I apologize for the lack of posts this past week, I was getting my Geek on at GenCon Indy 2012. This was my 5th year as a Captain and hopefully I’ll be a Captain for many years to come. In my visit to Indy I was able to follow-up at a few of the restaurants I visited last year, and for the most part was pleased at what I saw. However this post is not about the Indy food scene, this post is about a new version of an old favorite. Once upon a time I could not bake to save my life and had to rely on roommates to make cookies in order to fulfill any cookie cravings. There was one exception to the cookie rule: no-bake cookies! I started with the standard “preacher” cookie recipe involving oatmeal, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. I then started experimenting with other combinations based on what was available finally settling with the following crazy combination.
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup nutella
1/4 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 tsp caramel syrup (I use Monin)
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add the cocoa, sugar, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
- Quickly stir in the oats, nutella, peanut butter, and vanilla.
- To form the cookies drop 2tbsp of dough on wax or parchment paper, and allow to sit until firm. Enjoy!
If you can’t find the caramel syrup, vanilla extract can also be substituted. I find there is something about the caramel that goes amazingly well with the nuttiness of these cookies.
I am also submitting this to Maison Cupcake’s Zero Baking Required Link-Up, which is all about oven free baking.