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Chocolate PB No-Bake Cookies

Little baby nests of peanut butter and chocolate goodness with Unreal Snacks gems as the perfect finishing touch!

Now is this a festive stack or what?!

I think no-bake cookies are a staple in the party dessert rotation for many. And I can see why! It’s in the title: no bake. Like hello easy peasy! And who doesn’t love the ‘ol pb and chocolate combo?

In full transparency, I don’t think my mom ever made them growing up. Our staples were rice krispie treats, homemade reeses bars, and nestle chocolate chip cookies. All fabulous in their own way.

Do you have random memories that will always stick with you? Believe it or not, my first classic no-bake experience is one of those. When I was younger, I went to see Oklahoma (the musical) with my grandma at a local highschool. During intermission they had no-bakes for the attendees – to resemblance to cow pies…lol – and so I gave one a shot!

Pretty good. But they could be better…

So I kicked up tradition when I made these. Using coconut oil for a smooth texture, maple syrup for a subtle sweetness, and a combo of oats and rice krispies for a texture punch.

Winner. Winner. Winner.

So let’s get no-bakin!

In a small saucepan on the stove (or in the microwave), melt the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil.

Pro tip: salted natural peanut butter.

Once melted, stir in the vanilla.

Then dump in the cacao powder, oats, and rice krispies.

Stir to combine.

Try not to eat it all.

And scoop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

A mini cookie scoop makes this super simple!

Now it’s time to make them into little nests.

Unreal Snacks gems are my favorite – they’re colored with real ingredients like beets!

Nestle the gems into their little nests.

(You could also skip this all together if you’re not goin for the Easter vibe!)

After they’re nested, pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.

Be patient team.

And that’s it! You’re done. Time to enjoy!

How easy was that?

Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Simple combination of delish ingredients dressed up in a festive way! And you don’t even have to turn on the oven!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 tsp cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup rice krispies
  • Unreal gems to top

Instructions

  • Melt the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil on the stove or in the microwave.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Add the cacao powder, oats, and cereal.
  • Scoop rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  • Nestle in the gems.
  • Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes before enjoying!

Notes

*best when stored in the fridge or freezer

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