What’s Cooking – Peanut Butter February 6, 2013Posted by Pam in KC in Uncategorized.
Last week Judy announced the “secret ingredient” was Peanut Butter. Since I didn’t think she really wanted a picture of my lunch (I tend to eat a lot of peanut butter – Peter Pan Honey Roasted Smooth). I started looking for recipes. I knew my young quilting buddy was coming over and she hates peanut butter, so I wanted to see if I could find something she would eat. The other goal was to find something which I could fix out of my cabinets. I’m not an adventurous cook. To give you an example, olive oil is consider exotic in my kitchen.
Back during the holidays I bought some no-bake cookies from the grocery store. Even though they had chocolate in them, I threw them out before finishing the first cookie. They were horrible and if I was going to run my blood sugar up I wanted something which tasted good.
I searched the web and ended up combining two recipes to make my cookies.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 stick butter (I used unsalted)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup oatmeal (I used old-fashioned)
Melt the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a heavy pan. Once melted and combined, bring to a boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and stir in peanut butter to melt and combine. Mix in the oatmeal. Because I used old-fashioned oats I let it sit for 5 minutes before dropping onto wax paper by the spoon full. Let cool to setup. Makes 20.
As I was searching the web, I found comments about the cookies not setting up and the oatmeal to use. Apparently the boiling the chocolate mixture for 3 minutes is crucial. I had no problems with my cookies firming up. As for the oats, the Quaker Oats website said either old-fashioned or quick would work, but if using old-fashioned to let the mixture set for 5 minutes in the pan.
These are very rich. I think next time I would leave the peanut butter out – or at least use a “plain” peanut butter instead of the honey roast.
Check out other peanut butter recipes over at Patchwork Times and find out the next “secret ingredient”.