No-bakes: A classic oven-free snack

Photo by George Hyde
Photo by George Hyde

We all like cookies. At least, I hope we all do. Anyway, if you somehow have an irrational fear of ovens and bakeries but no fear of stovetops, have I got just the treat for you! Aptly named “no-bake” cookies, they’re well known but rarely seen, for some odd reason.

Here’s an old family recipe (well, maybe not that old) to fabricate your own and share with friends. Or eat them all yourself, if you’re the selfish type.

Begin by throwing a stick of butter (8 tablespoons) into a saucepan with around medium heat. Add the sugar, milk and cocoa, and stir until the chocolatey formula begins to boil.

While waiting for the butter to melt, now’s a good time to get the other ingredients ready. Keep the peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal separate from each other and the formula, though.

Once the formula starts bubbling, start a timer for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. If you want to take a quick bathroom break or something like that, now’s a good time to do so. Don’t forget to wash your hands.

It’s important to note that after this point, you cannot stop until the cookies are done, so be ready to act fast.

Once the timer goes off, add the other ingredients and stir like mad. Mix them well until they have a thick and gooey consistency.

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Once it looks about right, take an ice cream scoop (or something to that effect) and dump small doses onto a sheet of wax paper, as pictured below. Do this until it’s all on the wax paper.

Now, you can finally rest and let the cookies cool for about 20 minutes. After that, they’re ready to serve! Bring them to class and be the envy of all your cool classmates! Let your friends or roommates know you really care!

Or just hog them to yourself, you greedy jerk.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup of milk
8 tbsp butter (1 stick)
3 cups oatmeal
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Prep time:
Approximately 30 minutes

Serving size:
Makes about 35 cookies