Yes, it’s true. Occasionally, I do make a sweet treat without peanut butter. This time around, I omitted the PB from a traditionally very peanut-buttery snack. You guessed it ~ the ever popular no-bake cookie! As much as I love PB and as easy and oven-free (perfect for the now official drought we are experiencing) no-bakes are, I’ve never been able to bring myself to completely fall in love with them. But I may be on to something here. Rich, chocolaty, a little crunchy, a little chewy and free of any nut butters whatsoever. Which, by the way, is not an original idea and as other recipes have suggested, you could add Nutella or other substitutes for PB, but I’m good with chocolate for now and I think you’ll enjoy them too. The no-bake cookie recipe seems to be pretty universal, but I tweaked it somewhat. ENJOY!
Fudgy Chocolate No-Bake Cookies (without peanut butter)
1 stick butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. agave nectar/syrup (I used amber)
or 2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. milk
4 T. cocoa powder
1-3 t. pure vanilla extract (for no-bake cookies, I’ve seen recipes that call for as little as 1 t. to 1 T. I used about 3 t.)
2-3 c. quick oats
1 c. corn flakes or crispy rice cereal (non-flavored)
3/4 c. chocolate chips
In a medium pan over low-medium heat, melt butter and whisk in milk, sugars and cocoa until combined and sugars dissolve. Bring to a light boil (while stirring) and then lightly boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat and whisk in vanilla. Add oats and stir then fold in cereal. Gently stir in more oats if needed (mixture shouldn’t be runny). Stir in chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of batter on wax paper and set until firm. I placed mine in the freezer until they had set (not frozen). Store in refrigerator. Makes about 2-dozen.
© Amy Carpenter @ Afternoon Popcorn Snack, 2013
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