We are getting beautiful warm weather on the east coast and it is now September. Which is totally wrong and unjust… So unfair autumn is now so close!
This stunning weather means it has been too warm to bake which is why I made these no-bake chocolate cookies which are a healthy take on one of my favourite childhood treats. The recipe is from the cookbook One Smart Cookie by Julie Van Rosendaal. I am getting a lot of use out of that cookbook already!
You begin with finely chopping 1/4 cup of dried fruit (I used cranberries) and 1/4 cup finely chopped toasted nuts (I used almonds).
In a medium sauce pan add 1 cup of sugar, 2 tbsp of butter and 1/3 cup of milk. Bring to a full boil slowly over medium heat.
Reduce heat and boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the dried fruit, nuts, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/3 cup cocoa and 1 cup of quick oats.
Stir to combine and chill in the fridge for around an hour.
Shape dough into 1″ balls and roll around in some icing sugar. Chill until firm.
I absolutely adore that these turn into a kind of low fat truffle, filled with lots of goodies. Each cookies has only 3.3 grams of fat and I would say are best eaten while quite chilly. That way they have more structure to them. I love that the recipe only makes 15 cookies, that is perfect for us. I did not have to divide the recipe in half.
Due to the warmth, these went a little fuzzy and the icing sugar got quite moist almost immediately after I took them out of the fridge though so you may want to re-roll them in icing sugar before serving them.
I did have one major issue but it had nothing to do with the recipe. Mike and Jen, if you noticed a slight “floral” flavour when you tried these I apologize. It looks like this wooden bowl’s previous owner cleaned it with a strongly scented soap that made its way into my cookies!!! My apologies and that bowl is going into the bag of donations and back to the thrift store I bought it from. Blech!
Despite this technical difficult with my foodie prop, I loved these cookies and tried to ignore the ghastly floral aftertaste! I can feel less guilty about one of my favourite treats. Reg was not as huge a fan as I was, probably because they were so soft (he did not notice the floral flavour like I did which I find shocking). Next time I will only rough chop the nuts and fruit to add more structure and texture.
I personally give these cookies four and a half out of five wooden spoons!
Have a tasty long weekend everyone! And those in Toronto going to the CNE this weekend, eat some perogies for me at the food court! Oh how I miss those perogies…