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No-bake oatmeal coal cookies are seen in Concord, N.H. These cookies are an easy way to start the holiday baking season. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

No-bake oatmeal coal cookies are seen in Concord, N.H. These cookies are an easy way to start the holiday baking season. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

To ease you into the holiday cookie baking spirit, we decided to keep it easy with a no-bake cookie.

This recipe features a remake of the classic chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookie. We thought the original version was over-thetop sweet and didn’t really come through on the chocolate flavor, so we intensified the chocolate and the peanut butter and added a touch of spices for holiday flavor. And if you prefer your chocolate oatmeal cookies with raisins, you could easily add them with any other small (or finely chopped) dried fruit.

LESSON: You don’t need to know how to bake to whip up intensely good chocolate cookies. This recipe walks you through a no-bake cookie.

No-Bake Oatmeal
Coal Cookies

Start to finish: 2 hours (30 minutes

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Makes 30 cookies

2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup whole milk
Pinch salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 1/2 cups quick or rolled oats
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder to eliminate lumps. Add the milk, salt, butter, cinnamon and ginger.

Set the pan over medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. Let cool for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir together until well combined.

A tablespoon at a time, drop balls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. If desired, the balls can be rolled between your hands for a smoother appearance. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition information per cookie

(values are rounded to the nearest

whole number): 161 calories; 82
calories from fat (51 percent of total
calories); 9 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g
trans fats); 8 mg cholesterol; 20 g
carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 2 g fiber;
51 mg sodium.


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