My Favorite No-Bake Cookie Recipe

My favorite no bake cookie recipe (click through for recipe)I'm making good on a promise today. A few readers requested I share my no-bake cookie recipe on the blog sometime. Which, of course, gives me an opportunity to make and eat more cookies, so I promised I would. 

My favorite no bake cookie recipe (click through for recipe) I really can't claim this is entirely MY recipe. It's really my mom's. She makes the best no-bake cookies, as it was a childhood staple because we would not turn on the oven during the hot summer months. But we still needed cookies (needed? Okay, maybe just really wanted), so no-bake cookies it was.

There have been a couple times this summer I've made a batch of these and posted a photo on Instagram. I loved seeing all the comments because it turns out these cookies go by all sorts of names. Some people call them "cow patty cookies." Which, growing up visiting my grandfather's cattle farm often, I can see what they are saying. :) 

And on that appetizing thought, let's make cookies!

How to make no bake cookiesNo-Bake Cookies, makes about one dozen.

1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon coarse grain sea salt (optional)

I like to already have my peanut butter and oats measured out in separate bowls or containers. It's good to have them ready to go because once it's time for them, you better have them ready.

Best no bake cookie recipeIn a medium pot, begin melting the butter over medium heat. Just before it's all melted, add in the milk, sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon if using. Stir this together so it's well combined. Now turn up the heat. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, begin a timer (I used my phone). Allow the mixture to cook a full minute; don't get impatient here as it needs to boil for the full minute. 

Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter. Once the peanut butter is mixed in, stir in the oats. Quickly plop the mixture into small mounds on wax paper, topping with a little sea salt if using.

My favorite no bake cookie recipe (click through for recipe)  If your batter seems too runny, before plopping the cookies onto the wax paper, add another handful (or two) of oats and stir those in. It's better for the mixture to be a little too runny than too dry, but once you've made these once or twice you'll get the hang of it. They are so easy, fast, and addictive. Enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. To change up the flavor, you can add a handful of chopped coconut flakes or nuts. (Can you tell I've made these a lot?)

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Build Your Own Pergola (Part Three - Plants and Styling)

Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)                       Yay, pergola post #3! Thanks for letting me share this journey with you. It's been so much fun recapping the entire process with you guys. This post is going to go over planting the herbs and some other little things we did to make the pergola cozier. Let's start with herb planting. I listed the herbs I used in the previous post. I also used potting soil and gardening gravel for drainage.

Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)                                        Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)                                        Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)                                        We went to a local nursery for all of our herbs and most of the other plants. We have a great one here in Springfield called Wickman's. Nurseries are great because the staff are usually pretty knowledgeable and can answer questions. Sarah and I love nurseries. Sometimes we go just to walk around. It's like going to a botanical garden, but it's free (super cheap date idea). I had a list of herbs I wanted to get, but after getting those, we just walked around and picked out plants that would fit in our space and/or just basically looked cool (i.e., we didn't over think it). Except I did want to add some color to the herb garden, so we got some hanging flowery plants called purslane.

Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)                                        Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)                                        Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)                                        Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)                                        Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)                                        Build your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more).  jpgBuild your own pergola - planting herbs (click for more)Here's my planting process:

I drilled some holes in the bottom of the the planters, then poured in the garden pebbles. I only wanted about an inch of pebble layer. Placing the herbs in their respective places was next. I wanted to keep the mint separate from the others, so on one side I planted tarragon and thyme. In the back planter I planted a ton of basil plants (I love basil, 'specially with homemade chicken phở) with rosemary in between them. On the remaining planter I put in chocolate mint and regular mint. The purslane made its way into the ends of the planters for some color. Purslane is pretty viney, so I'm looking forward to when they make their way down the posts.

Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)  Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)  Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)  After the herbs and plants were planted, it was just matter of placing a few pillows on the chairs and a candle here and there, and the space cozied right up. The chairs came with the house. I eventually want to put a little table with chairs in their place. We had a candle chandelier that Sarah picked up in Phoenix which fits right in. I hung some outdoor lights around the perimeter. I think that is an official policy; pergolas must have party lights. Another must was putting the grill nearby (I'm going to grill nonstop now). I'm sure we're going to get a bunch more plants (especially tomato plants), and the space will grow and evolve over the years. We're happy with it now, though. Sadie Dog even thinks it looks pretty good. 

Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)  Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)  Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)  I hope you guys got something out of this little series. It was so fun building and planting and even writing about. Leave any questions or comments below.

Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)                  Build a pergola - before (click through for more info)  Credits // Author: Joshua Rhodes. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Willis from the Folk Collection and Piper from The Signature Collection.

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