Just in time for Father's Day, I am sharing the recipe for my dad's favorite cookie: Chocolate No-Bake Cookies. What a treat! These gems are nothing at all like a traditional cookie, they are more like candy (you will see there is no flour in the recipe).
I would make these cookies in my college apartment just prior to going home for a weekend. My mom wasn't too keen on my dad having these yummy treats too often, so I would just leave them in his car. Once I got back in my car to return to the university, the container from my previous visit would be in the passenger's seat - along with some cash.
My mom would often hand me cash as well. "Don't tell your dad," she would say.
"OK," would be my reply. Of course I wasn't going to say anything, I had both my parents handing me cash without the other one knowing. Double dipping at its best. Those were the days!
It took me years to perfect making No-Bake Cookies. Sometimes they would turn out too dry (boiling too long) and sometimes they would not set up (either too humid or not boiling long enough).
I have found that adding a bit more peanut butter than most recipes call for helps keep the cookies from drying out. Another tip is to use high quality cocoa powder. I highly recommend Dutch Cocoa Powder (not the natural cocoa powder). You will notice it is higher priced than the mainstream cocoa powder, but you get what you pay for!
These are a delicious summer dessert because you don't have to turn your oven on to whip up a batch. Enjoy!
(Hey, Dad - Guess what's coming to your house for Father's Day? Sorry they were mailed a bit late...you should see them on Monday.)
- Combine sugar, butter, cocoa powder and milk in saucepan. Over medium heat stirring constantly, bring to a full boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add peanut butter, vanilla and quick oats and mix well.
- Drop by rounded teaspoons (I like to use a disher) onto waxed paper. Let set.
- Store in airtight container.
NOTE: These "cookies" may be a little finicky. You may find they do not set up at all or other times they set up before you can scoop them onto the waxed paper. Either way, they will still taste good!