Friday, March 28, 2014

No Bake Salted Caramel Hazelnut Cookies {A New Addiction}

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are on the top of my favorite cookie list. I'm a bit of a Cookie Monster, so I try not to make cookies too often, but no bake cookies are always hard to resist. No bake cookies are an old fashioned recipe, and probably why I love them so much. They're made with pantry staple ingredients that I always have on hand.

Awhile back I received a jar of the new Jif Salted Caramel Hazel Nut Spread in the mail. It's  been sitting in my pantry for about a month now, and I haven't even opened it (I know hard to believe).  Well a couple days ago my daughter opened it and ever since then we haven't been able to keep our spoons out of it.


We almost polished off the whole jar before I thought about using it to make these tasty cookies. As soon as I got my first taste I knew instantly that this salted caramel spread would make the best no bake cookie. No bake cookies can be tricky to make and several people have a hard time making them.

The key to making successful no bake cookies, is to boil the mixture for the perfect amount of time. Boiling the mixture too long and the cookies can become hard and crumbly. Not boiling them long enough and the cookies won't set up. I have found that boiling the sugar mixture for exactly 1 1/2 minutes usually does the trick.



Weather can also play a role in your cookies setting up. Make sure it's a dry day and not a humid one, because these cookies don't take a liking to humidity. Chocolate no bake cookies are a lot like making candy and are very sensitive to humidity. 
Now that I have discovered no bake cookies with salted caramel there's no looking back! In fact I need to pick up a jar when I head to the grocery store, because it's due time for another batch. Let's get started and make some cookies!

In a medium sized sauce pan over medium high heat add butter, sugar, cocoa powder or chocolate squares, milk and salt.  Stir until butter is melted and ingredients are incorporated. Bring to a full rolling boil, and boil for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring constantly (I use a wire whisk).

Remove from heat and using a wooden spoon stir in chocolate salted caramel hazelnut spread, vanilla and oatmeal, mix well. Working quickly before the mixture cools scoop by tablespoons onto wax paper or foil. Let cool completely then remove once the cookies have set up.  




No Bake Salted Caramel Hazelnut Cookies
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2 - cups granulated sugar
2  - tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder  

1/2 - cup butter
1/2 - cup whole milk
1/8 - teaspoon salt

1/2 - cup Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread 
2 - cups old fashioned oats
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract


In a medium sized sauce pan over medium high heat add butter, sugar, cocoa powder or chocolate squares, milk and salt. 
 
Stir until butter is melted and ingredients are incorporated. Bring to a full rolling boil, and boil for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring constantly (I used a wire whisk).

Remove from heat and using a wooden spoon stir in chocolate hazelnut spread, vanilla and oatmeal, mix well. Working quickly before the mixture cools scoop by tablespoons onto wax paper or foil.  


Let cool completely then remove once the cookies have set up.  

Recipe yields: about 24 cookies


Cook's Note: The cookies get their shiny gloss from not touching or disturbing the cookies once you have dropped them on wax or foil. Also 2 - (1 oz) squares unsweetened Bakers chocolate can be substituted for unsweetened cocoa powder.


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21 comments:

Jenn said... #

Yum - these could easily be my new addiction too!

Anonymous said... #

Yummmmmm. Some of the best cookies ever invented.

Colleen said... #

Oh Yum. I luv no bake cookies and will be adding the Jif Spread in my next batch for sure. I'm going have to check my jar to see if I have enough to mix up a batch today. These cookies sure are addictive.
Thank you
Enjoy your day and have an enjoyable weekend
ColleenB.~Texas

Colleen said... #

I just made up a batch of these goodies. All I had was the Hazelnut chocolate so used it up what I had left along with a little coconut left in the package so got rid of it as well. Pretty good with the coconut mixed in.

tanzeem faiz said... #

I made some. My daughters loved them. I m so happy when they love my cooking. Thanks for sharing nice & easy recipe.

Mike Green said... #

Gotta try these.

YO_! said... #

OMG!!! LOOKs so yummy and cokkies seem easy to do. I try it ASAP. Yours are freakingly awesome :)

Karli @kindredstyle.blogspot.com said... #

I *almost* wish I had never seen these. They look amazing. I relate to your comment about being a cookie monster. If these are in my house, I know I'll eat them all up. (Maybe I should plan to bring them into work so I can share)

Anonymous said... #

I have always used quick cooking oats for my no bakes. I will try them with old fashioned oats with nutella and see what happens. Thanks for the post.

Pat Starks said... #

If I plan it just right, maybe everyone will be gone when I make these. Lol They really look good. Can't wait to taste one.

Anonymous said... #

Can I use Nutella Hazelnut chocolate spread instead of Jiff?

Anonymous said... #

These look yummy.

I always use my double boiler to make this kind of cookie. It is much easier to control the heat to keep from overcooking.

I've never had a batch fail in the double boiler.

jkmsnrnc said... #

Does anyone know if you can substitute splenda sugar blend or a stevia blend for the 2 cups of sugar? would love to cut some of the calories!

Laura G. O'Connell said... #

And yet another recipe that I'll just have to be content to look at -- this Jif product not available in my little corner of Canada. Sigh...
Looks like a shopping trip to the US is in order again!

Lexy said... #

Did you use cocoa or Baker's chocolate squares? They look too good to eat....(said no one ever).

Lexy said... #

woops....I sure said that sentence WRONG.....it's suppose to say "that doesn't look good enough to eat....said no one ever. I'm not all here this afternoon.

Tracy said... #

These are delicious. The only thing I didn't have on had was the Salted Caramel Hazelnut spread... needless to say it went on the shopping list. We have made one full batch and then two half batches in the last three weeks.... oh my the flavors just meld together so nicely and I can pretend it is healthy because it has oatmeal in it!

meredith said... #

Can these be frozen after they set up?

Unknown said... #

They look amazing! Because I do not want to screw this up, do you have to cook the oatmeal first?

Tina Butler said... #

The oatmeal is not cooked in this recipe. You just add it into the sugar and cocoa mixture after it has cooked.

Dani Massaro said... #

Just made these with crushed-up plain granola, almond milk, and Smart Balance as substitutes, and they came out great! Thanks for the recipe!