It’s hot. Day and night, it’s miserably hot outside and it’s hard to cool it down inside. This is our third summer living in Loma Linda and I swear each summer has been worse than the last, but I’m convinced this summer IS actually hotter than the last two. We go through ice, cold drinks and ice cream like no ones business!
Jesse’s been finishing up his third year of medical school and is finally done! Hallelujah! It feels like he’s been finishing for months now, but he can officially say he’s done now. And he’s gets about 10 days off until his fourth (AND FINAL) year begins. I really wanted to bake something special to celebrate his achievement of taking his board exam last week but when I looked at the weather I thought there is no way I’m turning on my oven. I immediately thought I need to find a fun dessert that doesn’t require any baking, well the obvious came to mind: no bakes.
I’ve never made no bake cookies before, I’ve helped my sister make them years ago, but never made them otherwise. But I figured I needed to make them at some point, plus, I already had all the ingredients to make them and I didn’t have a car for the day so going to the grocery store wasn’t an option. I love the added coconut in these, it doesn’t add a strong flavor but just enough that you can tell it’s there. Basically, if a recipe has coconut in it, I’ll give it a go!
Start by adding the oatmeal and shredded coconut to a medium bowl, stir to mix and set aside.
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, then add in the sugar, cocoa, milk and salt. Using a wooden spoon, continually stir until mixture comes to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the oatmeal mixture and stir until everything is completely incorporated.
This is where I messed up a little and had to re-do the cookies.. the chocolate is hot and I tried to scoop them and form cookies, but the chocolate part spread. So make sure the mixture sets for about 10 minutes for the chocolate to cool enough that it holds it’s shape. If you scoop it to early, have no fear, you can do it again! I ended up taking a spatula and scooped all the mixture back into the bowl and let it cool a few minutes, then re scooped it and it made a world of difference.
See how much better that scoop looks after letting it cool – it actually looks like a no bake now! Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture onto a pan lined with parchment paper and let the cookies cool until set, about 30 minutes or so.
These no bake cookies with coconut are the perfect treat – chocolately with a hint of sweet coconut. The best part is that they can be made in about 15 minutes so they’re easy to whip up in a pinch.
- 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
- 1 stick butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 teas. salt
- 1 teas. vanilla extract
- combine oatmeal and coconut into a bowl, set aside
- melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan, then add sugar, cocoa, milk and salt. stir and bring to a gentle boil. once the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
- pour the chocolate mixture over the oatmeal mixture and stir to combine.
- Let cool about 10 minutes, then scoop cookies onto a pan lined with parchment paper to cool. Takes about 30 minutes for them to set.
- yields about 14 cookies