‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Says ‘Give Your Oven a Break’ With Cheap, No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond says that summer is the perfect time of the year to “give your oven a break.” One way to do this is to make a batch of her delicious and cheap, No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. These delectable morsels of sweetness are the perfect afternoon treat and a great way to get kids into the kitchen. Why are they so easy and inexpensive? Read on to find out.

Ree Drummond stars on the Food Network series The Pioneer Woman.
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What does it mean when Drummond calls her cookies ‘no bake’?

According to the Pioneer Woman website recipe listing, the cookies do require some cooking atop the stove. However, the treats do not need to be baked in the oven.

The trick to making Drummond’s no-bake cookies is to heat several of the ingredients to a boiling stage.

After that important step, the remainder of the recipe does not utilize an oven or stovetop.

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

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

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

Begin by lining two baking sheets with a non-stick piece of parchment or wax paper.

Follow by bringing the sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa powder to a boil. Allow it to cook for a couple of minutes before taking it off the heat.

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

The mixture will set quickly so drop tablespoons of the mixture on the baking pans.

Sprinkle with coconut if desired and allow the cookies to set for at least a half-hour before removing them from the pans and placing them in a container to enjoy.

Other tasty substitutions create an entirely new dessert treat

Other ingredients can be substituted to create an entirely new dessert treat.

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

However, if you don’t have Nutella or have a hazelnut allergy, extra peanut butter can be substituted.

If coconut isn’t your thing, that also can be removed from 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 there are no old-fashioned oats in your pantry, quick oats can be swapped in their place.

The Pioneer Woman airs Saturday at 10 a.m. EST on The Food Network.

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