Funny story, one of Jay’s all-time favorite cookies are no-bake cookies. And apparently his adoration for these little morsles goes all the way back to childhood when his mom used to make them for him. He just loved them! The funny part is, we’d been married for 13 years and I never knew! One day while chit-chatting several years ago, he just blurted out how much he loved no-bake cookies. Seriously? After all this time, how did I not know?
Well, okay then. I obviously needed to make him some no-bake cookies. The challenge was trying to figure out a recipe that would stick together and harden without using any refined sugar. Not exactly an easy thing to do. But with the use of my ‘special’ ingredient (okay, okay, I’ll tell you…it’s whole grain pretzels!) we have a winner!
These cookies are made with all real food ingredients and sweetened only with honey! They’re quick to whip up and taste like traditional no-bake cookies, only better because of the salty pretzel goodness! You’ll love them! I used Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Hard Pretzels, which are my favorite.
Just remember, unlike like traditional no-bake cookies, these need to stay refrigerated or in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them!
No-bake Chocolate CookiesPrint
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup crushed whole grain pretzels
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- In a medium size sauce pan, melt better. Whisk in cocoa powder and milk. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in peanut butter, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Add oats and crushed pretzels, mix well.
- Drop cookies by the tablespoon (or more) onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
- Sprinkle with a little sea salt (if desired)
- Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
- Store in airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.