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No-fuss Dessert Recipe: Peanut Butter No-bake Cookie Recipe

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When looking for a hassle-free cookie recipe, this peanut butter no-bake cookie recipe works wonders. With the salty taste of peanut butter and divine sweetness of chocolate, this dessert recipe puts a twist on comfort food. Whip up a batch to satisfy a sweet tooth or take to a social gathering for happy critics.

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No-fuss Dessert Recipe: Peanut Butter No-bake Cookie Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Use wax paper or parchment paper to cover the surface of a baking sheet pan.
  2. Combine the sugar, butter, milk and baking cocoa in a medium saucepan.
  3. Bring ingredients to a simmer over medium heat setting. Stir contents occasionally to them keep from scorching.
  4. Allow the ingredients to boil for 1 minute, then remove the saucepan from heat.
  5. Add oats, peanut butter, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt of salt to the cocoa mixture.
  6. Stir thoroughly to ensure even distribution of ingredients throughout the cookies.
  7. Use 2 teaspoons or a cookie scoop to drop the cookie mixture onto the prepared baking sheet pan.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature. The cookies will cool and harden after about 45 minutes.
  9. Place cookies in an airtight container. Cookies will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Tips and suggestions: To satisfy anyone's cravings for a crunchier dessert, use crunchy-style peanut butter instead of a creamy peanut butter. Substitute fat-free or reduced fat milk instead of whole milk to reduce the calories, cholesterol and overall fat content of each cookie serving. For making several batches of cookies, use an optional type of nut butter, such as hazelnut spread, almond butter or cashew butter, in place of the peanut butter to create a different tasting cookie. Place the baking sheet pan on a wire cooling rack while allowing cookies to cool to room temperature. This allows the air to rotate under the pan, helping to achieve a much faster cooling time.

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