Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Sweet treat

Goodness, far too much of this month has been spent battling illness!  It's time to be done with all of that, really now...
My remark to my mum the other day was that I should start investing in whole sale tea companies and buying the boxes in bulk (due to the vast amount I go through each Autumn-Winter; but honestly, it's the entire year).  Tea is marvelous stuff... How can you not fancy a proper cuppa'?

In case you'd like something tasty to accompany your afternoon tea, here is a simple go-to dessert/sugary treat of mine from childhood.  It is incredibly easy to put together, and only requires a cool place to set up!

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten-Free too!)


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 T. cocoa
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or chunky)
  • 3-3 1/2 cups dry oats (Bob's Red Mill has certified GF oats, if you like)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

My Add-ins:
  • Sometimes, I like to add in 1-2 T. raw coconut oil to the chocolate-y mix, for an extra coconut flavour
  • 1/8 or 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Shredded coconut (unsweetened, as the cookies are already quite sweet on their own), for topping the cookies on the cookie sheet, before leaving them to set up

  1. Add the first four ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in the next 3 ingredients and drop by tablespoons onto wax paper (placed on a cookie sheet or similarly transportable hard surface).
  5. Let cookies cool until set (if you pop the cookie sheets in the refrigerator, they'll harden faster; give them an hour or two until being ready to serve).
Now then, I'm off to go brew a fresh pot of tea.

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