‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Says ‘Give Your Oven A Break’ With Inexpensive, No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

The pioneer woman Star Ree Drummond says summer is the perfect time of year to “give your oven a break”. One way to do this is to make a batch of her delicious and inexpensive No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. These delicious sweet bites are the perfect afternoon treat and a great way to get the kids into the kitchen. Why are they so easy and inexpensive? Keep reading to find out.

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What does it mean when Drummond calls its cookies “no-bake”?

According to the recipe list on the Pioneer Woman website, the cookies require baking on the stovetop. However, the treats do not need to be baked.

The trick to making Drummond’s No-Bake Cookies is to heat several of the ingredients to a boil.

After this important step, the rest of the recipe uses no oven or stove.

Here’s how to make Ree Drummond’s No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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The ingredient list for Drummond’s No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies contains many food staples.

These include light brown sugar, butter, milk, cocoa powder, oats, coconut, peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, vanilla, and salt.

Start by lining two baking sheets with a piece of parchment paper or nonstick waxed paper.

Continue by bringing the sugar, butter, milk and cocoa powder to a boil. Allow to cook for a few minutes before removing from the heat.

Then stir in the rolled oats, coconut, peanut butter, chocolate-hazelnut spread, vanilla and salt.

The mixture will harden quickly, so drop tablespoons of the mixture onto the molds.

Sprinkle with coconut if desired and let the cookies rest for at least half an hour before removing them from the molds and placing them in a container to enjoy.

Other tasty substitutions create a whole new dessert

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Other ingredients can be replaced to create an entirely new dessert.

Drummond’s recipe calls for the addition of chocolate-hazelnut spread to add a different dimension of flavor to the cookies.

However, if you don’t have Nutella or are allergic to hazelnuts, additional peanut butter can be substituted.

If coconut isn’t your thing, that can also be left out of the recipe and oats can be used in their place. Other great substitutions include chopped pecans, pistachios, or cashews for a nice nutty crunch.

Also, if you don’t have old-fashioned oats in your pantry, you can substitute quick oats.

The pioneer woman airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. EST on The Food Network.

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