June 18, 2009

NO-BAKES
(aka: Buttnuggets)
This blog was just dying to be written! First, Shanny Bananny, my forever friend, has been hound dogging me about the recipe for these delicious cookies.
She's been texting like crazy!
I've been reading texts like crazy!
And then forgetting about them like crazy!
Oops. I just forget about texts.
I's is crazy. :(
Another reason is that summer is almost upon us. That means hot weather. And you know what? Who likes baking in the hot weather? What if you don't have air conditioning? Huh? A lack of the ol' central air? What then?
See, I'm looking out for you. These cookies are called 'No-Bakes' for a reason. Can you guess why? Because they're delicious. Exactly.
Our final reason is that they look like little... well, little piles if you know what I mean. And quite frankly, I've been feeling like little piles (if you know what I mean) recently!
You know that saying? "You are what you eat."
Well here's a new one: "You make how you feel."
Huh.
Doesn't have quite the same ring, now does it?
Anyway, it's INGREDIENTS TIME!!!!
*applause, applause*
OUR CONTESTANTS:
2 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup of milk*
1 stick of butter
2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp vanilla**
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups of oatmeal
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
*I didn't have any milk so I substituted heavy cream.
(Who has heavy cream but not milk??? Weird).
**Note to self: Buy vanilla!!!

First things first, set aside in a large bowl the oatmeal and peanut butter.

You can use half a cup. Or you can use this much. Or more. Or lots more. Just not five jars. Five jars is too much.


See? Like so.

Next we're going to boil together the rest of the ingredients.

Sugar.




In today's performance the milk will be replaced by its understudy: heavy cream.
Disappointing, I know. There's Tony buzz for the milk.

Butter. :)



The squares of chocolate, the vanilla and salt. Like so.



Give it all a good stir.



And melt on medium heat, constantly stirring.
Until it BOILS!!! HOW EXCITING!!



Let it boil for 1 minute.


Do NOT boil it for longer than a minute! Do NOT try to take pictures for your food blog. Do NOT stop stirring because it will only overcook the sugary mixture later giving you super crumbly cookies. Put the camera down!!


Sheesh.


Finally, mix it all together.




Now listen to me very carefully... this last part of the recipe is a sprint! No cross country, no pole vaulting & hanging out on the floofy mats, this is a sprint, people!!
You have a very short window of time to drop dollops of oat-y-peanut-butter-y-chocolate-y-goodness onto wax paper. They cool so quickly. If you do not move posthaste they will surely dry out & you'll be left with crumbles. Delicious wonderful crumbles... but crumbles just the same!

I think these are my favorite cookie.
*swoon, swoon*


See? They're pretty crumbly & dry. :(


But yet they're like little miracles in your mouth.
Now in my mouth. Num. :)

Because I'm completely weird, this picture reminds me of Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom. When they're all caravaning through the mountains with the Ark of the Covenant? Could you imagine if these were chocolate oaty peanut buttery mountains? If I had photoshop, I'd draw little tiny people in there.
Am I really this strange?
YES.

Mmmm...buttnuggets. They'll keep me company tonight!

Enjoy!

THIS BLOG DEDICATED TO:
SHANNON ALIEN LEWIS

13 comments:

Mel said...

I LOVE those cookies! Although I've never heard them called butt nuggets LOL!! That puts a whole new spin on them for sure! I will try making them with the squares of chocolate. I've always used cocoa powder. They are probably even better using chocolate squares.

Anonymous said...

Yaaayyyy!!!! I feel so honored! First I'd like to thank the Academy...Hahaha! Thank you for remembering a year after I asked you for the recipe! ;) Although I think I lost my appetite a little after reading "buttnuggets"! It's totally you, though!!
I've never heard of using the chocolate squares-that must be what makes your no-bakes THE BEST!!

Hope you feel better!!!! Muah!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and one more thing-I want to watch Indiana Jones again with you!which means you need to come home NOW! Isn't that the very first movie we ever watched together?

Love,
Shanny Bananny

Darci said...

Like Shanny-Anonymous-Bananny, I too used to make them with cocoa powder. Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-lish either way!

Yes, you really are that strange.

Anonymous said...

My brother used to call these cookies "undie crusts", which I believe to be more offensive than butt nuggets. Either way, you can't stop me from shoving them in my chow hole.

I have made these too both with cocoa powder and with Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate. If you have not tried it with Ghiradelli, might I suggest you give it a whirl. I heart you.

Kaore

Lollydo said...

I love those cookies too! Gonna use your recipe today. Kid crew at my house will be thrilled! Your sense of humor is well appreciated, thanks!

MandiCrocker said...

YES! The recipe I grew up with uses coconut & cocoa powder, etc... But I like this one, better. They make the cookies smoother with squares of chocolate! (If you don't scorch them like I did- double whoops!) :)

Shanny-- I thought Beaches or Rags to Riches was the first movie we ever watched together??? I TOTALLY don't remembering watching Indiana with you!? That sooo does not seem like a Shanny Alien movie. It didn't have rabbits!!??

MandiCrocker said...

Bittersweet Ghiradelli Chocolate? That's why you're my favorite Kaore!!!

You know what's funny, though? I made no-bakes (or "undie crusts"- thank you for that) because I have zero money & just happened to have all the ingredients. HA! So yeah, no ghiradelli chocolate as of late. A travesty!!! It's like I can't breathe...

MandiCrocker said...

Lollydo, let me know how it goes! :)

bakerchick103 said...

Your blog is hilarious!! I love it!

Courtney said...

No-Bakes are the best cookies! I will have to say I have never used cream before, but now that I think about it the cream could be a really nice addition.

I read this in the morning but now I really want a No-Bake Cookie!!!!!

MandiCrocker said...

Thank you Baker Chick!! I appreciate it!! :)

And Courtney... MEEEE TOOOOO!!! :) :) :)

Anonymous said...

Ok, maybe Rags to Riches was the first...or Twin Peaks...or Cloaks and Daggers..but Indiana Jones was definitely one of the firsts! haha!
and I'm prreeettty sure there was a rabbit somewhere in that movie! :)

Shanny-Anonymous-Bananny!