Wednesday, August 15, 2007

No Bake Cookies - Quick and Delicious Snacks

What do you do when your oven goes kaput and your daughter has invited some of her friends over for tea and cookies. Well, I managed to make some delicious NO Bake Cookies. Luckily, my pantry is well stocked and most ingredients for No Bake Cookies are common items like oats, butter, honey, peanut butter, cornflakes etc. Here are some No Bake Cookies that I have come across ( through trial tests, from friends and from the Internet such as The Quaker Oats Company website.)

3-minute no-bake cookies
(Got this recipe from The Quaker Oats Company website)

2 cups granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) margarine or butter
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1/3 cup baking cocoa
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

1. In large saucepan, combine sugar, margarine, milk and cocoa. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Continue boiling 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
2. Remove from heat. Stir in oats.* Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until firm. Store tightly covered.

Servings: ABOUT 3 DOZEN

variations *If using old fashioned oats, cool mixture in saucepan 5 minutes.

Chewy Chocolate No-Bakes
1 cup (6 ounces) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
5 tablespoons margarine or butter
16 large marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup (any combination of) raisins, diced dried mixed fruit, shredded coconut, miniature marshmallows or chopped nuts

1.In large saucepan melt chocolate morsels, margarine and large marshmallows over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in vanilla. Stir in oats and remaining ingredients.
2.Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Let stand at room temperature about 15 minutes before serving. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

Makes about 3 dozen.

Chocolate Date Cookies
1 (16-ounce) package graham cracker crumbs
1 (16-ounce) container chocolate frosting
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces pitted dates, coarsely chopped
Powdered sugar for rolling

1.In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, melt butter about 1 minute and remove. Stir in graham cracker, frosting and dates, stir until thoroughly combined.
2.Form into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place in an air-tight container.

Makes 32 cookies.

Cow Chip Cookies
2 cups granulated sugar
5 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts

1.Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
2.Combine sugar with cocoa in a large saucepan. Stir in milk, butter and peanut butter. Cook, stirring continuously, over medium heat until butter melts and mixture is combined, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add oats and nuts; mix thoroughly.
3. Once mixture has cooled slightly, drop by large spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheet. Refrigerate cookies until set, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 48 cookies.

No-Bake Butterscotch Cookies
1 (12-ounce) package or butterscotch flavored chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups corn flakes
1 cup peanuts

1.In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butterscotch chips and peanut butter.
2.Combine corn flakes and peanuts in a large bowl and pour in butterscotch mixture; mix well.
Toss until coated evenly.
3.Drop by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with wax paper. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Makes 36 cookies.

Easy 5-in-1 No Bake Cookies

Begin with the following ingredients:

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey or corn syrup
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk solids

Mix thoroughly. Now choose one of the following 5 steps:
1. OR's
2 c. rolled oats
1 1/2 c. raisins
Mix. Shape into balls then flatten. Makes 3 dozen medium cookies.

2. Crispy Balls
4 cups crispy cereal Mix. Shape into small balls. Makes 4 dozen small balls.

3. Raisin Clusters
1/4 c. cocoa
4 c. raisins Mix. Cluster into small balls. Makes about 4 dozen small clusters.

4. Coc O Balls
1/4 cup cocoa
2 c rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 tsp. vanilla Mix. Shape into balls. Makes 2.12 dozen cookie balls.

5. Grahamys
Add 1/4 cup raisins. Spread between graham crackers. Makes about 3 dozen.

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