No Bake Chocolate Cookies or Bars

These no bake cookies will satisfy the craving for chocolate and they’re high in fiber, so low on guilt – unless you eat half the pan in a sitting. They also contain peanut butter, so have that classic flavor combo. They go together quickly and are always a hit at get togethers. They actually start as if you’re making fudge sauce, so you know they’re going to be fabulous.
When my kids were teens, they ate these by the panfull. But they’re a low glycemic treat, with lots of chewy goodness from the oats and peanut butter.

Ingredients
4 cups sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder – nonsweetened – This is a good time to use “special dark” cocoa.

Special dark cocoa powder

1 cup milk
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
¼ cup corn syrup
¼ tsp cream of tartar

6 cups raw oats – either quick or old fashioned.
1 cup peanut butter – creamy or crunchy. Crunchy adds nice texture.

Directions

• Grease a 9 x 13” pan with butter or cooking spray. Or set out waxed paper. Set aside.

bring syrup to a full rolling boil


pour in the oats

• Place the first six ingredients in a large and heavy pot and mix well over a medium heat.
• Bring to a boil. Boil for ONE minute, and then take the pot off the burner.
• Add the oats and peanut butter.
• Mix until well blended and pour into a buttered cake pan.

setting up in the cake pan


Notes:
• You can drop these by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan or even a cookie sheet. Cut into squares when cool, or dive in with a spoon while warm.Yum!
• Be careful not to boil the syrup any longer than a minute as this will help keep them from getting dry.
• Corn syrup and cream of tartar are items I added to keep the cookies from sugaring and to make smoother syrup. They are optional.

Enjoy the no bake chocolate cookies any time of the year!

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