The past one month has really been a rollercoaster for us. Too much studying I guess, makes us all go bonkers, haywire, erratic and crazy, and deprived of sleep and enjoyment and great food ): But GREAT NEWS (for us at least), EXAMS ARE FINALLY OVER! I would insert some appropriate curse words here to properly convey how dang happy we are that our end of year exams are finally over, except that I can’t really think of any that would be considered ‘appropriate’. We’ve been waiting for this day for weeks and months, and it’s finally came so quickly. Now that exams are over and we don’t have to do anymore studying, we can finally chuck all our notes and papers aside and recycle them, and best of all, we can watch food channels/read food blogs and eat and bake all we want, anytime, as long as we constantly remember to refill our wallets! 🙂 (Yeah we kinda spent a total of $70 today) We’re sort of delirious right now, hence the uberly nonsensical sentence structure. We’ll just let the food do the talking in this post, since everything we say (type) isn’t really going to make much sense.
Peanut Butter and Cocoa No-Bake Cookies
Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
After a long day of studying on Saturday, Zara decided to make some no-bake cookies as her oven was (and still is) on the blink and she had a sudden hankering for cookies! Many people overlook cookies in favour of more elaborate desserts like tortes and mousse cakes. We’re not saying that we don’t enjoy any of those desserts (if you’ve been reading our blog, you probably know how much we enjoy ANY kind of dessert!), but we feel that more attention should be paid to cookies – these simple, fuss-free packages of goodness! We love all sorts of cookies, from the simple and much-loved classic chocolate chip cookie (ok think about it, even though they’re that simple, almost all of us are addicted to chocolate chip cookies!) to the more exotic flavours such as the English Lavender Cookies from the Cookie Museum. Cookies should definitely play a bigger role in one’s diet!
Yields 18 cookies
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
3-4 Tablespoons cocoa (depending on how rich you want your cookies to be)
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bring butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a FULL BOIL (when all the liquid in the pot gets involved in fast-moving rolling waves of bubbles), start timing and continue boiling the mixture for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add peanut butter, vanilla, and oats. Stir well and drop tablespoonfulls onto waxed paper or parchment paper. Let them set up and cool. To ensure that the cookies are properly set, place in the fridge after letting the cookies cool. Cookies can also be eaten straight from the fridge.
The cookies were moist, chewy and just rich enough, with a balance of flavour of both chocolate and peanut butter. They tasted practically like a normal cookie! In our opinion, you can never go wrong with peanut butter and cocoa as they are the 2 best ingredients to bake with! Elisa doesn’t like peanut butter that much though. These cookies are perfect for days when you’re too lazy to heat up your oven or when you’re looking for something easy and fun to do! Jiamin has given us great feedback on these cookies, so we hope you enjoy them as much as she did!
For those whose exams are over, go burn your books (or maybe save the Earth and recycle them) and celebrate! To those who are still having exams, don’t worry they’ll be over soon!
Sheep Quote of the Day:It’s like peanut butter and chocolate. Each is great, but they’re better together.– Richard Davis