Cookie Swap SHF/IMBB: Sesame-Butter and Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

The SHF and IMBB events have teamed up to bring us a cookie-swap.  This event should leave everyone with plenty of sweet ideas for the holiday season.

Sadly, our place in Kraków has no oven.  I have been at more of a loss with cooking that I expected.  The bright side is that I am learning new recipes (though I would really love an oven all the same. . .).

For this event I made sesame-butter and oatmeal no-bake cookies.  These take a matter of minutes to create.  While I have to admit that I would rather a just-baked cookie any day, for those of us without an oven these are a delicious option.

Sesame-Butter and Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

In a medium sized pot bring to boil 1 1/2 C of sugar, 3 Tbl good cocoa powder, 1/2 C of milk, and 1/4 of butter.  Cook 1 minute at a boil.  It should bubble and froth. 

Remove from the heat and immediately add 3 C of quick-cook oatmeal, 1/2 C of sesame-butter (or peanut-butter), 1 tsp vanilla, a dash of cinnamon, and 1/2 C of hazelnuts.

Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper.  Let stand a half hour or until cool.

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mindy - I would have never thought to try no-bake cookies. They sound pretty good.
My mom used to have a no-bake chocolate cake recipe that she learned during her all-female college days. I’ll see if I can get it from my aunt and send it to you. That might be fun to try while you’re stuck all oven-less.

michele - Hi Gemma, Im sorry to hear that you dont have an oven. I can relate, as I am still ovenless in my apartment too! I keep trying to find workaround desserts to make so Im impressed with your no-bake cookies. I hope you are enjoying your time in Krakow!

grad student hack - I love coming to blogs like this, feeling a little snacky and finding the perfect recipe. I have all the ingredients on hand and am going to go make some cookies to fuel my essay marking jag.
Can I also say that your trip is pretty much my dream trip?! I absolutely love Eastern Europe (okay, all of Europe) and have been to alot of the places you have been in recent weeks. Didn’t make it to Poland because of the visa process being too long for us, but will go next time. Have fun!

gemma - I am glad I could help. Small food diversions have helped me through many an all-night essay writing session.
I am having a great trip. These past few weeks have been especially amazing. I highly suggest Poland next time you have a chance to travel in this area. It is a lovely place in the winter too.
Good luck with the thesis!

Laura - Gemma, when do you return? I am going to be in London the last week in January and would love to see you if by coincidence you are also there :)

Jaay - oh how cool!! I have a recent post featuring boiled oatmeal cookies..basically the same recipe, except I used peanut butter, which I’m sure is probably what your original recipe called for.
That’s so neat tho =)

gemma - Hi Laura, We return on Feb 1st, but we are unfortunately leaving from Beijing rather than London. It would have been fun to see you in another new place though!
Hi Jaay, yes, many of the recipes I looked at before making these called for peanut butter. I am glad you too made and enjoyed something similar.

essay writing - It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article. Excellent entry! I’m been looking for topics as interesting as this. Looking forward to your next post.

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