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Foodie Friday: The Bibbed Wonder's Favorite No-Bake Cookie

Tomorrow is the day the world was graced with one bib overall wearing wonder buns. Rather than have our usual Gob Cake or a bakery cake, he has asked for his favorite no-bake cookies. This goes against my belief that everyone should have a cake on their birthday. However, my handsome little buddy asked for it so he will get what he wants on his birthday. No-bake cookies should be goof-proof, but mine always end up dry and crumbly. My bib-overall-wearing pastry chef informed me it is because I don't use margarine.

I hate using margarine. My friend once informed me that margarine is one molecule away from being plastic, and I can't get that out of my head. By the way, I did fact-check this idea, and it is a misnomer. However, this idea sticks in my head and validates my distaste for everything manufactured regarding food. It's what we do; we cherry-pick the facts to meet our narrative. I am 100% guilty. Why would one choose margarine over real, thick, delicious, natural butter? I don't know either! All jokes aside, it's just a personal preference. No offense if you like margarine. If I'm being transparent, some cookie recipes work better with margarine. However, I will never admit that to The Bibbed Wonder...insert a wink.

Mostly, I am annoyed by the fact that A) he is probably correct, B) it irritates me that he is almost always correct, C) he has the nerve to criticize the cookies I make for him, and D) he is a smug little know-it-all that flips me off when I call him a smug little-know-it all. However, it is my smug little-knows-it-all birthday, and I will respect his preferences. Just know I like real butter. In our house, we battle over silly things like Helmen's vs. Miracle Whip, Skippy vs. Jif, and Cheez-Its vs. Triscuits. I do all the grocery shopping, so I win every time.

Anyhow, I digress. No-bake cookies are on the menu for the weekend, and I thought I would share The Birthday Boy's favorite recipe. Without further adieu, the easiest recipe in the world that is not goof-proof for me.

No-Bake Cookies


1/2 Cup Butter or Margarine

2 Cups Sugar

1/2 Cup Milk

1/4 Cup Cocoa

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

3 1/2 Cups Quick Oats


-Line a cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper

-Measure out all ingredients in advance, but do not mix

-In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt margarine, sugar, and cocoa.

-Bring to a full boil. Set a timer and boil for one minute.

-Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla, and quick oats.

-Working quickly, drop the mixture by the spoonful onto parchment paper or waxed paper.

-Allow to cool for twenty minutes, and enjoy.

-Store in an air-tight container.

If you've never made No-Bake Cookies, I hope you enjoy them. My little bald pastry chef is correct; margarine works best for this recipe, but use real butter if you wish. Enjoy your weekend, eat cookies-life is short, and keep washing your hands.

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Does your Bibbed overall wearing wonder buns little bald pastry chef have a specific margarine/butter substitute? Perhaps it’s Country Crock if only for the usable storage container? Is it the same as Fabio’s choice I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter? Maybe it’s Parkay which could kick off a kitchen argument: it is butter, Parkay…

Enjoy the celebration today and HaPpY bIrThDaY to the Mayor of Smayville.

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