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Greetings everyone, finishing up my guest posts today I have Kristy from Eat, Play, Love. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true. Actually Kristy often has her two adorable children, and sometimes even her husband helping out in the kitchen, which usually makes for a whole load of fun and lots of cute photo opportunities! Kristy and her husband, Mike, have a wonderful way of introducing their kids to new foods. They pick different countries and sample the cooking from each place they “virtually visit”. It’s a wonderful way of engaging the children, as well as teaching them about other cultures and traditions – something I hope I can do one day with my son.
Along with Sissi, Kristy has been one of the people I met in the very early days of my blogging and I’m honoured that she has taken the time to write this post for me today. Thank you Kristy – you’re in inspiration in your food and your parenting and a wonderful person!
Enjoy the post everyone – I’ll be back in a few days with an original post, I want to say thank you to my guest posters Eva, Helene, Sissi, Nami and of course Kristy today – I hope you’ve all enjoyed the wonderful posts here!
This is Kristy, Mike, Mr. N (8 years old) and Miss A (4 years old) and we blog our family food adventures over at Eat, Play, Love. We were so excited when Charles asked us to guest post – especially because of why Charles asked us to guest post. By the time you read this, Charles will be a proud new father and there are few (if any) more exciting things in life. We couldn’t be happier, and we know that Charles is going to make an amazing dad (and he’ll be backed by an equally amazing new mom!). Congrats to you both. We wish you and your family many beautiful, happy, loving and healthy years ahead (full of good eats too!).
Family is a big focus on our blog which we began back in January 2011. Our goal at Eat, Play, Love is to explore different cultures around the world with our children by cooking traditional recipes from different countries every few weeks. It’s our way of opening them up to the many different cultures, religions, and ethnicities around the globe while also expanding their palates. The kids participate in the country selection as well as the cooking which is always an adventure.
For today’s recipe I wanted to pick something that was reflective of our home, traditions and family. I gave the dish a lot of thought and then it hit me. I have to share our recipe for No Bake Cookies. While it’s not a secret recipe, I’ve seen many versions floating around throughout the years, it is one that has been passed down for several generations. It’s a recipe which my dad made with his grandma and then with me. It then fast became one of my go-to comfort food dishes which I spent many a night making with my sister, my college roommates, post college roommates, coworkers and eventually with Mike. It seemed only fitting that I now get to share it with my kids, Charles’ family and all of you.
Another perfect thing about this dish is that it happens to be chocolate. I know how much Charles loves chocolate; and Charles, well he knows how much I dislike chocolate. Yes, I am an anomaly. That said, this is the one and only form of chocolate I will eat, and one that I absolutely love to eat. So this one’s for you Charles. I hope it brings you as much comfort and as many memories as it does for us.
Now perhaps the best thing of all about no bake cookies is that they are derived from a simple recipe that can be whipped up in about 10 minutes, provided you have all the ingredients on hand (We always do as these come in handy for those craving dessert emergencies.). The recipe starts with a stick of butter (or 1/2 cup), sugar, milk and peanut butter.
These four ingredients are melted in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Next it’s time to gather the remaining ingredients including unsweetened cocoa, vanilla extract and oats.
The heat is turned off and these final ingredients are mixed into the saucepan.
Voilà! That’s it! The cooking is complete. See? It’s the perfect dessert emergency food. The only thing left is to scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Miss A was ready to help with this part.
She’s smart enough to know this comes with mandatory taste testing.
And finally, it’s time to place the cookie sheet in the freezer (or the refrigerator works just as well).
Now if this truly is a comfort food or dessert emergency, I have a little secret. Reserve some of the hot cookie batter in your favorite coffee mug or bowl, curl up in your favorite chair and dig into the hot, chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness. It’s sinful. It’s an overindulgence. It’s absolute heaven. I have these emergencies probably a dozen times a year.
However, this little secret is only reserved for my quiet moments alone, or with Mike, after the kids have gone to bed. As for the kids…They’re not quite big enough to whip these up themselves yet, but they got to dig into the chewy, sticky delicious and chilled cookies.
Before we sign off, it is a tradition on our blog to provide a spoon rating to each dish. Well, I think it’s fairly obvious this recipe gets the full ranking of 4 spoons from me. Miss A agrees with her mom, 4 spoons for her too. Dad and Mr. N love the cookies too, but not quite as much as us girls. They came in with 3 and 3-1/2 spoons, respectively.
But no matter how you slice it up, no bake cookies are a great little recipe to have in your back pocket. It’s a family tradition which I suspect will be carried on for generations to come!
Charles we hope you and your family enjoy this special recipe. Thank you so much for the honor of guest posting on FiveEuroFood. You are hands-down one of our favorite bloggers, and one of my favorite people I have come to know through this blogging experience. Thank you Charles and best wishes for all the days ahead.
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