No Bake Chocolate Cookies, Chips and Otherwise

Chocolate extremos can't live on extreme alone, which is why we occasionally offer other options -- like this week's sampling of no bake chocolate cookies. They may not be extremely odd, but they’re extremely good.

Who doesn't love chocolate cookies? After all, what would life be like without Oreos, or Chips Ahoys, or those scrumptious Thin Mints the Girl Scouts torture us with every spring? While life would certainly move on (well, maybe), it would be that much more boring -- and we do not need more boring in our lives.

Hence, this mini-collection of cookie recipes. They may not be as extreme as, say, chocolate sushi, but they're very edible and require very little effort to prepare. In fact, most don't use the oven at all -- and the one that does uses only leftover heat. Intrigued? Check 'em out to learn how to bake without baking.

Recipes Galore

Given the number of no-bake chocolate cookie recipes we found during our research, you'd think people must hate baking altogether. While that's not true (thank goodness!), this is a plus for those of us without the baking gene. Most of the recipes we found are so short that we've decided to give you three to choose from. For example...

Here's an easy one!

This recipe is so simple it barely has any ingredients or directions at all. All you need is two egg whites, a half-cup of sugar, and six ounces of chocolate chips. While heating your oven to 400 degrees, whip the egg whites until they're frothy and then beat in the sugar until it's stiff.

Next, fold the chocolate chips into the mixture, and drop the batter onto two greased cookie sheets a teaspoon at a time. Put them into the oven, immediately turn the oven off, and come back 8 hours later. Your chocolate cookies will harden in the remnant heat, and you don't have to worry about burning.

Or, try this

Our second cookie recipe is a bit harder, but not by much. Here's the ingredient list: one pound of chocolate (your choice of type), four ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate, and two cups of Kellogg Rice Krispies. That's it.

First, carefully melt the chocolates together in a double boiler (that's the hard part). Next, stir in the Rice Krispies. If you like, you can add chopped nuts, but that's up to you. Drop spoonfuls of the mix onto waxed paper, and soon they'll harden into tasty chocolate cookies. Easy!

Recipe Three: chocolate oatmeal this time...

1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of butter (not margarine!)
1/2 cup of evaporated milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
3 cups of dry oatmeal
1/2 cup of peanut butter

Mix everything except the oatmeal and peanut butter in a saucepan, and cook it over medium heat. Let the mixture boil for five minutes, then take it off the stove and fold in the last two ingredients. Spoon the mix onto waxed paper; once it hardens, ta-da! Chocolate cookies with oatmeal!