Sunday, September 2, 2012

(No Bake) Chocolate Peanut Butter bites



In typical Jenny & Aaron fashion, spur of the moment sweets, aka concoctions, often happen after midnight. I'm a big baker. Not much makes me happier than finding an amazing looking recipe for a cake or cupcakes...or a pie, or bars, or candies, or whatever...and then being able to whip it up into existence. I love the whole process. I'm even a fan of shopping for the ingredients. The baking aisle can hold my attention for 45 minutes easily. Poring over the selection of sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, imported cocoa, baking chocolate. And these days we are so lucky to have all of the incredible online shopping options.  At the tip of your fingers you'll find the cutest cupcake wrappers in any shade or pattern imaginable, sanding sugars in every color of the rainbow, madagascar bourbon vanilla, and if you really want to take homemade ice cream to the next level you'll splurge for the whole bean vanilla that comes contained in a test-tube-esque vessel. When it comes to baking supplies I'm a googling nut, and I have been for as long as I've been using google. So it may seem weird that I actually look forward to seeing what ends up at my local grocery store. I guess I love seeing the trickle down effect. Similar to how runway looks end up at your local mall. It's cool to see the new "norm" of the baking aisle.  That stuff excites me.


I made these simple little treats for the first time a few months ago. It was nearly 1 am, and we had just had some popcorn and needed something sweet to finish us off. Rather than jumping into full-on baking mode, and turning on the oven, and dealing with a bunch of dishes...which is something I have no problem doing...I've been known to bake up Magnolia cupcakes on a whim at 2 am more times than I can count...I hit google and came across a few recipes for "no bake" cookies. 

We opted for something classic, with those old stand-by's chocolate & peanut butter. I have made these a handful of times now and used both cocoa powder as well as squares of baking chocolate. I wing it in the kitchen and I'm a pretty good winger...but if you like to go by the book, here is a recipe:

Ingredients
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter (cut into pieces)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal (I used quick cooking oats)

Directions
In a saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.  Then, add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Stir well to combine. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the tablespoonful. Let cool till set.

We found that we liked them chilled in the fridge.

These little guys are super yummy and really don't last more than a day around here. Let me know if you make them, or if you add anything to them! Coconut could be great!

Happy September friends!!
( I used one of my favorite vintage leaf plates...yay Fall!)
xo Jenny

17 comments:

  1. Guys, these look delish! If only I could get myself to like peanut butter :(

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  2. I have to tell you that these cookies are the ones that the school cafeteria served with school lunches when I was in elementary school. They were the reason I would choose to buy the school lunch if I knew they were part of the deal! There are some things that just stick with you, and for me it was these cookies. Suzie

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  3. @ teacakemake Ohhh boy! Cannot imagine! haha! Well what about nutella? Or have you tried Speculoos? I bet they would both totally work in place! :)

    Thanks for popping in! :)
    xo

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  4. @Suzie Button Ohh my gosh! Really? Wow! We never had anything that yummy in school! Well they did have this yellow cake with chocolate frosting that I swear to you...was like 7 inches high!! It was outrageous...I remember a kid that sat at our table would get 2 everyday!! Thanks for sharing that fun memory! :)

    xo

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  5. We had these in school too....we didn't know what they were so we just called them "chocolate things" and ate them up! Glad you posted the recipe!

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  6. These looks so good!! Love your sweet plate, too! Have great rest of the weekend! xo Heather

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  7. Ohhhhhh I need to try these!!! YUM!!!!!

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  8. They look super yummy - I wonder how I could make them gluten free... perhaps replace the oats with rice bran? I shall experiment and let you know!

    Sarah xxx

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  9. I think these are good to make while the weather is so warm and I hate to turn on the oven... so these will be perfect I think I will give them a try~ Hugs, Diane

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  10. These are my favorite cookies Jenny, to make and eat!
    I do use coconut in mine. Yummy
    You could add nuts, drizzle white chocolate over the tops, add raisins, pine nuts, dried fruit pieces etc.

    You are right they don't last long here either!
    I'd you havent tried these you will be happy you did.

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  11. My mom has made these as long as I can remember and always includes coconut; pretty darn delicious!!!

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  12. I haven't had these since I was a kid, one of the first things I learned to "cook". I remember putting them in the freezer to hurry them up. Thanks for reminding me of these tasties.

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  13. These look delish! New follower to your blog...you're kinda my new hero. I think I'm in love. ;)

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  14. These look yummy! I like the idea of (No Bake) since we are having a heat wave in California. I don't want to turn the oven on! Thanks for the recipe.

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  15. I LOVE these! I haven't made them in years. Thanks for sharing.
    PhotosByPab

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