I don’t think there’s a more indulgent way to raid your cabinets on an afternoon at home than to create a batch of no-bake cookies. Of course, the best part about them is the fact that even amongst the butter, the peanut butter, and the mountain of sugar, is the presence of oats which makes them somewhat justifiable as a snack. The oats allows you to call them cookies and not candy. It’s brilliant, really—Kudos to whoever invented them.
I started thinking the no-bake cookie recipe I was using, however, was getting a bit tired and boring. Then a few weeks ago, my friend gave me a plate of her own version. As soon as I tasted them, I could tell she had done something different—coconut, maybe? When I asked her she told me that, yes, there was coconut, but that the real secret was chocolate chips. I am still waiting for her to give me the recipe, but I experimented on my own and got something pretty close.
No-bake Cookies with Coconut and Chocolate Chips
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Place oats, peanut butter, coconut, chocolate chips, and vanilla in a large bowl—do not mix it, just set it aside.
2. In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa powder. Wait until it comes to a rolling boil (the whole surface of the mixture should be bubbling, not just one side). Allow the mixture to boil for 1 full minute.
3. Pour the hot sugar mixture over the ingredients in the bowl and stir until all ingredients are well mixed, melty, and blended. Use a tablespoon to spoon the mixture onto a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper. Let rest until cool and firm.