Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wine Plus No Bakes Equals...

Thank you to all who entered my first giveaway, I've emailed the winners and look forward to doing another giveaway soon.
Over the years I've learned that wine and cooking go along well together. A good cook can overcome any obstacle that the wine may bring forth.... even if messing up simple math and doubling the butter on a simple No Bake Cookie Recipe.
Simple Recipe + Wine= Double the Earth Balance Butter then a double batch
No Bake Cookies (single batch)
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk (soy for me)
1/2 cup butter (earth's balance) *note ONE stick is 1/2 cup not two sticks! 
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Bring the above to a gentle boil on the stove top. Let boil for 30-60 seconds to let sugar really dissolve.
Turn off heat then add:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup coconut flakes (optional but delish)
3 cups gluten free oats
1 teaspoon gf vanilla extract
Spoon onto parchment or wax paper in even piles to the size of your liking.
Mini M&M's make for a colorful add in
Store in the fridge for a longer shelf life
The cookies seemed to go on forever....
Thankfully my No Bake Cookies have a good reputation and I had no problem pawning them off on others to enjoy as well. I'm lucky and seem to do fine with GF Oats. I keep at least a bag of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats on hand at all times for snacks like this.
I'm drinking more organic wine these days as I think I have a problem with sulfites (but really I have no idea) and these tend to not bother me. Our Daily Red has been a go-to but I'm also enjoying Orleans Hill Cabernet Sauvignon as it's smoother.

And I'm also lucky that both my pups are very forgiving with my no-bake "disasters"

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