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Angels Unawares, Serial #25 and Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

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Let’s do a science experiment. No, I’m not talking about the one where you blow up the high school chemistry lab. And I’m DEFINITELY not referring to the one where you dissect that ooky frog (I still can’t get that smell out of my nose and it happened forty years ago!).

I’m talking about a culinary experiment. And not the over-the-top esoteric ones like you see on the TV where they have three competing chefs try to figure out how to combine some root vegetable dug up from darkest Amazon with a whole squid still flopping around on the tray with an unfamiliar distilled liquor from a former Soviet republic–and, oh, you have thirty minutes to figure it all out and make it presentable not to mention edible; I mean, twenty-nine minutes and twenty seconds. Not this chef, thank you very much.

Call me boring but my kitchen experiment would go something like this–let’s go to the pantry and pull out our favorite foods and mix them together and see what we get. Of course, you’ve got to have chocolate. That goes without saying. And then you have to get down that jar of peanut butter sitting there looking so sweet and demure when you know darn well it can’t wait to get together with that choco and make some sparks.  But we can’t have only fireworks, got to get a little healthiness in there. Oatmeal! The nutritionists say it’s good for just about everything that ails you. And what the heck, let’s throw in that soft butter sitting out on the counter and a little sugar to sweeten up the choco and a splash of vanilla just because it smells so much better than it tastes. (Remember the first time you licked the teaspoon after your mom measured out the vanilla–that was a rude awakening!)

OK–enough ingredients. Let’s stir it all together, warm it on the stove (if it’s an experiment, you have to heat it , right?), adjust the consistency with a little milk, take it off the heat, let it cool down, form the stuff into a cookie shape, pop it in the fridge to firm up (or eat it right then, doughy fingers and all)–and voila: Chocolate Peanut Butter No-bake Cookies!

Of course, the instructions for this experiment are a little vague and ragged; you might want to check out the details below. But you get the idea–this recipe is supposed to be FUN and EASY. Who said science can’t be a pleasure (as long as you leave the frogs in the pond!)?

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tablespoons milk

2 Tablespoons peanut butter*

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats


Add the butter to a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until melted. Add the sugar, cocoa powder, and milk to the sauce pan. Continue to heat the mixture, stirring constantly, until it begins to boil. Boil the mixture for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove the mixture from the heat.

Add the peanut butter and vanilla to the mixture and stir ingredients together. Last, add the oats and mix until evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough.

Drop six spoonfuls of dough onto a plate lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.** Gently press the cookies down and form into a circular shape. Place the cookies in the refrigerator and allow to set completely before eating.

Makes 6 cookies.

*You can use smooth or crunchy style peanut butter. I’ve also made these with Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter for an extra chocolate-y cookie.

**You can also make these into bars. Lightly spray a small square or rectangular dish with cooking spray and pour the batter into the pan. Refrigerate bars until set before cutting into squares.

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{Adapted from Lick The Bowl Good}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #25 of “Angels Unawares”.

Angels Unawares, Serial #25, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Angels Unawares, Serial #25, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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  1. I made this with nutella and they were good too


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