Have you ever desperately wanted the comfort of homemade cookies but came to the devastating realization that you don’t have an oven in your dorm? Have no fear. Here are easy, no-bake cookies that you can cook with ingredients found in the average dorm.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 8 minutes
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
Now I know what you’re thinking, I certainly don’t have 4 tablespoons of cocoa in my dorm! But don’t worry, I’ll be sure to provide substitutes that are easy to obtain.
1. In your microwave, bring the milk, butter, cocoa, and sugar to a boil.
Alternate ingredients: Instead of cocoa, just melt down one of the chocolate bars you’ve been hoarding in your desk drawer. Sugar is also another ingredient that you usually buy in bulk and therefore wouldn’t be found in your dorm. For this reason, you can just use some other form of candy. I’m using skittles in the picture because they’re my favorite. As for milk and butter—if you don’t have these in your dorm, it’s time to reevaluate your life. Or, you can scrape the butter off of the inside of that leftover popcorn bag and throw in a few spoonfuls of protein mix powder.
2. Let your mixture boil for 1 minute before adding in peanut butter, vanilla, and oatmeal.
Alternate ingredients: If for some reason you don’t have a jar of peanut butter in your dorm (that one with only one spoonful taken out of it all year long), you can always use peanut butter cups. Plus they’ll give you an extra-added chocolate and sugar bonus. As for the oatmeal and vanilla, just use a granola bar and some scented hand cream.
3. Use the wax paper to let your cookies harden and cool. Scoop out small portions of your mixtures using a spoon. You can use your hands if you’re really brave. Let the cookies cool until hardened, and viola! Perfect, no-bake cookies on the fly.
Obviously, these alternate ingredients are not meant to be taken seriously, and we hope you all have a very Happy April Fools’ Day! Thanks to The Food Network for providing an actually delicious recipe that served as my inspiration for this post.
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