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peanut butter cookies

no-bake cookies with peanut butter and chocolate

We’re heading out to our first holiday party this weekend and I decided to bring these energy bites to add a healthy treat to the mix of desserts on offer. I’ve made this recipe before and we always love it, but I did one special thing to make this batch extra indulgent for the holidays. With rolled oats, peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate, these No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites are super easy to make and they are loved by kids and adults alike.

no-bake cookies in process

When I make this recipe, I prefer it with a finer texture. To achieve that, I simply grind the oats, coconut, and the chocolate in a food processor before adding them to the bowl in Step 1. This makes the final cookie hold together really nicely and it also ensures that there’s equal chocolate flavor in each bite. And this time, instead of adding chocolate and dried fruit, I did all dark chocolate so that they’d taste a little bit like a peanut butter cup. (So good!) The brief time chilling in the fridge is key—the dough will be too sticky to roll otherwise.

Holiday No-Bake Cookies

You will likely only need 1/4-1/2 cup of the coconut for rolling and be sure to press it into the cookie to ensure that it adheres. These are definitely better served very cold, so chill them before and between serving. They are perfect paired with a glass of cold milk and make a really satisfying sweet snack—it’s nice to get some good nutrition in a bite that tastes like a candy bar!

I plan to make another batch of these—likely using Sunbutter, which has worked just as well for me in the past—for my daughter’s preschool teachers. Since these are basically an energy bite, I assume that the teachers will appreciate a holiday treat that helps them power through their day chasing after a room filled with 3-year-olds!

Find the full recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites here.


The other day I had a craving for cookies. Naturally, I turned to the BHG archives. When I saw this classic recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies, my mouth watered in anticipation.

I knew the recipe would be delicious, but I wanted to give it the star treatment. Since, chocolate goes perfectly with peanut butter, I decided to dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate. Everything is better dipped in chocolate, right?

I followed the original recipe. However, I left out the chopped peanuts so I could use them later for decoration along with the chocolate.

Once the cookies were baked and cooled. I got my chocolate mixture ready. To dip all of the cookies, you will need:
3 cups chocolate chips (I used a mix of milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips.)
1 tablespoon shortening

In a double boiler, melt the chips and the shortening until smooth.- The shortening prevents the cooled chocolate from getting too hard.

Now you’re ready to dip the cookies. Line your countertop with wax paper and place the crushed peanuts In a bowl.

Finally, dip half of each cookie in the chocolate; then roll the edge into your peanuts. Set on the wax paper to cool. (For variety, also feel free to roll some of the cookies in brown sprinkles.)

And that’s it. A classic cookie with a twist. Aren’t they beautiful? Let me tell you, these certainly satisfied my craving.

Again, you can find the peanut butter cookie recipe here. Enjoy!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm

 

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Raise your hand if you like to be the star of your cookie-exchange party! Katie here, piping in on a topic near-and-dear to my heart: Christmas parties. This time every year I go to an all-girls super-bakers show-off-your-stuff evening (Translation: A cookie-exchange party). We always ooh and aah over the variety: Creamy ganache-dipped cookies, lip-smacking salty nut bars, minty peppermint-topped goodies…and we always secretly want the pat on the back fora job well done.

This year, I came prepared. I’ve been eyeing this Chocolaty Melting Snowman recipe since I first grabbed it from our Christmas Cookies 2012 magazine; and it’s proven to be one of the top recipes of all time on our site.

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

It’s also ridiculously easy! You can follow the recipe or start with your favorite cookie, as I did (I’m a sucker for peanut butter cookies and wanted to make a favorite). I went with this Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. Bake and let cool completely:

For the snow, I microwaved almond bark with a little vegetable oil per the package directions. Drizzling is so much fun! I tucked a towel under my cooling rack and spooned on the good stuff:

Almond Bark Melting

While still melty, I added the top hat:

Adding Top Hat

And an orange-sprinkle nose:

Add Nose

Then I let the “snow” set before adding black dots with a small tube of frosting:

Snowman Face

And voila! You’ve mastered the cookie-exchange with your oh-so-cute Frosty. This recipe is a keeper—I’d love to make it with my kids someday!

Melty Snowmen Cookies

Another View of Melty Snowman Cookies

 


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