I don’t know about you all, but for me doing lots of baking in this weather and heating up the house just doesn’t seem very practical. I’d rather cut down on baked goods than go to too much bother on a hot day. A few days ago, I told Julia we really should find the recipe we used quite frequently a year ago. This no-bake recipe was in a children’s magazine and is simple enough for a young person to make. The best thing about it is that you don’t even need to use the oven! Julia’s Aunt Keturah, who is an amazing baker at 12 years old, is here for the day, so this may be a good time for them to make these tasty treats.
At our house, we’re all peanut butter-lovers, so I’m on the lookout for new recipes with peanut butter in them. As a young girl, I was especially fond of the no-bake chocolate cookies. In fact, when I was 14, the Wengerd family joined our family on a trip to the Saint Louis Zoo and Gateway Arch. We hired a driver with a big van and made a two-day trip out of it. Plans were made to pitch tents at a campsite and take our meals along to help cut back on cost. Anyway, the mothers decided that we oldest children could plan and prepare one meal. It was a top priority to me to take some of these no-bake chocolate cookies along.
Unfortunately, plans didn’t all fall into place like we hoped they would. By the time we were ready to set up camp, things weren’t looking too good. Clouds were gathering, and it started sprinkling. The optimistic fathers decided to go on setting up the tents and make the most out of things. We children proceeded to serve the meal we had taken along, but things kept going the wrong direction. As lightning flashed through the woods and the thunder rumbled, there were two concerned fathers who decided that plan B would need to be followed. There was no choice but to pack up all our soaking camp gear and have 14 wet, disappointed people climb back into the van and go to a motel. After the initial disappointment, we were all excited to go to a motel. After all, most of us children had never been to one before! We ended up really having a nice time. The following morning, we all gathered in one room so we could all have devotions together.
Now after a number of years since I had these no-bake cookies, I recently sampled one. It was hard to imagine that I really liked them that sweet. Must be my taste buds have changed somewhere along the line. I still liked them, but to me, they would just be much better without the large amount of sugar! So here’s the recipe as is. Make it according to what strikes your fancy. The second recipe has a lower sugar content, which we like, especially for Austin who seems to do better with not eating too much sugar. And by the way, he still does have plenty of energy! Time and again, I tell him that I really do like all his energy, it’s just that we need to use it in a right way. He is a very intense person who can really make things happen in a short order. I do look forward to watching him grow up and with God’s help, have his ambitions channeled in the right directions.
Anyway, here you go. Best wishes on some stress-free “baking.”
CHOCOLATE NO-BAKE COOKIES
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
Boil first four ingredients in a medium saucepan for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add quick oats and peanut butter; mix well. Drop on wax paper and cool.
MONSTER COOKIE ENERGY BITES
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons wheat germ
2 cups quick oats
2/3 cup flax seeds (optional)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&Ms (sometimes I use raisins instead)
Mix together. Roll into balls. Refrigerate or freeze.
Yield: 2 dozen
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