Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes

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You’re probably pretty excited to see this recipe by now!

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Mom made these cookies a few months ago for the first time, but I totally forgot to take pics or write down the recipe… so I had to try to find them again.  This recipe is the FIRST one that comes up on google, and there is totally a reason:  they are awesome.

They rock for a few reasons:

1.  They take under 15 minutes to make

2.  They are less than 130 calories a piece 

3.  You probably already have all of the ingredients at home

4.  They’re addictively delicious

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Recipe based on:  Food Network

Makes:  24-30 cookies (I halved their recipe)

1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
1.5 cups oatmeal

1 handful Salted Peanuts

Waxed paper or Silpat

Directions:

1.  In a saucepan, boil the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk.  Keep an eye on it, you don’t want the sugar to burn.  Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla, peanuts, and oatmeal.

2.  On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by Tablespoon, until cooled and hardened.  Or you can make them smaller for an even cuter, lower calorie little bite-sized snack!

Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

I LOVE Mint and Chocolate.  What a perfect combination.  I think it’s really only rivaled by the classic and my FAVORITE Peanut Butter & Chocolate.

I originally just set out to make something using Cocoa Powder.  Easy enough, right?  I spent a few minutes searching and found this recipe from Love From the Oven.  I actually didn’t even have chocolate chips in my house at the time, so I went with the Mint-Chocolate idea, which isn’t from the original recipe.  They turned out FABULOUS.  OMG!  I brought some to work, where my friend even told me it should be my “signature” cookie!  🙂

Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe adapted from:  Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
1 stick cold butter, cubed
3/4 cup Sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 bag Andes Mint Chocolate Baking Chips
Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
2.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.
3.  Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended.  Add the flour, salt, baking powder slowly and mix on low speed.  Fold in the chips with a large spoon or spatula.
4.  Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, checking halfway to switch the baking sheets.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Can you smell them from here? YUMMMMM

They might be ugly but they are amazing. They were the perfect combination of mint and chocolate.

YUMMY!  These cookies inspired me to make more desserts- I haven’t in so long!