Monday, December 22, 2014

Sophisticated No-Bakes

I found this amazing No Bake oatmeal bar recipe just before Thanksgiving and my brain adapted it for me before I pulled a single ingredient from the shelf.  Fun how our brains do that.  ;) (Yeah.  I read the recipe wrong from the start. But what I ended up with was just as amazing and I personally feel like royalty when I eat them.)  So. ..
Here's my adapted recipe. I like to call them SOPHISTICATED NO-BAKES.
GATHER
Square baking dish
Parchment paper
2 sauce pans
Measuring cups
Something to stir with
Rubber Spatula
Ingredients
1 cup salted butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick-oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Let the magic begin!
Line square baking pan with wax or parchment paper, set aside.
Melt butter on medium heat in large sauce pan.
Stir in brown sugar and vanilla.
Stir in oats.
Turn heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Then take 1/2 of oat mixture and press into bottom of lined baking dish.
In a different saucepan, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter , stirring frequently.
Once fully melted, pour onto oatmeal layer. Gently spread evenly.
Carefully top with remaining oat mixture, then add white chocolate chips and cranberries.  Gently press it all down.
You could save about a 1 tbsp of chocolate mix to drizzle on top, or you could just eat it to celebrate your Sophisticated No-Bake success!
Put the pan in the fridge for about 3 hrs or until someone finds out you made them.  ;)
Slice in small squares, hide a few for later, and serve to your friends and family this holiday!
Enjoy!

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