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Old 07/21/07, 09:37 PM
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No bake cookies

For some reason my no-bake cookies aren't as good as some I have eaten. Does anyone have a recipe? I wonder if the cooking time of the chocolate/butter mixture has anything to do with it? Mine always seem too sticky.
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Old 07/21/07, 09:39 PM
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I haven't made them for awhile, but the last time I did I found a recipe on Google. I didn't think they came out real great...hence why I didn't keep the recipe. I'd love to see everyone's recipes!
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Old 07/21/07, 09:47 PM
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mine stay super gooie for about 24 hours....and then get hard....

here is my recipe even though I cant get them to turn out right

Choc No Bakes

1/2 C butter
2 C sugar
1/2 C milk
4TBSP Cocoa

1/2 C peanut Butter
3 C Quick Oats
1 tsp vanilla

bring 1st set to a rolling boil--stir constantly
Turn off stove=immediately add all of the 2nd set
mix well--then drop onto wax paper or non-porous surface
If at first you dont undo
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Old 07/21/07, 10:17 PM
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1/2 C butter
2 C sugar
1/2 C milk
1/2 C Cocoa

3 C Quick Oats

Mine recipe is almost the same.

Rolling boil for 1 1/2 minutes. I don't measure the oats just put them in until it looks right.
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Old 07/21/07, 10:33 PM
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Special "K" Cookies

1 cup Karo (light)

1 cup sugar

Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) peanut

butter. Mix until smooth. Add 3 cups of Special K cereal. Mix well and

drop by TBSP onto wax paper. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Love these cookies. Corn flakes can also be used. Bet you can't eat just one !

You can also spray an 8x8 pan and put the cereal mixture in it and let it cool,

then cut into squares. So easy, and so good.
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Old 07/21/07, 10:50 PM
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You know humidity can effect the outcome of these cookies. High humidity will cause them to stay gooey.

Of course, when I was a kid, we liked to eat the batter with a spoon right out of the pot while it was still warm!
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Old 07/21/07, 10:58 PM
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Here's my recipe and it usually turns out pretty good, they disappear very quickly,lol

2 c sugar
4 tbsp cocoa
1/2 c milk
Bring to a boil over med. heat, then boil for 1 and a half mins.
Beat for about a half a minute and add, 2 tbsp butter or margarine, 1 tsp. vanilla, beat for another half a minute, then add 1 c. peanut butter and 2 c quick cooking oatmeal. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper.
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Old 07/21/07, 11:07 PM
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mine stay gooey for about 24 hrs also. If you put them in the fridge after you drop them on the cookie sheet, they will firm up faster.
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Old 07/21/07, 11:37 PM
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When making these, I discovered years ago that if you can replace the milk with canned evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed) you get a cookie that has a silky texture to the chocolate.

I do not boil the butter in with the sugar/cocoa/milk mixture, but add it after taking the mixture off the heat.

Boiling the sugar/cocoa mixture too long will cause the cookies to be grainy. When it comes to a rolling but gentle boil I time it for 1.5 minutes exactly, no longer and no shorter.

Never had mine be 'sticky' (?) but have had to add a bit more oats on occasion due to humidity or whatever.
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Old 07/22/07, 08:25 AM
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I put the cookie trays of the no bake cookies in the refrigerator or freezer too. It does harden them sooner.
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Old 07/22/07, 10:45 AM
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The following recipe is from "The Harrison Daily Times" 1980 Cook of the Week Cookbook: It's never produced a bad batch.

No-Bake Cookies

Boil one minute:
3 tablesppons cocoa
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 stick butter

Remove from heat.
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick cook oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla

Drop on wax paper.

Credited to: Judy Dees Waters

Hope this helps,
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Old 07/22/07, 11:36 AM
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This recipe is like DownHome's except for the additional vanilla. And since it sometimes doesn't turn out the way I'd like, I'll be trying the tips from RoseGarden. The grainy texture is what I need to avoid. However, if you like a more chocolate flavor this is the recipe! The recipe name is "interesting" too.


2 C. sugar
1/2 C. cocoa
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. butter

Boil all ingredients (it doesn't say how long but I do about a minute) and stir in 1/2 C. peanut butter, 3 C. oatmeal (regular or instant), and 1 tsp. vanilla. PLOP onto wax paper and put in refrigerator.

(recipe copied from the Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper)
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Old 07/22/07, 03:58 PM
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Hate to say it, but it may just be you. I can't make the silly things for NOTHING! Now my 3rd daughter can just walzt in the kitchen and dump the stuff in the pan and wonderful no bake cookies are the result. I can do everything just like all the recipes say and still just not right. Most things I am a good cook but for some reason I just can't make these silly cookies. So maybe we are just part of the got to bake it society.
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Old 07/22/07, 04:02 PM
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Once you get the hang of making them, you can experiment with them. I sometimes leave out the peanut butter, add extra butter and coconut. Or you can decrease the peanut butter, add extra butter and walnuts or pecans.
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Old 07/22/07, 05:24 PM
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My mom made the best No Bake cookies, I even got her recipe they are the best!!

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 milk
1 stick of margerine

Mix together bring to boil
then add 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups oatmeal

Drop on wax paper.

I miss her baking she was the best.
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Old 07/22/07, 06:43 PM
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Thanks, I have about the same recipe as listed above, but it calls for 4 cups of oats. Will try the evaporated milk.
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Old 07/22/07, 07:17 PM
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hmm interesting I wonder if doing the 4 cups of oats would make them not as gooey? the last time i made them they had a hard time setting, but like Raven said also it was during the summer, with high humidity.
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Old 07/22/07, 07:32 PM
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my recipe is:2c. sugar,1/2c. milk,1/2c. butter,1t. vaniila---bring to a boil---then mix with 3c oatmeal, 1/2c. cocoa, & 1/2c. coconut. place on greased cookie sheet and put in fridge. these are called haystacks, and mine never get put in the fridge. best thing i have ever found to fix the choco cravings.
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Old 07/22/07, 11:55 PM
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I have the same recipe as Petunia. Came from my grandma. You do have to experiment with how long you cook it.
A good variation on this is to leave out the cocoa and use almond extract instead of vanilla. Yummy!!! My die hard fans like me to make the blonde version and then dip one end in melted chocolate.
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Old 07/23/07, 09:17 AM
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My experience has been to never ever use margarine. The few times I did they did not harden. Since I discovered that BUTTER really means BUTTER I never substiute in any recipe. babysteps
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