No Bake Cookies 2.0

Everybody loves a no-bake cookie.

Today, there is a new creation on the table, I call them No-Bake Cookies 2.0.  Since I am definitely a cook (artist!) and not a baker (scientist), this endeavor was a borderline-challenge for me.  But the normal little chocolate-oat morsels of dessert goodness require so many junky ingredients that I just couldn’t make them anymore!

So I started googling for no-bake cookie recipes, and to my surprise, there were no suitable healthier alternatives.

To top it all off, the grocery store keeps showcasing these trendy “salted dark chocolate caramels”…so I have been salivating over that salty-sweet pairing with great restraint (Primarily because Michael Pollan said that I have to make my own desserts, and secondarily, I am uninterested in paying my unborn-someday-maybe-children’s-college-tuition in exchange for a bucket of chocolate).

So then I shut down Google, opened up the old family cookbook, and edited the recipe: I took out the oleo (I love you grandma, but God bless America), butter, sugar and milk and decided to make the little things out of tempered chocolate instead.  (I learned how to temper the chocolate from a video on Ghiradhelli.com.) I started by filling a saucepan with water and bringing it to a boil.

Then I found a metal mixing bowl (glass works too) and “covered” the boiling saucepan by sitting the bowl over the top (this creates a double boiler and keeps the chocolate from scorching).

So, I stirred and melted 3/4 of a bag of 60% semi-sweet chocolate chips as the binder (instead of the aforementioned ingredients) in a double boiler.

After the chocolate had melted, I removed the chocolate bowl from atop the boiling water and stirred in the remaining 1/4 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (so the chocolate would harden/set).

Then I threw in a couple of cups or so of oats, a splash of vanilla and a mound of peanut butter.

I gently stirred it all up.

Then I dropped the little things by spoonful onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, threw a little course ground kosher salt over the top, and after 10 minutes in the freezer,

these little beauties made their debut.

I can still save for my unborn children’s college, minus the expense of shipping- my sister wants me to FedEx her a sample.

To compare:

No Bake Cookies, Grandma Style – with 7 ingredients
(Did you know this recipe originated in the USA out of the rations during the depression era?)

2 cups sugar | 1/2 stick butter or 1/2 cup oleo | 1/3 cup cocoa | 1/2 cup milk | 1 teaspoon vanilla | 1/2 cup peanut butter | 2 1/2 – 3 cups oats

No Bake Cookies 2.0 – Ingredient List* (circa 2011)

16 oz. of baking chocolate (I use 1 bag of 60% Semi-sweet chips)
2 – 2 1/2  cups of oats (I use Quaker Old Fashioned Oats)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
Course Ground Kosher Salt (optional, for sprinkling)

Reflections: Grandma has me beat when it comes to a picnic, as these little 2.0 morsels will melt in your hand and in your mouth.  Hold it with some parchment or a napkin, and you’re good to go.  But all around, the 2.0 win the waistline/heart-health/woo-your-woman contest and are much more forgiving to the wanna-be baker.  How many times have you tried to make “Grandma style” No Bake Cookies only to find they didn’t set?  The freezer piece in 2.0 guarantees a workable cookie, and we all love a little success now and then.  Note: just like you would let a hot, “baked” cookie cool – you will want to let the “frozen” cookie sit out from the freezer for a couple of minutes before indulging. Otherwise you risk busting a tooth on the chocolate goodness.  Just so you know, all of my teeth are still intact.  Thanks for thinking of me…

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  • http://godgrown.net/blog Mark W

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a tastier no-bake cookie. These things are fantastic!

  • http://artandtable.com Katrina

    Just discovered the facts.nnNutrition FactsnServing Size: 1 cookie (Based on an 18 cookie yield)nAmount per ServingnCalories 160nCalories from Fat 83.5 ………………..% Daily Value *nTotal Fat 9.28g………………………………….14%nSaturated Fat 4.61g……………………………23%nCholesterol 0mg…………………………………0%nSodium 85.83mg………………………………..3%nTotal Carbohydrate 19.28g…………………..6%nDietary Fiber 2.72g …………………………..10%nSugars 8.28g nProtein 3.28g……………………………………. 6%nn* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.

  • Andrew W.

    Likin the site katrina. I like the different approach to a blog–food.

  • http://artandtable.com Katrina

    Thanks guys!