and set they will have a matte finish and be nice and firm. Try it!! You’ll love them, I swear.
Not only are these cookies amazingly good (one of my very favorites), but you can roll one up and trick your kid that it’s poop.
No Bake Cookies
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 stick margarine
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups QUICK oats
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, margarine, milk, and cocoa. (HAVE YOUR OTHER INGREDIENTS MEASURED OUT AND READY NEARBY) Stir constantly and bring to a rolling boil. Boil for exactly ONE MINUTE, stirring the whole time.
2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter until peanut butter is melted. Add quick oats and stir for about 4 minutes until the mixture begins to cool and thicken.
3. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper and allow to firm and cool for an hour or so.
I probably shouldn’t have said that just now, but whatever.