Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Cookies: Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies; great Halloween cookies, and a quick and easy chocolate no bake cookie recipe
Chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies make great Halloween cookies.
They're delicious, but ugly. I decided to give this staple no-bake recipe a seasonal makeover. The result? Halloween chocolate no bake cookies, one version with "Pumpkin Patch" toppers and another with "Witches' Hats."

Home bakers traditionally plop the batter for this quick-to-cook, candy-like treat onto wax paper by the spoonful and leave it to cool into unappealing blobs. But why not treat such a tasty dessert with more respect?


My revision preserves deliciousness, but leaves the cookies nicely formed and dressed up as Halloween cookies. Here's how I fixed the problem using mini cupcake pans and a few candies:
Pumpkin Patch Variation: Spray mini cupcake pans (appx 36 cupcakes worth) thoroughly with no-stick cooking spray. Working quickly, fill each cupcake tin halfway with spoonfuls of cooked batter, and press a pumpkin candy into the top of each cookie. When completely cool, remove with a butter knife.

Witches' Hat Variation: Remove the foil from about 36 Hershey's Kisses. Spray mini cupcake pans (appx 36 cupcakes worth) thoroughly with no-stick cooking spray. Working quickly, fill the trays half-way with spoonfuls of cooked batter. To keep the chocolates from melting completely, you may need to wait a minute or so before topping each cookie with a Hershey's Kiss. Don't wait too long, or the cookie will harden. When completely cool, remove the chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies with a butter knife.
chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies; great Halloween cookies, and a quick and easy chocolate no bake cookie recipe
This quick and easy chocolate no bake cookie recipe makes great Halloween cookies.
Check below for the chocolate no bake cookie recipe I grew up with. If you want to give the Halloween cookies a more grown-up taste, you can add up to a teaspoon of instant coffee powder to the milk and butter mixture.

Chocolate No Bake Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter or margerine, melted
2 cups sugar
1 tsp instant coffee (optional)
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick oats (also known as 1-minute oats)

Prepare your mini cupcake pans as described above, and remove foil from any candy in advance. Combine milk, melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and optional instant coffee in a pan and bring to full rolling boil. Maintain full boil for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and oats, and follow directions described above for Pumpkin Patch or Witches' Hat cookies.

Hope you enjoy these chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies!

BakerGal!