Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Need a Chocolate Fix?

These are seriously the easiest cookies to've probably seen them before...but if not here you go (I will post a picture a little later...I plan on making some today)...

Chocolate No-Bakes....Two Ways
#1 WITH peanut butter
In a large sauce pan combine:
2 c. sugar
4 T. cocoa powder
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. margarine
Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, remove from heat and stir in:
1/2 c. peanut butter
3 c. quick oats
1 tsp. vanilla
Working quickly drop spoonfuls of mixture onto waxed paper...allow to cool completely (they set as they cool).
#2 WITHOUT peanut butter
Combine in a large sauce pan:
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
6 T. cocoa powder
Bring to a boil, cook until mixture reaches the soft ball stage (using a candy thermometer @ 240 degrees...don't have a thermometer? Look below for a tip). Remove from heat and add:
a pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups oatmeal
Stir quickly & drop onto waxed paper. Cookies will harden as they cool.
A couple tips:
You can use any type of oatmeal...I like quick oats because the cookies turn out less chewy (since the oats aren't technically getting cooked).
Try crunchy peanut butter...yum :)
To determine if your cocoa mixture is at soft ball stage without a thermometer- get a clear glass of cold water...drip a few drops of the hot cocoa mixture into the water...when it forms into a soft ball at the bottom of the glass it's ready...remove it from the water, it should be soft & flatten out slightly as you hold it. It takes a little practice...but no extra tools required. For more info look here.
Enjoy! & let me know which you like best :)