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24 November 2012 @ 09:01 am
Sweet Saturday – Nut Butter No-Bake Bars  

Tis the season for cookie exchanges! Fa-la-la-la! Ahem. If you are looking for a flexible cookie recipe that is super quick to make, look no further. These crave worthy bars are tasty without being super sweet. If you make them for your next potluck, there will be no leftovers.

Safety note: This recipe uses hot sugar syrup. Hot sugar is dangerous. Hot sugar can burn you. Because hot sugar is well very hot. Please be careful while making this dish. Do use hot pads and proper protective gear.



COMPONENTS
1 cube butter or margarine (1/2c)
3/4 c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon (optional)
1 t salt
1/2 c milk or H2O
1/2 c nut butter*
1 to 1 1/2 c mixings*
3 – 4 c rolled oats

Spray grease

*See TIPS & VARIATIONS

TOOLSET
Large heavy pot
Large wooden spoon
Measuring spoons & cups
Spatula
9”x13” pan

Pizza cutter or sharp knife

PROCEDURE

  • Grease 9”x13” pan and place on mat on the counter near the stove.
  • Place the pot over medium heat and add butter.
  • When the butter is melted dump in sugar and cook until dissolved.
  • Pour in milk and cook the bubbling thickening syrup for 2 minutes.
  • Add cinnamon, salt and nut butter to pot. Mix until well blended.
  • Remove from heat add mixings and oatmeal a cup at a time till well blended.
  • Dough should be thick but loose. Depending on mixings and nut butter you might need up to 4 cups oatmeal.
  • Pour dough in to prepared pan and spread evenly with spatula.
  • Chill in icebox for at least an hour.
  • Cut using pizza cutter or knife and de-pan into your favorite cookie containment.
  • Enjoy

TIPS & VARIATIONS

  • Nut butter. You can use any kind of nut butter for this recipe. Check your local whole foods or health store for options. I prefer almond, but peanut would be just as yummy.
  • Mixings. Almost any dried fruit, nut or small candy would work. Toasted chopped almonds and raisins are a good combination. 
  • Spices. Consider trying allspice, nutmeg or even cayenne. But not all at once. Eww!

Frugally yours-

KC/FP


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