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How to make no bake cookies ahead of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’s a festive spirit in the air and you happen to be in the mood for some cookies. These are not your average cookies that you have to bake, oh no. There are no bake cookies for you to try out and enjoy.

Let’s start with the ingredients that you will need:

  • 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter (sliced into pieces)
  • 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (20 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (300 grams) quick-cooking oats

First, round up all your ingredients and precisely measure them out. Now, imagine your kitchen as a baking battlefield because it’s about to go down.

Line two spacious baking sheets with parchment paper, and let the culinary battle commence.

In a large saucepan, assemble the butter, sugar, milk, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Heat this formidable concoction over medium heat, stirring like a kitchen wizard until the butter surrenders and everything melts. Once you’ve reached a boil, let the magic brew for precisely 60 seconds – yes, set a timer so you don’t burn anything. Stir occasionally to keep the potion in check.

Withdraw your mixture from the heat and seamlessly integrate the peanut butter and vanilla extract until they all become one. Toss in the oats and stir until each oat is drowned in the potion.

Now, with a handy 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop, or a spoon, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto your parchment-lined sheets. Allow them a brief cool-down of 20 to 30 minutes – just enough time to prepare your taste buds. No eating…yet.

How to make no bake cookies ahead of Christmas, EntertainmentSA News South Africa
Carefully drop your cookies on a lined parchment paper / Image: Real Life Dinner

Serve your enchanted creations and bask in the glory of your baking abilities! These delights can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

For those who seek a longer-lasting encounter with the cookies, freeze your cookies after they’ve cooled completely. Place them in a large freezer bag or a container with frost-resistant qualities, and they shall remain frozen in time for up to 3 months. Have them to room temperature when you’re ready to relive the magic.

When it comes to oats, you may opt for the ancient, chewier variety – old-fashioned rolled oats. However, for a smoother eating experience, you may want to use the quick-cooking oats.

Happy eating!

Main image: Live Well Bake Often

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