Tis the season of a lot of cookie making, which is never a bad thing. But one of my favorite cookies is really almost a candy and that’s the no bake cookie. This particular recipe is for a chocolate almond butter no bake cookie which is a total mouthful, but representes a really nice cookie. These quick, stovetop cookies have a lot of names from mountain man cookies, to no bake cookies to black crappies, but it pretty much boils down to a sugar, cocoa and peanut or almond butter mixture that you add oats to and spoon out to cool.

There are a lot of wonderful things about these cookies including all the health benefits. I use Cornaby’s Almond Butters (the chunk is my favorite for this recipe) which are Dietician recommended because they’re made with wonderful whole nuts and just a little bit of coconut oil. Yum. I also add a little bit of E-Z Gel to this recipe which helps to make sure I get an even set and keeps the cookies good for longer! Never a bad thing. Classic whole oats add a lot of texture and fiber to these nobake cookies. You can use an instant oat if you want them less chewy. Or, you can toast your oats in a 400 degree oven for just a couple of minutes and that adds even more depth to the nutty flavor.

Christmas is right around the corner and these are an easy way to fill in the gaps on a treat plate or serve up at a local Christmas Cookie Exchange.

Santa loves these Chocolate Almond Butter No Bake Cookies too!

Almond butter no bake cookies

Chocolate Almonst Butter No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar

3 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon E-Z Gel

pinch salt

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup Cornabys Almond Butter

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, cocoa, E-Z Gel and salt in a heavy, 3 quart pan. Add milk and butter and cook over medium heat to a boil; continue boiling for 60 seconds. (Time it!) Let cool to lukewarm without stirring. Add oats, almond butter, vanilla and salt; stir until the mixture loses its gloss. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper.