Happy Christmas Eve, y’all!!! To those of you who celebrate, I hope you’re all having a fun family-filled day or are planning to tomorrow. I’m actually typing this up Monday night. My kiddos went with their grandparents to “The Christmas Carol” and will be going back home with them to work on yet another gingerbread house and spend the night. This is another tradition and it makes it very nice for me because I’m able to get last minute wrapping and other odds and ins done.

no bake oatmeal cookies with peanut butter and cocoa | Hungry Healthy Girl

If you’re not all cookied out, I have one more for you before the BIG day. This one is super easy and you probably have everything you need already in your pantry. So, if you need a quick and easy cookie that everyone will love, to take to your family gathering this week….. this is the cookie for you!

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No Bake Oatmeal Cookies with cocoa and peanut butter
I don't know of anyone who doesn't just love these cookies! They are so easy and absolutely scrumptious!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk I used almond milk.
  • pinch of salt if your butter is salted, you won't need this
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 3 cups oatmeal gluten-free, if needed
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow mixture to come to a boil for 1 minute. Once boiling, stir continuously.
  2. Take mixture off heat and add salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and oatmeal. Mix well and drop by spoonfulls on wax paper. Let cool.
  3. I like my no bake cookies somewhat dry (not gooey), so I leave out on wax paper overnight. If you like yours dry, don't store in the fridge. I store mine in a tin container for about a week. Don't worry they won't last a week.
Author: Kim

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no bake oatmeal cookies with peanut butter and cocoa | Hungry Healthy Girl

I personally love these cookies a little on the drier side, so I leave them out on the wax paper all night before storing them in a container. Whatever you do, don’t put them in the fridge. It will totally change the texture of the cookie and make it much more sticky and gooey. I speak from past experience. This was one of my favorite cookies growing up and I would have to say it’s still on my top 10 list of favorite cookies. I used my grandma’s no bake cookie recipe, but after a search of other no bake cookies; this recipe is pretty common. It’s a good one, though!!

And to totally change the subject…. I just finished the first book that I’ve really liked in several months, so I want to share it with you.

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I almost didn’t even take the chance on reading Me Before You because it sounded much too depressing for me, but the reviews that I read were so convincing that I had to take the chance. Plus, one thing that I really love about audible.com is that if you don’t like a book; you can call them up and let them know and they will give you a credit to purchase a replacement book.

Me Before You is about a down-on-her-luck young girl that takes a job as a “care assistant” to a stubborn and once successful man, Will, that was involved in an accident; which left him a quadriplegic. When this young girl, Lou, learns of Will’s future plans; she takes it upon herself to create a life that he will enjoy. As these two try to understand each other, they inevitably grow closer and form a bond that Lou hopes is stronger than Will’s unhappiness with his life.

This book is much more than a romance novel, but a book about friendship, ambition, life choices and enjoying each day that you’re given. I love this quote from the book…. “You only get one life, it’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” This book is real and never turns sappy with silly characters that fall in love. You just have to give Me Before You a chance…. it’s wonderful!

I’ve already started Jojo Moyes’ second book, The Girl Left Behind. I sure hope it’s as good as Me Before You!

Something to think about….

Whatcha doin’ today? I’ll be headed to my in-laws’ house later this evening to start the Christmas celebrating. Can’t wait!

Have you ever made no bake cookies similar to these? Don’t you love them?!?!

Have you ever read Me Before You? If so, what did you think?

Have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!

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