Do you have a love affair with no-bake cookies like I do??
I LOVE no-bake cookies. I also really love hot cocoa with my cookies.
If you haven’t tried William-Sonoma Hot Cocoa yet, you are truly missing out. One word. Heaven.
I had not tried it until my friend Kirby at 15009 Farmhouse sent me the mix as a Christmas gift. Read more about the awesome gift she sent me.
The delectable shaved cocoa bits are delicious when combined with milk to make a creamy, rich chocolatey drink.
The mix also work well in classic chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies.
I found this out by accident.
You see, Mylee and I decided to make chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies one afternoon. We had all of our ingredients on hand. Except cocoa.
We had the first three ingredients in the saucepan on the stove and we were ready for cocoa. I looked everywhere. Inside every pantry door.
I even looked in the fridge because, well, you just never know. Alas, no cocoa.
I sure didn’t want to disappoint my sweet-faced little munchkin, who was getting anxious for cookies. Thinking quickly, I decided to try my William-Sonoma Hot Cocoa mix into the cookies on a whim.
What Was I Thinking?
Cocoa mix in a recipe? Do I have authority to do this?
I was thinking with my desperate sweet tooth. I needed sugar as soon as possible.
Hey, if the cookies didn’t set, the mix would still taste delicious to eat. Our sweet tooth would be saved either way.
Mylee and I were super hungry for something sweet.
If you have cocoa on hand, go forth with your classic recipe. But, if you have the William-Sonoma Hot Cocoa mix, go ahead. Try these:
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons William-Sonoma Hot Cocoa Mix
1 cup crunchy peanut butter (Feel free to use creamy)
3 cups instant oats
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- In a medium sauce pan, add butter, sugar, milk and cocoa. Place on medium heat.
- While you wait for the mixture to begin to boil, measure out your peanut butter and oats and have your vanilla jar handy. (once this process gets started – you have to work quickly)
- Bring the mixture in the sauce pan to a rolling boil – once it is at a full boil – boil for 1 minute and 15 seconds.
- Remove from the heat immediately.
- Add in the crunchy peanut butter – stir. Add in the oats – stir. Add in the vanilla – stir.
- When it’s all mixed together, drop by tablespoons onto baking sheets lined with wax paper. The size of the spoon really depends on the size of cookie you desire.
- Let cool for as long as it takes for the cookies to set. The cookies should feel dry to the touch and peel off the wax paper easily.
The delicious, chocolatey cookies will take just a little bit longer to set than classic chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies.
But, I definitely won’t hold that against them.
Mylee and I enjoyed eating the batter while setting the cookies onto the wax paper to dry.
Tip** Once the top is fairly set and dry, turn them upside down on to the wax paper. This helps the bottom of the cookie dry out a little bit faster creating a solid, yummy cookie.
After they are dry (if there are any left), place them into a tupperware container to store. This also helps to ration them.
Because, you know you can’t have just one.
My Husband Found the Cocoa When He Got Home
Yep, funny story. He knew we had cocoa in the house. And he knew just where it was.
He found the cocoa up on the top shelf pantry in the back corner. Housewife fail.
But, you know what?
I’m really super glad I didn’t find the cocoa. I didn’t give up on my cookies. I simply dared myself to improvised and try something new.
I am so glad I tried the cookies with the William-Sonoma Hot Cocoa mix. It was a fun new way to try an old classic recipe with a different twist.
These William-Sonoma Hot Cocoa No-Bake Cookies turned out great! I can definitely recommend them as a safe and sugary delicious recipe for the whole family.
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~ Much Love ~
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Thursday 8th of December 2016
Omg these cookies sound absolutely delicious!!! I must give them a try!!!
Reynna Dela Cruz
Monday 5th of December 2016
I've never tried a no-bake cookie recipe and this one sounds amazing and super simple! I might have to give this one a go for the holidays!
Monday 5th of December 2016
I enjoy visiting Williams Sonoma during the holidays. I will have to check out their cocoa mix. These look yummy.