If you are a horse girl like me, you want Christmas to be special for your gentle giants too. This season I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself that my boys are so far away (okay, 30 minutes isn’t THAT far, but it feels like it most days!) and that I wouldn’t be able to just pop over and spend time with them like I had dreamt about when Paddy was a mile away. I have long envisioned Christmas with my ‘ponies!’Read More
Do you have a cookie that is your childhood staple? I have several, but one of them is my mom’s famous Chocolate No Bakes. I was always fascinated at the simplicity of not BAKING a cookie [okay truthfully, it still fascinates me?] and hers always turned out SO GOOD.
Except one time, when my dad made a batch. He put four teaspoons of cocoa in when it was supposed to be Tablespoons. We wondered what in the world happened and why they weren’t chocolatey and then he realized ooooohhhhhh, not nearly enough cocoa! [I love you, Dad!]
These cookies are the perfect blend of good texture, sweetness, and chocolate. Fun fact, I argued with my husband NUMEROUS times about how putting peanut butter in a Chocolate No Bake would NOT be good. And then he showed my mom’s recipe which low and behold, calls for 1/2 cup of peanut butter. (Remember, my MOM used to make these, not me. Sorry, Mom!)
So here’s watcha do, Y’all:
Get your ingredients.
4T Baking Cocoa
2 cups of Sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup of milk
3 cups of oatmeal
1/2 cups of peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Boil the cocoa, sugar, butter and milk together for 1 minute. Take off heat and add the oatmeal, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir quickly, and drop by large spoonfuls on waxed paper. Then cool completely.
Our kids were equally fascinated by this type of cookie and it was pretty adorable. “I want to taste the dough!” they said. I explained that this dough was different and at first, they protested, “No! I like the regular dough, normal dough!” and then they got a big spoonful of the delicious chocolate goodness :) They were completely sold!
Pierson is in a stage where he thinks it’s REALLY funny to not smile for pictures; or to make ME laugh instead of him smiling. And Reese is the most animated extroverted child I’ve ever met. But that’s beside the point. These kids are pretty wonderful and so is my husband, who really is the one who pretty much made these cookies….(Thanks, Babe.)
Do you like Chocolate No Bakes? If so, PLEASE try this recipe. My mom gave me a recipe box for my wedding and I love being able to refer back to my childhood favorites, such as this!
The kids have been asking me for a couple of weeks, "Can we bake cookies??" Last week I was in a super anxious and frusterated mood and I decided to whip through our Lazy Susan to see what ingredients we had. Why I choose to bake with two very small children when I am not in the greatest of moods is beyond me, however, I will admit that about half way through I started to cheer up and feel calm again. (Thanks, kiddos, for putting up with your mama!)
I went to my Pinterest 'Sweets' board and found a recipe I had never made before: Ooey-Gooey Chewy Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies. I've never used maple syrup in cookies (have you??) but it is a genius idea! Most of the sweetness came from the syrup, as only 1/4 cup is required of granulated and brown sugar.
If you're in the mood for a very SOFT cookie filled with chocolate chunk goodness, this is the cookie you should make. Here's what you need, my only adaption is that I didn't use the maple extract because we didn't have any:
- 6 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons maple extract or maple flavor
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plus 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dark chocolate, cut into large chunks
I followed Broma Bakery's instructions exactly, and I don't recommend swaying from them! She was spot ON about the ten minutes of bake time. Yes, they DO look way underdone, but after sitting on the baking sheets for ten more minutes after they're out, they are literally perfect.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two cookie sheets and set aside.
- In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and maple syrup for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add in egg, maple extract, vanilla extract, and salt, and beat for an additional minute. Pour in flour and turn the mixer to its lowest speed, working in the flour only until it incorporates.
- Remove from mixer and fold in chocolate chunks. Use a 2 ounce cookie scoop to scoop cookies onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake cookies for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to sit on the baking sheet, untouched, for 10 minutes. They will continue to cook and crisp up around the edges during this time.
- Once the cookies have sat for 10 minutes, you can remove them from the cookie sheet and serve!