Growing up, no-bake chocolate cookies were a staple in my house. I loved them because they were fast, easy, and required little precision. It was the first recipe I learned to master.
These little cookies are a take on our family recipe, with the variation of shaping them into nests and filling them with egg-shaped candy for Easter. I also added some crunchy chow mein noodles, which do a great job resembling twigs. It may sound like an odd addition but they have virtually no flavor of their own, and the little crunch they give the cookies is an extra bonus.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 18 cookies
1½ cups sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup whole milk
Pinch of salt
½ cup Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups old-fashioned oats
1½ cups crispy chow mein noodles
Egg-shaped chocolate candies
1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and butter. Stir to dissolve sugar and melt butter. When the mixture is smooth, add the milk and salt and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, oats and chow mein noodles. Stir until combined.
3. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment or wax paper. Use the back of spoon to make a well in the center, like a bird’s nest. Let cool for 30 minutes.
4. Place egg-shaped candy in the center of each nest and serve.
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