Simple, quick No Bake Cookies that will impress your guests without them ever guessing they took you about 10 minutes. Score!
Back with a cookie recipe for you. I did not cook last night as we had leftover pasta from the night before. No way that yummy goodness was going to waste.
I am completely in love with the bolognese sauce we had for dinner. I’m hoping sometime in the next month or so that I can invest in a pasta machine. Would be so lovely to make my own fresh pasta. This was the first time I’ve used fresh instead of dry. The difference is phenomenal. I would think I’ll be using fresh whenever possible now. So I’m watching the sales for a fancy machine of my own.
I never pay full price for kitchen gadgets. I flag them at my fave stores and wait until they have blowout sales. Best way to shop, I tell ya. My theory is you can buy more stuff if you get it all on sale. But that’s our little secret.
So since I didn’t cook I baked a bit. I made the “don’t get cross buns” again but used the newer bread machine so the chips wouldn’t melt. To my dismay my daughter complained and said she liked the ones I first made where the chips did melt. So back to using the older bread machine that heats up the ingredients before mixing.
Now let’s talk cookie recipes. These are cookies I have been making for over 20 years. I actually have no clue where the recipe came from. So I cannot credit anyone for it. I’m sure it’s from a cookbook, perhaps a betty crocker one. It’s a recipe I found in my Mom’s little hand-written recipe book. So it means the world to me.
I love these as I adore anything with coconut in it. These are really amazing, so tasty. They are incredibly easy and fast to make which is always a bonus. Inexpensive too which in times like these is another huge bonus.
Hope you try them out and love them as much as I do. I make so many versions of these it’s crazy. Some batches are just like this one, some use peanut butter, some have added chocolates. I love mixing them up to make them more interesting.
I think of my brother-in-law when I make these. He passed away last march. Losing Mike was such a shock to the entire family. He was married to my husband’s sister, and they have three young kids. I know from losing my Mom when I was a teenage how hard it will be for his kids. Just breaks my heart.
Mike was a big cookie lover. I had made these for Christmas and he must have eaten a dozen of them. He just kept going back for more, and more. Then asking me what I put in them. Apparently he’s had other people make these for him but they were dry. So he was impressed these ones were not.
I have to say Mike was the nicest man you could ever be lucky enough to meet. I loved him so much. He made spending time with the out-laws more enjoyable. He was a such a positive person, so he just cancelled out any negativity that flowed from other people. He had a really talent for that.
So in honour of the best brother-in-law the world here is the recipe he loved so much. I hope you love them as much as he did.
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- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 5 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 cups oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup coconut
Mix sugar and cocoa in a large saucepan over low heat, add milk slowly. Stir until sugar dissolves. Takes a few minutes.
Bring to a low boil and add shortening and oats, stirring quickly. Cook for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.
Add the salt, vanilla and coconut and stir (wooden spoon works well) until mixed well.
Drop into small stacks on a parchment lined cookie sheet or cutting board. Let sit until they cool. Remove and munch away.
You could use coconut extract too, or in place of.
I personally cannot stop myself from eating what’s left on the wooden spoon while this is still hot. I try not to do that as I cook and bake often. But these ones are impossible to resist. Try them and let me know what you think. I think you will be hooked.
So tonight I may just whip up some pizza. I have lots of leftover toppings from the other day. Survivor is tonight so usually we order pizza. I feel like cooking though so think making my own will be the way to go. We’ll see how I feel later. It can change from moment to moment. I’m not one to make a plan and stick to it. Not my strongest attribute for sure.
Other cookie recipes you may dig:
- S’mores Cookies
- Pink Coconut Cookies
- Kim’s Nutella Cookies
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cookies
- No Bake Macaroon Cookies (similar to these with extra yumminess)
Toodles and smoochies! xx