Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Easy To Make.....Chocolate No Bake Cookies!

This post was inspired by Tina at Mommy's Kitchen .  As I checked my Facebook today, she had a post that said she was making Chocolate No Bake Cookies.  Well, I LOVE no bake cookies, and so do all of my kids.  Although if I told them I was making no bake cookies, they wouldn't know what I was talking about.  They call these little delicacies  "Gorilla Poop Cookies".  I knew that I couldn't make just a single batch with the kids coming home from school soon.  My eight year old son can eat a dozen in seconds and top it off with a cold glass of milk.

Anyway, I looked over Tina's recipe.  It seems to be a little different than mine.  Her recipe calls for 3 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder, and my recipe calls for 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder.  I'll have to try them both ways.  But today, I used my own recipe.  I made my kids very happy.  Right when they walked in the door from school, they could smell the rich chocolate smell of "Gorilla Poop Cookies".  At least I was able to use the cookies as an incentive to get their jobs done quickly.

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats, rolled or quick

In a saucepan, combine and heat sugar, butter, milk, salt, and cocoa.  Bring to a rolling boil.  Take off heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla, and oats.  Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Place mixture by teaspoonful on to the wax paper.  Refrigerate until firm.

If you've never had No Bake cookies before, give this recipe a try.  It won't disappoint you!  And it is very easy to make!  I hope you enjoy!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Brad and Ashley's Wedding Cake

Here is the wedding cake that I've been working on the last couple of days.  It felt really good to be able to get back into the kitchen after being out of commission for a while.  This cake was made for my nephew, Brad, who married his sweetheart, Ashley, today.  The cake was 5 layers of chocolate cake filled with a chocolate buttercream filling.  It was topped with a home-made marshmallow fondant, and adorned with swirls, which I piped on with an eggplant colored buttercream. (Be sure to click on the picture to get a better view of it!)

This cake was a lot of fun to make!  A big THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to Brad and Ashley on their special day.