07 March 2012

The Devil's In the Details

I've been on a restrictive diet lately. Trying to kick the sugar habit. Gobs of veggies, fruits, lean proteins, probiotic dairy. No sugar. Full stop. It's been good. I'm finding new ways to cook and enjoy food, as well as prove to myself that I do not have to punctuate each meal with something sweet. Except for yesterday.

I decided to give myself a 'cheat.' I would still eat good meals, but I was jonesin' for a cookie like nobody's business. So I made them. Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies. Do you like these? I know I shouldn't. At least not so much. But I do.

They are stupid-easy to make, which is dangerous if you are having an I-want-it-now sort of craving. You can be stuffing your face with the batter alone in under 10 minutes. It's bad. But I was dreaming of them and I'd been so, so good ...

So I went about a very premeditated glutton attack. I made them in the morning, right before I left for some appointments. While I was gone, they were cooling to perfection. Once home, I made myself a big salad and sliced up some grapefruit ('cause I'm so healthy and all ...). Then came the big pot of tea, my book, a cozy blanket ... and my cookies. So I ate 3. Well, okay 6. Sheesh, you are so nosy. Fine. I ate 9! Are you happy? But I was really planning on only 3. Does that count?

By three o'clock I was panicked and my belly was distended to second-trimester proportions. I maniacally wrapped them up and virtually threw them at the teachers during carline pick-up. It was that or throw them out, and I might as well pretend I'm one of those thoughtful parents that bake up cookies specifically for the school staff, right?

I'm back on the wagon. I think I'll still allow myself some 'cheats' but not these devilish suckers. Mercy!

"The-Devil's-In-the-Details" Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Stir and bring to boil:
• 1/2 c. milk
• 2 c. sugar
• 1/2 c. butter
• 3 T cocoa
• 3 T peanut butter

Boil for one minute and add:
• 3.5 c. rolled oats
• 1 t. vanilla

Mix well and drop onto waxed or parchment paper. While cooling, plan exit strategy. They are dangerous.


  1. I am making these right now. Literally... right now! Thanks for reminding me of this wonderfully easy and delicious recipe. My crew will be happy to have something other than graham crackers for dessert tonight. Just sayin'!

  2. I made a non-chocolate version of these over Christmas break....gah, they were gone in MINUTES! I agree...they are so so tasty :).

  3. Okay, yum!! I too have been on a healthy, no sugar kick myself, and I too fell off the wagon in a BIG way. But for me, it was late at night and I was too lazy to bake so I just demolished most of a Toblerone bar. Ya, those are big and it was perfect!!!

  4. We have a peanut allergy, so I'm going to have to try this with almond butter! You think it'll work?

  5. Yes, Ruth, I think it would work just fine!

  6. hahaha! I love these cookies! I have an even easier crave-cookie that I make - no heating up of anything - that I adore.

    My sweet tooth is disappearing as I get older - but it's replaced with a salty-especially-chips tooth. Oy.