Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Foodie {Unbaked Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies} and Some Other Fun Stuff

I usually have songs or thoughts for blogging pop into my head one at a time, but today they’re coming at me all at once, hence the plethora of fun stuff today. Let’s start with the cerebral and move onto the sublime.

Thought of the Day:

More is accomplished in resting in Christ than in all the self-motivated work in the world.

Ponder that one and tell me what you think.

Now, onto the foodie. Yes, it is September and in my mind (especially being from Kentucky) that’s supposed to mean the beginning of a crispness in the air, a leaf or two thinking about turning a shade of yellow or red and the spicy smells of something pumpkiny baking in the oven. But here in Arizona, where we live on the dark side of the sun, it’s still blazing hot and we don’t want to turn on those ovens quite yet. So for your cookie pleasure, I give you a no-bake chocolate fudge-type cookie that really satisfies those chocolate cravings. And ps...I’ve tried making them with margarine, but they just don’t set up. Real butter works best.

Unbaked Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
½ cup butter
½ cup milk
½ cup peanut butter
2 cups quick oats
1 tablespoon vanilla

1. Bring sugar, cocoa, butter and milk to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently; boil 1 minute, remove from heat.

2. Add peanut butter, oats and vanilla. Let mixture sit about 5 minutes; stir.

3. Drop onto wax paper using a 1/8 measuring cup or a coffee scoop; let cool until set, about 1 hour. If your craving won’t wait, you could probably get away with 30 minutes. Makes about 30 cookies. (Just wondering how these would taste using Nutella in place of the peanut butter…mmm…double the fudginess.)

And lastly, a melody and lyrics that just won't let go, brought to you by Switchfoot.  Enjoy while those fudgy cookies are melting in your mouth.

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Thanks for sharing!