08 December 2012

Weekend Cooking: Rocky Road No-Bake Cookies

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Yes, I'm on a King Arthur kick (I was going to say roll but thought that might make you groan). Last week it was wonderful dinner rolls, this week it's yummy no-bake cookies I made for a Christmas cookie exchange.

I have mentioned the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion before, and even shared a recipe (ginger snaps), but I haven't actually reviewed it. I turn to this cookbook for consistently reliable cookie recipes, no matter what the occasion.

Besides offering the full range of cookies: iced, dropped, rolled, no-bake, and bar, from fancy to plain, the cookbook is a great resource for bakers of all skill levels. The experts at King Arthur Flour share their immense experience, offering tips about ingredients and techniques. Beginners will be happy to learn the basics (how to separate eggs), veterans will be grateful for new tricks (icing in two stages), and everyone will appreciate the informative sidebars (best cookie cutting implements).

I offer two sets of ingredients for the following cookies. The first is exactly as the Cookie Companion suggests, which I've made a few times to rave reviews. But today I am going to a cookie exchange that turned out to be quite the challenge because several in the group have allergies and intolerances. I decided to adapt the original no-bake recipe to fit everyone's needs. The changes are listed in brackets.

The oatmeal cookies taste great, but I think I like the original recipe is better. Nonetheless, I'm pleased to be able to share a cookie that all the exchange participants can enjoy.

Rocky Road No-Bakes
Makes 30 cookies
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal [I used old-fashioned oats]
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread [I used almond-chocolate spread]
  • 2 cup sliced almonds, sprinkled lightly with salt and toasted
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
Place the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan set over low heat, or in a small bowl in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips and nut spread together, stirring until no lumps remain. Pour the melted mixture over the cereal and let cool slightly. Stir in the toasted almonds and marshmallows. Drop by tablespoonful onto waxed paper or lightly greased parchment paper and chill until set.

Beth Fish Read's notes: The cookies are delicious, but it was more difficult to form the balls using oatmeal instead of the rice cereal.

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Julie Goucher 12/8/12, 6:11 AM  

I have just read last week's post, so the moment I saw this week's post, I thought Beth's on a roll!

Uniflame 12/8/12, 6:22 AM  

I just need to try these. I will pin them for later :) They seem so tasty and easy :)

Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate 12/8/12, 6:41 AM  

These look amazing and would make wonderful gifts! I just stared using King Arthur flour this summer to make pizza crusts. I think the cookie cookbook needs to go on my wish list!
Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

Tina 12/8/12, 6:59 AM  

I agree with Rebecca - great idea for gifts when you go around visiting. I could use more delicious and no fuss treats.
Can't go wrong with King Arthur :-)

jama 12/8/12, 7:26 AM  

Looks quick, easy and delish! I love KAF!

Janel Gradowski 12/8/12, 7:40 AM  

These are so easy to make and such a nice variation on the typical no-bake cookies. They just might go in my cookie plates that I give as gifts!

Teddyree 12/8/12, 7:49 AM  

A yummy Christmas treat & nice for gifts & make & take plates too :)

rhapsodyinbooks 12/8/12, 7:51 AM  

I almost broke down and bought a King Arthur cookbook this year, but decided it would be easier for me to go back on Game On (one of these days!) without having that in my house! :--)

Amanda 12/8/12, 9:05 AM  

Those look sooooo good! And again, I wish Jason wasn't allergic to hazelnuts and almonds. :(

bermudaonion 12/8/12, 9:18 AM  

I love no-bake cookies during the holidays. These sound delicious!

(Diane) bookchickdi 12/8/12, 11:06 AM  

Ok, I really need to get on the King Arthur Flour bandwagon; I feel like I am definitely missing something. These no-bake cookies sound amazing. I am pinning this right now.

Joy Weese Moll 12/8/12, 1:41 PM  

Those sound delicious and even look pretty!

Heather 12/8/12, 2:09 PM  

no bake cookies are those go-to cookies when the kids remember at 10:30 at night that they need to take cookies to school the next morning. these sound easy and tasty.

Uniflame 12/8/12, 2:50 PM  

Because I can't see the linky beyond the first link, here is my Weekend Cooking: http://shelikesbento.blogspot.nl/2012/12/weekend-cooking-vegan-cupcakes-take.html :)

Peaceful Reader 12/8/12, 3:31 PM  

I haven't even written my WC post yet but I had to see what you were cooking up. I have to bake lots of cookies for a reception-these look like the perfect choice. I adore KA flour and have one baking book of theirs.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 12/8/12, 5:33 PM  

LOL @ the on a roll :) Those cookies look so good!

Cecelia 12/8/12, 6:13 PM  

This looks like a great no-bake recipe! I like the use of a spread rather than melting chocolate - that never seems to work for me. I'll have to check out the King Arthur cookbook too, it sounds like a treasure!

Julie P. 12/8/12, 7:40 PM  

These sound yummy! The only no-bakes I've ever made are the traditional ones with peanut butter, cocoa and oatmeal.

Unknown 12/9/12, 8:54 AM  

These look so cute! I think that kids would love them!

Sue Jackson 12/9/12, 9:20 AM  

Oooh...those look delicious, Beth. It's great that you were able to adapt them for your crowd at the cookie exchange, but they are still out of reach for my food intolerance to dairy (those yummy chocolate spreads all have milk in them).

Since they have chocolate chips (I buy dairy-free ones), maybe I could try it with peanut butter instead of the spread.

Anyway, sounds yummy!!


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Angela 12/9/12, 3:53 PM  

These sound yummy. I love making no-bake cookies.

Howard Sherman 12/9/12, 6:42 PM  

No bake cookies sounds as delicious as flourless chocolate cake! This weekend I cooked up two batches of latkes to celebrate Chanukah!

Heidi’sbooks 12/9/12, 8:53 PM  

I'm a first timer linking to Weekend Cooking. Thanks for hosting. I found you from Sue at Book by Book.

@JaneofAustralia 12/10/12, 5:33 PM  

I've finally made it back here...
of course not on time but hey one thing at a time...
Lots to read today. I have my tatste buds at the ready...

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