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Amish Cook: Gloria’s no-bake summer

Jul 17, 2018

By Gloria Yoder


I don’t know about you all, but for me doing lots of baking in this weather and heating up the house just doesn’t seem very practical. A few days ago I told Julia we really should find the recipe we used quite frequently a year ago. This no-bake recipe was in a children’s magazine and is simple enough for a young person to make. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to use the oven. Julia’s Aunt Keturah, who is an amazing baker at 12 years old, is here for the day, so this may be a good time for them to make these tasty treats.

At our house, we’re all peanut butter lovers, so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes with peanut butter in them. As a young girl, I was especially fond of the no-bake chocolate cookies. In fact, when I was 14 years old, the Wengerd family joined our family on a trip to the St. Louis Zoo and Gateway Arch. We hired a driver with a big van and made a two-day trip of it. Plans were made to pitch tents at a campsite and take our meals along to help cut back on cost. Anyway, the mothers decided that us oldest children could plan and prepare one meal. Taking some of these no-bake chocolate cookies along was a must for me.

Unfortunately, plans didn’t all fall into place like we hoped they would. By the time we were ready to set up camp, things weren’t looking too good. Clouds were gathering and it started sprinkling. The optimistic fathers decided to go on setting up the tents and make the most out of things. Us children proceeded to serve the meal we took along, but things kept going the wrong direction. As lightning flashed through the woods and the thunder rumbled, there were two concerned fathers who decided that plan B would need to be followed. There was no choice but to pack up all our soaking camp gear and have 14 wet, disappointed people climb back into a van and go to a motel. After the initial disappointment, we were excited to go because most of us children had never been to one before. We ended up having a really nice time, and the following morning we all gathered in one room so we could have devotions together. Now, a number of years since I had those no-bake cookies, I recently sampled one. It was hard to imagine that I really liked them that sweet. I guess my taste buds have changed somewhere along the line. I still liked them, but to me, they would just be much better without the large amount of sugar. So here’s the recipe as is. Make it according to what strikes your fancy. The second recipe has a lower sugar content which we like, especially for Austin who seems to do better with not eating to much sugar and by the way, he still has plenty of energy. Time and again I tell him that I like all his energy, it’s just that we need to use it in a better way. He is a very intense person who can really make things happen in a short order. I do look forward to watching him grow up and with God’s help, have his ambitions channeled in the right directions.

Anyway, here you go, and best wishes on some stress-free “baking”.


Chocolate no-bake cookies

1 3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 cup butter

3 cups quick oats

1/2 cup peanut butter

Boil first four ingredients in a medium sauce pan for five minutes. Remove from heat and add quick oats and peanut butter, mix well. Drop on

wax paper, and cool.


Monster cookie energy bites

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

3 tablespoon maple syrup

2 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoon wheat germ

2 cups quick oats

2/3 cup flax seeds (opt)

2 tablespoons chia seeds (opt)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup M&M’s (sometimes I use raisens instead)


Mix together. Roll into ball. Refrigerate or freeze.

Yield: 2 dozen

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