NO-BAKE CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BARS

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  Today’s recipe is something I’ve seen all over the internet, and with good reason.  These chocolate peanut butter crisp bars are simple as well as delicious.  I added vanilla just cause, but you don’t have to.  I kept seeing the recipe with honey, but I said no no to that.  I saw a few that called for maple syrup, but who wants maple syrup flavored chocolate and peanut butter?  No no again.  I cut down on the butter and added a bit of milk for creaminess.  It worked!  Love them!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup peanut butter

4 TBSP butter

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

2 TBSP milk

3 cups Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes

 

PREPARATION:

Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with Parchment Paper.  Set aside.

In microwave or on top of double boiler, melt peanut butter, butter and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  (Use a large bowl)

Add chocolate chips and stir until dissolved.  Add vanilla and milk, stirring until combined.

Stir in cereal and press mixture into baking dish.  Chill at least 2 hours.

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NO-BAKE COOKIES, FOOLPROOF

  no-bakes-4 Twice recently, it came to my attention that people are having issues with these cookies.  That’s just not right!  They are so delicious that they need to be the best they can be.  As a young girl I was introduced to these cookies at school bake sales and I was in love.  I had no idea what they were or how to make them.  They sold for 25 cents apiece.  

     When I was around 20, I lucked out and had a friend that had the recipe.  She shared.  (Still love her!)   I altered the technique, of course, ‘cause that’s just what I do.  I also increased the oatmeal a bit because it  gives me  a firmer, taller cookie instead of a pancake.  

     Here is how I do it, including all my secrets in making these delightful fudgy, peanutbuttery, oatmeal laden deliciousness.  Feel free to 1 ½ or double the recipe.

INGREDIENTS:   YIELDS ABOUT 25 COOKIES

2 cups sugar

1 stick butter

4 TBSP Hershey’s cocoa

½ cup milk

2 cups + 2 TBSP quick-cook oatmeal

½ cup peanut butter

Salt (about ½ tsp)

2 tsp vanilla extract

PREPARATION: 

Place oatmeal and peanut butter in a large bowl and set aside.  You’ll thank me later. * 

Mix sugar, butter, cocoa and milk in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly over low heat.  Let it boil for ONE MINUTE ONLY, and don’t stir at this stage.

Remove from heat and add oatmeal and peanut butter.  Stir well.  Add the vanilla.

Let mixture sit for about 5 minutes, and then try dropping one cookie on waxed paper.  If it spreads too much, stir again, and let the mixture sit another 5 minutes.  Test another cookie.  When you get the thickness you want, drop all the cookies on the waxed paper.  I always turn the spoon as the cookie is dropping off, and that will give you a nice round cookie.

After 30 minutes to 60 minutes, the cookies will be set up nicely.  I turn them all upside down to give the bottoms a chance to “cure”.

   BIG HINT:  Make sure to leave a big amount of mixture in the pan so you can sit down with your wooden spoon and clean it up.  It’s best to do this in a darkened room while hiding in your closet or under your bed.

NOTE:   *If you didn’t premeasure the oatmeal and peanut butter, the mixture is rapidly cooling down while you’re doing it.  You need the high temp so the oatmeal will cook sufficiently.

I spent about an hour researching these cookies today.  I see that many recipes call for up to 3 ½ cups of oatmeal.  If you’re having an issue, possibly that’s why.  I’ve never used that much and think you’d end up with too much oatmeal and too chewy of a cookie.

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HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER

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     Economical and purely healthy – that’s my favorite.  This peanut butter is a cinch to make, and very delicious.  What better rainy day project for you and the kids than making homemade peanut butter.  It’s great for your dogs, also.  There is no Xylitol in it.  Natural peanut butter without all the additives is very expensive.  This?  Not so much.  Not even close.

Serve it with crackers, sliced apples, bread, toast, English muffins, stir a little in your oatmeal, cook with it.  Gee, the possibilities are endless.

INGREDIENTS:  Makes about 1 ½ cups peanut butter.

2 cups dry roasted peanuts

2 dashes salt

Drizzle of honey (a few teaspoons)

Blend until desired consistency is reached.  You can make it as smooth or crunchy style as you’d like.  Depending on your blender, it can take anywhere from 3 – 5 minutes.  Store uneaten portion in refrigerator.  If you see oil on the top?  That’s what natural peanut butter does.  Stir it and it will be fine.

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PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES

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    There’s just something soothing and homey about homemade peanut butter cookies.  Is it because your grandmother and mother used to make them?  Is it just because they’re so darn good?  I’m not sure, but whatever the reason – we love ‘em! 

     This simple recipe uses one bowl, one measuring cup and a spatula.  It’s simple enough for your beginner baker to try his or her hand.

INGREDIENTS: Yield 25 cookies

3/4 cup – honey*

1/4 cup – butter or margarine, softened

1 – egg

3/4 cup – peanut butter

1 teaspoon – vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon – salt

1/2 teaspoon – baking soda

1-1/2 cups AP unbleached flour

¾ cup chocolate chips

PREPARATION:

In mixer bowl, cream honey and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Add flour, mixing until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough, one heaping tablespoon at a time, onto well-greased baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. Remove cookies from sheet and cool on wire rack.

Please remember not to feed honey to children under one- year-old.  Read more:   http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/botulism.html

*I used local raw honey

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