NO BAKE PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE BALLS

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls are a delish alternative to the traditional pies. Wow your friends & family with these holiday dessert delights!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls are a delish alternative to the traditional pies. Wow your friends & family with these autumn dessert delights!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 C White Chocolate (either chips or broken into pieces) divided
  • 3/4 C Vanilla Wafer Crumbs (See instructions may double amount)
  • 1/2 C Pumpkin Puree
  • 6 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take 1/2 C of the White Chocolate and melt
  2. While chocolate is melting (careful it burns easy) mix crumbs, puree, cream cheese, sugar and spices – I found it easiest to use a Food Processor but if you need to a hand mixer or blender should work
  3. Add melted white chocolate to already mixed ingredients and blend again – let it go in the processor for a while. It take about 2-3 minutes for everything to combine well for the balls.
  4. TASTE. If you need more sugar add it.
  5. Place mix into a bowl and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (can be longer but then cover)
  6. NOTE if dough is still “mushy” freeze for 15-30 minutes. You have to work fast and make the balls. I refrigerate the balls again before dipping in chocolate
  7. NOTE 2 if you don’t like the consistancy of balls at 3/4 C wafer crumbs add more wafer crumbs up to 1 1/2 C total of crumbs
  8. Place wax paper on a cookie sheet
  9. Take out chilled dough and begin making balls by rolling (about) 1 heaping spoonful at a time
  10. Melt remaining white chocolate
  11. Dip balls into white chocolate and refrigerate to set.
  12. Store in fridge and serve when chilled

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls (whoneedsacape.com)

This Is the Most Hated Thanksgiving Dessert

Slide 1 of 8: With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people around the U.S. are preparing their holiday menus, albeit for smaller crowds. While stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce may be staples on Thanksgiving tables across the country, there's one potentially polarizing element of the meal: the dessert. Read on to discover which common Thanksgiving treat people are most likely to avoid at your holiday celebration. And before you start preparing your holiday meal, If You Have This Common Ingredient in Your Pantry, Throw It Away Now.According to a new survey from YouGov, there's a major divide among Thanksgiving celebrants when it comes to dessert. Among the 1,055 individuals polled, 840 of whom planned to celebrate the holiday this year, 37 percent said they were planning on making their desserts from scratch, while 26 percent said they'd save themselves the hassle and opt for store-bought desserts instead. However, whether your holiday sweets are homemade or come from the freezer case at your local supermarket, there's a clear standout when it comes to the least popular Thanksgiving dessert. Read on to find out which Thanksgiving treat simply isn't worth the time it takes to make it. And before you get together for the holiday, If You're Doing This, You Won't Be Totally Safe From COVID on Thanksgiving.Read the original article on Best Life.
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Article by Sarah Crow for Bestlife

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people around the U.S. are preparing their holiday menus, albeit for smaller crowds. While stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce may be staples on Thanksgiving tables across the country, there’s one potentially polarizing element of the meal: the dessert. Read on to discover which common Thanksgiving treat people are most likely to avoid at your holiday celebration.

According to a new survey from YouGov, there’s a major divide among Thanksgiving celebrants when it comes to dessert. Among the 1,055 individuals polled, 840 of whom planned to celebrate the holiday this year, 37 percent said they were planning on making their desserts from scratch, while 26 percent said they’d save themselves the hassle and opt for store-bought desserts instead. However, whether your holiday sweets are homemade or come from the freezer case at your local supermarket, there’s a clear standout when it comes to the least popular Thanksgiving dessert. Read on to find out which Thanksgiving treat simply isn’t worth the time it takes to make

7. Pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 35 percent

6. Pecan pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 16 percent

5. Apple pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 11 percent

4. Sweet potato pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 10 percent

3. Chocolate pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 6 percent

2. Cherry pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 4 percent

1. Banana pudding pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 3 percent

There you have it. So I guess pumpkin pie takes the honor as the most popular holiday dessert. I can’t believe chocolate comes in at number 3 worst!

Source: This Is the Most Hated Thanksgiving Dessert, Survey Says (msn.com)

Soft Batch Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Warning: These Soft Batch Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies are for CHOCOLATE LOVERS only!!! Full of intense chocolate fudge flavor, these cookies basically melt in your mouth. So good with a glass of milk!

How to make Chocolate Fudge Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients!
  3. Melt chocolate chips and the butter in the microwave. And in a separate bowl whisk the vanilla sugars and eggs. Beat in milk and vanilla. Then add melted chocolate in and combine.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Then toss in the remaining chocolate chips!
  5. Scoop 1/4 cupfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake one tray at a time.
  6. Press a few extra chocolate chips on top of the warm cookies, if desired. Cool on the cookie sheet… then devour!!!
  • These cookies must – I repeat – MUST cool completely on the tray. I usually leave the room for a good hour before I even think about sneaking them off the tray.
  • Because these cookies are so chocolate heavy, I added a good pinch of salt and vanilla the the dough. Please don’t skip these two ingredients – they make it work.
  • Any chocolate chip brand will do.

Source: Soft Batch Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies – Baker by Nature

11 Air Fryer Recipes To Crisp Up Your Thanksgiving Spread

a couple of hot dogs with different toppings

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Believe me, I’m all for a classic Thanksgiving spread, but year after year, it can start to get a little, well, boring. Classic or not, nobody likes a predictable meal! That’s why this holiday season, I’ll be spicing up my spread with a few air fryer Thanksgiving recipes. It’s 2020, and in case you haven’t noticed, we air-fry everything now.

We all know the turkey can take up quite a bit of space in the oven, so why not make some sides in your air fryer and save yourself some space, time and effort? From classics like delicious delicata squash to baked potatoes, there are tons of great options that taste just as good (or even better!) when made in your very own air fryer.

Of course, there are also some wildcard options, including (drumroll please!) turkey and stuffing egg rolls and fried stuffing balls. Yes, they both taste as good as they sound, and no, it’s not embarrassing if your mouth has already started watering. I’m in the same boat.

In addition to delicious sides, I’ve included a few alternatives to the classic Thanksgiving turkey—although, as you’ll see below, you can actually air-fry that, too. If you’re cooking for a smaller crowd, skip the massive bird and opt for turkey meatballs! If you’re making use of leftover turkey on Black Friday, just wait ’til you get a load of these turkey reuben patty melts.

All right, all right—I won’t tempt you any longer. Read on for 11 Thanksgiving recipes that put your air fryer to good use.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without a hearty baked potato! This year, use the air fryer for a crispy crust and tender tater inside.

Air Fryer Stuffing Balls

Why yes, I do believe that everything tastes better in fried ball form, hence my obsession with these balls of stuffing. YUM.

Air Fryer Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving turkey usually goes in the oven, but if you want to air fry yours, you can follow this recipe.

Air Fryer Everything Bagel Crescent Rolls

Why serve basic biscuits when these everything bagel crescent rolls exist???

Air Fryer Carrot Fries

Carrot fries look nice, taste great and add a pop of festive color to your Thanksgiving table. This is also a great way to revive any veggie leftovers for some Black Friday snacking.

Air Fryer Delicata Squash

Squash is a Thanksgiving essential, and you can pair these crispy slices with everything from turkey to salad.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

I cannot stress this enough: the more sweet potato options, the merrier. While I like a full potato with my meal, I’ll never say no to a handful of crispy sweet potato fries, too.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

If you prefer ground turkey or just aren’t cooking a big bird for your feast, try these delicious meatballs as a different way to make your turkey the star of the show—I mean, the meal.

Air Fryer Turkey & Stuffing Egg Rolls

OK, now you’ve got my attention. What could be better than combining two Thanksgiving essentials in one crispy crust? Consider these my new show-stopper.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Toasts

If you want a semi-healthy app option, throw these sweet potato toasts in your air fryer and top with garlic shrimp and spinach. Plus, the entire recipe is gluten-free.

Air Fryer Turkey Reuben Patty Melts

Another great option if A) you aren’t doing the whole big feast but still want turkey, B) you prefer ground turkey to the full bird, or C) you need some turkey leftovers inspo.  These sandwiches are IT.

Stylecaster article by Bella Gerard 

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/11-air-fryer-recipes-to-crisp-up-your-thanksgiving-spread/ar-BB1b22RH?ocid=msedgdhp

Thanksgiving Desserts that aren’t Pies

Think Outside the Circle

Pies are great and all, but Thanksgiving can get a little overloaded with pies. Everyone’s got to have pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie, but having those same pies every year gets boring fast. To mix things up, you can use those beloved fall flavors in other types of desserts. Items like cakes, cobblers, cheesecakes, trifles, and puddings are just as good as pies, if not better. So branch out this year with some new Thanksgiving dessert recipes that will make you forget all about pie. 

(OK, here’s the thing. This article has 31 desserts to show you. I can’t cut and paste all 31, so I’ll leave you a link to the article so you can check out all 31. I will show you a few samples because they look delish.)

Slide 2 of 31: It's lovely to use your slow cooker as much as possible for Thanksgiving when oven space is at a premium. Start this slow cooker praline pecan cobbler in the morning, and it'll be done by dessert time. It's super simple, too. Just mix a few ingredients and dump them into the crockpot. It even creates its own praline sauce, so serve it warm over vanilla ice cream. Recipe: 365 Days of CrockpotRelated: 52 Recipes to Keep Your Slow Cooker Bubbling While You're Busy

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Slow Cooker Praline Pecan Cobbler

It’s lovely to use your slow cooker as much as possible for Thanksgiving when oven space is at a premium. Start this slow cooker praline pecan cobbler in the morning, and it’ll be done by dessert time. It’s super simple, too. Just mix a few ingredients and dump them into the crockpot. It even creates its own praline sauce, so serve it warm over vanilla ice cream.

Recipe: 365 Days of Crockpot

Slide 3 of 31: If you're not into making pie but you know your dinner guests will want a pumpkin dessert, try pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It's got the same spiced pumpkin flavor as pie, but it's creamier and feeds a lot more people, too. The simple swirl and gingersnap crust seem fancy, but they're really easy to do. Recipe: Sally's Baking AddictionRelated: 25 Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Products You'll Want to Try — and 13 to Skip

 © cheesecake-marbled pumpkin slab pie by sk (CC BY-NC-ND)

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

If you’re not into making pie but you know your dinner guests will want a pumpkin dessert, try pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It’s got the same spiced pumpkin flavor as pie, but it’s creamier and feeds a lot more people, too. The simple swirl and gingersnap crust seem fancy, but they’re really easy to do.

Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Slide 4 of 31: Make an apple crisp instead of a pie — it's easier because you don't have to futz with a crust, and it's just as tasty. This caramel apple version uses an oatmeal-flecked topping, plus a homemade caramel sauce drizzled over the apples before baking and over the top when it's done. Make it ahead of time and serve at room temperature, or warm it if you like. Recipe: My Baking AddictionRelated: 20 Things You Didn't Know About Apples

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Caramel Apple Crisp

Make an apple crisp instead of a pie — it’s easier because you don’t have to futz with a crust, and it’s just as tasty. This caramel apple version uses an oatmeal-flecked topping, plus a homemade caramel sauce drizzled over the apples before baking and over the top when it’s done. Make it ahead of time and serve at room temperature, or warm it if you like.

Recipe: My Baking Addiction

Slide 6 of 31: This is a dessert that you can leave out for a while and let your guests graze on until the night is over. It's like a sweet, peanut buttery cheese ball, and you eat it by dipping graham crackers into it, though other treats like pretzels and Nilla wafers would be good, too. The Reese's Pieces decoration gives it the perfect fall colors. Recipe: Delish

 © Dessert Deluxe by Amancay Blank (CC BY-NC-ND)

Reese’s Peanut Butter Ball

This is a dessert that you can leave out for a while and let your guests graze on until the night is over. It’s like a sweet, peanut buttery cheese ball, and you eat it by dipping graham crackers into it, though other treats like pretzels and Nilla wafers would be good, too. The Reese’s Pieces decoration gives it the perfect fall colors.

Recipe: Delish

That’s enough torture. Man those look good. So here is the link to the complete article written by Lacey Muszynsk for Cheapism©.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/recipes/thanksgiving-desserts-that-aren-t-pies/ss-BB1aVcba?ocid=msedgntp#image=1

Quick meals to make with Costco’s $5 rotisserie chicken

Articicle by Raechel Conover  for Cheapism©

Slide 1 of 11: Between work, school schedules, and household chores, there's often little time to make dinner. One way to put a satisfying meal on the table fast: Start with a super-cheap rotisserie chicken. Warehouse clubs such as Costco typically sell them at a loss; Costco prices a 3-pound chicken at just $5. While it's tasty on its own, with minimal effort you can make several dishes out of one to save time and money. Buy a chicken at the beginning of the week to have a simple meal base for several days, and freeze the excess for later. Here are some ideas to get you started (really, almost any recipe calling for chicken can use rotisserie chicken).Related: 12 Healthy Meal Hacks for Hectic Households

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Get a Leg Up

Between work, school schedules, and household chores, there’s often little time to make dinner. One way to put a satisfying meal on the table fast: Start with a super-cheap rotisserie chicken. Warehouse clubs such as Costco typically sell them at a loss; Costco prices a 3-pound chicken at just $5. While it’s tasty on its own, with minimal effort you can make several dishes out of one to save time and money. Buy a chicken at the beginning of the week to have a simple meal base for several days, and freeze the excess for later. Here are some ideas to get you started (really, almost any recipe calling for chicken can use rotisserie chicken).

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

The blogger behind Katie’s Cucina knows her way around a rotisserie chicken. She stretched a Costco rotisserie chicken to four meals: chicken pot pie, chicken soup, and two days of buffalo chicken flatbread. One day she made a flatbread for dinner, and the next day she served one as an appetizer when entertaining guests. Here, a Greek-yogurt Buffalo sauce drizzle over top makes a perfect complement.

Recipe: Katie’s Cucina

Slide 3 of 11: What's better than a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly evening? A grilled-cheese sandwich with a twist. This chicken, avocado, and tomato grilled-cheese delight is delicious and easy. Just heat up leftover rotisserie chicken, mash up an avocado with spices, slice a tomato, and put it together with cheese slices, mayo, and bread. Grill it up in a skillet and dig in. Recipe: Marla Meridith

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Chicken, Avocado, and Tomato Grilled Cheese

What’s better than a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly evening? A grilled-cheese sandwich with a twist. This chicken, avocado, and tomato grilled-cheese delight is delicious and easy. Just heat up leftover rotisserie chicken, mash up an avocado with spices, slice a tomato, and put it together with cheese slices, mayo, and bread. Grill it up in a skillet and dig in.

Recipe: Marla Meridith

One-Pot Cheesy Chicken With Broccoli and Rice

It doesn’t get much easier than throwing all the ingredients — even uncooked rice — into one pot, and that’s exactly what this wonder recipe does. With minimal prep time and even less cleanup time (remember, just one pot), this recipe is simple as well as satisfying.

Recipe: Cakescottage

Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Do you like making takeout recipes at home? Fans of chicken fried rice will love this easy dish. It combines rice, vegetables, egg, and rotisserie chicken with the traditional sesame oil and soy sauce to make an authentic chicken fried rice dish that is healthier and better than takeout.

Recipe: Rachel Schultz on Homemaking

High-Protein Chicken Salad

Pack on the protein with this fun chicken salad recipe. Easy and delectable, the tangy combo of creamy yogurt, apples, and grapes is perfect for lunch or dinner on the go. Keep it low-carb by using a bed of lettuce instead of bread, or go the more traditional route and serve it on croissants.

Recipe: MyFitnessPal

Chicken Tacos

No recipe needed here. Simply heat up some rotisserie chicken, toss it with a packet of taco seasoning, and serve it on a warm tortilla shell. Add any other fillings of your choice, such as rice, black beans, green chilies, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce.

Related: 21 Delicious and Inexpensive Mexican Dishes

Slide 8 of 11: Salad is a perfect complement to rotisserie chicken, and this scrumptious chickpea chopped salad is no exception. The five-minute prep time makes this good-for-you salad even more desirable. You may have many of the ingredients already on hand: rotisserie chicken and chickpeas, of course, plus romaine lettuce, corn, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, and a dressing of choice, such as barbecue.Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen

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Chicken Chickpea Chopped Salad

Salad is a perfect complement to rotisserie chicken, and this scrumptious chickpea chopped salad is no exception. The five-minute prep time makes this good-for-you salad even more desirable. You may have many of the ingredients already on hand: rotisserie chicken and chickpeas, of course, plus romaine lettuce, corn, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, and a dressing of choice, such as barbecue.

Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food at its finest, a hearty and good-for-you pot pie is a classic chicken recipe made much easier with shredded rotisserie chicken. This version uses refrigerated pie crusts, and although the recipe calls for fresh vegetables, you can take the easier route of using frozen.

Recipe: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Baked Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

It doesn’t get much easier than these hearty baked barbecue chicken sandwiches. Just shred some leftover rotisserie chicken, mix with barbecue sauce to taste, load up hoagie buns, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake them in the oven and voila. Be sure to serve the sandwiches with a pickle.

Recipe: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Chicken Noodle Soup

Ditch the canned chicken noodle soup and go with an easy, home-cooked soup. Vegetables, noodles, and leftover rotisserie chicken combine to make a hearty soup that leaves everyone feeling satisfied and is said to boost the immune system. The recipe tells how to make the stock from scratch, but that’s not necessary. Just substitute low-sodium chicken broth from the store to save time.

Recipe: Chowhound

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/recipes/quick-meals-to-make-with-costco-s-5-rotisserie-chicken/ss-BB18AVfd?ocid=msedgntp#image=11

Party Planner-Got Enough Food?

People Sitting Beside Table
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Whether your on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organize who’s bringing what.

To that end, here’s a handy planner that take’s some of the guesswork figuring out how much food, drinks and deserts you’ll need to feed a crowd.

Have a wonderful party!

Easy 4th of July Recipes Your Family Will Devour

This Independence Day, cook up a spread of star-spangled 4th of July recipes worthy of America’s birthday. From traditional 4th of July foods (we’re talking about you, coleslaw and potato salad) to modern, creative finger foods, we’ve rounded up mouthwatering recipes to help you celebrate the summer holiday in the most delicious way possible. Fire up the grill and make some of the best all-American entrees, keeping it classic with fried chicken, smoky meats, and burgers of all kinds — or even trying some zesty seafood recipes that taste like you’re eating beachside. You’ll of course have to pair it with some delicious 4th of July apps, refreshing summer salads, or the best desserts to cap off a backyard barbecue. And don’t forget the drink recipes to pair with all your cookout fare — it is the American way, after all.

beef and mushroom burgers recipe

Beef and Mushroom Burgers

These half-veggie, half-beefy burgers get an extra dose of flavor from mushrooms. With cheese and all the fixin’s, they might just be the new ultimate burger.

Get the recipe for Beef and Mushroom Burgers »

grilled chicken wings

Grilled Chicken Wings

Once you toss this game-day classic on the grill, you’ll never go back to boring fried wings again.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Wings »

chilled tortellini romesco

Chilled Tortellini Romesco

You’ll never go back to plain old pasta once you’ve had a cheesy side salad. Bonus: the Romesco sauce can also be tossed with potatoes, or used as a dip or a killer sandwich spread.

Get the recipe for Chilled Tortellini Romesco »

chicago style chicken dogs

Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs

Sweet and spicy pickles and peppers make these grilled dogs a real winner.

Get the recipe for Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs »

More recipe’s can be found here: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/g2069/4th-of-july-recipes/?slide=1

Article by By Samantha Macavoy and Kate Merker

Photo’s by Mike Garten & Danielle Daly

13 Popcorn Recipes for Movie Night

Love popcorn? Here are some great recipes to take a standard popcorn recipe up a notch! 

Popcorn is such a favorite for movie night, and if you love popcorn, you’ll love these recipes! Some of these recipes are more for Christmas time, but they can definitely be served year-round.

1. CARAMEL CORN RECIPE BY HOME STORIES A TO Z

2. WHITE CHOCOLATE POPCORN BY EMBELLISHMINTS

3. MELTED SNOWMAN POPCORN SNACK BY DELIGHTFUL E MADE

4. OREO POPCORN BY SUGAR SPICE AND FAMILY LIFE

5. GRINCH POPCORN BY COOKING WITH CURLS

6. CILANTRO LIME POPCORN BY SIMPLY DARRLING

7. WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT POPCORN BY COOKING ON THE FRONT BURNERS

8. POPCORN BAR BY HOME STORIES A TO Z

9. SALSA VERDE BY COOKING WITH CURLS

10. PEPPERMINT CANDY POPCORN BALLS BY HOME COOKING MEMORIES

11. WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY POPCORN MIX BY LOLLY JANE

12. PEANUT BUTTER POPCORN BY EMBELLISHMINTS

13. SWEET AND SIMPLY CARAMEL CORN SNACK MIX BY TYPICALLY SIMPLE

Oh my gosh !  What to try first ?  A big thank you to Beth Hunter for this tasty collection of popcorn flavors.  Here is a link to her website:

https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/recipes/13-popcorn-recipes-for-movie-night.html

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

Food as stress relief ?  Darn right !  Sarah from  sugarapron.com has put together a recipe for amazing no-bake bars that people gush over and remember for months to come.

 

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

The only thing easier than making these no-bake chocolate oatmeal bars is eating them….
Keyword no-bake, oatmeal, peanut butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 -20
Author Sarah Kozowski

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. Overhangs the edges of the foil to lift the bars easier from the baking dish. (You can use a 9×13-inch if you want thinner bars.)
  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in large saucepan over medium heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Stir in vanilla. Mix in the oats.
  3. Cook over low heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended.
  4. Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down. Reserve the other half for second layer.
  5. To make the filling, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in a small microwave-safe bowl and stir until it’s smooth.
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, reserving about 1/4 cup for drizzling and spread evenly.
  7. Pour the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently and drizzle with the remaining chocolate mixture.
  8. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.
  9. Note: Like any no-bake cookie, the final texture of these really depends on how long you boil the sugar mixture. If it doesn’t boil long enough, the cookie/bars mixture will be too soft, if you boil too long, they could turn out dry and crumbly.

For someone like me who doesn’t bake, these bars are like a reward from heaven. Enjoy.