Hello, all! I’ve spent the majority of the past couple days cleaning the house with a little more detail than normal. You know, not just sweep, vacuum, and take out the trash. . .I’m talking dust everything, clean the grout, wipe down the windowsills kind of cleaning. When I was trying to the clean the grout in the kitchen tile, the dirt and grime would not budge. When I looked up what cleaner would work, I decided to try THIS homemade concoction first. And man, I’m glad I did. After applying this stuff, waiting a minute and adding a touch of elbow grease. . .TA-DA! It works, seriously.
After finishing up the cleaning, I made a batch of cookies for D’s lunches the rest of the week. I decided to go with Nutella No-Bake Cookies. The recipe I use came from my friend, Ashley, who I have known for 20 years. Which is weird considering I’m only 18… 😉
D is allergic to peanut butter, and her recipe uses it as part of the base. Since that doesn’t work out for us, I went to D’s go to, Nutella. He LOVES the stuff. I made them with almond butter in the beginning, but once I tried Nutella, there was no looking back! Check out the baby Nutella down there. SO cute.
Hold on tight, because this recipe is HARD. . . not. Start out with these guys.
Take 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup milk. and 2 cups sugar and dump them all into a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir pretty frequently while it all melts and comes together.
Once the mixture is melted, bring to a boil. You may need to turn the heat up a bit to accomplish this. Once you have the mixture boiling, stir occasionally as you let it boil for about 75 seconds. Most No Bake Cookie recipes tell you to let it boil for 60 seconds, but the Nutella we’ll add later is thinner than most nut butter, so we need to let it cook a touch longer. Also, instead of quick oats, I like old fashioned.
Once the time is up, turn off the heat and dump in 1/2 cup of Nutella and 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Stir until smooth and shiny.
Once smooth, stir in 3 cups old fashioned oats. If all you have are the quick oats, HOW DARE YOU? Kidding. You can use them, but the old fashioned will yield a prettier cookie, in my opinion. Once together, let sit for about 1 minute and then scoop ’em out.
While you are waiting that 1 minute, lay out a couple pieces of wax paper to plop the cookies on down on. Also, using a standard cookie scoop is the easiest way to make neat, equal-sized cookies. . .but 2 teaspoons work in a pinch.
Scoop them all out and let them sit until they are set. Give them about 1 hour and they’ll be ready to go. 🙂
One drawback to these cookies is they easily become dried out. However, if you just put them in air tight container, they’ll store much longer.
Enjoy! Have a great day! 🙂
Nutella No-Bake Cookies
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Nutella
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1. In a small saucepan, add first 4 ingredients and melt. Then turn up heat just a bit and bring to a boil. Let boil for about 75 seconds and then turn heat off and add Nutella and vanilla. Stir until smooth and then add oats. Once you combine this together, let sit for about 1 minute. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto wax paper and let cool and set for about 1 hour. Store in an air tight container and enjoy. 🙂