Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Peanut free no bake cookies

I have a few old cookbooks given to me by friends and neighbors. Sometimes it's fun to look through the recipes and see the crazy recipes. I imagine 40 years from now looking back and thinking "Cake pops? Really?" Or "What was the deal with quinoa?" Or "Chocolate and bacon? Together?" Ok, no one who has tried chocolate and bacon together would actually say that, but you get the idea.

One recipe caught my attention because it called for a 1/2 C of FAT. 

And yeah, I'm actually thinking of making it. 

But because I need to decide what the appropriate FAT is for the dessert, I decided to tackle a recipe with something a little less ... oleo...

FYI: oleo is an older term for margarine. 

Flipping through the 1977 copy of Southern Living Desserts, I found an entire section on no bake cookies. Some of them were familiar favorites, like the peanut butter oatmeal cocoa ones. My mother in law called them mountain bars. I remember making these all the time as a kid with my mom.

I love no bake cookies but don't get a chance to make then because it's usually too hot for them to set or I'm out of peanut butter. 

This week with temps only on the low 80s/upper 70s was perfect! And thanks to this old cookbook... A PEANUT BUTTER FREE. No bake cookie!

The first thing D noticed was these were a lot more chocolatey. They are definitely "grab a glass of milk" chocolatey cookies...and I say that as a non-milk drinker. Very rich chocolate taste.

Peanut Butter Free No Bake Cookies
adapted from Southern Living Desserts

3 C rolled oats
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 C shredded coconut
2 C sugar
1/2 C dark cocoa powder
1/2 C evaporated milk
1/2 C margarine

In a large bowl, mix together oats and coconut. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar, cocoa,  and milk to a rolling boil. Add in margarine. Stir til melted. Add vanilla. Reduce heat to low. Pour oats and coconut into saucepan, stirring thoroughly. for about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let cool about 10 minutes before dropping by tablespoonfuls on to waxed paper. Cool completely.



  1. Love No bakes... they are so good and we used to have them all of the time growing up as they were quick and easy to make. These are perfect for our Foodie Friends Friday Food we love from Childhood... I now will put a Chocolate Bar in.. like Lindt instead of cocoa.. So good and creamy.

  2. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday! Love the no bake cookies!

  3. G'day! These look terrific!
    Thanks for sharing at this week's Foodie Friends Friday Foods We Loved from Childhood Party
    Cheers! Joanne


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