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No-Bake Cookies

Seeing this recipe brought back memories of ~7-8 years ago.  I was in PT school, living by myself, and it was hard cooking for one (and being on a grad student budget).  When I had a sweet tooth, often I would bake something and then share with some of my classmates.  When I didn’t have the time, patience, and/or ingredients to bake, I would grab a pan and make no-bake cookies.  This was also at a time that I was doing a lot of running to train for 1/2 marathons, so I didn’t feel guilty for making a pan of no-bake cookie “dough” and eating it straight out of the pan (it is possible this served as dinner at times as well).  I figured that I would “burn it off” when doing a long run the next day.  I’m pretty sure that the recipe I used contained at least 2 cups of white sugar, as well as containing milk.

Gone are the days of having cookie dough for dinner, but the occasional craving for a no-bake cookie remains every now and again.  So, when I found this recipe I was glad to give it a try.  The original recipe can be found at:

I couldn’t imagine “ruining” my no-bake cookies with coconut flakes ( I just can’t make myself like the taste or texture of most things coconut), so I decided to substitute gluten-free quick-cooking oats.  It took a little more than 1 cup to make it so that the cookies were not too runny.  I think that next time I make these I will use less pecans.  I didn’t mind the flavor of them in the cookies, but it seemed like they were always getting stuck in my teeth :0




Peanut butter-a-holic

I LOVE peanut butter.  If you know me very well, you know the extent of truth to this statement.  I am the one who packed a whole jar of cinnamon raisin peanut butter and a plastic spoon in my pack for a day hike in Oregon.  While everyone else ate their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I ate spoonfuls of peanut butter.  I have gotten bags full of peanut butter packs, peanut butter bars, Reese’s cups of all shapes and sizes, and jars of peanut butter for birthdays, Christmas, and going away gifts.  Puts a smile on my face every time.

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