Really Easy No-Bake Cookie/Candy

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NO BAKE OATMEAL COOKIES
Ingredients
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
Waxed paper
Directions
In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.
— with Shelia Houchins.
This is a recipe posted in Facebook by Shelia Houchins.  Years ago I made these kind of cookies every year around the holidays.  They are easy and everyone always likes them.  Best of all is you do not need to use the oven.  This year I had left-over chocolate chip morsels from my traditional holiday candy.  So…instead of using this recipe to the letter I used the chocolate chips (Herseys, but any will do I suppose) and made the cookie/candy.  

I had dark chocolate chips (dark chocolate is so much better for you than milk chocolate) and peanut butter chips.  In a large bowl I melted the two together – one half bag of each is plenty.  To temper the chocolate melt it at 50% for about 6 or 7 minutes or the defrost setting.  Stir them once half way through.  When you can stir them easily they are melted just right.  Don’t over cook them or the chocolate will become bitter.  Quickly mix in your cookie ingredients.  I used 2 cups of quick oats, 1 cup of shredded coconut and about 1/2  cup of raisins.  You could add nuts or whatever sounds good to you.  Mix until all of the ingredients are covered with chocolate.  Spoon the mixture onto parchment (or wax or foil paper) into the size pieces you want.  These will not spread out and will harden in about 15 minutes.  They keep really well and really taste good.  Nutrition and calorie wise it will depend on what you add.  There is plenty of sugar in the chocolate chips so adding anything sweet will most likely make them too sweet.

During the holidays I do the same thing but add cashews or other nuts.  It is best to use unsalted nuts. They look like you slaved over a hot stove but the whole thing takes only minutes.

This recipe is also from Facebook.  They look good and would be a healthier or at least a lower calorie cookie than mine.  Let me know if you try them, as I have not as yet.

Posted by:  https://www.facebook.com/PerezHilton?ref=stream

 Photo: Sounds delicious AND they are egg-less, dairy-less, flour-less, and with no added sugar! #Healthy

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